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.
Over at Beijing Daze, Badr posted a video of the scene that opens Red Rock, which made me realize that my search for footage of that event had been too-long dormant. The Scene takes place on May 4, 2010, the final day of the Midi Music Festival, when heavy rains forced the festival to stop the action. By this time, Midi was claiming to draw upwards of 20,000 people per day to the festival; a long, strange march from their days of a few hundred students and their friends back in the inaugural 2000 edition.