Taihu Midi Day 3
Last day at Taihu midi started exactly the same as the second day, with heat, and electronic music playing at both stages. but the feel of the crowd was completely different and was more like the normal MIDI crowd you would get at a rock festival. I guess most of the fans had come to see “Children of Bodom”.
The electronic music stages seemed to run out of steam by the third day with fewer people dancing at the stages. The DJs played through out the day, but it was a common sight to see no one listening to the DJs and the DJs playing to an empty stage.
At around 5:40, the grass stage switch from electronic music to rock with the Japanese metal band GYZE taking stage.GYZE was extremely impressive and they rocked the stage really hard. China has always been a heaven for hard rock and metal and they crowd responded to their very hardcore sound.
But GYZE was just the appetizer, as most people had come to see “Children of Bodom” All the photographers were kicked out of the pit before the show started. We were all told not to shoot with flash, which is no problem for me. I almost never use a flash, I just don’t like the way photos look when you shoot with flash, but that was a serious problem for Chinese photographers as they shoot with flash all the time. Before the show started, I tried to warn a few of them that they need to shoot quickly as I am sure that after three songs we would be booted out of the pit. I hate to say it, but I was completely on the money this time as after the third song, we were all kicked out of the pit and I was basically the only photographer to walk away with usable shots. Not the greatest shoots, but more than usable. I felt very sorry for the Chinese photographers though, some had only taken about 10 shots as they are used to shooting the entire set so they work much slower.
Once we were kicked out of the pit, I saw an opening on the security railing, so i ran around the stage, climbed up the railing and I had a great view of the show from “Children of Bodom” They have a great live show and I highly recommend going to watch them.
With the end of the Children of Bodom set, the festival had basically come to an end for me, I had not really come for the electronic music so I left the festival shortly afterwards and went home. It was a fun festival, but very different from the normal midi music festival. I look forward to shoot some MIDI music festivals next year again