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Shanghai’s Midi Music Festival

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Shanghai’s Midi Music Festival

China’s largest rock music show rocks on through the rain

Photos by Xiaojin Ren

The 2014 Midi Music Festival might well have been called the “Muddy Music Festival,” as attendees of the open air performances found out first hand between April 25th and 27th. But the rain that left concert-goers footwear unrecognizable did not dampen their spirits, or deter them from rocking out to some great bands at China's largest rock music show.

The three-day festival was held in Pudong's Sanjiagang Port, and attracted 40,000 people to see western, North European hardcore, Taiwanese and mainland China indie bands across three stages: two rock and one DJ. British alternative rock band Suede headlined, having regained their popularity in China in 2013 after their 1993 single “So Young” was featured in Zhao Wei’s film of the same name. Chinese band 大忘杠(Dawanggang) was another highlight. Dawanggang break boundaries of music and culture, combining the past with the present and fusing Asian folk, vocal music art, Chinese opera and rock with electric guitar, drums and traditional Chinese instruments.

French band LYS's vocalist Niko admitted to having been a little apprehensive before coming to the festival; the band thinking that rock was unpopular in China and expecting to face an audience of quiet people wearing suits. However, LYS loved the rock spirit in Shanghai and Beijing, and were amazed to discover fans screaming and rocking out with fists in the air.The Midi Music Festival tries each year to raise awareness for a good cause, choosing a theme to achieve this aim. The 2014 theme was “Reduce Horn Honking,” and aimed to decrease noise pollution, whereas the 2013 theme, similarly environmentally-minded, had been called “Taking Action, saving Moon Bears.”

 

Suede
Suede
 
Dawanggang
大忘杠 Dawanggang
 
LYS
LYS
 
DJ
DJ
 
Taiwanese band 'I GOT U' (selected by Street Voice as one of the 'best new bands in 2012'
Taiwanese band 'I GOT U' (selected by Street Voice as one of the best new bands in 2012)
 

 

 
Get your hair put in dreadlocks or buy some shades at the festival
Get your hair put in dreadlocks or buy some shades at the festival
 
Concert goers
Concert goers
 
Concert goers
Concert goers
 
 
Muddy Boots!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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