Festive hangover: MIDI, Strawberry and Other Music Notes from the weekend
Boy I am worn out!! It’s been a long weekend with tons of music, fun, dust, wind and random happenings, which i’ll hopefully share on the blog shortly. But for now, we’ll make do with a quick recap before I get down to full blown reviews of the festivals.
Midi on Saturday was a strange affair. Dust storms and rain really affected the festival and took a dent out of the audience, a few of which did scramble to get back to civilization before the end. Still, hats off to the organizers for keeping the ship steady. No Problem with logistics or alcohol sales over there. Just good fun and really good organization. only hiccup was headliners Voodoo Kungfu got to play 3 songs before being shut down.
Strawberry on Sunday got off to a shaky start with the Modern Sky shuttles nowhere to be found. Nightmares from last year were coming back quickly. Still overall, it was good if you were inside! other than the lack of booze of course! What a sorry sight it is to look at those empty Absolut tents.. Music was good and sound better than last year! I’m still not sold though.
Midi on Monday was a must see. From all i heard and seen, it’s been the only Festival that didn’t face some sort of regulatory problem. Beautiful day, nice temperature, good music and rocking performances by AK47 and Miserable Faith. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
I didn’t go to CMV but I heard they had their own seating issues on top of stopping alcohol sales… what the hell is up with that? could someone shed a nice light on the matter for me? Why was booze banned on the day of the festivals as opposed to an early warning that it would be dry land? I don’t buy this last minute ban on a saturday bullshit.
A bunch of bands are still all around Beijing playing. The White Eyes had an impromptu stop at 2 Kolegas saturday night with a new drummer and guitar player. New guitar sucks, new drummer is freaking ACE!
D-22 was celebrating their anniversary over the weekend and i took the opportunity to check it out for the first time in 3 years. Place is nicer than i remember it but I landed there on experimental night with Birdstriking , White and some other random bands. Wish I’d picked a better day.
More notes throughout the week about the festivals folks.. stay tuned!