China music festival rocks in a hard place – Reuters

From Reuters via the Washington Post (link):

To see their favorite rock bands perform live in Beijing, 21-year-old Liu Tao and his friends had no qualms about boarding a train for 20 hours and sleeping rough for a few nights.

“This is our third time here. It’s like a tradition now,” said Liu, lying on a sheet and holding a cup of beer.

Like thousands of other young people from all over the country, the black T-shirt-clad group gathered in a park in China’s capital to watch 40 bands and dozens of DJ’s at the four-day Midi Music Festival.

From crowd-surfing fans to over-priced bottles of water, the seventh edition of Midi held during China’s May Day holiday week had all the traits of a typical rock festival.

See also Reuters’ slide show of the Midi Music Festival; – “Beijing’s festival putting rock and roll on the map of China

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