What's On In Shanghai: January 2020

By That's Shanghai, January 2, 2020

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


Until Jan 5: The Blue Man Group

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That’s right. Everybody’s favorite blue men are coming to Shanghai this year. The Blue Man Group will be performing at 1862 Theatre from December 23 until January 5, 2020. You never know what to expect when it comes to the Blue Man Group. Expect to laugh, rock out and have a blast as the bald, blue men entertain through music, art and comedy. You know a show is popular when over 35 million people of all ages, languages and cultures have seen it. It’s going to be a masterful and musical trip, led by three of the boldest, baldest and bluest guys on the planet. 

Until Jan 5, RMB80-1,080. 1862 Theatre. See event listingTickets


Until Jan 5: 365 Degrees: The Immersive Experience

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One of the most Instagrammable exhibitions that we have seen in Shanghai in quite a while comes in the form of Eugenio Recuenco’s fantastic 365 Degrees: The Immersive Experience photography and installation exhibition at Uni Elite, and tickets are on sale over on thMart right now. 

Until Jan 5, RMB69-399. Uni EliteTickets


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 Jan 5, Modern Art MuseumTickets


Jan 2: Madeleine/Shanghai Qiutian

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Locally based math rock band Shanghai Qiutian are a cross-cultural band, with members coming from Switzerland, Basque (Spain) and China. They join with Basque band Madeleine for a show at Yuyintang this January. 

Jan 2, 8.30pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 2: The Fur

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Playing around with the idea of comedy and performance, The Fur’s music can be described as synthpop, dream pop or indie pop. The group released a pair of singles this year and will hop on stage at Mao Livehouse this month. 

Jan 2, 8pm; RMB90-120. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 2-14: Dreamgirls

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Having opened on Broadway all the way back in 1981, Dreamgirls is a phenomenal worldwide hit. Bringing to life the story of a trio of fantastic singers in ‘60s America, this musical is one you should see at least once. 

Jan 2-14, various times; RMB200-1,000. Shanghai Culture Square. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 4: Say Yes 2020 Opening Party: Randomer

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Getting back into the swing of things early, Say Yes invite British DJ and producer Randomer to ALL Club. Few have a recent back catalog as rich and diverse as Randomer. His discography reads like a who’s who of modern techno: across a six-year career, he’s produced four EPs for Untold’s Hemlock Recordings; released records for Hessle Audio, Numbers and Clone; and most recently, been cherrypicked for Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S.

Jan 4, 10pm; price TBA. ALL Club. See event listing.


Jan 4: Chinese Football/Regal Lily

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Heading out on tour once again, Wuhan emo/math rock favorites Chinese Football are joined by Japanese trio Regal Lily. The latter is made up of three girls, whose punky performances have earned them plenty of fans and plaudits in Japan. 

Jan 4, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 4: Small Storm Tour

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Bringing together some of the best punk bands that the country has to offer, this tour presents Shanghai audiences with Beijing favorites Wasted Laika, Hangnail and Xiao Wang, while locals Poetry in Shorts will also chop it up on stage. 

Jan 4, 9pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 10: Round Eye, The Flood, Dahaha

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Another night of local punk rock with three of Shanghai's underground titans: Round Eye, The Flood, and Dahaha along with the debut gig of local dudes White Ink. Come on out for an exercise in alcoholic gluttony and fake whiskey philosophy.

Jan 10, 9pm; RMB50. Harley’s Underground. See event listing


Jan 11: Cotton Club Blues Night

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After 19 years and 5000 shows, the venerable institution of blues, Shanghai's world-famous "Cotton Club " shut its doors on March 25, 2017.  As one of our favorite bands and venues in Shanghai, we are proud to welcome the whole team for two nights of Blues bliss at The Pearl. The Royal Hombres has been a fixture on the Shanghai music scene from the beginning of time. They held court at the Cotton Club for nineteen years and their music reflects an eclectic mix of blues, jazz and funk. The band, led by inimitable Blues legend, Greg Smith with Jorland Paulino on bass, Francesco Perre on drums, Yiko on vocals and Matt Cadillac Cooper on guitar and vocals.

Jan 11, 9pm; RMB120 presale. The Pearl. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 12: KK Album Release Tour

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After four years without a new album, Japanese favorite KK returns with a second album, Rutsubo. Also known as Ken Kamikita, the secretive and wildly popular singer-songwriter returns to Shanghai as part of his Asian tour this month. 

Jan 12, 5pm; RMB180 presale. Bandai Namco. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 14-19: Lord of the Dance

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Breathing life into the world-famous, renowned Irish dancing set-piece, these dancers bring to life Michael Flatley’s fabulous creation this month in Shanghai. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch some of the most breathtaking music and dancing you’ll see anywhere.  

Jan 14-19, 2/7.15pm; RMB200-880. Shanghai Grand Theater. See event listing. Tickets. 


Jan 15: 'The Big Band' Hot Performance

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It’s a testament to the vast popularity of this music talent TV show, The Big Band, that rock bands like Hedgehog, New Pants, Miserable Faith and co can fill out the immense Mercedes-Benz Arena. With six of the best bands from the show’s first season set to perform, this one will sell out fast. 

Jan 15, 7pm; RMB380-1,280. Mercedes-Benz Arena. See event listing. Tickets. 


Jan 17: NeunWelten

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German dark folk band NeunWelten uses old Nordic and folk imagery to create dark, wondrous atmospherics in their songs. Compared to an Edgar Allen Poe story, infused with characteristic Scandinavian gloom, this show makes for a heady mixture of styles. 

Jan 17, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB130 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 18: Linkin Park Tribute Concert

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If the cool Shanghai winter has made you ‘Numb,’ swing into The Pearl this January to sweat a little bit with the rough and raucous stylings of Linkin Park, one of the noughties’ most-beloved hard-rocking band.  

Jan 18, 9.30pm; RMB120. The Pearl. See event listing. Tickets


Until Apr 5: Frozen

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Your kids will go crazy for this magical Frozen-themed exhibition. The exhibition brings the 2013 Disney film to life. Tag along as Anna, the fearless princess of Arendelle, sets off on a journey with a rugged iceman, a pet reindeer and a snowman to find her sister and escape from eternal winter. The exhibition will be held at Shanghai Global Harbor Mall from December 21 until April 5. The 1,500-square-meter space will be transformed to recreate nine of the movie's most classic scenes and feature nine interactive areas. Your little ones will also be able to check out over 200 original production drawings from the movie and shop for over 1,000 limited edition Frozen products. It's every kid's dream! Presale tickets are offered for a limited time only for just RMB78. Make sure to get yours before December 20!

Dec 21-Apr 5, times vary; RMB78 (early bird price available until Dec 20). Shanghai Global HarborSee event listingTickets.


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