The 7 Best Live Shows in Shanghai This Week

By That's Shanghai, November 13, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best live shows in town this week.


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 14-16: New SHAKE City VI: The ’90s R&B Concert

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Shanghai's livest ’90s R&B party returns for another dose of new jack swing and hip hop soul for the dancefloor. Courtney Knott, Kevin Maxim, and Shake's six-piece band take it back to back in the day with the music of TLC, Jade, Janet, Ginuwine, The Neptunes and more. Dress Code: Supa Dupa Fly.

Nov 14-16, 10.30pm; RMB100. Shake. See event listing


Nov 15: Poetry in Shorts/Plastic

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Local band Poetry in Shorts links up with newly minted Maybe Mars outfit Plastic for an evening of debauchery. Poetry in Shorts is made up of members from legendary Shanghai outfit Dirty Fingers, while Plastic is based out of Kunming and have been turning heads on the east coast with some excellent live shows. 

Nov 15, 9pm; RMB60 presale, RMB90 door. Neo Bar. See event listing. Tickets


Nov 16: MarySeeTheFuture

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The first Taiwan band on this list, MarySeeTheFuture, has been rocking out in China since 2007. The foursome has made a name for themselves on the back of some excellent records and performances. Catch them rip up the stage this weekend. 

Nov 16, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets


Nov 16: Finsterforst

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Formed all the way back in 2004, German folk metal band Finsterforst enjoys a cult following. Basing their music around themes that explore nature and German myths, this intriguing band takes to the stage in Shanghai this weekend to regale listeners. 

Nov 16, 8.30pm; RMB150 presale, RMB180 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


Nov 16: Neal Brennan Live in Shanghai

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Brennan is a prolific performer of stand-up: his first one-hour stand-up special Women and Black Dudes premiered on Comedy Central in 2014. In 2017, Brennan released his second one-hour stand-up special 3 Mics on Netflix to widespread critical acclaim. In 2019 Brennan released an all-new half-hour of material on Netflix as part of the Comedians of the World series. 

Nov 16, 9pm; RMB350 presale, RMB550 VIP. Shanghai Comedy Bunker. See event listing. Scan the QR code for tickets. 


Nov 17: Cicada

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Taiwan band Cicada released their latest album Hiking in the Mist at the end of October. The album is rooted in nature and takes the listeners on a journey through Taiwan’s Beidawushan park, reveling in the delights of forest and mountain. 

Nov 17, 8.30pm; RMB150 presale, RMB180 door. Modern Sky Lab. See event listing. Tickets


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