Party Planner: 10 Best Nightlife Events This Weekend

By Erica Martin, May 17, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best parties of the week:


May 17: Nina Kraviz

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Producer and DJ Nina Kraviz was born and raised in Siberia, and had a successful career as a dentist before launching her electronic music career. Now, she runs two record labels and has released a slew of unique and varied EPs. Catch her show at Arkham.
May 17, 10pm, RMB180 presale, RMB250 door. Arkham, see event listing, buy tickets.


May 18: Zhu

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Rising star producer and singer Zhu returns to Shanghai thanks to STD. He’s been active since 2014 and released his first tracks while keeping his identity anonymous. His breakout track ‘Faded’ was nominated for a Grammy in 2015. He has performed at Coachella and Ultra Miami and collaborated with Skrillex. Catch his live performance at Modern Sky Lab.
May 18, 9pm. Modern Sky Lab, see event listing.


May 18: King Chain

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Le Baron continues their residency with King Chain, the alias of up-and-coming rapper Keenan Chen. Having grown up in New York but now based in LA, he began producing bass and grime before branching out into other genres to explore his chameleonic sound.
May 18, 10pm. Le Baron, see event listing


May 18: Recondite

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‘Techno’s most intriguing antihero’ Recondite comes to Shanghai for an intimate show at Elevator. The popular producer is known for his immersive audio-visual shows. He’s touring in support of his latest release, Daemmerlicht, which continues his blending of ambient, techno, classical  music and hip hop.
May 18, 10pm. Elevator, see event listing, buy tickets.


May 18-19: Feel the Beat

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CHAR Bar atop the Indigo Hotel launches a new club night to make the most of their gorgeous rooftop this summer. DJ Elsa will be taking on a residency throughout the summer, spinning her quirky mix of house, funk and hip-hop every Friday and Saturday night.
May 18-19, 8pm-1am. CHAR Bar, see event listing.


May 19: The Great Shanghai Pillow Fight and Pajama Party

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Thought  pillow fighting is just a fun activity for kids? Think again. Thanks to our innovative friends in Japan (who else?), it is now a sport. A sport  that requires full courts, uniforms and even referees. Never one to  miss out on the hottest trend on the planet, those geniuses over at  Cages Bar and Sports have decided to host The Great Shanghai Pillow  Fight and Pajama Party. Doors open at 8pm, and RMB100 entrance fee gets  you three drinks (beer, wine or spirit), while there will be two DJs and  great prizes.
May 19, 8pm, RMB100. Cages Bar & Sports, see event listing, buy tickets.


May 19: The Parrot 2-Year Anniversary

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Donghu Lu's colorful nightspot The Parrot celebrates its second anniversary. Head there for DJs Beardslap, Turner and Siesta playing UK funky all  night, plus a special drink deal: RMB100 gets you three drinks of your choice from mixed house drinks, negroni, spritz, red and white wine, Prosecco, Estrella draft and Tuatara Coastin IPA.
May 19, 9pm. The Parrot, see event listing


May 19: Flower Power

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Get in touch with your inner hippie at the latest installment of Bar Rouge's Flower Power party with MVP Events. Follow the floral dress code and dance all night to 70s classic and psychedelic music. Entry is free before midnight if you RSVP to events@mvpshanghai.com.
May 19, 9pm, RMB100 after midnight or without RSVP. Bar Rouge, see event listing.


May 19: Nervo

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In addition to being known as the highest paid female DJs in the world, Australian twins Miriam and Olivia Nervo have released a slew of hits throughout their career. They've written tracks for the likes of David Guetta and Kesha and released an acclaimed full-length album, Collateral, in 2015. Catch their performance at TAXX.
May 19, 10pm, RMB180 presale. TAXX, see event listing.


May 19: Electropical

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Every Saturday throughout the summer, Unico offers up a kaleidoscope of rhythm with their mix of Latin house and Afrobeat from DJ S.Kiv and a live percussionist. 'Aphrodisiac Margaritas' are buy one get one free from 9.30-10.30pm. Free admission before midnight with the password  'Coco.'
May 19, 9pm, RMB100 after midnight for men. UNICO Shanghai, see event listing.


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