The 8 Best Live Shows in Shanghai This Week

By That's Shanghai, December 4, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best live shows in town this week.


Dec 5: Rolling Stone Tribute band Stones Sessions

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Delightful Dutch tribute band Stones Sessions are swinging into Shanghai this week for a tribute concert in celebration of one of the best bands ever, The Rolling Stones. Digging deep into the rich oeuvre of Stones, Stones sessions perform hits from the ’60s and ’70s era. Relive the magic of ‘Satisfaction,’ ‘Brown Sugar’ and acoustic anthem ‘Angie’ all night long.

Dec 5, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB120 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 6: Wild Hunting Scene

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Quite possibly one of the best music line-ups we have seen in a while, beatmaker Howie Lee and electronic duo Yadae are joined by the excellent psych blues pair Gong Gong Gong and Bimbamboom for an evening of fantastic music courtesy of Jager and Biede. 

Dec 6, 8pm; RMB150 presale, RMB200 door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 6: Rocking Christmas

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Get into the Christmas spirit this December with a music extravaganza at The Pearl. The venue’s band, The Red Stars will be joined by Chad Romero to cover the hits of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and much more. 

Dec 6, 9pm; RMB150 presale, RMB200 door. The Pearl. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 7: Crocodiles/A Place to Bury Strangers

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Noisey, post punk revivalists Crocodiles are coming to China for the first time. The San Diego band will be joined by fellow merchants of noise rock A Place to Bury Strangers at Lofas on December 7, and you can grab tickets to that show on thMart now. Crocodiles seventh album, Love is Here dropped at the beginning of this year and has been hailed for blending discordant noise with a certain romanticism. While it's hard to ever pin down their musical style, as it varies between garage rock, post punk and indie pop, the group is perhaps best known for their sunglasses and leather jacket combinations. 

Dec 7, 8pm; RMB220 presale, RMB280 door. LofasSee event listingTickets


Dec 7: Yu Su @ Elevator

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With 2019 almost in the books for Yu Su, the Vancouver-based, China-born and raised producer has been on fire, releasing two wildly different, equally excellent records in Watermelon Woman and Rolling With the Punches. With the end-of-year holidays approaching, she’s heading home to China for a brief tour, taking in sets in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and... Xining. 

Dec 7, 10pm; RMB50 before 11pm, RMB80 after. Elevator. See event listing


Dec 7-8: The Greatest Event in a Doll’s Life

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After taking home the Ibsen Awards Festival Scholarship this year, an all-female group of theater practitioners by the name of The Home of Sheng Nv (Sheng Nv or 剩女 is a term used for leftover women, or women who haven’t married before the age of 27) are bringing their play, The Greatest Event in a Doll’s Life to Ming Contemporary Art Museum this weekend for two evenings. Taking inspiration from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and the lesser-known Chinese play, The Greatest Event in Life by Hu Shi, The Greatest Event in a Doll’s Life discusses themes of marriage, love and choice in today’s world.

Dec 7-8, 7.30pm (Dec 7), 5pm (Dec 8); RMB50 student ticket, RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Ming Contemporary Art Museum. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 8: Luke Thompson

New Zealand Folk Singer Luke Thompson is Headed to Shanghai
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New Zealand folk singer Luke Thompson is a songwriter and self-managed artist who first rose to fame in late 2005 with his debut single 'Morning Light,' which spent 11 weeks on the NZ Radio top 40 charts. Fans have come to enjoy Thompson’s gentle songs that are stripped bare and self-sufficient, the sound of a songwriter with only himself for company.

Dec 8, 8pm; RMB180. VasLiveSee event listingTickets.


Dec 8: Gatsby in A Daze

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Ruby Eye Records are teaming up with the surging M-Lab. We’ve heard from a few labels that are in talks to take part in this new performance series. This one sees the fantastic Gatsby in a Daze take the stage. The indie popsters have made quite an impression on music fans over the past few years, with their blend of mellow, romantic tunes. 

Dec 8, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB130 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


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