Shanghai-based music promoters Split Works, who just celebrated 10 years in the game last November, have a history of putting on unique and memorable festivals, from Black Rabbit in 2011 to JUE Music + Art, which ran every March for several years. Now on its third year, Concrete & Grass brings together over 60 Chinese and international artists from nearly every imaginable genre.
Cheaper than nearly any other Shanghai festival at RMB460 for a two-day pass, and especially fair given the breadth and depth of the line-up. Concrete & Grass also offers single day tickets (RMB280), discounted student tickets (RMB220 per day) and VIP tickets for an extra RMB88 per day. A ticket at the door will run you RMB380 per day. Tickets available on Damai.
If you like…
...hometown heroes of electronic music, check out Tzusing, one of the best techno producers based out of Shanghai and Taipei, and Genome, a collective of young and talented Shanghai music producers who deal in harsh industrial electronic music.
...storied indie rock reunions, don’t miss essential Beijing rockers Carsick Cars – their original line-up is reuniting to perform their celebrated debut album from 2007. There’s also Shanghai expat darlings Boys Climbing Ropes, who released four albums of catchy indie rock between 2008 and 2014 and are reuniting for the festival.
...famous frontmen, be sure to catch one of the biggest names on the bill, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, who’ll be performing with his new band Thurston Moore Group. There is also Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV, who is as famous for his modeling career, hard partying and rocky public romance with Sky Ferreira as he is for his excellent dream pop songwriting.
...hip-hop with heart, don’t miss one of the acts we’re most thrilled about: Princess Nokia, an NYC purveyor of transcendent, riot grrrl-inspired hip-hop. Chinese-American rapper Bohan Phoenix is another solid hip-hop act to catch, arriving in Shanghai fresh off of a collaboration with Higher Brothers.
...forward-thinking electronic music, don’t miss Jai Wolf’s uplifting and emotional EDM, Container’s live set of experimental techno, or Mumdance’s gritty, danceable grime.
Other major headliners include: Japanese emo rockers RADWIMPS, American folk-rock tour de force Margaret Glaspy, theatrical Chinese black metal band Zuriaake, and lots more.
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