The Wall is a very cool underground music venue located in Gongguan.
Although it’s found in the basement right next to the Broadway cinema, the underground aspect comes from its decor and music policy. The venue is dark, dingy and grungy, with stickers and flyers plastered all over the walls.
The long corridor that leads to the main room has lockers, a few seats and a small bar selling craft ales, spirits and cocktails, with a few bar snacks available.
They have a couple of Redpoint draft beers costing NT$150 each, although these come in smaller sized cups.
The acts they tend to book are strictly alternative bands and musicians, certainly no real mainstream acts but nevertheless, high quality outfits who tour the more left-field circuit attracting devoted followers who crave a different kind of music.
The main room isn’t too large so it’s easy to find a good spot before the music begins. It holds around 300-400 people when full but it’s a good view from wherever you stand. It’s a perfect size really, as it holds enough people for a great atmosphere while still retaining an intimate nature. The sound system is loud and sharp, while the lighting rig is as good as any in Taipei.
They’ve had some world class indie and electronic bands playing here, with Fourtet, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Jordan Rakei among the recent ones, and they’ll also play host to some top underground Asian bands.
Ticket prices vary according to the act but are generally around NT$1,500, costing slightly more if you don’t book ahead.
The Wall Live House is certainly one of the very best live music venues in Taipei. I’ve seen three bands play here so far, and they’ve all been worth every cent.
- Some great international bands
- Great stage set up
- Limited seating
Level of English: Good (English on menu)
Check out their events page for upcoming performances. Book ahead for a cheaper ticket.
A cloakroom is available for bags and coats.
Closest MRT: Gongguan (green line – exit 1)