What's On In Shanghai: October 2019

By That's Shanghai, October 2, 2019

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

Oct 3-4 & 6-7: Le Rouge et le Noir - L’opéra Rock

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The French rock-opera musical Le Rouge et le Noir - L’opéra Rock (The Red and the Black - The Rock Opera) is heading to Shanghai in early-mid October this year. Experience stunning music and visuals as audiences witness the rigid religious and social structures of nineteenth-century France. Written in 1830 by the famous French author Stendhal, Le Rouge et le Noir tells the story of Julien Sorel. Sorel is the son of a carpenter, who is trying his best to work his way up in society, despite coming from a very humble upbringing. His view on the world starts out naive, romantic and idealistic. Although, things quickly change. Sorel and his adventures serve as a metaphor for the societal structure of France at the time. Along his journey, Sorel masquerades as a devout Catholic and finds work as a tutor for the children of Monsieur de Rênal. Despite his pious demeanor, he begins a scandalous and ultimately disastrous affair with the wife of Monsieur de Rênal. The historical psychological tale, Le Rouge et le Noir, will be performed at Shanghai Culture Square this October.

Oct 3-4 & 6-7, 2pm & 7.30pm; RMB280-1,080. Shanghai Culture SquareSee event listingTickets

Oct 5-6: Martial Dance


Martial arts and modern dance might seem entirely different, but they actually share many of the same qualities. By mastering both offense and defense, martial artists seek a connection between the self and the outside world. And, by creating balance between motion and stillness, dancers use their bodies to express themselves and interpret the world around them. Through the Martial Dance performance, Chinese martial arts are shown to the world through the medium of modern dance, with the aim of passing on, developing, innovating, and promoting a unique aspect of Eastern cultural identity. Come experience the Martial Dance at 1862 Theatre on October 5-6 to see an elegant and thrilling display of martial arts and modern dance. 

Oct 5-6, 7.30pm; RMB280-580. 1862 TheatreSee event listingTickets

Oct 5-9: Jie•Jie

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This live portrait event is all about breaking the ice. Beginning conversations through art, the artists behind this event explore cultural diversity and the various forms of communication that can occur across cities. Via a variety of mediums, such as photographs, corrugated paper, coffee ink and much more, this is a perfect way to connect with someone during the holiday. 

Oct 5-9, 10am-7pm. TheaterX Showroom. See event listing

Oct 6-13: Shanghai Rolex Masters

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Wimbledon champ and world number one Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer are among a host of elite names heading to China for the illustrious Shanghai Rolex Masters in October. The eighth tournament of nine in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 spans eight days, and will see 99 matches of jaw-dropping action and thrilling excitement played out. The world’s top talents will battle it out for their share of the mouth-watering USD7,086,700 prize pot, as the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, retractable magnolia-inspired roof and all, will play host to Novak, Roger and co.

Oct 6-13, All Day; RMB60-RMB480. Qizhong Forest Sports City ArenaSee event listing.

Oct 10-13: Music China 2019

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Over the course of its 18 years of life, Music China 2019 has garnered a reputation as being one of the best and largest of Asia’s musical instrument expos. This year more than 2,300 exhibitors from over 30 countries will be in attendance at the four-day expo, presenting everything from traditional Chinese instruments to modern electronic music devices. For professionals working in this field, and for the curious among our readers, this should be a fun outing. 

Oct 10-13, various times; RMB30-50. Shanghai International Expo Center. See event listing

Oct 11: Zhaoze

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Guangdong post rock band Zhaoze arrive at Bandai Namco this month for an evening of gorgeous guqin music. Inspired by the likes of Sigur Ros, Zhaoze have floated beneath the radar, despite crafting some of the most beautiful music in the country over the past few years. They’ll bring two huge works, Birds Contending and 1911, for what should be an amazing evening of live music. 

Oct 11, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base. See event listing. Tickets

Oct 15: Nothing 

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Hailing from the often rowdy city of Philadelphia, Nothing is the creation of band leader Dominic Palermo, a legend in the city’s underground scene. Palermo has had some well-documented struggles over the years, but his commitment to his craft has attracted a variety of fans, albeit with the band going through multiple line up changes. 2018’s Dance on the Blacktop received critical acclaim on its release, with tracks on the album described as gorgeously surreal and ethereal. 

Oct 15, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets

Oct 20-21: Carly Rae Jepsen


We really, really, really, really, really, really like Carly Rae Jepsen and we are delighted to announce that tickets to her shows in Shanghai are now on sale over on our thMart platform. The singer, who is best-known for tracks like ‘Call Me Maybe’ and ‘I Really Like You’, will be playing for two nights at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base on October 20 and 21. Earlier this year, the Canadian singer came back with her first album in four years. Critically acclaimed upon release, Dedicated features 13 tracks and was inspired by everything from ’70s disco to the calm Swedish countryside. With Grammy nominations, No. 1 hits and Zeitgeist-defining songs in the bag, we’re sure these tickets will fly off the shelves, so make sure you pick yours up fast! 

Oct 20-21, 7.30pm (Oct 20), 8pm (Oct 21); RMB520 presale. Bandai Namco Shanghai BaseSee event listingTickets

Oct 26: We Lost the Sea

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Australian instrumental post metal band We Lost the Sea arrive with new album Triumph & Disaster in tow. Described as a post apocalyptic tale of a mother and son’s last day on earth, the album is a love letter to the earth and a lamentation about the collapse of the environment. They take in an eight date tour of the country this month. 

Oct 26, 9pm; RMB120 presale. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base. See event listing. Tickets

Oct 26: Yuyintang's 2019 Halloween Tribute Show

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It's back again, boils and ghouls: The Halloween Tribute Show. This year we've got a stacked line-up of bands from four decades in styles ranging from metal to funk to indie to awesome! Local Shanghai rock musicians, including Nerve Passenger, Hitobashira, Hydraslug, Alpaca, Returns to Sender and more will be dressing up as and kicking out jams from Black Sabbath, The Cribs, Alice in Chains, David Bowie and Parliament/Funkadelic. The Mothership lands at Yuyintang Park for one night only, Saturday October 26. Don't miss this absurd concert! But wait, that's not all! At the Specters after-party a secret sixth tribute band will take the stage and perform live at 2am! 

Oct 26, 8pm; RMB100 presale, RMB120 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing.

Oct 26: That's Shanghai's Halloween Party 

That's Shanghai Halloween Party 2018 at Cages

Spooky music. Spine-chilling shows. Creepy drinks. Prizes for the best dressed. And even a haunted house. It’s that time of year for ghoulish get-ups and we couldn’t be more excited. Once again, That’s Shanghai is hosting a hell of a bash as we join forces with Cages and Budweiser on October 26. Pre-order tickets are just RMB100, which includes entry to all of the above freaky fun, and three drinks tickets. Budweiser will be decking the place out, including a full-on haunted house, while prizes to be awarded for the best dressed. Last year over 1,000 people rocked up in full costume, people were dancing on tables well into the small hours.

Saturday October 26, 8pm until hell freezes over at Cages. Pre-order tickets are RMB100, which includes three drinks tickets, and they can be purchased right hereTickets will be RMB200 at the door, so buy now to avoid disappointment.

Oct 31: Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening

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We're shivering with anticipation for this Halloween! Shanghai's favorite maximum rock 'n' roll dive bar is busting out the big screen for a showing of a Halloween cult classic: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you were at this shaker last year, you know this is one not to miss! Don't dream it! Be it! Come dressed up as your favorite character from the film! 

Oct 31, 10pm; no cover. Specters. See event listing

Nov 2-3: Rye Music Festival

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Rye Music Festival is expanding to take in new horizons. The first ever Shanghai-based Rye Music Festival takes place at the beginning of November, with a host of fantastic Chinese bands on the line-up, including The Big Band contestants Click #15, Hedgehog and Miserable Faith, as well as one of our favorite Taiwan singers, 9m88. Snag your tickets now while you still can. 

Nov 2-3, 12.30pm; RMB320-450. Shanghai International Music Village. See event listing. Tickets

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