The deja-vu encountered by looking through the Modern Sky Festival’s early-October 2013 lineup inspired the penultimate post by the now-done-with-Tumblr Slink Rat. It’s a deja-vu this blog has also had, and one that all fans of yaogun and observers of China’s growing festival scene should, too. In short, Slink Rat questioned why, with as genuine a curiosity as one might intuit from a blog post, it is the case that the same bands play the festival every year. To that we might add the concern that this is happening across the festival landscape in a way, Slink Rat points out, that wouldn’t fly elsewhere.
For almost as long as they have been putting on festivals, the folks at Midi, who have been doing it longer than anyone else, have aligned with various causes and organisations to raise awareness for a range of issues. In announcing the event that will kick off 2014’s Midi season, they have unveiled their latest guiding principle.