CHTHONIC TO PERFORM SPECIAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY GIG
December 26th – Liberty Square at Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
FRONTMAN FREDDY LIM TO RUN FOR
POLITICAL ELECTIONS IN TAIWAN
Taiwanese 5-piece metallers Chthonic, have announced a huge landmark gig in Liberty Square at Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, in the country’s capital, Taipei, to an estimated 10,000 fans. The show will be free, and take place on December 26th – Boxing Day.
Alongside the show, frontman Freddy Lim is running for congressman election in Taiwan, at a crucial time in Taiwanese politics, which could have enormous significance for democracy worldwide. Famous for his long-hair and tattoos, he is the first rock star in Eastern Asia to do this and is standing for a brand new political party – The NPP – which is leading the pro-democracy Youth movement in Taiwan.
20 years after the band’s founding and 70 years after the end of World War II, Chthonic has decided to hold the outdoor gig in Liberty Square, Taipei. The show will feature all of the band’s classic songs, and will be the band’s biggest outdoor show to date.
Chthonic, who are currently signed to Spinefarm Records in the UK and are huge mainstream stars in their home country, have graced the stages of some of Europe’s biggest rock and metal festivals, including Wacken Open Air, Download Festival and Bloodstock. Their music relates to many histories in Eastern Asia, which are not being taught by the government.
A long-time political activist, frontman Freddy Lim has recently lent his public profile to several social movements. He’s now running as an NPP (New Power Party) candidate for the legislature in central Taipei. The NPP were founded in January 2015 as a brand new political party and emerged from the Sunflower student movement of the previous year, which Lim was at the forefront of. They are advocates for universal human rights, civil and political liberties and protecting Taiwan’s independence as a sovereign state. The party’s main policy is ‘Transitional Justice’, which, lyrically, has been covered in all of Chthonic’s studio albums.
Many of the polls show that the NPP has risen up to the third biggest party in Taiwan as young people reject the ruling KMT party which lists reunification with mainland China among its core policies.
The gig on Boxing Day will be a hugely significant moment not just for the country, but for the band themselves, marking as it does their 20th anniversary as Chthonic. At a time where Taiwan’s social reforms are about to unfold, the country is politically at a critical point, and with the band’s influential status, the gig is a huge effort to bring the young people of Taiwan together and push the country forward.
For further info on all the above, please check out this link from ForeignPolicy.com entitled “TAIWAN’S NEWEST POLITICAL PARTY WAS CO-FOUNDED BY A TATTOOED ROCKSTAR: Can the NPP transform the island’s youth movement into something lasting?”