The 8 Best Live Shows in Shanghai This Week

By Bryan Grogan, December 11, 2019

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

Dec 12: Dirty Fingers/Jajatao

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Dirty Fingers and Jajatao close out a three-city mini tour which also saw the pair of punk, hard-rocking bands hit Chongqing and Chengdu this month. While we’ve only heard Jajatao through earphones thus far, the group have been chopping it up around China for years with their devil may care, melt-your-face sound. As for Dirty Fingers, they never fail to put on an excellent show. 

Dec 12, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB150 door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 13: Caspian

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Stop the presses! Caspian return to China! The Massachusetts post rock band have spent quite a bit of time touring through the Middle Kingdom and Asia since the beginning of this decade, picking up a number of new fans. Catch them wow the crowd once more this December.  

Dec 13, 9pm; RMB150. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 13: Local X Laowai Showcase

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Four bands from the Shanghai scene come together for one evening at Yuyintang, showcasing the diverse and international scene available in the city. Dahaha and The Flood will be joined by local acts Tang Trio and Zhoumo Gao Shiqing this Friday night for raucous fun. 

Dec 13, 8.30pm; RMB60 presale, RMB80 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 13: Wang Shengnan

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Beijing singer-songwriter Wang Shengnan has been wowing us with her awesome electronified folk sounds for years. With a pair of new tracks released this year, to go along with a back catalogue that includes Deep Sea Fish and her self-titled release, this should be a cracking show. 

Dec 13, 8pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Lofas. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 13-14: Sinatra Big Band Christmas

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Get in the holiday mood this weekend with this fantastic Christmas performance presented by Frank Bray and The Pearl. With a total of 20 performers on stage at one time, consisting of a 17-piece big band, conductor and guest singers, this show is bound to knock your warm, Christmas socks off. Don't miss out. 

Dec 13-14, dinner at 6pm, concert at 9pm; RMB240 presale, RMB280 door. The Pearl. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 14: WR/OC Music Festival 2019

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This is quite the line-up and not just because Lil Xan is making an appearance. The Californian rapper is best known for his song ‘Betrayed’ and for being named after a prescription drug. He’ll be joined by big names in Chinese rap scenes like LowsOn, Gali, NineOne# and more. 

Dec 14, 10pm; RMB380 presale, RMB450 door, RMB980 VIP. Arkham. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 14: Up A Tree Vol. 2 Pop Up

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Puppy Fat Records, based out of Shenzhen, return with a trio of great Japanese acts to Shanghai for an evening of chill vibes and mellow indie music. They bring with them Japanese neo acoustic band Pictured Resort, Tokyo-based indie act Luby Sparks and Osaka indie band Still Dreams. 

Dec 14, 8.30pm; RMB140 presale, RMB180 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 14-15: Florent Mothe 

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From performing in theatrical musicals to performing in bands, Florent Mothe has done it all. The French native is best known for his role as Antonio Salieri in Mozart, l'opéra rock. However, he's also an accomplished musician and solo artist. Mothe began studying music at the early age of seven. Over the years he became proficient in a variety of instruments, from guitar to piano to synthesizer. However, his voice is where he really shines. Before taking to the theatrical stage, Mothe played in two bands in France before moving to Toronto to take up a solo career. It was there that he was serendipitously discovered by the producers of Mozart, l'opéra rock in 2009. But it didn't take long for the singer-songwriter to turn his interests back toward his music career. In 2013, Mothe released his first solo album, Rock in Chair. This was followed up by his second album Danser Sous La Pluie in 2016. If you're interested in checking out this ultra-talented pop musician, he'll be touring around China next month and stopping off in Shanghai on December 14-15.

Dec 14-15, 8pm; RMB480-680. Modern Sky Lab. See event listingTickets.

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