Midi Shanghai: for real this time?

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midizhenjiang.jpgIs a Shanghai Midi finally on the cards? Rumour has it that there will be a three-day Midi School-organised festival in early November in Shanghai. Plans are for it to take place in Zhabei district's Daning Lingshi Park (the one with the beach near Circus World) on November 7th, 8th and 9th. 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. 

Though I've had this information on good authority, this is probably still one for you to file under "I'll believe it when I see it". When a music festival is announced in China (and this one's not yet official) it's never really certain that it will take place until usually a couple of days before - and some times even that's no guarantee. Midi, for some reason, seems to be particularly adept at creating their own melodramas in the run up to their events and generates more gossip and rumours than all the other festivals put together. Just a few weeks ago, the word was of Midi going to Chengdu, the current talk is of it being in Wuhan and there's even whispers about a Midi in Anhui in 2010. Add to that the failed attempt to bring Midi to Shanghai back in May (when it ended up being in Zhenjiang instead) and you've got yourself a recipe for skepticism.

It'd be great to have a festival like Midi in Shanghai, but, if it does come, is Lingshi Park really the place to put it? It hardly seems big enough to be honest. JZ have got their annual jazz festival out in the huge Century Park in Pudong in mid-October - a different breed of festival of course, but a far more suitable venue you'd think.

Then again, Midi Shanghai is still a long way from being confirmed. Don't get too excited just yet.

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Yes, we get to blog, chat, speculate and comment on the Midi twice in one year!

Oh, and let me add, utterly unrelated, you have to see the 2008 movie Baghead.

I remember a scene from Blackadder when he had to put a bag on his head - is the movie you mention similar?

I remember an episode of Blackadder where he had to put a bag on his head - is the movie you mention similar to this?

Baghead is a hand-held, no lighting indie movie about 4 friends in LA who cant get into the film world. So they decide to go up to a cabin in the mountains and write a script for themselves to take to festivals.

Then one girl has a drunken dream that a killer with a bag on its head is trying to kill them all so they think it's a great idea for their film script. Finally, a bag head killer really comes to terrorize them.

It's an intelligent underground movie that's both funny and scary ..and insightful. It works as a drama, as a horror and as a comment on creativity and movies.

A must see.

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