What's On In Shanghai: August 2019

By That's Shanghai, August 1, 2019

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


Aug 2-3: Blackstone Magic Show

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Who doesn’t love magic? This excellent show at The Pearl this month will toy with your sensations and reveal mysteries that you never knew existed. 

Aug 2-3, 9pm; RMB180 presale, RMB220 door. The Pearl. See event listing. Purchase tickets here. 


Aug 2-3: Samajam 2

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Our favorite music-themed interactive kids show is back in Shanghai, hurrah! Samajam returns to the city, offering kids and parents the opportunity the get in on the action, this time focusing on the djembe, a drum that originated in West Africa. Kids are given instruments and can make music alongside performers on-stage. A fantastic day out for all. 

Aug 2-3, 16-17, 10.30am/3.30pm/7.30pm; RMB180-480. ET Space. See event listing. Purchase tickets here


Aug 3: Colin Phils

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Richmond, Virginia, based math rockers Colin Phils return to China once more. Having previously lived in the southern city Shenzhen, Colin Phils are setting out on a monstrous tour around the country, taking in 22 cities. 

Aug 3, 8.30pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Purchase tickets here. 


Aug 3-11: One Starry Night

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Grand Boat Culture presents a unique combination of art and education with a multimedia experience. Enjoy this magical galleria complete with replicas of 28 pieces by nine masters from Van Gogh to Wan Xi Meng set to piano accompaniment featuring compositions by Mozart, Chopin and more.

Aug 3-11, 10.30am; RMB180-480. Shanghai Grand Theater. See event listing. Purchase tickets here


Aug 7: Rhys Lewis

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The British singer-songwriter brings his blues and soul influenced stylings to Yuyintang Park this month. With his major label debut release, EP Bad Timing, in the bag, fans of soulful guitar rock shouldn’t miss this appearance by the Oxfordshire native. 

Aug 7, 9pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Purchase tickets here.


Aug 9: DJ Lizzy

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DJ Lizzy has performed at various festivals and events all over the Asian continent including Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2018, Jungle Music festival and more. In 2017, she became the first female DJ to ever perform at Ultra China in Shanghai and was invited to play at Ultra China again in 2018. She brings the party to Bar Rouge this month. 

Aug 9, 10pm; RMB100 presale, RMB200 door. Bar Rouge. See event listing. Purchase tickets here.


Aug 10: The Sound of the Native South American & Gansu Sangemao Tribal Soul

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What do Gansu province and South America have in common? Well, both have a rich tradition of interesting folk music, as exhibited in this upcoming show. Gansu musician Bone Lhamo Kyap hooks up with Peruvian polymath Ricardo Meza and others for a show unlike any other. 

Aug 10, 9pm; RMB150 presale, RMB180 door. The Pearl. See event listing. Purchase tickets here. 


Aug 16: Westlife

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Your mother’s favorite band are hitting Shanghai. Westlife, best known for their songs ‘Flying Without Wings,’ ‘My Love,’ ‘Uptown Girl’ and so many more are in town this month. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket so as not to miss out on this extraordinary event. 

Aug 16, 7.30pm; RMB399-1,299. National Exhibition and Convention Center. See event listing.


Aug 18: Alpha Wolf

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Fans of metalcore delight! Brazen Australian act Alpha Wolf bring their high octane sound, which has been praised for enthralling listeners, being a maelstrom of noise and an unflinching look at the less-than-pleasant side of life. 

Aug 18, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB160 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Purchase tickets here


Aug 23-24: Snow Patrol

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Tickets for this one may well be sold out, but where there is a will, there’s a way. Bringing an acoustic set to Shanghai, Snow Patrol will play their greatest hits from their extensive back catalogue for Chinese fans. 

Aug 23-24, 8pm. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base. See event listing


Aug 28-Sep 1: Madagascar: The Musical

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While everyone may still be going crazy over that Lion King remake, we kind of prefer the Madagascar films. The comedic animation makes its way to the stage this month in the form of a thrilling musical. Perfect for the kiddos. 

Aug 28-Sep 1, 10.30am/2.30pm/7.30pm; RMB224-1,428. DaGuan Theater. See event listing. Purchase tickets here


Aug 30: The Sulis Club

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Hong Kongers The Sulis Club team up with Nerve Passenger for an evening of blistering good rock music. The Sulis Club have been building a steady reputation as one of the fiercest and best known proponents of alternative rock music in the Fragrant Harbor over the past few years, with a reputation for stellar and energetic live shows. 

Aug 30, 8pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Puchase tickets here. 


Aug 30: Kiefer

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Previously hailed as the best kept secret in jazz and alt rap by Bandcamp Daily, LA-based multi-instrumentalist Kiefer’s show in Shanghai might well be the city’s best kept music secret this month. Having previously performed on a track with Kaytranada, as well as providing production for Anderson Paak’s album Oxnard, Kiefer ain’t no one to mess with.  

Aug 30, 9pm; RMB100 presale, RMB130 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Purchase tickets here


Aug 30: Don’t I Know You

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Taking aim at the varying notions of tradition and modernity, this fantastic contemporary dance event will incorporate swing and taiji in order to establish and contextualize what we know and think about dance today. 

Aug 30, 7.30pm; RMB80-580. Shanghai International Dance Center. See event listing. Purchase tickets here 


Aug 31: The fin. 

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Japanese indie rockers The fin. return to China this month for an extended national tour. With new single ‘Come Further’ in the books since April, fans of chillwave may be keen to hear more new songs from the beloved three-piece. Keep the fingers, toes and ears crossed. 

Aug 31, 9pm; RMB160 presale. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Purchase tickets here


Sep 6: The Japanese House

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Combining a variety of different influences, Amber Bain, aka The Japanese House, creates a sound that is at once dreamy and fluid. Bain’s work investigates the ideas of gender and gender neutrality and aims to present a safe space for androgynous music. 

Sep 6, 8.30pm; RMB140 presale, RMB180 door. VasLive. See event listing. Purchase tickets here.


Sep 6: Lebanon Hanover

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Deliciously icy cold wave vibes from Berlin-based duo Lebanon Hanover should be among your top picks for music shows heading into the month ahead. The pair are influenced by everything from William Wordsworth to the vibrant Berlin underground music scene, ensuring a very unique sound. 

Sep 6, 10pm; RMB150 presale, RMB180 door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Purchase tickets here. 


Sep 7: Pinocchio 

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Everyone’s favorite long-nosed puppet slash real boy will take to the stage this month in a wonderful Chinese-language play. Catch up with Pinocchio, Geppetto, the talking cricket and all of your other favorite characters from this fantastic Italian kids story. 

Sep 7, 10.30am/2pm; RMB99-250. Shanghai Center Plaza. See event listing. Purchase tickets here.


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