Wuhan's live music scene continues to thrive as thousands attend Strawberry Music Festival

Wuhan's live music scene continues to thrive as thousands attend Strawberry Music Festival

The live music scene continues to thrive in Wuhan.

On Saturday (05/01), thousands of music fans flocked to the Garden Expo Park for the Wuhan Strawberry Music Festival to celebrate the 5-day May Day national holiday. The festival's comeback marks its first return to the live stage after it was mounted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Wuhan Strawberry Music Festival featured a lineup of local singers and bands across three stages. Other Strawberry Music Festival events are also being held in other cities in China, including Beijing. 

According to Reuters, 11,000 people turned up at the festival last Saturday and that barriers were assembled in front of each stage with security personnel. In the report, they add that some concert goers wore masks, while many did not.

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"It has not been easy to get to where we are today. People here have put in huge efforts and paid a big price [for being hit with the virus]. So I feel very excited to be here [at the festival]," 23-year-old student and Wuhan resident Gao Yuchen shares in a statement.

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The novel coronavirus first emerged from Wuhan in 2019. The city is now almost completely virus-free, according to official data. 

Mainland China reported 16 new COVID-19 cases last Friday (04/30), less than 13 cases from the day before, according to the country's national health authority. China has also initiated a coronavirus vaccination program with approxiately 11.6 million jabs administered against the virus last week.