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The band was officially formed in 1996 with the name Sand, later renamed to Liu Donghong & Sand.
If you ask Liu Donghong, vocalist of the band Sand, when he play guitar for the first time, he cannot remember it. "Some people tell me, that I had been around three years old, when I discovered the guitar of my father", he says. "It was totally out-of-tune and I have never seen or heard my father playing it." Thereafter a few years had to pass, before Liu Donghong founded his first band. That was in 1996, he was 25 years old and had bought himself a used guitar and had wrote numerous songs.
Their first concert Sand hold in the same year in a foreign language university. Liu Donghong remembers: "I think they had a lot of fun with us. All bands, that performed that time, were just terrible. We weren't better." As this had to change, the whole band moved for the next years for three summers in the area of Beijing's west mountains - they rented a cheap old temple close to Badachu, rehearsed the whole day together and only went back to the city to give concerts.
Until the present day all songs were written by vocalist Liu Donghong and are written and sung in Chinese. Some of their songs are simple love songs, some, such as the song "Fortune", tell a story of social misery, in which China is. With his lyrics, that he usually sings in a rap-style, Liu Donghong combines both the elements of Chinese rock music as a protest culture (beginning of the 80s) and the tradition of American blues until Tom Waits, in whose songs also often the "small man" is portrayed. The darker shades of the Chinese dream are the fields of interest of Liu Donghong: The isolated, the night owls and drunkards, the punished and stigmatized, the lost and hurt.
In May 2001, they performed during the Midi Music Festival 2001.
October 2003, they performed during the Midi Music Festival 2003 in Beijing.
October 2004, they performed during the Midi Music Festival 2004 in Beijing.
In the year 2005, Sand were filmed for the documentary movie Beijing Bubbles. On January 21st, they performed in the Nameless Highland. January 28th, they rocked the 13 Club. April 1st, they performed in the Nameless Highland. April 2nd, they performed in the 13 Club. In May they performed in Shenyang during the 2005韓国周 event. August 5th, they performed in the Nameless Highland. October 2nd, they rocked the Midi Music Festival 2005 in Beijing. November 13th, they performed in the Central Academy of Art and started a nation-wide tour afterwards with 王斌 (Limit) as support on drums. November 19th, they performed in Wuhan's VOX Bar. Later that month their first single The Sand gets released. December 16th, they performed in Guangzhou's Bunker. December 17th in Shenzhen, December 18th in Xiamen, December 20th in Fuzhou, December 22nd in Hangzhou during the 銭塘泛音原創音楽校園行 event. December 23rd in Hangzhou. December 24th, they performed in Jinan. On December 25th, Sand performed at La Luna in Qingdao. December 31st they performed in the New Get Lucky Bar.
August 11th, they performed live in Jinan during the 2007第三届中国（国際）吉它文化節 festival. August 25th, they rocked the Starlive. Lineup at that time consisted of Liu Dong Hong on vocals and guitars, 呉欣 on guitars, Da Chuan on guitars, He Wen Jin on bass guitar, 李雪飛 on second bass, 王斌 on drums and 武盟科 (Mu Tou) on harmonica and guitars. September 22nd they performed during the Beijing Jazz Festival 2007 in the Haidian Park. In October, the magazine 音楽時空 published their song 怪模怪様. December 24th, they rocked the Starlive during the 明日的栄耀 摩登十年星光夜--星光摩登聖誕夜 event.
August 8th 2009, they performed during the InMusic Festival 2009 on the Zhangbei Grasslands on the Main Stage.
On May 4th, 2010, they performed at the Midi Music Festival 2010.
Midi Music Festival 2010, May 1st-4th 2010
InMusic Festival 2009 - 2009, August
Midi Music Festival 2009 - 2009, May
Midi Music Festival 2005, October 2005
Midi Music Festival 2004, October 2004
Midi Music Festival 2003, October 2003
Midi Music Festival 2001 - 2001, May
The World Has Become a Fairytale - 2009, May
The World Has Become A Fairytale (German release) - 2008, August
一个早已成为童话的世界 (Demo) - 2007
The Sand (Single) - 2005, November
The Stars Fell On My Head - 2001
Beijing Bubbles OST (VA) - 2007, April
Midi Music Festival 2005 (VA) - 2006, May
Beijing Midi Festival 2004 (VA) - 2005, March
Chill Out Chill Bands Out (VA) - 2003, May
Midi 2002 Live (VA) - 2002, July
City in the sky +2 - 2001, November
Modern Sky 3 (VA) - 1999, June
- Featured in Beijing Bubbles - 2005
- Sand at the Midi 2009 Festival, 36min, complete performance