What's On in Shanghai: April 2019

By Sarah Forman, April 1, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events on this April:


Apr 5: Corrado Bucci


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Italian DJ Corrado Bucci is kicking off the month by taking to the decks at Dada, where he'll be bringing the house vibes hard. 

Apr 5, 9pm, RMB50. Dada, see event listing.


Apr 5: Lunice


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The Canadian producer and DJ has been fusing dance music and hip hop since the late 2000s. Having worked with the likes of Kanye West and Hudon Mohawke, he's known as an architect of trap and is comin' here for a heavy ass show.

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


Apr 5: Bass Station Vol. 2


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Oh boy. It's a bass party. At Arkham. Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeet ready to bounce or bob or however you dance to this kinda stuff. NONSVCH and SIHK are makin' it happen.

Apr 5, 10pm, RMB100 pre-sale, RMB140 door. Arkham, see event listing.


Apr 5: Mix Mag Pres. Art Department


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Having started off as a collaborative project, Art Department is not helmed solely by Canadian Johnny White. He's scored shout outs from iTunes and Beatport making him another decent choice for the 5th (because you've got plenty).

Apr 5, 10pm, RMB150 early bird, RMB200 pre-sale, RMB250 door. Celia, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 6: Robedoor

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LA deep-dream doomsayers Robedoor embark on their inaugural China tour in April 2019 and are coming to Shanghai. The prodigious drone duo of Britt Brown (founder of seminal American DIY weirdo network Not Not Fun Records) and Alex Brown have received the smelted metal feedback loops pool & congeal on their latest full-length release, New Age Sewage, for about 24 months now; its overripe and ready to be served cold. Catch them mid-ritual in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Yiwu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Apr 6, 9pm, RMB80. Yuyintang, see event listing.


Apr 6: Still Corners


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Touring on the back of their 2018 album Slow Air, London dream pop duo Still Corners are coming to Shanghai this April. Their synthesizer-driven melodies and dreamy lyrics are meant to evoke the Texan plains from which they drew much of their inspiration. Like a road trip in the Deep South, their music winds through both moments of abandonment and exhilarating freedom.

Apr 6, 8.30pm, RMB130 pre-sale, RMB160 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 7: Emily Burns


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The singer-songwriter from northern England delivers undeniably catchy pop anthems with a personal touch. The honesty of her uncensored meditations on love, relationships and break-ups has identified her as part of the wave of intimate songwriters who have been conquering the genre over the last few years, with her inspirations including Scandi singers Tove Lo and Sigrid.

Apr 7, 9pm, RMB60 pre-sale, RMB80 door. Yuyintang, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 11: Robedoor


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Two nights! Robedoor are back for another show! They've got different support this time around though.

Apr 11, 10pm, RMB60. ALL Club, see event listing.


Apr 12: A$AP Rocky


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The most stylish rapper in the game is performing in Shanghai for what is one of STD’s biggest bookings ever. Known for his swaggering delivery and confident persona, Pretty Flacko is certain to make this night one to remember.

Apr 12, 9pm, RMB599 pre-sale, RMB699 door. Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 12: Thundercat


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The multi-talented songwriter, bassist, vocalist and producer has collaborated with artists from Flying Lotus to Kendrick Lamar, bringing his experimental and soulful sensibilities to albums like To Pimp a Butterfly, for which he won a Grammy. The show at Arkham promises to be both whimsical and somber, funny and sad.

Apr 12, 10pm, RMB280 pre-sale, RMB380 door. Arkham, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 12-14: 2019 F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix


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The annual petrolhead pilgrimage is heading back to Shanghai from April 12-14, as racing fans are called to the Shanghai International Circuit by the siren song of roaring engines for the F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix. Big boys racing big toys at breakneck speeds, all in pursuit of the 2019 Formula One World Championship. 

Apr 12-14, varying times, RMB860-2,760. Shanghai International Circuit, see event listingbuy tickets.


Apr 13: BimBamBoom


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VICE China's bringing through the Japanese female funk band on a five stop China tour. Sax, drums, guitar, keyboard and bass, they're fun and full of energy.

Apr 13, 8pm, RMB120 pre-sale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listing.


Apr 13: Wild Nothing


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Jack Tatum and his indie rock outfit Wild Nothing have opted for a more polished sound on their latest album Indigo, taking the dreamy aesthetic that has always defined the band’s music and rendering it in pristine hi-fi. Expect slow, synth-driven choruses and general chill vibes from this 80s invoking call to yesteryear.

Apr 13, 8.30pm, RMB280 pre-sale, RMB360 door. Modern Sky Lab, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 15: Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere


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Winter is over and Game of Thrones is coming back! Ah! Exciting! Stone is running special promotions for the screening, and if you show up in costume you'll get your first flight free.

Apr 15, 7.30pm, no cover. Stone Brewing Tap Room, see event listing.


Apr 16: Talos


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One listen to this Irish singer and it’s clear why he’s slated to open for Peter Bjorn & John on their upcoming US tour. Before he plays with the folk pop legends, he’s hitting China for a short stint of soulful ballads. His haunting sound and impressive range is reminiscent of Bon Iver in an eerie and touching arrangement of work that’s sure to move audiences at Yuyintang Park.

Apr 16, 8.30pm, RMB130 pre-sale, RMB160 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 19: Tom Green


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Tom Green exploded on MTV with the ground-breaking comedy show The Tom Green Show. Before Reality TV, YouTube and social media existed, Tom Green’s man-on-the-street pranks changed television forever. He’s graced the cover of Rolling Stone, hosted Saturday Night Live, guest hosted Letterman, and appeared on Oprah, Jay Leno, Kimmel, Fallon, Conan, The Daily Show and more!

Apr 19, 8.30pm, RMB350 standard, RMB550 VIP. Shanghai Comedy Bunker, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 19: AlunaGeorge


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Known for their extremely danceable club anthems, the London electronic duo AlunaGeorge are performing at Arkham on the 19th. Having collaborated with DJ Snake on the club hit ‘You Know You Like It’, they’ve established themselves through a series of solo albums with their bright and upbeat tunes, even opening for Coldplay in 2017.

Apr 19, 9pm, RMB260 pre-sale, RMB300 door. Arkham, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 20: AVICII Family


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One year after the Swedish DJ’s untimely death, TAXX will be paying tribute to the much-missed EDM icon in an afternoon and evening of several guest DJs.

Apr 20, 3pm, RMB98. TAXX, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 22: Troye Sivan


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Superstar Troye Sivan is bringing his 'The Bloom Tour' to Shanghai. He's all set to perform at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 22, following the release of his critically acclaimed album Bloom. 

Apr 22, 8pm, RMB380-1,280. Mercedez-Benz Arena, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 26: BENEDEK


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Shanghai local crew Daily Vinyl and Xiamen's BEATWEEN are presenting BENEDEK from LA at Dada on April 26. This dude's released some of the sweetest modern synth-pop/boogie/proto-house music making this a must-see for electronic lovers.

Apr 26, 9pm, RMB60. Dada, see event listing.


Apr 27: Descendents

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The Descendents are coming to China, and anyone who reads that and doesn’t want to run to the nearest mosh pit or mug of coffee is in dire need of a crash course in “punk 101”. The Descendents, who formed in 1977, are the earliest pioneers of US pop punk and have been at the forefront of the west coast hardcore punk movement since its genesis in the late 1970s. Founding drummer, Bill Stevenson, is one of the most recognizable and respected drummers of the genre having played for Black Flag during their most daring and genre bending years.

Apr 27, 9pm, RMB280 pre-sale, RMB330 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listing, buy tickets.


Apr 29: Warbly Jets


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Drawing heavily on influences from 1980s Los Angeles bands like Dream Syndicate and The Byrds, Warbly Jets bring a neo-psychedelic sound to the stage this month. On their well-received latest EP Propaganda, they’ve been delving into a more electro-centric modus operandi to record their thoughts on consumerism, social media and modern America.

Apr 29, 8.30pm, RMB160 pre-sale, RMB220 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listing, buy tickets.


Wall Drawings: Sol Lewitt

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View of the exhibition "Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings" at Shanghai Perrotin, 2019
© 2018 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

As one of the foremost American conceptual and minimal artsist, this collection of seminal works is one not to be missed. LeWitt's wall drawings were originally conceived in the 1980s, and are painted directly onto the building's surface, making them replicable and raising questions about ownership, authenticity and multiplicity. This is the first exhibition of this type or work in China, so head down to the Bund to see how they've transformed the space.

Until May 25, Perrotin Gallery.


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