Party Planner: 10 Best Nightlife Events This Weekend

By Andrew Chin and Erica Martin, April 20, 2017

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Thursday, Apr 20: Lisachris

201704/lisachris.jpegTokyo-based  up-and-comer Lisachris brings her icy, trap-inflected beats to Shanghai  for a special Thursday night set at Celia. She described her DJing to  Indie Mag as "Kawaii + Dope" and performed at Boiler Room Tokyo last  April. (Photo by Gus W)
Apr 20, 10pm-late, RMB100. Celia, see event listing.

Thursday, Apr 20: Rob Smith

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Antidote  presents the Bristol DJ, musician and producer. While he’s released  drum and bass records on the !K7 Records label, Smith has evolved with a  style that mixes hip hop, dub, reggae and dubstep.
Apr 20, 10pm-late, RMB60. DADA, see event listing.

Friday, Apr 21: Push and Pull 4-Year Anniversary

Push and Pull 4 Year Anniversary at Dada  — Events — That's Shanghai —

The  recurring club night celebrates four years in the game by celebrating  some of Shanghai and Tokyo’s finest. Known for reinterpreting the  percussive structures of Afro-Portuguese and Latin American music  through club sounds, Wrack headlines the festivities. Push and Pull  co-founder Alta will make his Shanghai return after moving to Japan, and  he’ll likely play a set heavy on gqom. Swimful, Zean, Hyph11e and Naaah  support. 

Apr 21, 10pm-late, free entry. DADA, see event listing.

Friday, Apr 21: Ran Groove Compilation Release Party

Push and Pull 4 Year Anniversary at Dada — That's Shanghai — Events —

The  rising Beijing label have lived up to their early goal of being the  Maybe Mars of electronic music, thanks to stellar releases by Soulspeak,  Animal Pop and JRG. They celebrate the latest release in their Ran  Groove compilation series with a party down south. Past editions have  featured Chinese techno veterans like Elvis T and Mickey Zhang, as well  as rising talents like Xiamen producer Knopha.
Apr 21, 10pm-late, RMB50. Elevator, see event listing.

Friday, Apr 21: Kiko Navarro and Gabrielle Poso

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Two  UNICO Shanghai favorites team up for a unique set mixing Afrohouse and  electronic percussion. On the decks is Kiko Navarro, who has become an  Ibiza favorite thanks to his groovy house. Complementing him will be  virtuoso percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Gabriele Poso.
Apr 21, 11pm-late, RMB100 (for gentlemen). UNICO Shanghai, see event listing.

Friday, Apr 21: Popasuda


Shanghai's  global bass night is the latest well-established local party to try out  Smash as a new venue. Head there for dancehall, reggae, and rare bass  music from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Apr 21, 11pm-late, No cover. Smash, see event listing.

Friday, Apr 21: SHFT. Rooftop Takeover


SHFT  gets turnt on the Bund with a party on Flair's infamous 59th-floor  open-air patio. Dance to beats by Lacychu and Love Bang as you enjoy one  of the best viewpoints in Shanghai.
Apr 21, 7pm-late. Flair, see event listing.

Saturday, Apr 22: Record Store Day


A  chance for vinyl collectors to nerd out in their natural habit, this  daytime party and record market features DJ sets from Faded Ghost, Park  Tapes, Loads of Nothing, and Aivilox. And no, we don't know what's going on in the promo picture, either.
Apr 22, 2-8pm, no cover. Uptown Records, see event listing.

Saturday, Apr 22: Pride’s Got Talent

Pride's Got Talent at The Pearl — Events — That's Shanghai —

The  Shanghai Pride-organized amateur talent show turns three. Participants  will compete for RMB3,500 in total cash prizes in front of a live  audience and local celebrity judges, as well as guest professional  performers. Expect an eclectic mix of spoken word, dance, drag,  burlesque, circus, and comedy.
Apr 22, 8pm, RMB100 presale, RMB150 door. The Pearl, see event listing.

Saturday, Apr 22: DJ Earl


Dubbed  ‘the future of footwork,’ the Teklife producer is revered for  masterfully mixing turbo breaks, rave synths and chopped vocals into a  frenetic stew. It’s a huge headliner for the Love Bang crew, who will  also celebrate their seventh anniversary. Support from DJ Caution, Zean,  Xu Dongmei and more.
Apr 22, 9pm-late, RMB80 (RMB60 before midnight). DADA, see event listing.

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