Getting into the busy season for big events in Shanghai, before the summer heat and doldrums set in. There's lots and lots of stuff going on this weekend and beyond, and for once, it's not all EDM DJs! We've got your pre-sale tickets to a couple boat parties, a few rock concerts, lots of classical and orchestral events, and a few family events. Click on the jump for details. En-JOY yourselves, Shanghai!
on Thu May 10 2018
- 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan'an Xi Lu (Entrance ...
Singer-songwriter David Rhodes, known by his stage name RHODES, hails from Hertfordshire. Since his first single in 2013, he's gone on perform with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Sam Smith, Hozier and London Grammar, played live at Christopher Bailey's Burberry catwalk shows, and racked up an impressive 47 million views on YouTube for his single with Birdy. His music is poignant and introspective, and his his soft, soulful voice and ethereal guitar riffs hint at a tenuous just-barely-keeping-it-together-ness that's deeply relatable. He's in Asia on a short break from recording his next album, making a stop at Yuyintang in May and trying out new songs for the first time. Expect an evening of poignant tunes in the vein of Jeff Buckley. Tickets available right here
May 11 - May 13
Every Fri, Sat, Sun until May 13
Beernanza! A three-day extravaganza dedicated to all things beer. This'll be the fourth time Shanghai's biggest beer festival is pitching its tents in the Okura Garden Hotel with more than 150 Chinese and international craft beers, food from around the world and three live music stages. On top of the fun and festivities, there'll be free masterclasses on beer ingredients from the world's oldest and largest hops merchant Hopfenverwertungsgenossenschaft (yikes!), and if you want to take a crack at the alcoholic alchemy yourself, you can buy presale tickets that include homebrewing classes taught by professional brewmasters on Saturday and Sunday. Plus, there's another presale ticket deal that includes 1 Fithearts' fitness class, to help you offset those calories. Tickets available right here.
Every Fri, Sat, Sun until May 13
From the Beernanza people comes Mixnanza, dedicated to cocktails! Chill out in a tropical festival atmosphere for three days, sipping on cocktails prepped, shaken and stirred with some of world's favorite spirits. Altos, Jose Cuervo, 1800, Peddler's and Hayman's gin, rums like Bacardi and Kraken, bourbons like Evan Williams, De Kuyper liquors and proseccos like Scanavinos will be used to create more than 100 featured cocktails. On top of that, there'll be live music like reggae, bachata, salsa and afro beats, as well as fitness classes from Fithearts! Pre-sale tickets come with 2 free cocktails. Tickets available right here.
Clouds is an explorative multimedia modern dance experience for children from ages 4 and up. Inspired by the works of surrealist Belgian painter René Magritte, the performance explores the imagination, and whether what we see is what we see, or just what we wish we imagine we see. Take clouds. Are they sheep? Or are sheep clouds? Are all sheep clouds or vice versa? Much like the Belgian's paintings, what you see in Clouds is as much up to your imagination as it is what's happening on the stage. There'll be five showings at the Children's Art Theatre this May. Tickets available here.
Avast, me hearties. Boxing Cat Brewery's kicking off Shanghai Beer Week festivities with a 400-person Brew Cruise on the Huangpu River, with a 3-hour free-flow on beers from 5 breweries in Shanghai: Boxing Cat, The Brew, Shanghai Love, Dr. Beer & Goose Island. On top of that, party snacks, local DJs, and the best view in the city. Guaranteed to be a wild, nautical, beertastical adventure, cruising straight into Beer Week. Boarding is between 6.30-7.15pm, and anchors aweigh at 7.30pm. Tickets available right here.
“Birds in Baroque” is from acclaimed recorder player Stefan Temmingh with soprano Dorothee Mields and their baroque ensemble The Gentleman’s Band. Baroque music inspired by birdsong - soprano Dorothee Mields and recorder player Stefan Temmingh present a selection of magnificent and virtuoso works which not only imitate bird calls but very often also refer to the theme of love: from the nightingale to the goldfinch and from the cuckoo to hens, doves and various other birds. Tickets available right here.
on Fri May 11 2018
- 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Shiji Dadao
Paco Peña is a Spanish flamenco composer and guitarist. He is regarded as one of the world's foremost traditional flamenco players. His most famous compositions include his Misa Flamenca (a flamenco Mass), and Requiem for the Earth, both of which have received great critical acclaim. He has also had a number of notable collaborations, significantly with the Argentinian guitarist Eduardo Falú and the Chilean group Inti-Illimani. Exciting chance to catch this flamenco luminary in Shanghai for the first time ever. Tickets available right here.
UK cult indie darlings The Cribs are gracing Shanghai's Modernsky Lab with their ultracool brand of punky, sincere rock. A criminally underrated band, the three brothers Jarman have gathered a massive underground following since 2003 for their DIY attitude, powerful sound and humble personality. Expect huge choruses, hand waving, driving guitar riffs, thickly-accented screams for more, and some of the most memorable lyrics in indie-punk history. On support duties will be Shanghai's own punk-rock outfit Dirty Fingers. Tickets available right here.
InterNations, Bar Rouge and MARTINI get your Bund-wide White Night Party started with a yacht cruise! Dazzling all-white dress code, two free-flow open bars, DJ Naomi providing the tunes, and a cruise along that world-famous Pudong skyline, it's set to be a glam event. The ticket includes unrestricted access to the indoor and outdoor open bars, mostly powered by MARTINI and manned by models liberally splashing out Martini Rose. The party starts at 7.30pm on the Pudong side, the yacht casts off around 9pm, before finally docking on the opposite side at 10.30pm, just a short walk from the afterparty at Bar Rouge. There'll only be snacks available so it's strongly recommended you eat before! The event is pre-pay only and if you purchase before May 5, you get an 8% discount. Tickets are limited, and they're first come, first serve. Remember, make sure to dress dazzling in white. Get ready for a fabulous evening! Tickets available right here.
For any symphony orchestra, interpreting Gustav Mahler, the last giant in Austrian-Germany symphony, is an extremely hard spiritual journey which taxes their ingenuity. The “European Fog” Series Concert in the season will comes to an end with Mahler’s Symphony No.2 in C minor “Resurrection”. Its title is inspired by German poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock’s “Die Auferstehung” (“The Resurrection”). Different from usual four-movement symphony, Mahler wrote five movements for his No.2 symphony and introduced human voice into the work, bringing Beethoven’s Symphony in D minor, op. 125,” the Choral” to our mind. In the first movement, the composer asked several questions: “why do you live?” “why do you suffer?” And he tried to give answers in the finale. Tickets available right here.
Founded in 1990 by its musical director, conductor and violinist Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante is a period instrument ensemble that performs both baroque and classical works. They've played world-wide, including in New York's Lincoln Center and Sydney's Opera House, and this May, as part of the Mini Festival, they'll be performing a selection of concertos from Vivaldi at the Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall. Best-known for their performances of the oratorios, serenatas and operas of Alessandro Scarlatti, they've also regularly collaborated with the Fondazione Santa Cecilia to restore eighteenth century Italian operas, such as Antonio Caldara's Gesu Cristo, and L. Leo's Sant'Elena Al Calvario, and have been a key partner with Virgin Classics for 15 years. Tickets available right here.
Alter.'s throwing a rooftop party at POP Bar on the Bund, featuring legit Belgian record collector DJ San Soda, who's frequently on at Boiler Room, Redbull Music Academy and music festivals like Dekmantel and Dimension. A well-known figure in the underground music circles and co-founder of the We Play House imprint, Berlin-based San Soda's got a bit of a reputation for unusual DJ sets and deep cuts. Expect classic House and Techno of the Chicago/Detroit bent, plus whatever! Disco, Afro beats, electro cuts! On the decks as well will be fellow crate diggers Tobias Patrick and PCJ. The event takes place rain or shine; in case of rain, they'll move indoors at the same venue. Tickets available right here.