The 10 Best Nightlife Events in Shanghai This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, December 5, 2019

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


Dec 5: CinemQ Babel and Afterparty

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Speak your mind and swallow your words. Loose lips defy definition, as foreign tongues tower and the body does the talking. We are not one but many, separated by a common queer language. CINEMQ presents BABEL, a night of queer short film exploring communication, barriers and love that transcends words. Hang around after the films for an after party, kicking of at 10.30pm with music by Offskii. 

Dec 5, 8.30pm; free entry. Elevator. See event listing


Dec 5-6: Lakecia Benjamin

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Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin's electric stage presence and fiery sax work has shared stages with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Macy Gray and many others. A streetwise New York City-native born and raised in Washington Heights, Lakecia Benjamin has become one of the most highly sought-after players in soul and funk music. Currently, Benjamin is a featured musician for Gregory Porter as well as a featured musician and arranger for comedy star Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious. Benjamin has also had the honor of performing at the White House at President Obama's inaugural ball.

Dec 5-6, 7.30/10pm; RMB140-320. Blue Note Shanghai. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 6: Hyperdub 15th Anniversary

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Simulation artist Lawrence Lek and Hyperdub artist/founder Kode9 present a live audio-visual show inspired by themes of full automation and post-work utopias set in the shadow of the existential threats posed by artificial intelligence. The Nøtel is a fully automated, luxury hotel in a post-scarcity world in which the only thing in short supply is humans. Also joining them at ALL on the evening are Hyperdub artists Nazar, Shannen SP (who runs the ø club night with Kode9 in London) and Silvia Kastel. 

Dec 6, 10pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. ALL. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 6: Alter. pres. Bambounou

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Alter. brings back one of the one of the key figures in the Parisian scene, Bambounou. Spending the past few years honing his sound and technique, Bambounou has established his position with his genre-bending and jubilant electronic music production. 

Dec 6, 10pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door (both include a drink). Fallout Club. See event listing. For tickets scan the QR code in the flyer. 


Dec 6: Iron Mic

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Dana Burton and Iron Mic, the longest-running hip hop party and event in China, are back for another evening of battle rapping at ASL. With rappers coming in from all over the country, excitement is high for this one. Hang around afterwards for an afterparty. 

Dec 6, 8pm; RMB100. ASL. See event listing.  


Dec 6: Dub Attack 2nd Anniversary ft. O.B.F + Charlie P

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For Dub Attack's 2nd anniversary, they have invited one of the biggest names on the current dub music scene in Europe, O.B.F Sound System from France and singer/MC Charlie P from the UK. 

Dec 6, 9pm; RMB60 before 11pm/RMB80 after 11pm. Dada. See event listing


Dec 7: Yu Su 

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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: Pleasures x Yeti Out Shanghai Takeover

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Kicking off the Yeti & Friends party series this Saturday, Yeti Out teams up with cult Los Angeles label Pleasures to throw down an afterparty for Innersect weekend. From the energizing sounds of Flow-Fi’s Maximus MMC, Tokyo Vitamin’s Guapular, the Yeti Out crew and a live set from local rapper Kozay, expect a variety of sounds.

Dec 7, 10pm; RMB100 door. Fallout Club. See event listing


Dec 7: Ran Music Label Showcase

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Four artists who have contributed releases on Ran Music in 2019 will presenting their latest tracks during the night. DRANQ, from Leipzig, Germany is a swiftly rising star in Europe’s bass music scene. He will play a full hardware bass live set with his DIY modular synth system. Negative 808 and Radiax, two young talents from Beijing will bring their latest drum & bass, jungle, footowork tracks to ALL’s dance floor. Local producer Laughing Ears will also join for a set on the evening. 

Dec 7, 10pm; RMB60 presale, RMB80 door. ALL. 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


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