What's On In Shanghai: November 2019

By That's Shanghai, November 1, 2019

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

Nov 2: Maybe Mars 12 Year Anniversary

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Celebrating 12 years of releasing some of the best Chinese underground and indie rock music, one of our favorite labels is bringing together Jumping Goat (who released new album Walking On The Ice in October), Muzzy Mum and Rejian Bei Shashou for an evening of delightfully dirty music. 

Nov 2, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 2: Johnny O’Neal Trio

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After 40-plus years as a professional pianist, vocalist and entertainer, Johnny O’Neal has earned the title of 'master' with fellow musicians and audiences around the world. Highlights of his awe-inspiring career include stints with Ray Brown, Milt Jackson and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, as well as a Carnegie Hall debut in 1985 on solo piano opening for Oscar Peterson and induction into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998. 

Nov 2-3, 6pm, 9.30pm (Nov2), 5pm (Nov 3); RMB220-400. Blue Note Shanghai. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 2: BUDX Freak Out 2019 

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That’s right, China’s biggest Halloween warehouse rave is back! The fifth annual Halloween bash welcomes all you ravers, party people and freaks to their Evil Circus. Just like every year, there will be an action packed lineup of DJs and rappers like Herobust, Svdden Death, K?D, ATLiens and Fat Nick. But wait, there’s more. In line with the evil circus theme, there will be all sorts of games, monsters and more to keep the party going into the wee hours. So get your party crew together and bust out your best costumes because this is going to be one hell of a Halloween party. FYI, BUDX Freak Out will be held on Saturday November 2. Not only can you keep the Halloween festivites going all weekend long, but you don’t have to worry about being hungover at work the next day. It’s a win-win!

Sat Nov 2, 7pm-3am; RMB260 (presale until Oct 24), RMB300 (from Oct 25-Nov 2) 壹秀现场 (2/F, Building 2, 569 Shilong Rd, Xuhui). See event listingTickets

Nov 2-3: Rye Music Festival

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Rye Music Festival is expanding to take in new horizons. The first ever Shanghai-based Rye Music Festival takes place at the beginning of November, with a host of fantastic Chinese bands on the line-up, including The Big Band contestants Click #15, Hedgehog and Miserable Faith, as well as one of our favorite Taiwan singers, 9m88. Snag your tickets now while you still can. 

Nov 2-3, 12.30pm; RMB320-450. Shanghai International Music Village. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 5: Hooked's Melbourne Cup Seafood Luncheon


It's time to pick out your hats, ladies, as Tuesday November 5 sees Australia's most prestigious annual thoroughbred horse race, the Melbourne Cup. In honor of the thunder of hooves on turf, Hooked is hosting a Melbourne Cup Seafood Luncheon, with RMB350 securing you a three-course meal, with free-flow Prosecco, Aperol Spritz, wine, beer and gin and tonics. Get a table of six together and you can book for just RMB1,500. The big race will of course be shown on the big screen. Oh, and there will be sweepstakes and prizes for best dressed.

Nov 5, 11am-3pm, RMB350 per person or RMB1,500 for a table of six. Hooked. See event listingTickets

Nov 7-10: ART021


Art fair season is returning to Shanghai and it's time to get hyped. You can now grab early bird tickets to Art021 at a reduced price of RMB100 until November 8, after which tickets will cost RMB150. Taking place at Shanghai Exhibition Center over the course of four days, from November 7-10, Art021 brings together 110 galleries from 18 countries and 57 cities. Seventy percent of the galleries that will take part in the fair have galleries in China or other regions of Asia, making Art021 a vitally important arena in which galleries reach out to new audiences. Fans of contemporary art can enjoy sections like Detour, Beyond and Approach, with each of these sections allowing something a little bit different. Detour investigates Euro-American geographic networks and narratives. Beyond allows for larger art works by placing them outside of the fair. Approach gives a platform for young, interesting and upcoming galleries.   

Nov 7-10 (Nov 7/8 are invitation only), 11am-6pm; RMB100. Shanghai Exhibition CenterSee event listingTickets

Nov 7-10: West Bund Art & Design

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Coinciding with the long-awaited opening of West Bund Museum and equipped with a brand-new logo, the sixth edition of West Bund Art & Design welcomes 98 galleries from 18 different countries, including 28 galleries who will take part for the first time.

Nov 7-10, check the event schedule for individual times; RMB118 early bird, RMB160 (both single-day options). West Bund Art & Design Center. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 8-10: SAMAJAM Kids Show 2

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China’s most popular musical kids show is headed back to Shanghai. At Samajam: Kids Show 2 (Djembe), everyone in the audience receives a SAMAJAM Music Bag which contains drumsticks, tambourines, a musical tube and an African djembe. Throughout the show, kids and the entire family learn and play with the instruments, as they are led by SAMAJAM performers on stage. 

Nov 8 at 7:30pm, Nov 9-10 at 10.30am & 3.30pm. RMB180-700. ET SpaceSee event listingTickets

Nov 14: The Drums

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Deemed the next big thing after the release of their debut self-titled album, which saw them sounding like jangle pop New Order acolytes, and which included standout tracks like ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ and ‘Forever and Ever,’ reception cooled on The Drums with their later albums, as they became less hook-driven and exploratory. Jonathan Pierce and his band arrive in China with album number five, Brutalism, in the bag. 

Nov 14, 8.30pm; RMB300 presale, RMB350 door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 15: The Kooks

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UPDATE 12.33pm on November 12: The Kooks have canceled their China tour, because singer and guitarist Luke Pritchard has yet to recover from a spinal injury. The indie band’s frontman took to Facebook to apologize to Chinese fans, while promising that the band will come back to China soon.

Formed in Brighton in 2004, the rockers first stole hearts with their debut album Inside In/Inside Out in 2006, which included darling tracks like ‘Naïve’ and ‘She Moves in Her Own Way.’ The pop record would come to define the feel-good sound of The Kooks, and was accompanied by such buzz (it went quadruple platinum in the UK) that the band went on to record a live acoustic version at Abbey Road Studios (you know the one) just a year later.

Nov 15, 8.30pm; RMB320 presale, RMB400 door. Modern Sky Lab. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 15-16: Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan

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If you're looking for a fun, interactive and kid-friendly event, you're in luck! The music-filled Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan will be held at Shanghai City Theatre on November 15-16. This time around, a new animal joins the zoo: a young female panda named Mei Yue. Being in a new place means she's suffering from homesickness and would do anything to be able to return home to China. The zoo animals work together and hatch a secret plan to cheer up Mei Yue. They make music for her with their instruments. In the end, the panda cub is able to happily settle into her new home with her new friends. Throughout the journey, kids can learn about various musical instruments and their unique timbres through a fun and sweet story. Your little ones are sure to love it! 

Nov 15 at 7.30pm & Nov 16 at 10.30am; RMB120-380. Shanghai City Theatre. See event listingTickets

Nov 15-16: China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair

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Calling all bookworms! The seventh China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) is headed back to town. The event will take place in Shanghai from November 15-17. CCBF is not only a leading copyright exchange hub for children’s books (ages 0 to 16 years), but it’s the perfect outlet to inspire school teachers, parents, children, book lovers, collectors, illustrators and translators. This year, more than 60,000 new books from 70 countries and regions will be presented as part of a worldwide celebration of children’s reading. Not only can visitors buy a variety of original books but CCBF will offer 200 activities and events during the three-day event. 

Nov 15-16, 9am-5pm and Nov 17, 9am-4pm; RMB20-75. Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention CentreSee event listingTickets

Nov 15-16, 21-23: Bar Rouge 15th Anniversary

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Celebrating 15 years of serving the people of Shanghai delicious drinks and delightful nightlife vibes, Bar Rouge is putting on an anniversary bonanza this month, taking place over five days. Party all evening from dusk till dawn as they kick off this week-long anniversary celebration.

Nov 15-16, 21-23, 9pm; RMB100 presale. Bar Rouge. See event listing. Tickets: Nov 15, Nov 16, Nov 21, Nov 22, Nov 23.

Nov 22: Yogee New Waves

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Japanese band Yogee New Waves are one of the foremost Japanese bands keeping city pop alive. They head to China for a number of shows, plus appearances at Modern Sky’s Strawberry Festival, on the back of their March release, album BLUEHARLEM

Nov 22, 8.30pm; RMB200 presale, RMB280 door. Modern Sky Lab. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 23: New Noise 10 Year Anniversary

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Celebrating 10 years of awesome shows in China, New Noise have a big November planned. Besides bringing awesome bands like Mum and Deafhaven on tour, New Noise bring together Blue Foundation, Mum and Dalian post rocker Wang Wen for a show in Shanghai this month. 

Nov 23, 8pm; RMB260 presale. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 23: Gang of Four

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After canceling their tour dates in China after sole-remaining member from the release of their seminal punk album, Entertainment!, Andy Gill injured himself at a show in Brooklyn, these iconic rockers are finally making their way to China. 

Nov 23, 8.30pm; RMB280 presale, RMB330 door. Modern Sky Lab. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 27: Swim Deep

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Birmingham (the English one) band Swim Deep combine a variety of influences that dip into genres like dream pop, shoegaze and indie rock to create songs that are hard to pin down, but easy to listen to. Their third album, Emerald Classic, dropped in October sees the band sounding as good as they ever have, according to NME

Nov 27, 8.30pm; RMB240 presale, RMB300 door. Modern Sky Lab. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 1: Allie X

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Canadian singer and songwriter Allie X is slated to perform in China for the first time ever in December. The indie pop icon got her start in Toronto in 2006, but her career really began to take off after she moved to LA in 2013. Since then, she's released her debut single "Catch," which rose to number 55 on the Canadian Hot 100 and was highly praised by Katy Perry on Twitter as her "spring jam." Her acclaimed EP CollXtion I was released in 2015, followed by two studio albums: CollXtion II: Unsolved (2017) and Super Sunset (Analog) (2018). Allie X has also collaborated with artists such as Troye Sivan and Lea Michele. The songwriter co-wrote Sivan's "Youth," Blue Neighborhood and LP Bloom. In addition to her amazing vocals and songs, Allie X is known for her highly fashionable outfits and dramatic live shows. You can check out her Shanghai performance on December 1 at VasLive. This is one concert that should not be missed.

Sun Dec 1, 8pm; RMB280. VasLive. See event listingTickets.

Dec 1: Tokyo Shoegazer

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Legendary Japanese shoegaze rock band Tokyo Shoegazer are joined by one of the best young bands in China today, Default. Tokyo Shoegazer went on a seemingly endless hiatus for five years before announcing their return at the beginning of this year, much to the delight of their fans in China and around the world. 

Dec 1, 7.30pm; RMB180 presale, RMB200 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets

Until Jan 5: 365 Degrees The Immersive Experience – Eugenio Recuenco

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Spanish fashion photographer Eugenio Recuenco has recreated and constructed fascinating images and photographs in this, his 365 Degrees series, bringing together influences that stem from art to current affairs, history, politics and much more to create a humorous, cynical, optimistic view of the world. This exhibition is broken into three parts, the first is the exhibition proper, which shows 170 pieces of Recuenco’s work, while in the latter half, 12 of Recuenco’s photos are reproduced on site, allowing visitors to recreate Recuenco’s iconic photos, while finally, a video room shows the real-life influences for the photographs on show. 

Until January 5, RMB69-399. Uni Elite. Tickets

Until Jan 5: Bob Dylan's 'Retrospectrum'

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Bob Dylan is well known as one of the world’s most influential and groundbreaking musicians. But did you know he has a long history as an extremely talented visual artist? The first retrospective exhibition of Bob Dylan’s visual artworks – Retrospectrum – debuted at the Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Shanghai on September 28 and will run through January 5. Spanning five decades of the artist’s career, and seven series of works, Retrospectrum will mark the artist’s most comprehensive art exhibition to date, enabling visitors to experience Dylan’s artwork in a uniquely immersive and interactive environment.

Until January 5, Modern Art MuseumTickets

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