Wuhan’s Vision and Colour (VAC) is central China’s largest dance-music festival, attracting 50,000 ravers over two days for a bill of local and international talent.
The 2019 edition took place in Wuhan just a couple of months before that city became the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak, and the live music industry was put on indefinite pause.
Indefinite, that is, until now, when VAC may become one of the first large outdoor festivals to take place as lockdown restrictions ease. VAC 2020 is due to take place on 21-22 August, although strict 14-day quarantine laws for people travelling to China have nixed the international element.
VAC hopes that a combination of exclusive livestreams from acts like Chainsmokers and Nicky Romero, plus a roster of Chinese DJs, a new fireworks display and beefed-up lightshow will provide a similar high-intensity experience.
The festival has been moved from its usual indoor arena to the larger outdoor Wuhan Flower Expo venue, with entry only allowed for people with ID cards and “green health codes” – the official government-assigned all-clear.
It’s unclear how the outdoor venue’s usual capacity will be affected by Covid-19 restrictions, but the world’s festival industry will be watching keenly to see how (and if) a large festival can work at this stage of the outbreak in China.