Shi Fu Miz might be one of the only (or at least first) festivals that look like a promising bet for this year, and its cosy island location outside of Hong Kong certainly helps its cause. The festival is moving full steam ahead with plans for this year's edition and has gone so far as to finalise a line-up, having confirmed several local and international acts to play the event. Although the line-up isn’t as flashy as previous years, I think we can understand why. See the full line-up below.
This year, Shi Fu Miz is upping the ante surrounding its sustainable iniaties through two partnerships. The first is with One Tree Planted, will see one tree planted in a reforestation project in the Philippines for every ticket sold.
The second is a partnership with Bye Bye Plastic, a foundation spearheaded by Blond:ish who is using her voice to create positive change in the music industry. Bye Bye Plastic looks to rid the music industry of single-use plastic by 2025, and the first step to that is Eco-Rider. To date, around 2,000 artists and agencies around the world have pledged to keep their DJ booths plastic-free and Shi Fu Miz will follow in these same footsteps by recommending that all artists on the line-up adopt the Eco-Rider. The festival will also implement the Eco-Rider Venue standard across the festival site.
Tickets for the event are already on sale and rest assured that should the event be cancelled, a full refund will be offfered. "We know that it's hard to anticipate the future due to the pandemic but we stay positive for Shi Fu Miz Festival 2020. We want you to know that we're doing everything we can with our partners to maintain this celebration. However, we'll put safety first, and the event will only take place if it's appropriate. In case of postponement, your tickets will be valid for the new date. Please also be aware that if this one doesn't suit you or if we have to cancel, your tickets will be refundable. Stay safe and take care of yourself, hope to see you all in October."
The annual event takes place just a quick boat ride away from Hong Kong’s harbourfront in the grasses of Sai Yuen Farm on Cheung Chau Island, which also boasts idyllic golden sand beaches. This will be the sixth edition of Shi Fu Miz, which is a joint venture by Parisian collective La Mamie’s and Hong Kong-based creative agency Fufu.
Over the years, the event has become synonymous with eclectic and forward-thinking artists who push the boundaries of electronic music in a mystical setting that evokes feelings of inclusivity and freedom. Last year saw more than 2,000 festival descend upon the grounds despite months of protest unfurling in Hong Kong. A Boiler Room takeover gave people hope that Hong Kong still has some life left in it, and that couldn’t be more true for this year.
Read our full review on last year's showdown with KiNK, Shanti Celeste, Or:la, Lena Willikens, Peach and more here.
Shi Fu Miz takes places on October 30 - November 1 on Cheung Chau Island. Blind tickets have already sold out but regular tickets can be purchased here.