Golden Melody Festival to kick off June 21


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The music festival held to promote the Golden Melody Awards and local music business will take place in Taipei from June 21-23 this year, featuring a variety of music performances, conferences and exhibitions.

The Golden Melody Festival will feature 12 performances by solo artists and bands, including singer-songwriters Crowd Lu (盧廣仲) and William Wei (韋禮安), indie-folk band My Life as Ali Thomas and rock band Sunset Rollercoaster (落日飛車).

The event will also include lectures, conferences, exhibitions, music workshops and a platform for cross-music industry collaboration, according to the organizers.

The annual festival attracts music industry representatives and buyers from Japan, the United States and European countries, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said on Thursday.

This year, to expand the festival’s reach and foster greater cooperation among national pop music industries in Asia, representatives and buyers from Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia, have been invited to attend the festival, Cheng said.

To strengthen Taiwan’s popular music industry, Cheng said the ministry is studying mobile payment and blockchain applications, and will focus on compiling a Taiwan pop music history, training industry talent and upgrading facilities at 17 pop music performance venues in the near future.

The Golden Melody Awards ceremony, Taiwan’s equivalent of the Grammy’s, will be held at the Taipei Arena on June 24 and broadcast live by Taiwan Television Enterprise.