Experienced employees for festival organizers are hard to come by here in China. Festivals are relatively new in this country, and good ones relatively rare.
Two of the more experienced individuals have moved. Shan Wei, the 2 i/c at Rock for China (organizers of the Beijing Pop Festival from 2005 – 2007) has joined the team for Midi, which should bode well for the festival. Lua Zhou, ex-InMusic journalist and one of the key players for the inaugural InMusic festival in Zhangbei is now helping out with the Zebra Festival in Chengdu.
As an aside, Midi Festival will be back in Beijing, after a year off in Zhenjiang. Midi is slated for May at its old home of Haidian Park, which will put it in direct competition with Modern Sky’s Strawberry. Will be interesting to see how that one turns out.