Mid 2010 we got a phone call from Max, lead signer of  ”Punk n Roll’ band the On Fires who have toured to some extraordinary places in the world including Ukraine, Turkey and the Solomon Islands. Looking for a new adventure they were thinking about heading off to China. They had heard we have experience supporting musicians in China and were keen to see if we thought it was a good idea. We were of course enthusiastic.

New fans in Xi'an

New fans in Xi’an

The On Fires toured China in May 2011 and played non-stop cross the country. Their frenetic itinerary included Dalian, Shenyang, Beijing, Chengdu, Zhuhai, ,Shenzen, Guangzhou, Forshan, Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Xi An. From bar gigs in Beijing to the Zebra Festival in Chengdu, the On Fires loved the energy of the crowds and found it “a reflection of the incredible boom going on in the country at this time”.

 Live performance video of The On Fires at Midi Festival in Beijing

From the On Fires:

  1. There’s a ‘rock revolution’ going on. Festivals that didn’t exist 5 years ago are flourishing. People are really excited about rock & punk – making it & listening to it. Audiences are incredibly enthusiastic – far more so than in the ‘western’ world.
  2. There is so much new construction going on that China appears to be in a very strong economic position. There is a great deal of wealth around, although being wealthy doesn’t seem the standard position for most Chinese people.
  3. China is more advanced in certain areas than we (Australia) are: use of solar technology, public transport & fast trains. For the number of people living in the cities, they are very clean! There are even people sweeping the roads while traffic zooms around them! I’ve seen parts of New York that are less well maintained.
Max jumping for 50,000 rockers at Midi Festival, Beijing

Max jumping for 50,000 rockers at Midi Festival, Beijing

Will the On Fires tour China again? HELL YEAH!