The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By Sarah Forman and James Farquharson, April 22, 2019

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


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. Mercedez-Benz Arena, see event listingbuy tickets.


Apr 24: Peter Piek

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The German artist Peter Piek is a jack of all trades - a painter, writer and performance artist, there’s not much he can’t do. With his high vocal range and folksy sound, his music is unique and often compared to auditory painting. Best to give him a listen yourself, but we think it’s likely to be a soulful and intimate show at Yuyintang.

Apr 24, 8.30pm, RMB20 pre-sale, RMB80 door. Yuyintang, see event listing.


Apr 25: Sascha & Laurent

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This improvisational jazz duo from Luxembourg are in Shanghai for one night and one night only. Expect the unexpected in an all out affront to the senses with intense vocals from Sascha and deep ranging bass from Laurent.

Apr 25, 8pm, RMB60 pre-sale, RMB80 door. Yuyintang, see event listing.


Apr 26: BENEDEK


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Shanghai local crew Daily Vinyl and Xiamen’s BEATWEEN are presenting BENEDEK from LA at Dada on April 26. This dude’s released some of the sweetest modern synth-pop/boogie/proto-house music making this a must-see for electronic lovers.

Apr 26, 9pm, RMB60. Dada, see event listing.


Apr 26: Gatti and the Gang

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They did it before and now they’re doing it again - Cristina Gatti of Postmodern Jukebox is doing another set at The McKinnon or updated jazz standards and real’ good tunes. Catch her while you can, Leonardo Di Caprio style.

Apr 26, 10.30pm, RMB280, RMB3,500 VIP. The McKinnon Hotel, see event listing.


Apr 27: Descendents

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The Descendents are coming to China, and anyone who reads that and doesn’t want to run to the nearest mosh pit or mug of coffee is in dire need of a crash course in “punk 101”. The Descendents, who formed in 1977, are the earliest pioneers of US pop punk and have been at the forefront of the west coast hardcore punk movement since its genesis in the late 1970s. Founding drummer, Bill Stevenson, is one of the most recognizable and respected drummers of the genre having played for Black Flag during their most daring and genre bending years. As always, with a wrist band you get a free drink at Specters after the show, so consider hitting the after party if you’re up for it.

Apr 27, 9pm, RMB280 pre-sale, RMB330 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listingbuy tickets.


Apr 27: China Social Club

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If pop punk isn’t your thing, hit Dada for China Social Club’s monthly romp. They’ll be playin’ house, techno and a whole blend of other stuff to have you work off the week and settle into Saturday night.

Apr 27, 10pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.


Apr 28: Dancelife

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Dancelife is back for its second iteration at Z&B Fitness on Changle Lu. Move and groove for an hour of self care and charity! All proceeds go to Lifeline Shanghai so you really can feel good about your Sunday night and a weekend of bad decisions.

Apr 28, 5pm, RMB50. Z&B Fitness, see event listing.


Apr 29: Warbly Jets


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Drawing heavily on influences from 1980s Los Angeles bands like Dream Syndicate and The Byrds, Warbly Jets bring a neo-psychedelic sound to the stage this month. On their well-received latest EP Propaganda, they’ve been delving into a more electro-centric modus operandi to record their thoughts on consumerism, social media and modern America.

Apr 29, 8.30pm, RMB160 pre-sale, RMB220 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listingbuy tickets.


Apr 29 - May 2: JZ Spring Fest

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The 6th annual jazz festival will feature over a hundred local and international jazz musicians including some big names such as Laura Fygi, John Daversa and Journey drummer Steve Smith. Artists will play across multiple stages during the multiday festival. Ranging from blues to funk and Latin fusion to R&B, it’s a diverse and impressive lineup that’ll turn any pair of ordinary sneakers into dancing shoes. All outdoor concerts are free, but you can buy tickets for headliners like Fygi and Daversa.

Apr 29 - May 2, varying times, RMB680 (all outdoor performances free). Shanghai Center Theatre, see event listing, buy tickets


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