Organisers for Summer Sonic Shanghai 2017
have announced their first wave of artists for the August festival. Placebo, The Fratellis and The Kooks are among the names confirmed to be playing Pudong for the Japanese festival brand's foray into China, but a much-rumoured appearance from Babymetal has not yet been announced (in fact, organisers seem a little skittish about any mention of the group).
Update: Placebo will not now be performing in Shanghai for Summer Sonic, or indeed it seems any time soon. A post on their Instagram states that they have been given a 'lifetime ban' from China.
As we told you last week
, Summer Sonic Shanghai will be held out by the Disneyland resort at the Shen Di Ecology Park. There'll be three main stages: Marine, Bravo and Garden.
Also confirmed to be on the bill are Dirty Loops, 831, Nothing But Thieves, Ben Gold, Luna Sea, Lady Bee and a bunch of other artists you've never really heard of. This is only the first round announcement however, with more names expected soon. Whether Babymetal will be among them remains to be seen, but here's hoping they are.
In the meantime, here's a classic from Brian Molko and co that we'll all be baying for come late August: