This might be the wrong place to ask but I figure it’s worth a shot
On my recent visit to Taipei I was introduced to a number of popular nightclubs, bars, and lounges like Luxy, Room18, Barcode, and W (just “W”, if I recall correctly, a hotel with a bar on top and my favorite of the bunch). The clubs were quite mainstream with music that was not quite to my taste and a focus on getting wasted and picking up. That’s alright, of course, but it isn’t always what I’m looking for when I go out on a weekend.
What I’m keen to find is what you might call a more “underground” party… that’s a bit of a loaded word so I’ll try to describe what I mean. The focus is more on the music, not on picking up. The DJs actually know what they’re doing and aren’t on stage just to look pretty and get everyone to sing along to pop songs. People often focus more on dancing than preening and standing around. Sometimes there are art installations and interesting performance throughout the night. The focus is more on a quality experience instead of drinking until you fall over.
Where I’m from there is a fairly clear distinction between clubs like Luxy and the sort of party I’m talking about. Clubs like Luxy are always easy to find; they’re popular and tend to have an advertising budget. The more underground events are often a bit hush-hush, even word-of-mouth only, which is why I’m asking. Maybe someone here has an idea of what I’m talking about…
Try the listings at Gig Guide Taiwan.
The events at the Nangang Bottle Cap factory. Here’s a recent one forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi … 2&t=119715
The upcoming Urban Nomad Film Festival, especially the opening night party on 27 April urbannomadfilmfest.blogspot.tw/2013/03/2013.html.
Check the listings at the Wall and Underworld for parties after or instead of live music. Also check for event posters at Toasteria and KGB.
Bob Log upcoming Taiwan tour end of April
Music events at Revolver and Wed. open mike nights at Bobwundaye.
These should get you started–they are all more ‘foreigner friendly’ in that there is at least some information in English but there is much more.
Psy trance and DJ music in TW
Nangang Bottle Cap Factory? Never heard of it. Do shows play there often?
Thanks for the leads. I’ll take a closer look at some of those when I’m back in town. The bottle cap factory looks cool and I’ll be checking out Earthfest for sure.
After you’ve tried all the recommended places, and more, you’ll eventually realize that Taiwan is a small “country” town on the decline in music as well as everything else (except beef noodle soup, which can actually be had better other places, but don’t say that to anyone in Taiwan), and you’ll need to go way underground, and pop up in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, South Korea, Singapore…New York, Paris (not as good as it used to be…), Ibiza, Miami, Berlin, Austin…
This is why, for the first time in my life, I occasionally sit home on a Sat night and forum post… but I’m outta here again next week for a few weeks of underground.