Formoz Festival

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Formoz Festival
GenreIndie Music
DatesEvery summer, no specific dates
Location(s)Taipei Children's Recreation Center
Taipei Expo Park (Added in 2013)
Years active1995—2008, restarted in 2013

Formoz Festival (Chinese: 野台開唱; pinyin: Yětái Kāichàng) is one of the biggest music festival in Taiwan. Started in 1995 with only ten participating bands, Formoz Festival plays an important role in the development of Taiwanese indie music and has now became a three-day event, attracting music fans from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong.[1]

It is organized by the Taiwan Rock Alliance which is led by Freddy Lim, who also runs the Megaport Music Festival and is the lead singer of Chthonic. The TRA was founded in 2001 and assumed control of the festival.[2][3] Lim's collective paid a large amount of money in that year for Megadeth, Biohazard, and Yo La Tengo to appear,[4] and the 2001 Formoz Festival became the largest international music festival ever held in Taiwan.[5]

Before 2005, it had been fairly easy for concertgoers to sneak in for free. That year, the TRA increased the ticket price and made the entrance process more stringent, in hopes of breaking even. The 2005 Formoz Festival was headlined by Moby and Lisa Loeb.[6][7]

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  1. ^ "Taiwan Hosts the Annual Formoz Festival". Music Weekly. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  2. ^ Phipps, Gavin (30 July 2004). "'Rock's not dead, roll's not down'". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. ^ Frazier, David (15 November 2002). "Chthonic gets symphonic!". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  4. ^ Momphard, David (18 July 2003). "And the bands play on". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  5. ^ Fraizer, David (27 July 2001). "Taipei, are you ready to rock?". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  6. ^ Phipps, Gavin (1 July 2005). "Formaz Festival lines up Moby and Lisa Loeb". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  7. ^ Phipps, Gavin (1 August 2005). "Formoz 2005 rocks Taipei". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016.