The 9 Best Live Shows in Shanghai This Week

By Bryan Grogan, September 11, 2019

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


Sep 12: Ugly Girls/Poetry in Shorts

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It's been a minute since Ugly Girls took to the stage, but they're back, and we're delighted. The punk group are joined by Poetry in Shorts (apparently the saviors of rock in their Showstart description), a group which includes former members of Dirty Fingers. If you're feeling a bit dirty, a bit raw and in need of a good mosh pit, head over to Yuyintang. 

Sep 12, 9pm; RMB60 presale, RMB80 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


Sep 12: The Twilight Sad

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The Twilight Sad have built a reputation of putting on raucous, ear-splittingly loud live shows. The Scottish crew create somber indie pop music, with vocalist James Alexander‘s Caledonian twang putting us in mind of a sad Glasvegas. Don’t miss the chance to catch one of the most memorable live acts in the world this week. 

Sep 12, 8.30pm; RMB100 student, RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets


Sep 13: Daydreams Day Party

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Daydreams, Melbourne’s loosest dance floor, is coming to Tank Shanghai for a massive day party that lasts all the way into the night. Music on the evening will come from Australian Daydreams DJs Mark Free and Maxwell S, with local support from China Social Club, Mau Mau, Endy and E L F. In conjunction with Tank Art Festival, this day party features a warehouse with a booming sound system from DAS Audio, a glorious rooftop overlooking the river, scary mannequin heads, pizza from Homeslice, drinks from Boxing Cat, Absolut, Ballantines, loving support from Skullcandy and a wacky inflatable arm man all in a massive old oil tank.

Sep 13, 4pm; RMB88-128. Tank Shanghai. See event listing. Tickets


Sep 13: Tkay Maidza

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Born in Zimbabwe, before moving to Australia, Maidza became a full-time bronntosaurus at the age of 17... wait, we read that wrong. Maidza released her first single ‘Bronntosaurus’ at the age of 17, and her first EP Switch Tape in 2014. She followed that up with her debut album, Tkay, which featured a contribution from Killer Mike. Catch her this weekend as she chops it up in Arkham. 

Sep 13, 9pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Arkham. See event listing. Tickets


Sep 13: GriffO

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Hangzhou band GriffO came back with a brand-spanking new album earlier this year, which reveled in AI and electronics, as the band attempts to describe our continuing reliance on machines. Catch this new step in the band’s story this weekend as they take the stage at Yuyintang. 

Sep 13, 8.30pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


Sep 13-14: Kamasi Washington

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Blue Note Shanghai are wasting no time getting into the swing of things. This weekend they invite the amazing Kamasi Washington and his band for two evenings. Washington rocketed to stardom after the release of his 2015 debut album The Epic. He has followed up on the success of that record with another studio album, Heaven and Earth, as well as two EPs, all on acclaimed lable Young Turks. 

Sep 13-14, 7.30/10pm; RMB400-600. Blue Note Shanghai. See event listing. Tickets


Sep 13-15: JZ Festival

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China’s biggest jazz and blues festival is back, celebrating their 15th anniversary. This year’s fest will be held from September 13-15 at the Maxus Datong Music Valley, just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival. The 15th annual festival boasts a lineup of 75 bands including Lalah Hathaway, Jacob Collier, the Earth Wind & Fire Experience (featuring the Al McKay All Stars), Marcus Miller, Jaga Jazzist, Tia Ray, Cui Jian, Li Quan, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Viento Terral with Andy Hunter, just to name a few. Musicians and bands from far and wide are bringing the sounds of jazz, blues, funk, Latin, fusion and more to JZ’s stages.

Sep 13-15, times vary; RMB460-1,380. Maxus Datong Music Valley. See event listing. Purchase 1-day tickets here and 1-day VIP tickets here.


Sep 13-15: 1862 Live

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1862 Theater is bringing three excellent acts to Shanghai in September for one weekend of world music. French act Deep Forest, Spanish string musician Ana Alcaide and Tibet singer Yunggiema will take to the stage for one evening each from September 13-15, and you can now buy your tickets for that over on thMart. 

Sep 13-15, 7.30pm; RMB180-480. 1862 Theater. See event listing. Tickets 1, 2, 3


Sep 15: Vita Bergen

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Swedish indie pop duo Vita Bergen combine sleek production with soaring vocals and a varied grouping of instrumentation. They've gained quite a following in Europe, and at times remind us of the immensity of Beach House’s music. Their new single ‘Falcon’ was released earlier this year, with a new album to follow later this year. Catch new songs and great vibes as they perform in Shanghai. 

Sep 15, 9pm; RMB60 presale, RMB80 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


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