Modern Sky brings US music and sports festival to China

By Chen Nan ( China Daily ) Updated: 2017-11-04 07:57:30

Modern Sky brings US music and sports festival to China

Modern Sky's recent launch of its sports label, Modern Sky Sports, in Beijing. [Photos provided to China Daily]

Modern Sky, one of the largest indie record companies in China, has launched its sports label, Modern Sky Sports, recently in Beijing. Its first project is to stage the Wanderlust Festival, a summer event first held in Squaw Valley, California, in July 2009, which is known for combining music with yoga.

On Nov 18, the one-day indoor event will be held in Shanghai and Beijing, and will see 1,000 people in each city practice yoga while enjoying live music.

In 2018, the festival will be expanded into an outdoor four-day festival, both in Shanghai and Beijing, and is expected to attract more than 10,000 people in total.

"About three years ago, we made a push to make the Wanderlust Festival go international. We've opened up in Europe, South America, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia. But this is our first entry into Asia," says Sean Hoess, the co-founder of the Wanderlust Festival, who was in Beijing to announce its link with Modern Sky.

"We are on our phones all the time and we need time to be calm and to de-stress. The core of the Wanderlust Festival is about mindfulness, causing the body to calm down within a festival atmosphere," says Hoess.

"It's a lifestyle festival that combines world-class yoga instruction with outdoor activities, lectures, music and the arts.

Since its 2009 launch, the Wanderlust Festival has attracted more than 100,000 people every year with more than 100 events held in 17 countries.

The Modern Sky link took off after Hoess met Shen Lihui, the founder of Modern Sky at South by Southwest, an annual music, film and interactive media conference and festival in Texas in the United States last year.

Shen had been mapping out plans for expanding his company into the sports field and he shared his vision about music and sports with Hoess.

"I do not set any limits for Modern Sky," says Shen.

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