Photo Gallery 030: Live Houses Hidden In Chinese Quadrangles
摘要： Are Chinese live houses well in face of challenge from the internet? What problems do they have? What strategies to they have to survive? It is our hope that you could have a glimpse of the current operation situation of live houses in China along with us via Issue 030 of our special photo&video column TMTpost Photo Gallery.
Many Chinese would sign deeply speaking of the operation situation of live houses in China. As a matter of fact, there are only a limited number of midsize live houses that are now still in service in Beijing, and many popular live houses are struggling to make ends meet.
In 2015, Li Chi, founder of Mao Livehouse, declared via his Weibo that rising rent, meddlesome officials, and a vicious copyright spat would soon lead to its demise. Many music fans felt sorry for Mao Livehouse hearing such news. In recent years, several popular live houses have already dropped their curtains permanently due to revenue issues.
Today, Chinese people are increasingly turning to online platforms, including major video streaming sites and live video broadcasting sites that can get access to music fan instantly, which significantly squeezed the market for offline live houses.
At the same time, musicians who used to perform mainly in offline live houses began to turn to online platforms, which will meet their need for publicity and help them reach broader audience.
In TMTpost Photo Gallery 030, we paid a visit to Dusk Dawn Club (DDC), a rising music venue in Beijing, in hopes of giving you a glimpse of the current operation situation of live houses in China.
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Translated by Levin Feng (Senior Translator at PAGE TO PAGE), working for TMTpost.