What's On in Shanghai: January 2019

By Sarah Forman and Julia Vihinen, January 2, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best things to do in the month of January

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 listingbuy 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, cover TBA. Dada, see event listing.

Until Jan 6: Altered State

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This duo exhibition from Chen Xuanrong and Huang Yulong explores urban individuality in China and street culture. With heavy hip hop influences, these two artists curated a conversation about their own respective identities through paintings and impressive, seemingly gravity defying sculptures.

Until Jan 6, 10am-7pm, no cover. Art+ Shanghai Gallery, see event listing.

Jan 6 and 29: 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 listingbuy tickets.

Jan 11: Rejjie Snow

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Irish rapper and producer Rejjie Snow is comin’ through on a ticket tacked by Vice. Studying film and design on an athletic scholarship got him through a year at Savannah College of Art and Design, before he dropped out to focus on his music. Looks like it has paid off, as earlier this year, he released his first full-length album Dear Annie, a funky, jazzy hip hop gem. Tickets haven’t officially been announced yet, but it’s likely to be a free show, so check back for further updates.

Jan 11, 8pm, cover TBA. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, see event listing.

Jan 11: The Faux Fighters 

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The Faux Fighters continue their fury to spread the music of the Foo Fighters across the land and are kicking off 2019 with a show at home. Popular alt-country act The Flood join the show in support. Don't miss this one!

Jan 11, 9.30pm, RMB50 pre-sale, RMB60 door. Yuyintang, see event listing.

Jan 11: Drum Clap

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Blasting tunes from everywhere and for everyone, Drum Clap is a genre unspecific dance experience in a dark room. The electrifying night at Dada will be filled with various genres of music such as African acid, Middle East disco, CityPop, Canto-disco, rave tracks, old-fashioned house music, shiny electro and sleazy boogie-funk, to name a few.

Jan 11, 10pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.

Jan 11: Hospitality Shanghai

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With this massive party and impressive line up, Sweatshop is celebrating 20 years of bringing world-class drum and bass acts to the forefront. Iconic veterans such as Danny Byrd and Logistic will take to the stage, supported by a formidable local crew including Arkaik, Fractale and Siesta.

Jan 11, 10pm, RMB140 pre-sale, RMB180 door. Arkham, see event listing.

Jan 12: Reol

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This vocalist, lyricist and star extraordinaire has made some of the the best EDM to come out of Japan in years, so prepare yourself for a unique, artistic and eclectic afternoon... They’re switching things up with a 3pm show. Bridging genres and constantly inverting expectations and norms, this promises to be a Reol thriller.

Jan 12, 3pm, RMB480 pre-sale, RMB580 door. Modern Sky Lab, see event listing, buy tickets.

Jan 12: Twink

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The pioneer of English psychedelic music is coming to Shanghai in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his iconic first solo LP Think Pink. Expect some serious trippy oddity and support from Round Eye, Loft Beach and Aming.

Jan 12, 8pm, RMB120 pre-sale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang park, see event listingbuy tickets.

Jan 12: Buzz Brass 'History Of Music'

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These five brass masters tell a story that spans decades in a theatrical oddessey, exploring the the development of Western music from pre-historic times to the modern day. It’s comedic, educational and, if nothing else, original. The show has been performed more than 600 times in three different languages, so it’s safe to say it is bringing something special to the table.

Jan 12, 10.30am, 3.30pm, 7.30pm, RMB180. 1862 Theatre, see event listingbuy tickets.

Until 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.

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

Jan 13: Peach Illusion, Appendix, Pale Ail and A Hidden Trace

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While they may have met at Xiamen University, O.o and C.c of Peach Illusion put together their first album an ocean apart. The release of their first self-titled EP is a bedroom dream-pop gem, wrote, recorded and mixed while one was in Singapore and the other Shanghai. With two new band members, they’re upping their funk game for a show with A Hidden Trace, Appendix and Pale Ail.

Jan 13, 8.30pm, RMB80 pre-sale, RMB100 door, RMB60 student. Yuyintang, see event listing.

Jan 15: Red Dog Screening

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The Australian Consulate is teaming up with The Pearl to bring you Red Dog, the legendary true story of a canine companion who brought a disparate community together in the outback. They’ll be running their burger deal all night, where RMB88 gets you a bite and a brew, so trot on through for this pawsome movie experience.

Jan 15, 7.30pm, no cover. The Pearl, see event listing.

Jan 18: Envy

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This Japanese screamo sensation was formed in Tokyo in 1992 and has since made a wide array of thunderous, melodic records. With influences from post-hardcore, screamo and post-rock, their music emcompasses a sound where intensity and beauty coexist.

Jan 18, 9pm, RMB200 pre-sale. Mao Livehouse, see event listing, buy tickets.

Jan 22: Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

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One of the greatest rock legends and guitarists of all time has teamed up with vocalist Myles Kennedy to form his current band. Slash’s iconic guitar mastery paired with the band’s impressive vocal and instrumental skills have garnered loyal fans and critical acclaim.

Jan 22, 8.30pm, RMB1280-1680. Modern Sky Lab, see event listing, buy tickets.

Jan 25: Chromeo

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This electro-funk duo from Montreal was formed in 2002 by musicians David 'Dave 1' Macklovitch and Patrick 'P-Thugg' Gemayel. With a sound that draws from blue-eyed soul, dance music, rock, synth-pop, disco and funk, many of the duo's songs have become dance floor favorites. Later this month, they'll land in Shanghai for a show filled with groovy synth tones, vintage drum machines and good vibes.

Jan 25, 10pm, RMB180 pre-sale, RMB240 door. Arkham, see event listing, buy tickets.

Jan 27: The Shanghai School of Burlesque's Winter Showcase

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Warm up this Winter with Shanghai School of Burlesque's brand new Winter Showcase, a follow up to their sold out summer show at The Pearl. Returning Shanghai School of Burlesque performers include: Betty Snatch, Holly Got Lucky, Lucy Skye and Lady Fortune Cookie, from Creative Director Kara La Croi, with an exclusive performance by King Cole and The Fine Dandies.

Jan 27, 7.30pm, TBA. The Pearl, see event listing.

Jan 22-27: Heartbeat of Home

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This electrifying extravaganza of music and dance folds traditional Irish step into other traditions from Europe, Africa and Latin America. The multicultural array of dancers and the 10 piece band are here for a six day stint to bring you a stunning, heart-stopping performance.

Jan 22-27, 2pm and 7.15pm, RMB180-880. Shanghai Grand Theatre, see event listing, buy tickets.

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