Taiwan rock band Mayday draws in tens of thousands at free concert

Kicking off their set with some of their most popular singles, the band thanked the fans for returning to the Daan Park.

(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Tens of thousands of fans flocked to Taipei’s Daan Forest Park Wednesday as iconic rock band Mayday put on a free concert, marking the group’s 20th anniversary.

Dubbed the “Chinese Beatles,” Mayday is one of the Chinese-speaking world's biggest bands.

The popular rock group made a surprise announcement last week that they will celebrate the anniversary with a free concert at the same venue where they held their first major concert 20 years ago.

The park, which boasts an outdoor concert stage with space capacity for up to 5,000 viewers, was packed with some 35,000 people last night, many of whom had been waiting outside the venue since the early morning to secure a good spot.

Kicking off their set with some of their most popular singles such as "Peter and Mary"(志明與春嬌) and “Loneliness Terminator” (終結孤單), the band thanked the fans for returning to the Daan Park.

"Twenty years seem to have gone by quickly," said Mayday lead singer Ashin (阿信). "Thank you all for coming tonight. Let's continue to perform for the next 20 years."

Guan You (冠佑), the band's drummer, said he was elated to be back where it all started and that he felt young and all pumped up.

Formed on March 29, 1997, the five-piece band is a four-time winner of the Golden Melody Awards, the Taiwanese equivalent of the Grammy Awards. They are often cited as one of the pioneers of rock music in Taiwan.

In 2014, the band made its debut at Madison Square Garden in New York, becoming the first Chinese-language band to perform at the venue.