The Midi Rock Music festival is held at the beginning of May in Haidian Park, just west of Beijing University campus (www.midifestival.com); it has always been controversial, banned in 2008 and with foreign acts occasionally refused permission to play. Still, plenty of local talent is on display, and the audience is enthusiastic. You can even camp, for the full-on “Chinese Glastonbury” experience. Tickets ¥280 for all three days, or ¥120 per day.

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