5 Best Live Music Shows in Shanghai This Week

By Erica Martin, July 11, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best concerts of the week.


Jul 11: Radwimps

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The massively popular Japanese pop-rock group returns to Shanghai after their headlining set at Concrete & Grass last year. Active since 2003, the band gradually grew in popularity throughout the 2000s before shooting to fame after composing the soundtrack for 2016 anime film Your Name. Catch them live at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Jul 11, 7.30pm, RMB599-1,399. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listing, buy tickets.


Jul 11: Velvet Underground 50th Anniversary Concert

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The Velvet Underground's John Cale visits Shanghai in honor of the groundbreaking band's 50th anniversary. He'll be playing his solo work, plus a few Velvet Underground classics, with several of China's best indie musicians, like Carsick Carís Zhang Shouwang and Chui Wan's Yan Yulong, as part of his band. The show is sold-out.
Jul 11, 7.30pm. Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, see event listing.


Jul 11: Bang Gang

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Icelandic musician Bang Gang returns to Shanghai for his latest China tour. Known for his gothic vampire-esque aesthetic and his ambient  soundscapes,  Bang Gang released his latest album, The Wolves are Whispering,  in 2015. Featuring notable vocalists like Keren Ann and Helen Marnie  of Ladytron, it's been described as 'atmospheric ghost  pop.'
Jul 11, 8.30pm, RMB380 presale, RMB480 door. Modern Sky Lab, see event listing, buy tickets


Jul 14: Plug Fest

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This rap-focused festival in a shipping dockyard across the street from the Shanghai Children's Art Theatre boasts a winning line-up, including Chengdu superstars Higher Brothers and UK duo Stooki Sound, plus Chinese rap talent like bbno$, Young Dragon, 3Bangz, B3rich, CDE, Louie Louie, Warz, Saber, TSP, Young Gee and special guests.
Jul 14, 1.30-10pm, RMB420 presale, RMB560 door. Across the street from Shanghai Children's Art Theatre, see event listing.


Jul 15: Alexandre Desplat

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A real treat for classical music fans and movie buffs alike, French composer and film scorer Alexandre Desplat arrives in Shanghai to conduct the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He's scored a slew of major films, including The Shape of Water, The Danish Girl, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I and II, and most recently, Isle of Dogs.
Jul 15, 7.30pm. Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, see event listing.


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