Last weekend brought to town the first major outdoor summer music festivals here in Shanghai. The MIDI Music Festival took place in the southeast corner of Century Park, which provided great access to us metro riders. Was not able to make it over on Saturday as my day was booked solid with baseball practice and a playoff basketball game but was able to sneak over for the afternoon and evening sets on Sunday. The festival included two stages; a smaller electronic stage close to a sponsor organization interaction area and a main rock stage settled in front of a Tiger Beer VIP Pavilion and Jägermeister inflatable party house. As one walked between the two stages there was a smattering of folks hawking goods from small gas masks (in line with the festivals PM 2.5 air quality awareness program) to eye shades to personal festival sized shade tents. The festival grounds were very easy to navigate and a perfect fit for the crowd size. It was easy to scope out an area and find a spot among the picnicers.
Due to the late start on the day I only saw two Chinese bands (Brain Failure and Hao Yun), UK’s Little Fish, and a festival French outfit named La Souris Deglingue. Overall the music was not the best but the weather and festival atmosphere was perfect for a recovering live music fiend living in China.
Here are a few snaps from the day.