West Coast New Area

Gaia Fest wraps up with cyberpunk music dreams

( | 2023-09-13

The Gaia Electronic Music Carnival, or Gaia Fest, concluded on Sept 10 at the Golden Beach Beer City in Qingdao West Coast New Area (Qingdao WCNA), East China's Shandong province.


The two-day music event, Gaia Fest, showcases electronic music with a focus on scientific and technological innovation, making it the first event of its kind in Qingdao and Shandong province as a whole. [Photo/WeChat account: qdxihaianfabu]

Attended by over 30,000 people, the carnival featured some of the biggest names in the electronic music industry. Notable artists included ILLENIUM, a producer and DJ renowned for his unique blend of music genres, UMMET OZCAN, a globally-recognized top 100 DJ with a large fanbase, and WhyBeatZ, a prominent figure in China's electronic music scene.

The name "Gaia" is derived from the Gaia hypothesis, proposed by British scientist James Lovelock (1919-2022), which suggests that the Earth evolves through the interplay between life and the environment. This concept aligns with the cyberpunk style of the electronic music carnival.


The Gaia AI image created for the Gaia Fest combines the design of a cyberpunk robot with elements of Chinese Peking Opera headwear. This fusion alludes to the future potential of human-machine empathy, symbolizing the synergy between technology and humanity. [Photo/WeChat account: qdxihaianfabu]

The civic hall served as the main consumption area of the music carnival. One of the highlights was the opportunity to explore the latest advancements in technology products related to human-machine interaction and artificial intelligence.


At the entrance of the civic hall, a robotic tour guide is available to assist visitors in navigating through the carnival. [Photo/WeChat account: qdxihaianfabu]