Hard-core is making its second coming in Hanoi as School of Mosh descends this September.
The music and street culture festival that made its debut last summer will return on Saturday, Sep. 16 in the grounds of Creative City and will feature live performances from local rock, hard-core, and hip-hop acts, as well as guest bands from Japan, Thailand and South Korea. Also in store is a flea market, a BMX and skateboarding performance, and a graffiti competition.
Hanoi’s hard-core scene emerged as a culture shock in the 2000s as local acts drew inspiration from established metal and punk bands across the Pacific, coming together to form a subculture rooted in expression, resilience and a positive mental attitude.
In the wake of the sub-culture’s ascendency among a new generation of Vietnamese fans, a number of live events were organised to bring the scene together, one such event is School of Mosh.
Established in 2016 by RecRoom and First and Last Records owner Koremoto Todaka, it was chiefly inspired by the Japanese festival Air Jam that started in 1996. After Japanese punk rock band Hi-Standard joined Vans Warped Tour in the US in 1995, they were inspired to start the now infamous Air Jam festival in Japan the following year in order to bring the punk culture they experienced abroad back to their homeland. From Air Jam came the inspiration behind School of Mosh.
Facilitating local artists’ exposure, as well as promoting the idea of street culture and belonging to a youth hampered by a lack of confidence and direction, School of Mosh has already earnt its spot on the calendar of music lovers, street artists and counter- culture foot-soldiers alike after its successful debut last year. Its return this September is a sign of great things to come as part of Vietnam’s growing abundance of artistic variety.
Headlining this year’s festival is Japanese hard-core band The Coastguards, who will share the stage with a diverse lineup from Japan (Blindside, Only the Last Song), Thailand (Monument X), South Korea (13 Steps), and 11 bands from Vietnam.
As a condition of being involved in the festival, each band has to release new material in 2017 to ensure that they keep up the pace in order to grow the scenes that they represent.
“It’s important to have a consistent infrastructure, a community of musicians and fans, and the right spaces for them to work and enjoy the music,” says organiser Koremoto. “We’re trying to bring them all together.”
During the morning of the festival there will be BMX and skateboarding contests hosted by Banana Bike Club and D-HUSTLE respectively, which will be free to the public, alongside the all-day flea market which is also free to enter. The music will kick off in the afternoon, with a graffiti contest to be held during a hip-hop set that will consist of two Hanoi-based artists going head to head on a designated graffiti wall. The music and the festival will end at 10pm.
School of Mosh will be held at Hanoi Creative City, 1 Luong Yen, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi on Saturday, Sep. 16 from 9am to 10pm. Tickets are available via the School of Mosh Facebook page and cost VND250,000 or VND200,000 if you buy in advance. Student price is VND150,000
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