Kang Mao, lead singer for Beijing-based indie punk group the Subs, performs on the final night of the Zebra Music Fest in Chengdu. "They didn't give themselves fully to the music," she says of the Zebra crowd. "but these things take time." (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
Kang Mao, lead singer for Beijing-based indie punk group the Subs, performs on the final night of the Zebra Music Fest in Chengdu. "They didn't give themselves fully to the music," she says of the Zebra crowd. "but these things take time." (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
Spectators watch a performance at the main stage on the first day of the Zebra Music Fest in Chengdu, Sichuan. The festival attracted more than 100,000 spectators, making it the largest music festival in Chengdu history and one of the largest ever held in China. (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
The Taiwanese all-girl pop group S.H.E. take the stage on the second day of the Zebra Music Fest at the end of a day filled with decidedly less polished rock performances. (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
A fan of Taiwanese all-girl pop group S.H.E. from the city of Chongqing cries as she watches the group perform on the second night of the Zebra Music Festival. S.H.E. attracted a decidedly different crowd at the festival otherwise dominated by underground rock acts. (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
Lighting crews illuminate the main stage on the first night of the Zebra Music Festival in Chengdu. Bands played until 10 p.m., and DJs spun music late into the night. Many festival-goers chose to camp out on the festival grounds. (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
A couple displays matching T-shirts that read "Money Is No Need For Me" at the Zebra Music Fest in Chengdu. The theme of the festival, which invited 17 NGOs to participate, was "I Care." (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
The bassist for Mr. Chelonian, a popular local band, performs on the second night of the Zebra Music Fest in Chengdu. (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
A spectator looks on skeptically as the crowd erupts around her in front of the main stage of the Zebra Music Festival. The festival was noteworthy for attracting a wide variety of spectators, including some grandparents and elementary school students. (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
A rock fan crowd-surfs in front of the main stage at the Zebra Music Fest in Chengdu. Held back by thick fencing more than 20 feet from the stage, spectators still managed to express enthusiasm. (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
A rock fan feels the vibrations at the Zebra Music Festival in Chengdu. This was the first time Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, hosted a major multi-day rock festival. It attracted spectators from all over southwestern China. (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)
A security guard is caught sneaking a picture of Taiwanese sugar-pop group S.H.E. on his cell phone during the Zebra Music Fest in Chengdu. The security presence at the government-sponsored festival was ample, with dozens of police and hundreds of security guards manning the grounds throughout. Spectators, however, were relatively tame. (Josh Chin/GlobalPost)

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