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Tour Diary: Cypher16 In China

The globe-trotting London metal crew headed out to China on their recent tour – this is what they reported back!

In 2014, as part of our March Of Nations run of dates, we were lucky enough to be offered the chance to head out to China for a number of shows. These included the legendary MIDI Festival in Shanghai, headlined this year by Fear Factory. Having been to India five times, Cypher16 is no stranger to touring in some of the world’s more ‘unusual’ places, and so we jumped at the chance to head further East.

Despite two bags being lost on the journey, we arrived as scheduled in Beijing only to find out that our involvement in the first festival we had been due to play had been effectively shut down by the government. In a country where there is complete state control, these situations can unfortunately arise without warning, and there is very little that can be done about it. Instead we enjoyed October 1st looking around the city, which also happened to be the 65th Birthday of the People’s Republic of China – Chinese National Day. Walking around the vast Tiananmen Square (built to hold up to one million people) really gave us an impression of the scale on which China operates. Heavy security and huge amounts of surveillance also provided us with an insight into the mentality of the State.

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