"I hope someday you will join us." -- John Lennon
The 2006 MIDI Music festival hits Beijing's Haidian Park from May 1 to May 4, 2006. Over 100 local and foreign bands and artists will take part, so fans can count on four full days of music.
This year's festival will have five stages, four inside the venue and one outside.
Main stage: 40 bands, both local and foreign will perform on the main stage.
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Guitar China Stage: A new addition to festival, this stage, hosted by Guitar China will highlight the musicians brought by Guitar China in approximately 30 solo and group performances. This stage will also feature the top ten finalists of Guitarchina.com national band competition.
Mini Midi Stage: Hosted by Sub Jam's Yan Jun, this stage features experimental music and avant-garde musicians and bands. Over twenty acts will perform on this stage.
Yen Dance Music Stage: Sponsored by Yen Records and its parent company, Ao Tu Culture, more than twenty Chinese and foreign DJs and musicians will play a variety of dance music. A four-day showcase of the development and spirit of Chinese electronic music.
Après Midi Stage: As the Haidian Park festivities wind down for the day, the festivities at Tango begin: Each night of the Festival, beginning at 9:30pm, YGTwo presents a showcase of the bands that have come to Midi from overseas. While the action at the Festival ends on May 4, Après Midi keeps rocking: May 5 is "heavy night", featuring a lineup of local heavy hitters co-organized by Painkiller magazine and rockinchina.com.
The Midi Festival has already proved a boon to China's flourishing youth culture, with its music, wide open spaces, blue skies and friendly smiles. As the biggest and most exciting outdoor party in Beijing, the Midi Festival provides the perfect mix of local and foreign musicians, artists, punks, rockers, metalheads, students, white-collar workers, journalists and more. It is certainly one of China's great symbols of freedom and equality. See you there!