A wonderful surprise this evening! I got a call from Zhang Fan at the Midi School, who said that Miankong (面孔) can't play the Festival this year, so Chunqiu is on. (I posted earlier about my disappointment that we hadn't applied before the deadline this year). We'll be playing on May 4 (my favorite day) at 2:40 in the afternoon. It was loud where I was when the call came, so I couldn't quite make out whether he said main stage or the second (Gibson guitar) stage. That's where we were last year (the pic's from last May), and I thought there were more people at the Gibson stage than at the main, at least the afternoon we played. Either way I'm really relieved, and psyched to play. If you haven't been to Midi, by all means go. The festival just keeps getting better and better, featuring a steadily improving caliber of foreign and Chinese acts alike. As much of a draw is the crowd itself--a whole generation of rock kids who literally come from all over the country, with their tents pitched and blankets spread out on the grass, just getting into the music and having a good time. Puts a smile on my face.