Midi Shanghai

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Midi Shanghai, short name for a speculated Midi Music Festival in Shanghai instead of Beijing.

Background

Since 2007 it was speculated that the Beijing Midi School of Music would either relocate the festival from Beijing (due to various reasons) or open a branch festival in Shanghai sharing bands with the Beijing festival (similar to the arrangements of German Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festival, same lineup, different schedule).

In May 2009 rumours spread in the web, that a Shanghai festival would be immident, however shortly afterwards the location of Zhenjiang was announced.[1]

In September 2009, rumours spread that the festival would be held in Shanghai from November 7th to 9th (shortly after it was announced that it might be in Chengdu or Wuhan). As venue location Zhabei district's Daning Lingshi Park (the one with the beach near Circus World) was in discussion. According to Jake Newby: The line-up will apparently feature several local bands including Top Floor Circus, Cold Fairyland, The Mushrooms, Sonnet and Yuguo. It sounds as if this festival could be a "上海站" ("Shanghai station") for Midi, perhaps in collaboration with other cities/stations around the country.[2] October 11th, the Midi board announced on douban, that they had signed a contract with Shanghai’s Daning Linshi Park to do the Midi Festival Shanghai there on the 6-8th November, however on October 14th it was already announced that the festival would be cancelled, for as relevant permits from the fire department could not be received. Hence Midi Shanghai was dubbed the The shortest festival that never was.[3]

In 2011 the rumour became truth with the Shanghai Midi Music Festival 2011 being held.

Further information

References

  1. Jake Newby (2009-04-24). "Midi School: There will be a Shanghai festival". Retrieved on 2009-09-05.
  2. Jake Newby (2009-09-02). "Midi Shanghai: for real this time?". Retrieved on 2009-09-05.
  3. China Music Radar (2009-10-14). "The shortest festival that never was…". Retrieved on 2009-10-19.



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