The 10 Best Nightlife Events in Shanghai This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, September 19, 2019

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

Sep 20: Nobody Wants to Dance

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Hey! Disprove this idea that nobody wants to dance by heading down to Arkham this weekend for an evening of hip hop beats courtesy of local DJs and beatmakers MMQ and ESA. 

Sep 20, 9pm; RMB60 presale, RMB80 door. Arkham. See event listing. Tickets

Sep 20: Suanpan '90s Rave 

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Suanpan (算盘) are excited to present the second instalment of the euphoric all-night dance party at Dada Shanghai. After throwing their first rave at Dada Beijing back in November of last year, they return to the golden age of underground electronic music once more; to a time when warehouse raves were commonplace and revolutionizing club culture and dance music.

Sep 20, 10pm; no cover. Dada. See event listing

Sep 20: Berlin Fog, The Big Wave 

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In need of an indie music fix this weekend? This is absolutely the gig for you. With post punkers Berlin Fog joining up with the likes of legends of the game, The Big Wave, and Bai Zhishan (approximately White Paper Fan) which includes former members of AV Okubo, this should be an excellent gig. 

Sep 20, 8.30pm; RMB150 presale, RMB180 door. Modern Sky Lab. See event listing. Tickets. 

Sep 20: Say Yes presents Eric Cloutier [The Bunker New York]

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Some DJs are suddenly everywhere. Eric Cloutier's rise has been a slower burn, but it's making the payoff all that much sweeter. Cloutier's sleek sound was born in Detroit, where he grew up, and honed over many years between the Motor City and New York, where he became a resident at The Bunker in 2010 (today he remains a ‘resident abroad’). Now based in Berlin, he's getting his feet wet as a producer, with EPs on Mosaic and Wolfskuil Ltd and another in the pipeline for Patrice Scott's label, Sistrum. But the sourcing and playing of records will always be his main obsession.

Sep 20, 9pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. ALL. See event listing. Tickets

Sep 21: Motorbike Maximum Rock 'n' Soul

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From the boys in the Shanghai Soul Club — DJs Sacco and Baron Van West — comes a night of blistering rock and soul delivered exclusively on wax. These selectors draw from vintage surf sounds and nuggets era scorchers to power pop to that good ole punk ’n’ soul. 

Sep 21, 10pm; no cover. Specters. See event listing

Sep 21: Hologram Dreams

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DJs Heatwolves, Swimful and Jianz take Elevator's dancefloor on a hyperloop journey from Italo disco, Kawaiicore and Chicago house into new wave, electro and cybernetic madness. Seminal classics, brand new sounds, unknown pleasures and rare anime visuals. Free cyberpunk anime screening with pizza at 8:30pm!

Sep 21, 8.30pm; RMB50 before 11pm, RMB80 after. Elevator. See event listing

Sep 21: Rewind to the '90s

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So here we go again, it's the final countdown to one of Shanghai's best '90s nights. If you grew up in the '90s, break out your best retro punk, new wave or hip-hop gear, come by and relive the decade.

Sep 21, 10pm; free entry. Space Plus. See event listing. Scan QR code in flyer to register. 

Sep 21: Darius

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Part of the Roche Musique crew, producer Darius brings his debut album Utopia to Arkham this weekend. Expect house vibes and enjoyably cathartic ebbs and flows. 

Sep 21, 10pm; RMB180 presale, RMB220 door. Arkham. See event listing. Tickets

Sep 21: Party Like It's 1999!

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In the tradition of throwing amazing and memorable parties, M Glam are thrilled to host yet another fabulous evening for the history books... you really don’t want to miss it! The theme this time: party like it’s 1999, and they have the coolest DJs. Dress up like your favorite noughties idol and win amazing prizes.

Sep 21, 8pm; RMB150 door. M Glam. See event listing

Sep 22: Alter. Roof Garden Party ft. Wolfram (DFA/Public Possession)

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Alter. is back with Vienna DJ and producer Wolfram world tour for his new album Amadeus on DFA and Public Possession, a newly refined take on the Euro-disco pop he’s become known for. Join for some italo disco and Chicago house at the lush Roof Garden at The Shanghai EDITION.

Sep 22, 2pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. The Shanghai Edition Roof Garden. See event listing. Tickets

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