Taipei, July 11 (CNA) One of Taiwan's biggest indie music festivals will be broadcast online and on TV during its five-day run this week so that those who cannot get there in person will still be able to enjoy it, the organizer said.
The annual Ho-Hai-Yan Gongliao Rock Festival, which opens Wednesday on Fulong Beach in New Taipei on Taiwan's northern coast, will feature some 40 professional singers and bands from Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, Germany and other countries and about 50 amateur singers and groups.
The five-day festival will be aired on the event's official website. A music award competition on July 14 and performances by renowned bands on July 15 will also be aired live on the MTV channel, the first time the festival will be broadcast live on television.
"We hope over the five days that people, if they can't make it to the festival, can see their favorite performances on the Internet or TV," said Chen Kuo-jun, commissioner of New Taipei's Tourism and Travel Department.
Unique to this year's event is a women's rock night on July 12.
Female singers and songwriters Faith Young, Sandee Chan and Waa Wei will take to the stage, as well as local rock bands My Skin Against Your Skin, Go Chic and Queen Suitcase, which won the Ho-Hai-Yan Indie Music Awards in 2010.
The free festival will also feature Taiwanese rock band Mayday, the biggest winner at this year's Golden Melody Awards, which will play on July 15.
Other bands to perform that day include Australian-Japanese punk rock band The Dirt Radicals, German punk rock band Frontkick, South Korean band Yaya, Chinese folk music group Hanggai and Japanese rock band D'erlanger.
The emblem of this year's festival is a shark combined with the slogan "no fear" to express the rock spirit.
The festival, organized by the New Taipei city government, has been held on the beach every July since 2000.
(By Christie Chen)