After all the drama and craziness of the last 10 days, we’ve just been informed that the headliner for Midi Shanghai won’t in fact be participating. It seems that Mr. Big neglected to get a multi entry visa, and having left China after the Beijing show (we assume to play some other Asian locations) they won’t be able to get back into the country. If you were hoping to “get close to them” tomorrow night in Century Park, it might not happen exactly that way.
Still, you should go along and support Nanjing’s Angry Jerks and Shanghai’s own Top Floor Circus. We’ll be down there on Saturday for a bit of Yaksa and Miserable Faith. Rain rain stay away…
OK, so Midi Festival has been coming to Shanghai for, like, 5 years now. But 2011 promises to be different. According to some (perhaps premature) band microblogging, it seems that Midi will be taking place in Century Park, Shanghai on May 6-8. That’s the weekend at the back end of the May National holiday.
Mongolian band Hanggai are organizing their own mini festival just outside of the capital on the 18th September. Timeout Beijing have described it in more detail than we possibly could. Read all about it HERE.
Shanghai’s JZ Festival takes another leap forward. Added to the 2 day outdoor extravaganza in Century Park will be a 5 day Master Series in the Shanghai Grand Theatre and also a 13 day series at Expo. Wow, that’s a LOT of JZ goodness in Shanghai in October. See the official festival website HERE.
Finally, Midi Zhenjiang is happening during the October holiday as well. Midi is heavily on the metal side here, featuring Soulfly and Shadows Fall from the US, Loudness from Japan and Finntroll from, you guessed it, Finland. This is a beast of a lineup from the Midi crew, but might be a little niche for your average punter.
A while back, we mentioned the announcement of the lineup for JZ’s Shanghai based Jazz Festival. Well, the time is upon us, and compared to the craziness that usually happens to Beijing’s Modern Sky and Midi festivals, the lead up to JZ has been sedate and uncomplicated in comparison. Is it a city thing, a guanxi thing? Probably a healthy combination of both. Shanghai’s authorities are generally more pragmatic about things like this than their Beijing counterparts. The sun in Shanghai is shining, the forecast is for more of the same, and the venue is an amazing one. We recommend that you take the chance to listen to music in the sunshine. Full site HERE.
SmartShanghai have shown us the way. What was once the JZ festival is now the Shanghai Music Festival, and they have just announced the lineup. SmartShanghai has it in full HERE. You can reach the JZ Music Festival Shanghai (yeah, we don’t really know what it is called) in its full glory HERE.
From a Chinese “star power” perspective, the lineup has most certainly stepped up its game. Wang Xiaokun, Zhang Xuan, Zheng Jun will all get the poppets up and attem.
After last years rainy affair in JingAn Park (we went, but didn’t review – you can read a review HERE), rumours have been circulating that in 2009, the JZ Jazz Festival (which will now go by the swanky name Shanghai Jazz Festival) will move to Century Park. Details are thin on the ground at the moment, but SmartShanghai have some up to date information. You can check it out HERE.