What's Up Shenzhen: April 17-23

By That's PRD, April 17, 2017

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That's PRD takes a look at the best of the week:

April 18: Alcest

Since marrying shoegaze’s melodic waves of ear-bleeding distortion with the thunderous dramatics of black metal over a decade ago, Alcest has been leading the blackgaze movement. They show no signs of slowing down with their acclaimed fifth album, Kodama. Read our interview with them here, and buy presale tickets here.

Apr 18, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB120 at the door. B10 Live. See event listing.

April 20: 4.20 Party at Bionic


You might want to consider taking off early from work this Thursday for an amazing deal: glasses of The Chronic IPA (aka Metropolis IPA) will be just RMB4.20 each from 4-5pm. If you stick around, enjoy an additional deal on all IPAs, which will be retailing for just RMB30. Don't forget to bring exact change for the event.

Apr 20, 4pm; free entry. Bionic Brew (Baishizhou, Shekou Pop-up). See event listing.

April 20: Nonino Cocktail Night at Eden Garden


Enjoy a very special cocktail night at the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai's rooftop bar, courtesy of the Nonino family's distillates. They're best known for grappa, a grape-based brandy. Their brand has even won a nod of approval from Chinese Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan, who knows a thing or two about alcohol.

Apr 20, 7.30pm; RMB288. Eden Garden. See event listing.

April 20: AC Slater at Club Sector

AC Slater has a reputation for his heavy bass house sound. He even created his own label Night Bass. Its sound blends 'infectious' house and the 'dirty basslines of UK garage,' then throws in some rave synths and breaks for good measure. Night Bass has been a hit at LA's Sound Nightclub and has toured Las Vegas as well. Next stop: Shenzhen.

Apr 20, 10pm-late; RMB60 presale, RMB100 at the door. Club Sector. See event listing.

Apr 21: Piano Recital by Ludovico Einaudi


Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist and composer of hit television show and movie soundtracks. He will perform pieces from his repertoire, which includes music from movie I’m Still Here. Buy tickets here.

Apr 21, 8pm; RMB680-880. Nanshan Cultural & Sports Centre. See event listing.

April 21: Diamonds DJs at Dazzle Club


Karolina and Sophia, fashion models, are more than just pretty faces. It turns out they're also kickass DJs who have put together a unique combination of EDM and live electronic drumming. See their multitalented selves in action at Dazzle Club, and enjoy the free shot of Jager included in the price of one ticket.

Apr 21, 10pm; Free entry with college ID before 11pm, RMB50 at the door. Dazzle Club. See event listing.

April 21: Boxing Trial Class at SimplyWork


SimplyWork Co-working Space is partnering up with INVINCIBLE to host a trial boxing class. For an event description in Chinese or to sign up, click here. Alternatively, call the booking phone number: 130 5818 2572.

Apr 21, 11.30-1pm; RMB38. SimplyWork Co-working Space. See event listing.

April 21: One Man Hamlet Show at Cinexpress


Veteran Shakespeare performer William Mann is at it again with a one-man rendition of Hamlet. Experience the angst and tragedy of the original work, distilled into its purest form. To buy tickets, scan the QR code in our event listing.

Apr 21, 8pm; RMB90. Cinexpress. See event listing.

April 21-22: 2nd Cross Border E-Commerce Summit


This year’s Cross Border Summit will provide attendees with what they need to start up a new business or finetune the operation they already have running. The first day will have speakers addressing importing from abroad and the art of Chinese e-commerce. The second day will focus on exporting and selling to consumers outside of China. As a whole, the conference aims to give global business owners a chance to socialize, learn, communicate and cooperate.

Apr 21-22, 9am-6pm; RMB1500 for a one day pass, RMB2500 for a two day pass, RMB4500 for a VIP pass. IBM Building Rooftop. See event listing.

April 22: Maximilian Hecker “Fancy April” 2017 Tour

German Maximilian Hecker is known for his ethereal pop sound, similar to Radiohead's Thom Yorke. Hecker trained to work as a nurse and played music on the street as a hobby. One of his song demos was used in a German movie in 2000, marking his big break. Buy tickets here.

Apr 22, 8pm; RMB180-380. Nanshan Culture & Sports Centre. See event listing.

April 22: Lips McKenzie Debut at The Brew


New band 'Lips McKenzie' hopes to make a splash on the scene with Guangzhouer and lead singer Sangreal Yang's jazzy vocals, sung in the usual lingual suspects along with Chaozhou dialect. Described as “post psychedelic jam hop” by guitarist Curt Zimpfer, Eric Archer – also known as Improv Logic – brings hip-hop influences while manning the bass, with Shenzhen newcomer Matt Meloy on the drums. Read our interview with Zimpfer here.

Apr 22, 9.30pm; free entry. The Brew. See event listing.

April 22: TAS and The Tata Horn Section at The Terrace


Tata may be one of Southern China's most 'famous and glamorous' saxophonists. She'll be backing up the TAS band at the Terrace with her signature style this Saturday.

Apr 22, 10pm; free entry. The Terrace Restaurant & Bar. See event listing.

April 23: Lacrimosa Power Metal Show


Lacrimosa is a gothic band that has developed their own style of power-metal music. Mixing violin, trumpet and classical instruments, their unique sound is complimented by German lyrics, strong stage presence and stunning gothic apparel.

Apr 23, 8pm; RMB380-880. A8 Live (also Club Sector). See event listing.

April 23: Book Exchange


Browse books, meet people, and exchange ideas at Shenzhen's biggest expat library (not a book swap), which houses around 700 English books and 200 Chinese/foreign language ones. Plus, it's entirely free to use. Attendees can make a quick book run to check out or return reads. They can also stay longer for the good company and discussion at the end.

Apr 23, 3.30-6pm; free entry. Shuiwei Community Service Center. See event listing.

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