The 12 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By Sarah Forman, April 15, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events on this week:

Apr 15: Game of Thrones Screenings

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Game of Thrones season is back, but hey, you probably already knew that because it’s all anybody's going to be talking about for the next six weeks, and subsequently has come up like every 15 minutes for the past month. If you haven’t already talked your friend with the biggest TV into letting you crash their upcoming Monday nights, there are a whole mess of places doing screenings with food and drink deals, so be sure to check that out here.

Apr 15: Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet

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Michaela Rabitsch – singer, composer and Austria’s only female top jazz trumpet player – will be taking the stage with acclaimed guitarist Robert Pawlik to present Gimme the Groove, their sixth studio release. The Shanghai concert marks the duo's twentieth year together on the road. And man, have they been places. Part of what makes their performances so special is that they base their sound on traditional jazz, swing and blues while incorporating elements of Indian, African or Latin American music. With 1,500 concerts in almost 50 countries, Michaela and Robert have played everywhere from intimate jazz clubs to big stages at international festivals.

Apr 15, 9pm, RMB130. JZ Club, see event listing, buy tickets.

Apr 16: Talos

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One listen to this Irish singer and it’s clear why he’s slated to open for Peter Bjorn & John on their upcoming US tour. Before he plays with the folk pop legends, he’s hitting China for a short stint of soulful ballads. His haunting sound and impressive range is reminiscent of Bon Iver in an eerie and touching arrangement of work that’s sure to move audiences at Yuyintang Park.

Apr 16, 8.30pm, RMB130 pre-sale, RMB160 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listingbuy tickets.

Apr 16: Ryan Hemsworth and Yurufuwa Gang

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This one flew under the radar for a minute, but Ryan Hemsworth is hitting up Arkham this week with Japan's rising rap duo Yurufuwa Gang. Hemsworth's video ‘Special Girl’ came out earlier this year and we were in love, but this is shaping up to be a different kind of set. Check out Circus Circus for a preview of what to expect. 'No Visa' is a favorite over here.


Apr 16, 10pm, RMB100 pre-sale, RMB150 door. Arkham, see event listing, buy tickets.

Apr 17: Craig Handy Trio

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Born in Oakland, California, Criag Handy started experimenting with guitar, trombone and piano at an early age, but it didn't take long before he settled on his first true love, the saxophone. He went on to attended North Texas State University, won the coveted Charlie Parker Scholarship and became a frontrunner in the school’s exceptional One O’ Clock Jazz Ensemble, which was just the start of his exceedingly impressive career. 

Apr 17, 9.30pm, RMB130-180. JZ Club, see event listing, buy tickets.

Apr 19: Tom Green

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Tom Green exploded on MTV with the ground-breaking comedy show The Tom Green Show. Before Reality TV, YouTube and social media existed, Tom Green’s man-on-the-street pranks changed television forever. He’s graced the cover of Rolling Stone, hosted Saturday Night Live, guest hosted Letterman, and appeared on Oprah, Jay Leno, Kimmel, Fallon, Conan, The Daily Show and more!

Apr 19, 8.30pm, RMB350 standard, RMB550 VIP. Shanghai Comedy Bunker, see event listingbuy tickets.

Apr 19: AlunaGeorge

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Known for their extremely danceable club anthems, the London electronic duo AlunaGeorge are performing at Arkham on the 19th. Having collaborated with DJ Snake on the club hit ‘You Know You Like It’, they’ve established themselves through a series of solo albums with their bright and upbeat tunes, even opening for Coldplay in 2017.

Apr 19, 9pm, RMB260 pre-sale, RMB300 door. Arkham, see event listingbuy tickets.

Apr 19: Kim Ann Foxman and China Social Club

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The Hawaiian DJ earned her stripes as the vocalist for, and musician in, Hercules and Love Affair, but has kept them thanks to her piano house, breakbeat, techno and rave sets. She’ll be playing with China Social Club this Friday at Electric Circus for a dance heavy night.

Apr 19, 10pm, RMB80 before midnight, RMB120 after. Electric Circus The Shanghai EDITION, see event listing.

Apr 19-20: Old-School vs. New School

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Shake’s six-piece band are mixing up the raw funk and soul with the millennial classics on Friday and Saturday nights. Expect hip hop, R&B, house and even techno - it all goes back to funk, soul, jazz and rock. This concert and dance party is all about exploring their roots and slamming the funk next to some new sounds and dancing into the stars. Dress code: Throwback vs. Hypermodern.

Apr 19-20, 10pm, RMB100. Shake, see event listing.

Apr 20: AVICII Family

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One year after the Swedish DJ’s untimely death, TAXX will be paying tribute to the much-missed EDM icon in an afternoon and evening of several guest DJs.

Apr 20, 3pm, RMB98. TAXX, see event listingbuy tickets.

Apr 20: Hologram Dreams

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It’s that time of month again! Hologram Dreams is back for a night of city-pop, Italo disco, Chicago house and cybernetic madness. Come kick it with DJ Heatwolves and get ready for all the anime visuals.

Apr 20, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.

Apr 22: Troye Sivan

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Superstar Troye Sivan is bringing his ‘The Bloom Tour’ to Shanghai. He’s all set to perform at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 22, following the release of his critically acclaimed album Bloom

Apr 22, 8pm, RMB380-1,280. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listingbuy tickets.

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