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The Midi Music Festival (迷笛音乐节) is back and this year is its 12th birthday! China’s longest running music festival is crashing down in Zhenjiang City (镇江) for four action packed days of aural relief this Golden Holiday.
This year it has relocated to a gorgeous, picturesque island – Shi Ye Island (京江渡). This tranquil setting, however, will be given a true makeover as it prepares to be remade in to China’s biggest festival site. That means; mosh pits, mud pits, toilet pits, porta-loos (porta-potties), camp sites, washing sites, stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, food stalls, market stalls, medical stalls, bars, cafes, tents, tents, tents and general room for a lot of drunken debauchery.
Major international acts gracing both the Tang stage and Song stage include Soulfly (Brazil), Shadows Fall (USA), Finntroll (Finland), Loudness (Japan), Kyte (UK), The Vasco Era (Australia) and The Agonist (Canada). Local acts, equally as popular but with less travelling expenses, include Tang Dynasty, Wang Yong, 2nd Hand Rose, Voodoo Kungfu and Suffocated. A full schedule of performances is available here.
The notorious Ice Cream Truck gang, known best for their all day rooftop parties here in Shanghai, are pioneering the Yuan dance Stage this year. The ICT are taking with them over 24 live acts and DJ’s to the festival, providing an eclectic combustion of dub step, drum and bass, experimental techno, tribal electro and other quirky named genres in-between.
The diversity of performers at the Midi festival is key to its success and proves for a rich melting pot of people at the event. Those who need to take a break from the music, or those staying for the full 4 days, will also be able to enjoy other entertainment which in previous years has included spas, hair salons, clothing markets, food stalls and copious bars and cafes.
If you fancy checking out this festival then tickets can be bought on the door and are a steal at only 60RMB a day (200RMB for a four day pass). Zhenjiang is only an hour and a half away by train and tickets can be bought for just 73RMB. On arrival at the station, shuttle buses will bus festival goers to the site for only 5RMB and leave every 10 minutes. For an in-depth guide on the festival be sure to check out Midi’s official site.
So, if you fancy leaving the hustle and bustle of Shanghai and exchanging it for a few days of hustle and bustle in a field – Midi Fest is the place to head.