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Festival Preview: Strawberry and Midi

Here's what's going on at this week's Strawberry and Midi festivals, who's doing it, when and why you might want to pop down for a little bit.
By Apr 28, 2013 Nightlife
So we have a three-day holiday coming up, starting Monday April 28, and Modern Sky's Strawberry Festival is happening Monday-Wednesday in Expo Park in Pudong. Then this coming weekend, Friday May 3 to Sunday May 5, there's the Midi Festival in Century Park in Pudong.

We have full line-ups, ticket info, times and so forth below. We'll also be doing live photo streaming from the festivals. Check the party photo box on the front page for as-it-happens snaps... If we can get the technology to work. OK, flip flops at the ready, we're in...

Strawberry is organized by Modern Sky, a big record label based in Beijing. They also put on Festivals in Wuhan, Xi'an, Zhenjiang and in the capital. This is probably China's number one music festival. Tends to draw a mainly Chinese crowd. Can be full or a bit meh, depending largely on the weather. This year's line-up has a diverse mix of rock, Chinese pop and some folk, plus an electronic stage called the Guava Electro Stage that has some regular Shanghai faces like DJ Doggy, MHP, Drunk Monk and R3, plus a couple of international guests.

The headline bands are Deerhoof from the US, Travis (if you like that kind of thing), and Australian popster Lenka. The Chinese bands are a solid roster of names from BJ and SH, including Re-TROS, Top Floor Circus, New Pants, Brain Failure, Hedgehog, The Gar and Invisible Truth.

Tickets, Times & Getting There

Strawberry starts each day at 12:30pm, with the music getting going around 1pm. They'll kick everyone out at around 9:30pm. Tickets are available on the door for 180rmb per day, or 480rmb for a three-day pass. Expect a queue going in if you weren't smart enough to get cheap presales on SmartTicket (too late now, fool). Expo Park is pretty easy to get to. Take the metro to Yaohua Lu in Pudong and follow the people from the station for about 10 minutes to the site.

Here's the full line-up for each day, for all five stages.

Monday, April 29

Strawberry Stage
1:00-1:40pm - Candy Monster
2:00-2:40pm - Liang Xiao Xue
3:00-3:40pm - Yida Huang (Singapore)
4:00-4:40pm - Deerhoof (US)
5:00-6:00pm - Re-TROS
6:20-7:20pm - Omnipotent Youth Society
8:00-9:00pm - Xie Tian Xiao (XTX)

Love Stage
12:30-1:10pm - Forget and Forgive
1:30-2:10pm - French Films (Finland)
2:30-3:10pm - Chochukmo (Hong Kong)
3:30-4:10pm - Rockmui (Hong Kong)
4:30-5:10pm - Wu Tiao Ren
5:30-6:30pm - Before the Dawn (Finland)
7:00-8:00pm - Top Floor Circus

Taiwan Stage
2:10-2:50pm - Bearbabes
3:30-4:10pm - Bao Bu
4:50-5:30pm - Tangmu Hake
6:10-6:50pm - Wei Ru Yun
7:30-8:30pm - Chen Chien-Nien

School Stage
2:00-2:30pm - Follow Debater
3:00-3:30pm - Play Vocal Ensemble (Taiwan)
4:00-4:30pm - Anfang Team
5:00-5:30pm - Car Car Cars
6:00-6:30pm - Dark Promise
7:00-7:30pm - Water Level

Guava Electro Stage
2:00-3:00pm - DJ L-j
3:00-4:00pm - DJ Doggy
4:00-5:00pm - Esa
5:00-6:00pm - MHP
6:00-7:00pm - Meng
7:00-8:00pm - Gotama (Belgium)
8:00-9:30pm - Ecliptic (Mexico)
VJ: Tina Sprinkles

Tuesday, May 30

Strawberry Stage
1:00-1:40pm - Glow Curve
2:00-2:40pm - Streets Kill Strange Animals
3:00-3:40pm - Ivana Wang (Hong Kong)
4:00-4:40pm - Life Journey
5:00-6:00pm - Pent Tan
6:20-7:20pm - Zhang Xuan (Taiwan)
8:00-9:00pm - New Pants + Zhang Qiang

Love Stage
12:30-1:10pm - SNH48
1:30-2:10pm - Monokino (Netherlands)
2:30-3:10pm - Hao Meimei
3:30-4:10pm - Ma Tiao
4:30-5:10pm - Da Bang
5:30-6:30pm - Immanu EL (Sweden)
7:00-8:00pm - Brain Failure

Taiwan Stage
2:10-2:50pm - Huang Jianwei
3:30-4:10pm - Yi Yiliang
4:50-5:30pm - Ou Kai Choir
6:10-6:50pm - Zhao Yihao
7:30-8:30pm - Quarterback

School Stage
2:00-2:30pm - V-Day
3:00-3:30pm - Micapella (Singapore)
4:00-4:30pm - The House Jacks (US)
5:00-5:30pm - Magic Lion
6:00-6:30pm - Stolen Joy
7:00-7:30pm - Lying on the Rails

Guava Electro Stage
2:00-3:00pm - MIA
3:00-4:00pm - Yen
4:00-5:00pm - Destoys
5:00-6:00pm - DJ Drunk Monk (UK)
6:00-7:00pm - ConRank (UK)
7:00-8:00pm - R3 (Australia)
8:00-9:30pm - Young Punx (UK)

Wednesday, May 1

Strawberry Stage
1:00-1:40pm - Steely Heart
2:00-2:40pm - The Tree
3:00-3:40pm - Pony Pony Run Run (France)
4:00-4:40pm - Hedgehog
5:00-6:00pm - Lenka (Australia)
6:20-7:20pm - Second Hand Rose
8:00-9:00pm - Travis (UK)

Love Stage
12:30-1:10pm - Tinderbox
1:30-2:10pm - Wiretree
2:30-3:10pm - A Si
3:30-4:10pm - Song Dongye
4:30-5:10pm - Mr. Chelonian
5:30-6:10pm - The Gar
7:00-8:00pm - Sound Fragment

Taiwan Stage
2:10-2:50pm - Ke Min Xun
3:30-4:10pm - Hunger Artist
4:50-5:30pm - 929 Orchestra
6:10-6:50pm - My Skin Against Your Skin
7:30-8:30pm - Wan Fang

School Stage
2:00-2:30pm - Hu Hu Dress
3:00-3:30pm - E.X.I.T. (Korea)
4:00-4:30pm - Su Yi Guan
5:00-5:30pm - The Cleft
6:00-6:30pm - Invisible Truth
7:00-7:30pm - Mister.Lady

Guava Electro Stage
2:00-3:00pm - √2
3:00-4:00pm - Yoko
4:00-5:00pm - CNdY
5:00-6:00pm - Jack Esquire (UK)
6:00-7:00pm - Shanghai Ultra (UK)
7:00-8:00pm - Dave K
8:00-9:30pm - Phonat (Italy)

For an indepth talk with Shen Lihui, the founder of Modern Sky and the man who started this festival, pop over to SmartBeijing right here.

Though smaller in scale, MIDI is the longest-running large-scale Chinese music festival. This year they're celebrating the 20th anniversary of their MIDI School, which has been minting young rock musicians and producers since 1993. Many alumni of the MIDI School are on this year's bill, along with the same handful of bands that headline the festival every year — Subs, Nova Heart, Chaos Mind. They have three stages: Tang, Qing and Yuan. Most of it is pretty predictable Beijing and Shanghai rock and punk bands, plus an electronic stage with familiar names from Shanghai's roster of jobbing DJs.

Tickets, Times & Getting There

Friday starts at 5pm and goes to 9:30pm. Saturday and Sunday both get going around 12:30pm and go till 9:30pm. The festival takes place at the south/east part of Century Park. The entrance is at Gate 5. Best to get the metro to Huamu Road (Line 7) and follow the crowds from there, or Century Park station (Line 2) but that's a 5-10 minutes walk. If you go there by taxi tell the driver to drop you off at the corner of Huamu Lu and Fangdian Lu, or just say Gate 5 of Century Park. Tickets are 120rmb at the gate, per day. Expect to queue or buy advanced tickets from SmartTicket. At the time of writing, we still have some left for 100rmb per day, or 280rmb for a three-day pass, though due to the holiday, the delivery of those is going to be on Thursday. Here's the event link with the full address of the site.

And the full line up, day by day:

Friday, May 3

Tang Dynasty Stage
17:00-17:30 Hogan Band
17:50-18:20 Manceau
18:40-19:10 Emergency Gate
19:30-20:00 Amoral
20:30-21:30 D-A-D

Qing Dynasty Stage
17:00-17:20 Marquee 7
17:35-17:55 Fire Scene
18:10-18:30 Magpie (蓝鹊)
18:45-19:15 The Trees (树)
19:30-20:00 From the Red (红色蔓延)

Yuan Stage (electronic music)
17:00-18:15 Yuan
18:15-19:30 Tourettez
19:30-20:30 Weng Weng
20:30-21:30 Sulumi
17:00-21:30 VJ- Mark Stoned

Saturday, May 4

Tang Dynasty Stage
13:00-13:30 Zi Yue Qiu Ye (子曰秋野)
13:50-14:30 Fearless
14:50-15:30 Sybreed
15:50-16:30 Ordnance (巨蟹座)
16:50-17:30 Subs
17:50-18:30 Zhan Fu (战斧)
18:50-19:30 The Ghost Inside
19:50-20:30 Yakasa (夜叉)
20:50-21:30 Escape Plan (逃跑计划)

Qing Dynasty Stage
13:00-13:20 SNC
13:35-13:55 Shi Cha (时刹)
14:10-14:30 Jungle Woods (森林木)
14:45-15:05 Candy Shop (甜品店)
15:20-15:40 Xin Cun (新村)
15:55-16:15 POlastic chocolate (塑料巧克力)
16:30-16:50 Magic Lion (摩术狮)
17:10-17:30 Bigger Xifu (大囍福)
17:45-18:05 Kids' Midi -666(孩子的迷笛环节)
18:10-18:20 Kids' Midi -李梓譞(孩子的迷笛环节)
18:40-19:10 Djizoes
19:30-20:00 Mr Firework (烟火先生)
20:30-21:30 Bubble Beatz

Yuan Stage (electronic music)
13:00-14:30 John Yang
14:30-15:30 Jack Esquire
15:30-16:30 Florian Bo
16:30-17:30 Dave K
17:30-18:30 Charp
18:30-19:30 Verse@ille
19:30-20:30 LLND
20:30-21:30 Ben Huang
13:00-21:30 VJ-Pechou LLNd

Sunday, May 5

Tang Dynasty Stage
13:00-13:30 The Lanterns (蘭亭)
13:50-14:30 Mercy and Sorrow (大悲)
14:50-15:30 The Agency
15:50-16:30 Suffocated (窒息)
16:50-17:30 The Dragon God (龙神道)
17:50-18:30 Nova Heart
18:50-19:30 SMZB (生命之饼)
19:50-20:30 Twisted Machine (扭曲机器)
20:50-21:30 Miserable Faith (痛仰)

Qing Dynasty Stage
13:00-13:20 Prank
13:35-13:55 Memory Pieces (记忆碎片)
14:10-14:30 NAMEUS
14:45-15:15 Rest In Peace
15:30-16:00 5 Pence (五便士)
16:15-16:45 Tang Trio (唐趣)
17:00-17:30 Chaos Mind
17:45-18:05 The RouleTe
18:10-18:20 Kids' Midi (李梓譞)
18:40-19:10 Day Dreamer (空想家)
19:30-20:00 Old Doll
20:30-21:30 Bubble Beatz

Yuan Stage (electronic music)
13:00-14:30 Kaka
14:30-15:30 Lao Bang
15:30-16:30 Donn Wong
16:30-17:30 Adrien Gee
17:30-18:30 Conrank
18:30-19:30 Roo
19:30-20:30 Siesta
20:30-21:30 Steven Lorenz

That's it. We're out of here until Thursday. See you in the drum circle, man. See you down the front for Chaos Mind. I'm be the gurning muppet having it to Florian Bo. Or, for MP3s from some of these acts and DJ Sacco's take on all this balls, read this.



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  • neens

    According to the flyer and friends, Yuan stage's line-ups for the 4th and 5th should be the other way around.

  • Tingbudong.

    Bring beer to Strawberry fest! NO BEER!

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