There was a time that this humble blog was one of the only places to access English language information about festivals in China. No more! There is some great and in depth information on the Beijing festivals over at Beijing Gig Guide (Midi | Strawberry) and one of the most comprehensive lineup analyses of any Chinese festival over at GoChengdoo covering the Zebra Festival.
Over at Beijing Daze, there is a small amount of doubt lingering over MIDI Festival 2011. Certainly we’ve heard a couple of reports that the sensitive spring that we are having might be putting spanners in the various MIDI works (and those of Strawberry too, truth be told). Of course, there were issues with nationalistic Japanese flag burning last October, something that the NY Times somewhat sensationally covered. We predicted…
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. Anyone else heard the rumour?
Inspired by our friends over at Hypebot (things I hope for in the new music industry in 2011), we decided to put our own list together, Things We Hope For the Chinese Music Industry in the Year of the Rabbit. Rather than do it all ourselves (and take all the subsequent glory/ wrath), we enlisted the help of several of our fellow industry colleagues, trying to blend a good mix…
Check out this feature from the New York Times on China’s music festivals
Update: Metallica will NOT be appearing at Midi music festival
Metallica will be headlining MIDI Festival 2010 in Beijing
Check out these reviews of May Festival weekend by Helen Feng of Pet Conspiracy and Free the Birds fame.
A review of Midi and Modern Sky Festivals in Beijing…
Modern Sky to be hosting a Xi’an Strawberry Music Festival, Mini Midi is coming to Shanghai, while the Hebei Camping Music Festival will also be held in May