“This is a place where many people gather together and pass on their energy,” said Ingmar Liu, 21-year-old vocalist for a local band and a Wuhan Prison employee.
But Liu, with green hair and a series of surreal arm tattoos, said the club has struggled to pay its rent without customers.
A mid-May attempt to reopen was quickly aborted by police due to COVID-19 transmission fears.
“The epidemic has impacted the entire bar and concert industry, not just us,” she said.
It has also scattered musicians for local bands, including foreigners, said members of reggae/ska band Sky King Jack.
Unable to perform, they gather in private for loose rehearsals, waiting to take the stage again.
“The band can’t make money and now we play music just for fun,” bassist Liu Jia said after assembling for practice at a rented cottage.
It remains to be seen whether Wuhan’s famed frankness will be reflected in future songs referencing the pandemic.
“I was very angry with the government’s handling of the coronavirus at first, but now I have digested it,” said Ingmar Liu.
“Anger alone is not punk.”