What's On in Shanghai: September 2018

By Sarah Forman, September 4, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events of the month.


Sep 5-28: Tango Cabaret Soiree

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Another cabaret production from The Pearl, Tango is all about one of the world's sexiest dances. It surveys a full range of the genre, from jazz tango to psycho tango, through the story of a girl who's trying to find her way in Buenos Aires.

Sep 5-28, 9pm, RMB200 presale, RMB250 door. The Pearl, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 6: TOPS

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Canadian indie-pop dream, TOPS' upbeat, lo-fi sound captures summer at its finest with airy chords and twangy guitars. They're good friends with Mac Demarco, and one listen tells you why - they're both on a mission to make retro relevant, and they're killing it.

Sep 6, 8.30pm, RMB120. Yuyintang Park, see event listing


Sep 6: Hello Franky

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This pop-punk band from Henan is celebrating their debut EP with a tour across China. For those of you who jumped around to New Found Glory or still get all the feels whenever 'First Date' comes on, you'll want to check these guys out on their Yuyintang stop.

Sep 6, 8.30pm, RMB60 presale, RMB80 door. Yuyintang, see event listing.


Sep 6-9 and 12-16: Franziskaner Oktoberfest

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This Bavarian multi-day festival features free-flow beer, live Bavarian music and a three-course dinner hosted by Zeitgeist Bavarian Eatery & Bar. Free. Flow. Beer. Need we say more?

Sept 6-9 and 12-16, from RMB350. Rockbund, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 7: Parachutes on Fire Album Release

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Taking cues from psychedelic and classic rock, Parachutes on Fire are known for their groovy riffs, bold harmonies and aviation themed lyrics. This Shanghai-based five-piece rock band will be playing tracks from their newest album at Yuyintang, so go local and support your homegrown bands.

Sep 7, 8.30pm doors, RMB80. Yuyintang, see event listing.


Sep 7: Mykki Blanco

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Electric Circus at The Shanghai Edition kicks off the first of their "Blacklist" parties with Mykki Blanco, Amber Akilla and DJ Toy. Blanco's rap, camp and performance artistry have earned him quite a name for himself, so this is sure to be a wild night. It's RSVP only, so if you want to attend, follow Electric Circus on Wechat: electriccircus.

Sep 7, 10pm, RSVP only. Electric Circus, see event listing.


Sep 8: Mopsi Pop-Up

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Come along to Kaffiend and attend the Pop-Up Launch of Mopsi, the streetwear clothing and accessories brand founded in 2018 by Kai-Li-Ma. You will be able to find hidden Mopsi products in the Kaffiend store, as well as recieve free drinks, gifts and so much more. We will also have live music provided by '90s hip hop artist DJ Star USB. 

Sep 8, no cover. Kaffiend, see event listing.


Sep 8: Steve Aoki

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Legendary electronic producer and DJ Steve Aoki will be playing a set at Linx this month. Expect to hear his remixes of songs by famous artists like Fall Out Boy, and revere his Jesus-like hair as he spins the discs.

Sep 8, 10.30pm, RMB380 early bird, RMB480 presale, RMB580 door. Linx, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 8-9: Kerry Beer Fest

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This beer festival hosted at the Kerry Hotel will be bringing in over 30 food and beverage vendors from the city, including Zapfler, Shangri-la Beer, Shanghai Love Beer, Tomatito and New York Pizza, for a boozy and delicious weekend.

Sep 8-9, no cover. Kerry Hotel Pudong, see event listing.


Sep 9: Secret Rooftop

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Ooh. A secret rooftop party. Well, sort of secret. They'll have drinks, snacks, games and 10 hours of house/techno/disco to keep you feeling good. Weather permitting, it'll all come with an awesome sunset too.

Sep 9, noon, RMB80. Youin House, see event listing.


Sep 12: That’s Shanghai Food & Drink Awards 2018

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Shanghai's best and brightest culinary stars will be taking over the Bund-side hotspot Bar Rouge for a night of recognition and networking. You did the voting, so come join your favorite chefs and industry icons in a celebration of all things delicious. There will, of course, be plenty to drink.
Sep 12, 6pm-10pm, RMB200. Bar Rouge, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 12: Dua Lipa

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This singer-songwriter has been taking over global club stereos for months now with her earworm of a hit, 'One Kiss.' Known for selling out headlining shows, her music is full of electronic threads woven in to highly danceable tracks.

Sep 12, 8pm, RMB480-680. National Exhibition and Convention Center, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 14: Motel77

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Straight off the infamous French record label Dame Noir, Dada brings you Thoma Cher & Charp, also known as Motel77. Key players in the underground Shanghai scene, they've also toured everywhere from Beijing to Hanoi. Check them out this month for a "dark disco" set.

Sep 14, 10pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.


Sep 14-15: BalletBoyz: Life.

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These elegant and innovative dancers and choreographers, known for wearing matching bunny masks, will showcase their talent and give the audience a new definition of ballet. This is gonna be a good one.

Sep 14-15, 7.30pm, RMB180-880. Shanghai International Dance Center, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 15: SIP

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Social Supply is bringing back SIP cocktail festival, where some of Shanghai's finest bartenders will be shaking and mixing their signatures for the crowd. A ticket comes with a free drink at the door.

Sep 15, noon to 9pm, RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Grandtown, see event listing.


Sep 15: Hitobashira’s Album Release Show

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This thrash groove metal band is celebrating the release of their second album with a show at Yuyintang, with Shanghai's experimental punk darling Dirty Fingers and three other bands on the. Ticket includes a free copy of the album. Expect plenty of cheap drinks and giveaways. The 13th they'll have a listening party at Inferno too, so be sure to hit that up for something a little more intimate.

Sep 15, 9pm doors, RMB80. Yuyintang, see event listing.


Sep 15-16: Concrete & Grass

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Known for emerging acts and a wide range of music, expect to hear everything from city-folk to bubblegum trap at the fourth edition of this Shanghai-born festival. Theyíve even got a whole separate lineup for kids, making it a family-friendly event.

Sep 15-16, 11.30am-11pm, RMB360 single-day, RMB600 two-day. Shanghai Rugby Football Club, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 18: Jessie J

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British pop star Jessie J is riding on her success after winning Chinese reality singing contest, Singer, with a multi-city China tour. Landing at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Sep 18, expect to hear hits like Bang Bang and singles from her new album R.O.S.E. at the show.

Sep 18, 8pm, RMB380-1280. Mercedez-Benz Arena, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 21-22: CHina CHat

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CHina CHat is a two-day event dedicated to WeChat and online digital marketing in the Chinese market. Run by WalktheChat and China Channel, they'll hold morning workshops, sell social products and host panel discussions during the event. Don't miss out on the after-party for networking and drinks.

Sep 21-22, 2pm, from RMB488. The Place, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 21-23: Expat Show

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This convention dedicated to creating the best international lifestyle platform for all communities is where you can find information, products and services, and representatives from F&B, the education industry, health, tourism and more to make living in Shanghai much easier.

Sep 21-23, 10am-5pm. Shanghai Exhibition Center, see event listing.


Sep 21-24: Shalanaya Open Air Festival

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Known for its Burning Man groovy vibes, interactive activities and its community, this festival welcomes the young and old in an open-air atmosphere.

Sep 21-24, RMB300-RMB480. 369 Yedang Cun, Zhujiajiao, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 22-23: JZ Festival

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The biggest and bluesiest jazz festival in Shanghai is back again with some impressive names like Branford Marsalis Quartet and The Original Gypsies as part of its diverse and impressive lineup that'll turn any pair of sneakers into dancing shoes. As plenty of family-friendly activities are available, it's a great way for music lovers of any age to spend a day outdoors. Children under 1.3 meters in height are free.

Sep 22-23. CAMP 3399, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 30: The Royal Concept

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The Swedish version of Phoenix is coming to Modern Sky Lab for a bubbly show that'll keep you on your feet. Taking influence from The Strokes, their indie-rock sound is light, fun and backed by dreamy effects.

Sep 30, 8.30pm, RMB150 presale, RMB200 door. Modern Sky Lab, see event listing, buy tickets.


Oct 7-11: Shanghai Rolex Masters

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The ATP Tour returns to Shanghai, where some of the biggest names in tennis will fight for the right to call themselves the best. 

Oct 7-11, RMB90-400. Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, see event listing, buy tickets.


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