The 7 Best Live Shows in Shanghai This Week

By That's Shanghai, January 8, 2020

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


Jan 8: Handaga

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This seven-piece, formed in Xinjiang, are rising stars of China’s folk-rock circuit, imbuing the popular ‘Inner Mongolian’ folk sound with a ringing clarity and improvisational flair. Their songs seek vast horizons, like the grasslands and roaming elk of their homeland, and weave between restlessness, melancholy and yearning. With horse head fiddles, strings and throat singing, there’s an echo of the ancient in their songwriting – a call that rings out across generations, a defiant vision of another life in another time. 

Jan 8, 8.30pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 9-11: A Trip To Motown

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Motown is a feeling! A feeling of joy, hope, and the love that we all need. Shanghai's house of funk and soul takes you there this weekend, with a concert of timeless, euphoric music from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Rick James, and more from Motown's catalog of 180 number one hits. Courtney Knott, Sheree, and SHAKE's six-piece band star in this journey to Detroit as we begin a brand new decade. Dinner and cocktails from 6pm; live music and dancefloor madness from 10:30pm.

Jan 9-11, dinner and drinks from 6pm, music from 10:30pm; RMB100. Shake. See event listing


Jan 10: Hologram Dreams 全息梦境 + Anime Screening

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Shanghai's monthly night for Italo disco, synth-pop, raw house trax, city pop, and cybernetic sounds returns to Elevator for a dance party and double-feature anime screening. From 10pm, Heatwolves, Jianz, and Megaforce blend classics, brand new sounds, and unknown pleasures with rare anime visuals dripping from the walls. Before the party, there's a dual-subtitled anime screening with free pizza from 8.30pm. This month's films are the surreal sci-fi anthology Neo-Tokyo (1987) and Otaku No Video (1991), the hilarious, half-animated / half live-action Gainax mockumentary about otaku culture in the '80s. Dress code: 640x480 vs 1080p.

Jan 10, 8.30pm; RMB50 before 11pm and RMB80 after. Elevator. See event listing


Jan 10: Round Eye, The Flood, Dahaha

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Another night of local punk rock with three of Shanghai's underground titans: Round Eye, The Flood, and Dahaha along with the debut gig of local dudes White Ink. Come on out for an exercise in alcoholic gluttony and fake whiskey philosophy.

Jan 10, 9pm; RMB50. Harley’s Underground. See event listing


Jan 11: Les Twins

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Acclaimed dancing duo Les Twins is headed to Shanghai this Saturday and you can grab your tickets on thMart right now. The identical twin brothers Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois can basically do it all... dancing, choreography, modeling, and even creating their very own brand Eleven Paris.

Jan 11, 9pm; RMB260-760. Arkham. See event listing. Tickets.


Jan 11: Cotton Club Blues Night

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After 19 years and 5000 shows, the venerable institution of blues, Shanghai's world-famous Cotton Club shut its doors on March 25, 2017.  As one of our favorite bands and venues in Shanghai, we are proud to welcome the whole team for two nights of Blues bliss at The Pearl. The Royal Hombres has been a fixture on the Shanghai music scene from the beginning of time. They held court at the Cotton Club for nineteen years and their music reflects an eclectic mix of blues, jazz and funk. The band, led by inimitable Blues legend, Greg Smith with Jorland Paulino on bass, Francesco Perre on drums, Yiko on vocals and Matt Cadillac Cooper on guitar and vocals.

Jan 11, 9pm; RMB120 presale. The Pearl. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 12: KK Album Release Tour

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After four years without a new album, Japanese favorite KK returns with a second album, Rutsubo. Also known as Ken Kamikita, the secretive and wildly popular singer-songwriter returns to Shanghai as part of his Asian tour this month. 

Jan 12, 5pm; RMB180 presale. Bandai Namco. See event listing. Tickets


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