After making history by successfully managing the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan will move forward as planned this weekend and host the first large-scale rock festival, MEGAPORT FESTIVAL, since the unprecedented global lockdown.
MEGAPORT FESTIVAL, which will take place March 27-28 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, will feature more than 100 artists on 10 stages and will be headlined by symphonic extreme metal masters CHTHONIC.
Founded in 2006 by CHTHONIC’s Freddy Lim, who left the organizing team after being elected as a member of Taiwanese Parliament in 2016, MEGAPORT FESTIVAL attracts tens of thousands of people every year, featuring a lineup of well-known East Asian bands from Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong, and occasionally groups from Europe and the United States. Due to the pandemic, this year’s lineup mainly features Taiwanese artists.
To document this historic event, CHTHONIC plans record their performance for an upcoming live album. “We are looking forward to making this performance as perfect and memorable as possible,” says Lim. “Since my focus at the moment remains on politics, I really wanted to participate in the very music festival that I founded. We have been fortunate to have just 1,000 COVID cases in Taiwan’s population of 23 million, with only 77 local cases and 10 COVID-related deaths. Because of Taiwan’s efficiency handling the pandemic, we are able to more move forward with this festival. Everyone is excited to perform live again, and our upcoming live album will reflect that excitement.”
A special limited “anti-epidemic bundle” including a physical CD, CHTHONIC medical-quality mask, a CHTHONIC mask lanyard, large and small CHTHONIC mask containers and a small CHTHONIC spray can for sanitizer will be available. Information on pre-orders is forthcoming.
Watch CHTHONIC’s performance on the main stage via livestream on Saturday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT.