The 16 Best Events in Shanghai Looking Forward

By Julia Vihinen, December 24, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events of the upcoming weeks.

Dec 24: Christmas Rave at the Mansion

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Yes, we know the Mansion was supposed to be closed, but it looks like we've got an old fashioned Christmas miracle on our hands. They are throwing a holiday rave party with food, drinks and a diverse line up of guest DJs. This is sure to be a Christmas Eve unlike any other.

Dec 24, 5pm to 10pm, RMB100. The Mansion, see event listing


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This unique, genre-melding Japanese band is coming to town to melt your hearts and make you dance. With their melancholic yet groovy sound that folds 80s synths with indie rock, PAELLAS aim to make fresh tunes with a touch of nostalgia. So head down to Yuyintang Park to spend an unforgettably cool Christmas Eve with these guys and their opening act HOWHY. 

Dec 24, 8pm, RMB180 pre sale, RMB200 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listing.

Dec 27: Ekram & Ekber

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Influenced by the classic, mesmerizing melodies of the Spanish guitar style, guitarist Ekram's repertoire consists of folk songs from his native motherland Xinjiang as well as Gipsy King and jazz tunes. He will be joined on stage by the guitarist Ekber to give you a night of spellbinding musical mastery.

Dec 27, 8.30pm, no cover. UVA Wine Bar, see event listing.

Dec 28: Top 30 Metal Releases 2018 Listening Party

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Metal is still alive and kickin' in teeth. In case you missed it, 2018 was actually a bad ass year in terms of new metal records. Much like that smoking kid in elementary school who showed you his step brother's rad collection of music, Inferno is here to show you the top 30 metal releases of the year at their album listening party.

Dec 28, 7.30pm, no cover. Inferno, see event listing.

Dec 28: Barbarism Vol. 11

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The monthly club night for civilized barbarians. BARBARISM is an escape for those who work hard all week and need to experience rawness and real feelings. Expect dancefloor-filling and boundary-pushing pop and hip hop, forgotten classics, familiar vocals in strange new contexts, and songs you never knew you needed. Starts 10pm. Not suitable for viewers under 18. RSVP and table booking recommended.

Dec 28, 10pm, no cover. Le Baron, see event listing.

Dec 29: WAVing Music Night

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Four different bands representing four different styles will join forces for one hell of a night at VAS Livehouse. The Hong Kong underground music scene remains one of the very best on the continent and this diverse showcase consisting of Maenad & the Ravers, Naked and Lay, Stranded Whale and Manjusaka will lay any remaining doubts to rest.

Dec 29, 7pm, RMB140. VAS Livehouse, see event listing, buy tickets.

Dec 29 - Jan 13: Gone with the Wind the Musical

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Set during the American Civil War, this romantic epic for the ages is at heart the coming-of-age story of a young woman. With its twists and turns, fabulous costumes, vivid characters and heart-wrenching musical numbers, this American masterpiece is not to be missed.

Dec 29-Jan 13, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, RMB80-1,080. Shanghai Culture Square Theater, see event listingbuy tickets.

Dec 30: NTS Radio Live from Shanghai

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NTS Radio is ringing in the New Year at one of the city's favorite record shops with a killer line up of local Shanghai favorites. Grab a beer, listen to some of the hottest tracks of the hour and enjoy a perfect finish to the last weekend of the year.  

Dec 30, 4-8pm, no cover. Uptown Records 'n' Beer, see event listing.

Dec 31: Gold New Year's Eve

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On the last night of the year Bar Rouge is dolling herself up in gold to usher in 2019 with a glamorous, glittering extravaganza. Catch the New Year's Eve Countdown from the best spot on the terrace overlooking the iconic Shanghai skyline, and in your finest golden attire, raise a glass of Moët & Chandon to celebrate new beginnings. To avoid pedestrian traffic regulation on the Bund, be sure to head there before 10.30pm.

Dec 31, 10pm-late, RMB250-500. Bar Rouge, see event listing, buy tickets.

Dec 31: Found 158 New Year's Eve Party

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If celebrating the New Year with margaritas, prosecco, wine, beer, burgers and great music sounds good to you, Found158 has got your New Year's sorted with this massive party. The ticket includes four different drink vouchers as well as other exclusive venue deals.

Dec 31, 8pm, RMB100 pre sale, RMB150 door. Little Creatures Brewer's Lab, see event listing, buy tickets.

Dec 31: Countdown Party at Grand Hyatt Shanghai

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Grand Hyatt's New Year's Eve celebration is bound to be extravagant. Studio 188 will keep things going all night long with their lively international tunes. As the clock strikes midnight, 10,000 balloons will be released inside the gorgeous 33-story atrium. Entry also includes free-flow Champagne and canapes!

Dec 31, 9.30pm, RMB558. Grand Hyatt Shanghai, see event listing, buy tickets.

Jan 4: CHAI

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This eccentric Japanese girl group are re-defining kawaii with their quirky style and female-empowering lyrics. By combining elements from Basement Jaxx, the Gorillaz, CSS and Tom Tom Club, they succeed in creating something truly unique.

Jan 4, 9pm, RMB150 pre sale, RMB220 door. Modern Sky Lab, see event listing, buy tickets.

Jan 5: LTJ Bukem

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Bringin’ the drum and bass all the way from the UK, this jazzy Jeff is a legendary producer. He trained as a classical pianist as a teenager and has transformed his skills into a name-making craft, running his own club overseas with a record label to boot.

Jan 5, 10pm, TBA. Dada, see event listing.

Jan 6: Ninagawa Macbeth Screening

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Experience the late theater director Yukio Ninagawa’s breathtaking rendition of a Shakespearean classic. By turning Scottish warriors into katana-wielding samurai, and the Highland woods into a mesmerising cherry blossom forest, Ninagawa’s production shows how the universal themes of power, tyranny and guilt fit into any context.

Jan 6, Jan, 29, Feb 23, 7pm, RMB120-180. Huangpu Theater, see event listing, buy tickets.

Until Jan 13: Chicago the Musical

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"Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”…so begins the international award-winning musical, CHICAGO. With 6 Tony, 2 Olivier, 1 Grammy, 2 Bafta and 6 Academy Awards, Chicago truly is “The sharpest, slickest show on the block". It's the show you can always count on to give you the thrills and memories that only come from seeing a Broadway musical.

Until Jan 13, 2pm and 7.30pm, RMB280-1,080. Majestic Theatre, see event listingbuy tickets.

Until Feb 28: Ice Skating at Shanghai Disney Resort

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The holidays may be over but the season is still in full-swing over at Shanghai Disney Resort, so head on down to Disney Town and hit up their skating rink. While they’ll be closed from January 9-11, every other day you can take to the ice or even sign up for lessons.

Until Feb 28, from 1pm onwards, RMB70-300. Shanghai Disney Resort, see event listing.

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