Midi Music Festival

The Midi Music Festival, sometimes also called Midi Modern Music Festival or simply Midi Festival (Chinese: 迷笛音乐节; pinyin: Mídí Yīnyuè Jié) is among China's largest rock music festivals and is hosted by the Beijing Midi School of Music. Since its inauguration in 1997 it has been held each year in Beijing during the May holiday (May 1–3), with some breaks in 2003, 2004 and 2008 (all times held in October). Currently, it change to( April 28th to May 1st). The 2008 festival was delayed to October for reasons related to the 2008 Summer Olympics. The festival currently is held annually in four Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Shenzhen.[1]

The 2006 festival, held in Beijing's Haidian Park, hosted 40-80 thousand visitors, and featured performances by more than 50 bands (including 18 foreign bands, such as Alev, Monokino, Yokohama Music Association, The Wombats, and The Mayflies) performing on four stages (Main Stage, Guitarchina Stage, Mini Midi Stage, and Disco Stage). The artists represented the genres of rock, electro, and DJ. The 2007 festival included UK acts the Crimea, Kava Kava (band), Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

The festival regularly features environmental themes as their slogan, such as raising awareness for animals threatened with extinction[2] and PM2.5 for their 2012 festivals.[3]

Since 2008, Rock in China is providing the English language website for the Midi Modern Music Festival.[4]

The Australian band The On Fires played at the 2011 festival.

The 2012 festival featured Australian band Arcane Saints.

The 2018 MIDI festival will be held at The North Gulf (Qinzhou) and is the first edition on the beach. This year's theme is "play music, watch dolphins" with an ecological "refuse plastic plate" statement. More than 30 bands will perform; 3 foreign bands are invited.

The 2018 MIDI festival will also be held at The Qiduzhen, Taihu (Suzhou) during April 28th to May 1st, which is became an annual event for rock fans in China even around world. 4 stages for 3 days, peace& love.

See also


  1. "A Rock Gathering at Changjiang Midi Festival". Music Weekly Asia. 17 September 2013.
  2. See poster for 2011 festival.
  3. See explanation on Midi 2012 festival page
  4. As mentioned on the About Us section of Rock in China, link, accessed 2013-04-14

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