If you didn’t make it to this weekend’s Midi music festival, then you’re probably going to feel the dull ache of regret after taking a gander at the sort of people who did.
There were the obligatory festival goers one might see elsewhere, including hippies, hipsters, punks, metal dudes, moshers, and other cool persons who defied categorization, all using the sign-of-the-devil as a common music fest lingua franca. There were petitions to bring back radio programs and to protect bears. There were plenty of opportunities to drink, picnic, people-watch and generally soak in the day, on top of all the music offered for the weekend.
But as far as Western cultural imperialism goes, the music festival might be one of the less evil exports to be adopted in China. Strangers gathering and dancing together, wearing clothing at turns goofy and chic in all the brightest shades of the color wheel, can’t be a bad thing. As an antidote for the overpriced club, with its emphasis on exclusion and status, the Midi Festival provided Shanghai with a chance to let their hair down, whatever length or color that hair happened to be. We only hope the organizers at the Midi School of Music continue to overcome whatever cancellations and visa concerns that might come their way.
Don’t forget to check out our earlier photo-set, in case you haven’t already.
Photos and story by Fan Huang