The 15 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By Sarah Forman, December 3, 2018

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


Dec 5: Voision Xi

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Photo courtesy of Ink Sight Group.

Singer and multi-talented artist Voision Xi is one to watch in 2019. She's been super active in (and behind the scenes!) in Shanghai music over these last years, from hip hop to jazz and beyond, working with artists like Soulspeak, J-Fever, and now her own project, Little Happiness Group. They just released their debut EP on one of Shanghai's freshest labels, Eating Music. You may have seen Voision perform at JZ Club, Wooden Box, or several music festivals – don't miss her Heyday debut on Wednesday.

Dec 5, 10pm, RMB50. Heyday Vintage Jazz Lounge, see event listing.


Dec 5: Easy Wednesday at Le Baron

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Flyer courtesy of the promoter.

Yeah, we know. Those words shouldn't go together in that order, but turns out, Le Baron on a Wednesday night is actually... well, pretty chill. No cover, no guest list, special cocktails and an extended wine list. And a quality sound system with good music. If you wouldn't be caught dead inside the club's red walls, here's a safe reason to check it out.

Dec 5, 10pm, no cover. Le Baron, see event listing.


Dec 6: Specters Night!

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Flyer courtesy of Specters.

You can’t kill what was always dead, which is why Specters has risen to the occasion and thrown together a DJ night at Yuyintang Park. Baron Van West, Compact Dicks, Tina Turntrick and more of the venue’s favorite disc jockeys will be manning the tables for a night of cheap drinks, old friends and good times. The foosball table is waiting for ya. No cover. 

Dec 6, 8pm, no cover. Yuyintang Park, see event listing


Dec 6: Franz Ferdinand

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Franz Ferdinand are coming! The show is sold out though! Keep an eye on your group chats for late in the game backers out, because this Brit-pop band from Glasgow are sure to put on one hell of a show.

Dec 6, 9pm. Modern Sky Lab, see event listing.


Dec 7: Nulbarich

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A ray of sunshine, this J-Pop band will bring a smile to your face on even the coldest of days. In an unconventional twist, with a rotating band, lead singer Jeremy Quartz is the only fixed member. Many of them wear masks so you can focus solely on their sound, not their looks, picking up a range of influences from the likes of Jamiroquai to The Servant. 

Dec 7, 9pm, RMB200 pre sale, RMB280 door. Modern Sky Lab, see event listingbuy tickets.


Dec 7: Fun 12"

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Flyer courtesy of Dada.

Hong Kong mainstay of Potatohead Music Room and Mihn Club is playing a soulful eclectic set with support from Tobias Patrick and Man Alive. Glad to have you guys back open #bless.

Dec 7, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.


Dec 7-8: The Grinch's Cabaret Soiree

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The Grinch who stole Christmas is making a special appearance at The Pearl for one weekend only. Unlike the animated original, you can expect intense aerials, pyrotechnics and a little too much skin for December – looks like Cindy Lou Who’s all grown up.

Dec 7-8, 9pm, RMB180 pre sale, RMB220 door. The Pearl, see event listingbuy tickets.


Dec 7-9: BLN Christmas Market

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Photo courtesy of the promoter.

For the 12th year in a row, this German Christmas market is here to usher in good tidings and the holiday spirit. With 70 hand selected craft vendors, you’ll find everything you need to stuff your stockings or deck your home in boughs of holly. They’ll have German sausages and Glühwein at the ready, among other delicious dishes, so let the season begin.

Dec 7–9, 3pm-10pm, 11am-10pm and 11am-9pm, RMB30 for anyone 10 and older. Paulaner @EXPO, see event listing.


Dec 8: New York Swing Night

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Flyer courtesy of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Swing your heart out like you're in the big apple, because Jazz at Lincoln Center is playing tribute to the greats. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman - all brought to you by the Bria Skonberg Quintet. Cover includes a softdrink and one Monkey47 cocktail.

Dec 8, 7pm, RMB298 includes one soft drink and one gin cocktail. Jazz at Lincoln Center, see event listing.


Dec 8: Boxing Cat 10th Anniversary

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Flyer courtesy of the promoter.

10 years of Boxing Cat! Wow! Can you believe it? We can, and are looking forward to celebrating it with them. They'll introduce a new porter, bring in some DJs, offering special prices on gift packs and a raffle for an all-expenses-paid trip to their brewery out it Wuhan.

Dec 8, 8.30pm, no cover. Boxing Cat Brewery (Sinan Mansions), see event listing.


Dec 8: ShanghaiLGBT Annual Drag Race & Party

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Photo courtesy of Shanghai Pride.

It's that time of year again - Shanghai's Annual Drag Race is back for another round of showstopping performances. And a party. Drag kings and queens, get ready to strut your stuff for three titles, and everybody else jump out for support. Free entry to those in drag before 11! Check out the event details on how to enter.

Dec 8, 9pm. Lucca, see event listing.


Dec 8: Blastfemme

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This new female-fronted Brazillian disco punk band are plugging their way to Shanghai for a riot of a show. They’re still recording their first album in dialogue with the country’s turbulent political climate, cultivating a message that’s part of the fight for women’s rights. Alongside Dirty Fingers and Aleamazonia, they’ll even have an after party with Brazilian funk, samba and dance floor heat.

Dec 8, 9pm, RMB100 pre sale, RMB120 door. Mao Livehouse, see event listingbuy tickets


Dec 8: Ski Mask The Slump God

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Photo courtesy of 247tickets.

The XXL 2018 Freshman class member grew up listening to BUsta Rhymes, Misy Elliot, Wu Tang Clan and Lil Wayne is well known for his collaborations with XXXTentacion. His raps set to heavy bass are intense and angry, and tracks like ‘BUKAKKE’, ‘SUICIDE SEASON’ and ‘GEEKIN’ are featured on his most recent release.

Dec 8, 10pm, RMB320 in advance, RMB360 door. Arkham, see event listingbuy tickets.


Dec 8: Hologram Dreams

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Flyer courtesy of Dada.

Heatwolves is back for another round of Hologram Dreams. Seminal classics, brand new sounds and anime visuals make and a free night at Dada - drinks excluded, that is.

Dec 8, 10pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.


Dec 9: DYN-O-MITE!

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Flyer courtesy of Ink Sight Group.

The Come Correct Crew presents DYN-O-MITE, a monthly night where the O.G.‘s get even more O.G. and bring the Funk, soul, disco, rare groove, and blaxploitation-era classics for a big Sunday evening. This month they're at Shanghai's house of funk and soul, SHAKE, with music by DJ Caution, T-Plus, Carlos, and Allay. 60rmb highball special all night, sponsored by Our/New York Vodka, Peddler's Gin and Capi.

Dec 9, 8pm, no cover. SHAKE, see event listing.


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