5 China Cancelations and Postponements that Made Us Cry in 2019

By That's Shanghai, December 1, 2019

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The good, the bad and the ugly. The weird and the wacky. As is the That’s tradition, we’ve compiled our 2019 China Year in Review series. So sit back, relax and relive the highs and lows of the last 12 months.


1. Craig David

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Image via promoter

First let’s rewind all the way back to February when the ‘7 Days’ singer filled us in on visa-related issues which forced him to cancel his Shanghai and Beijing dates. Alas, the crowd never had the chance to say Bo Selecta. 

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2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Image via Columbia Pictures/IMDb

Quentin Tarantino has had a rough go of things in China and 2019 was no different. His depiction of Bruce Lee stirred controversy among the martial artist’s family and loyal fans, which eventually led to the Chinese release of his ninth film being pulled from cinemas. 

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3. Gang of Four

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Image via 247 Tickets

While we might have expected this band’s tour to be canceled due to their Cultural Revolution-related name, in fact it was guitarist and founding member of the band Andy Gill severe chest infection that caused the band to cancel their China shows. They rescheduled and eventually rocked out in China. 

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4. Concrete & Grass

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Image via 混凝草音乐节ConcreteAndGrass/WeChat

The Splitworks-run festival made the proactive decision to cancel its 2019 festival, because of complications arising in accordance with the PRC’s 70th anniversary. The beloved festival will return again next year, we hope, for more underground, alternative music vibes. 

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5. The Eight Hundred

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One of the more prominent Chinese film releases of the year, The Eight Hundred was shelved in the aftermath of the Shanghai International Film Festival in June. The film was expected to be a smash hit, telling the story of a band of heroic Chinese fighters in 1937’s Battle of Shanghai, but was, somewhat unexpectedly, pulled from the cinema lineup ahead of its expected release. 

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Honorable Mentions: 

The Farewell
Allie X
Austin Mahomes
Clockenflap
Rita Ora
The Kooks


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