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  • Lamp — ‘Songs for Sweethearts’ China Tour

    Lamp is an indie pop, jazz, and alternative trio from Japan. Formed by Taiyou Someya (composer, guitarist, conductor, producer), Yusuke Nagai (vocal, multi-instrument-player, composer) and Kaori Sakakibara (vocal, flute, accordion) in...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | Today
  • Ninja 1st Anniversary Party

    Three nights of celebrations as Ninja hip hop club turns one. Prizes, give-aways, drinks specials and more. talent line-up on the flyer below. Old school to new school hip hop, DJs, MCs, and more. No entry fee to any of it.
    Nightlife | Ninja | Daily until Apr 30 2017
  • Flower Power

    Shanghai's favorite retro party Flower Power is back to Bar Rouge Garden in collaboration with MVP Shanghai. Let the blooming flowers shirts you were hiding in your closet dance on your shoulders. Rose, daisy or lily, pick your favorite...
    Nightlife | Bar Rouge | Today
  • Gate to Otherside

    Beijing-based and Maybe Mars-signed post punk band Gate to Otherside play a rare show at YYT to kick off the holiday weekend. Fans of depressive jangle a la Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Gang of Four, lend an ear. 80rmb entry fee. Starts 9pm.
    Nightlife | YYT | Today
  • Noctiferia (Industrial) + A Night in Texas (Deathcore)

    Inferno hosts in a night of modern heavy music with two bands that are in China playing at the music festivals. The Slovenian extreme metal movement Noctiferia -- previously batted support for In Flames -- is joined by deathcore band A...
    Nightlife | Inferno | Today
  • Crazy in Love: The Best Cabaret Show

    Friday night's "Crazy in Love" at Candor. They've got singer-performer Nargis and her dancers Anastasia One, Yulia and Hillary on stage, bringing you a 45-minute long broadway-style cabaret with creative team industrial_magic in charge...
    Nightlife | Candor | Today
  • '90s to Naughties

    It's just what it sounds like - a party where they play all '90s and 2000s music. All night bangers. Banger after banger. Think J-Lo, Britney, Baby Bash, Aaliyah, Destiny's Child, you get the picture. Pure house party vibes. No filler....
    Nightlife | Smash | Today
  • Burner Talent Show

    Dragon Burn 2017 is coming soon. The Pearl hosts a preview of Burn talent with a night of music, comedy, and performances - "Burner style". Get there early to get a good seat. Show begins at 9, after party 11pm until late (Burner Bash...
    Arts, Community, Nightlife | The Pearl | Today
  • Lamp 'Song for Lovers' China Tour

    Lamp is an indie pop, jazz, and alternative trio from Japan. Formed by Taiyou Someya (composer, guitarist, conductor, producer), Yusuke Nagai (vocal, multi-instrument-player, composer) and Kaori Sakakibara (vocal, flute, accordion) in...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | Today
  • J Arriagada

    One of the members of Swedish duo Son Dos - J Arriagada gonna be headlining at Celia alongside with well known in Shanghai Theo Man. J Arriagada has already made a name for himself in the China region as he has been a steady resident for...
    Nightlife | Celia by Pulse | Today
  • Dutch King Celebration Weekend

    On April 28 and 29 LGBT bar Roxie is celebrating Dutch King's Day, the birth of our King Willem-Alexander. Hey, sure. "You can be honorary Dutch for the weekend and celebrate a part of this bar's heart!" Dress code: orange, or red white...
    Nightlife | Roxie | Daily until Apr 30 2017
  • Shiny Shoes pres. Ripperton

    Shiny Shoes brings in their biggest guest to date - Ripperton - for its final dance-off at Elevator before frontman Miki Discosnot takes his slick mixing and party-starting habits elsewhere. Raphael Gros has remixed Laurent Garnier and...
    Nightlife | Elevator | Today
  • Tarra Conner Jones at Heyday

    Tarra Conner Jones is back at Heyday is a brilliant talent singer, coming to the Heyday stage starting this week. Tarra Conner Jones is a powerhouse of a singer, conjuring up images of Dina Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn....
    Nightlife | Heyday | Today
  • Deep // Tech // Sax

    2KC Wave is back at C's for the monthly party. Expect nothing but the usual: Deep/Tech with live Sax and Techno, all spiced up with new tracks. No cover. Goes from 10pm till very late.
    Nightlife | C's | Today
  • World Music, End of Spring 2017 Fan Appreciation Show

    World Music featuring Bone Lhamo Kyap on vocals, Caleb Ford on zhong ruan and guitar, Cai Bingru on erhu and Anderson Zhang on soundscapes. Starts at 8.30pm. Crunchy vibes. No cover.
    Nightlife | Chair Club (Haifang Lu) | Today
  • Chic 'n' Pop - Back2Back

    A new edition of Chic ’n’ Pop is back at Unico with DJ S.Kiv & Kadwell going back to back on the decks -- funky beats, nu soul, disco, and more. Free admission with the password "COCO" at the door.
    Nightlife | Unico | Today
  • Jing A Workers Pale Ale Happy Hour

    Smash has a couple of kegs of the Jing A Worker's Pale on tap all May Day weekend until sold out. The Worker's Pale Ale is a full-flavored American Pale Ale from Beijing, made for the working man. Light, refreshing and generously hopped...
    Nightlife | Smash | Daily until May 2 2017
  • La Chouffe Party Vol.3

    All Le Cafe needs is a Le Chouffe deal to get the party started. 30rmb La Chouffe 33cl; 55rmb for La Chouffe 50cl. DJ Monnet painting pictures on the decks.
    Nightlife | Le Cafe des Stagiaires | Today
  • Labor Day Wine Special

    Celebrating the holidays Le Bordelais is offering a special one their stock of wines: buy-one-get-one on all wines. Dine in or take-away. Available at all their Shanghai outlets.
    Nightlife | Burdigala | from Apr 29 until May 1, 2017
  • Beatween pres. Bell Towers

    Fresh off their Elevator debut with MNDSGN, Beatween presents Bell Towers, an emerging producer/DJ. via Dekmantel "Bell Towers is celebrated as an energetic DJ and house music maestro who first made his name in Australia before...
    Nightlife | Elevator | on Sat Apr 29, 2017
  • Celia One-Year Anniversary

    Shanghai's favorite after-hours club celebrates one year in the books with just about every tech house / deep house DJ in the city gracing the decks. It's invite only 10pm until midnight -- contact the club to get on the guest list...
    Nightlife | Celia by Pulse | on Sat Apr 29, 2017
  • All That Ji-azz The Drag Extravaganza

    Shanghai's Drag Queens are gathering under a single roof to, presumably, raise it. They've got the Miss Jade on as hostess (expect full-frontal verbal eviscerations), Miss Univers, MoMo, Erica & Fantasia, with support from "Hunky New...
    Nightlife | Candor | on Sat Apr 29, 2017
  • Kings Night Party feat. The Hermes House Band

    The Dutch Association flies in The Hermes House band to celebrate Kings Night. Expect live Dutch tunes all night long at the cabaret club. Cheap, cheap drinks from 20rmb. 200rmb pre-sale; 250rmb at the door.
    Nightlife | The Pearl | on Sat Apr 29, 2017
  • Strawberry Festival

    Strawberry Festival Shanghai 2017Modern Sky's Strawberry Music Festival is one of the biggest and best in the game, bringing China's best indie, punk, metal, and electro talents to the big stage with a smattering of visitors from Europe,...
    Nightlife | Expo Park | from Apr 29 until May 1, 2017
  • Hugh Reed and the Electric Shadows

    Also on Saturday, Scottish skag boy Hugh Reed is in town with his band the Electric Shadows. This Glasgow rocker formerly fronted a band called 'The Velvet Underpamts' who provided support for artists such as Debbie Harry, Simple Minds,...
    Nightlife | YYT | on Sat Apr 29, 2017
  • Boom Bap

    The Boom Bap returns to the friendly confines of C’s Bar with an international musical scope. Each DJ will represent the hip hop, funk, reggae, and jazz sound from their own backyard: DJ Loke will bring the heat from the Great White...
    Nightlife | C's | on Sat Apr 29, 2017
  • Avantgarde

    Avantgarde - a group of people who develop new and often very surprising ideas in art, literature etc…or in partying! Opulence and decadence are the aim: Team of ‘House of Freak’ performers will interact and create stage shows, in...
    Nightlife | The Apartment | on Sat Apr 29, 2017
  • Bai Xiang Xiang

    A bunch of Shanghai rock and pop bands up on stage at Mao Livehouse. Some old favorites in the line-up: Fuxing Island, Pixel Prism, Pink Berry, En Route. 70rmb at the door. Starts 8.30pm.
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Sat Apr 29, 2017
  • Jonas Seetoh at Heyday

    Jonas Seetoh is recognized as a leading Chinese pop-jazz singer- songwriter, music producer and educator who marries trained technique with his own unique interpretation of jazz music. His soulful voice resonates with a unique charm that...
    Nightlife | Heyday | on Sat Apr 29, 2017

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get anymore LIT, SHFT is back with another big-time booking: Joyryde, OWSLA’s MVP Dj and producer. The man is shaking the game with hits and monster music videos, with collabs with Rick Ross, Freddie...
    Nightlife | Yuexing Furniture Plaza | on Sat Apr 29, 2017
  • Nmlss B2B Damacha

    For Smash's first back-to-back DJ night they've paired NMLSS (VOID) and Damacha, two DJs with entirely different styles. NMLSS is a techno DJ at heart, while DAMACHA plays beats and left field rhythms more closely aligned with hip hop...
    Nightlife | Smash | on Sat Apr 29, 2017
  • Springwave Sunset 2017

    Taiwan’s Springwave music festival returns for its second year in Shanghai with and electro house-heavy line-up of international DJs over two days of festival. Transpiring in the Dishui Lake area in Pudong, this years headliners include...
    Nightlife | Shendi Ecology Park | on Apr 30 and May 1, 2017
  • Co:Motion x Discosmic Adventure: Intergalactic Gary

    Local label Co:Motion and longtime disco crew Discosmic Adventure team up to bring Intergalactic Gary, the quiet Dutch master of the decks. His old friend and collaborator I-F calls him a "terminator," such is the focus he brings to his...
    Nightlife | Elevator | on Sun Apr 30, 2017
  • JZ Spring 2017: Sharing Music & Love feat. Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir

    An annual event from April 30 to May 2, brought to you by JZ Music, JZ Spring 2017 sees over a hundred local and international jazz musicians invited to perform in the park, on the streets, and at one of the premier concert venues in...
    Arts, Nightlife | Shanghai Centre Theatre | from Apr 30 until May 2, 2017
  • The Best Pessimist

    Saturday night On Stage is hosting post-rock project The Bass Pessimist. A one man project from Ukrainian musician and composer Sergey Lunev this guy lays down the heavy stuff. If anyone knows how to churn the real deal in dark ambient...
    Nightlife | On Stage | on Sun Apr 30, 2017
  • thruoutin, Peng Zhuang, Laughing Ears

    Beijing's original mad man on the electronic Pi Pa, thruoutin returns to Shanghai for a special holiday Sunday show. Known across the Middle Kingdom for his sultry atmospheric beats and strumming technique thruoutin sings both in...
    Nightlife | Basement6 | on Sun Apr 30, 2017
  • Grindhouse EP Launch Show

    Local hard rock act Grindhouse is releasing their brand new EP at Inferno. Joining them are Zhaojiabang and Wheelhouse. The action starts from 9.30pm. Free entry.
    Nightlife | Inferno | on Sun Apr 30, 2017
  • Echoes @ Smash

    Monday is Workers' Day and therefore time to smash it up and enjoy some Lazy Sunday beers with Mr Smith playing an all night selection of dub and future electronica. There'll also be a live dubbing set mixed in with brass provided by...
    Nightlife | Smash | on Sun Apr 30, 2017
  • MoonWalker '80s Party

    The MoonWalker 1980s dance party returns to Shanghai for the first time in 2017 with a special May holiday edition. DJ Sacco will be playing a mixture of horrible '80s pop, synth, and punk rock. Expect the usual suspects like Joy...
    Nightlife | Dada | on Sun Apr 30, 2017
  • Chillmatic Music and Art

    Chillmatic Music and Art Chillmatic is a weekend mixture of art and music. This Sunday “Queen ”Art exhibition by Yvone Chan. Music will be provided by A-collective X werkout DJ’s: Jun Nishio、TAXI, and Man Alive. Starts 9pm.
    Nightlife | Dope Shifu | on Sun Apr 30, 2017
  • Next Step

    Next Step returns to C's with more drum 'n' bass for your brain. DJs: HBF, Aeglus, Y.too.K, Symbolic. No cover. Starts 10pm.
    Nightlife | C's | on Sun Apr 30, 2017
  • Anne Evenou

    Anne Evenou is a one of a kind performer who has become a fixture in Shanghai and is widely recognized as one of the top performers in the city. She's equally at home singing classic jazz, French chansons, Bossa Nova, and even...
    Nightlife | Heyday | on Sun Apr 30, 2017
  • Crazy Lotus Festial After-Party

    Reel to Reel hosts the Crazy Lotus after-party with local and international DJs keeping the party going in multiple rooms and genres of dance. No entry fee. Starts 11.30pm.
    Nightlife | Reel To Reel | on Sun Apr 30, 2017
  • Latin Grammy Winner Belanova Live in Shanghai

    One of the most sensational Mexican pop acts of the mid-2000s, Belanova enjoyed tremendous success in their native country, especially with their second album, Dulce Beat, whose single "Por Ti" notably logged a record-setting 29 weeks...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Wed May 3, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo Party

    The biggest Cinco in town, Zapata's is back with another taco buffet (from 6pm), and an all night party with Latin and Western party favorites. Free Sombreros, free ponchos, free shots every hour on the hour 138rmb including free-flow...
    Dining, Nightlife | Zapata's | on Fri May 5, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo

    Mayita rooftop hosts their annual Cinco de Mayo party with a live Latin band, face painting, 25rmb drinks --Micheladas, Olmeca Margaritas, Olmeca Palomas, Sangria, Sol & wine -- and a craft beer station. Their new chef Juanito Rebolledo...
    Dining, Nightlife | Mayita | on Fri May 5, 2017
  • Hip Hop Hijack pres. DJ Lady S

    Hip hop DJ and producer Lady S joins the Hip Hop Hijack crew for another night of old to new school hip hop in the ballerz club. 100rmb entry fee, includes a drink. Starts 10pm.
    Nightlife | Monkey | on Fri May 5, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo

    El Santo knows how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Call it a warm up, but Friday, the 5th of May, “Cinco de Drinko” starts the party with half price drinks from Midnight Thursday to Midnight Friday. With just enough time to recover and get a...
    Nightlife | El Santo | from May 4 until May 8, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo

    Calling all cheap foodies and compadres. Beer pong hangout Windows Scoreboard is hosting their yearly Cinco de Mayo party. Promotions- 40rmb for two in all Mexican foods, and a buy-one-get-one-free on all Mexican drinks! Corona 35rmb....
    Nightlife | Windows Scoreboard | on Fri May 5, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo Special

    The Spot celebrates Cinco de Mayo on May 5 and 6, with special Mexican food and drink choices for 99rmb from 6pm onwards. Live music and entertainment at 9:30pm. No cover Charge
    Dining, Nightlife | The Spot | on May 5 and May 6, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo Special

    The Spot celebrates Cinco de Mayo on May 5 and 6, with special Mexican food and drink choices for 99rmb from 6pm onwards. Live music and entertainment at 9:30pm. No cover Charge
    Dining, Nightlife | The Spot | on May 5 and May 6, 2017
  • First Annual Shanghai Hot Sauce Festival

    From the makers of your yearly Chili Cook-Off Festival (AKA Ken and crew from Bubba's) comes a hot sauce festival promising to celebrate all things spicy. With their sponsors, Jalapeno, The Hot Box, Olmeca Tequila, and Tito’s Vodka...
    Dining, Nightlife | Jalapeño | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • Van Halen Tribute for Heart to Heart

    Three Shanghai bands: The Deck Chairs, Rock Suey and Limousine unite to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock bands of all time: Van Halen! Expect a full range of VH songs from all bands with a special tribute band at the end of the...
    Nightlife | Cages Bar and Sports (Jiangning Lu) | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • Totorro China Tour Shanghai Live

    Post-rock act Totorro plays Mao Livehouse. "Hard to classify. Instrumental music that tells you stories, that makes you feel special, special sensations, special emotions. It is complicated, but it is catchy! Like a magical maths teacher...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Sun May 7, 2017
  • The Notwist

    New Noise post-rock platform (Mono, Mogwai, PG Lost) hosts a four-city China tour for legendary indietronica band The Notwist. Since their formation in 1989, The Notwist rose to the top of indie fame and became one of Germany’s biggest...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Megadeth

    Megadeth, the thrash metal titans are experiencing a bit of a late career resurgence this past year, picking up the Grammy for their 2106 record Dystopia for "Best Metal Performance". The band is currently on a world tour behind said...
    Nightlife | Bandai Namco Dream Hall | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Oliver Heldens

    Dutch techno wizard Oliver Heldens performs a set at Shanghai’s own M2. The Tiesto-approved producer / DJ burst on the world’s EDM radar with his 2013 hit “Gecko”. He’s lately off a well-received Essential Mix for Pete Tong and a #12...
    Nightlife | M2 | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Gregor Salto

    DJ Gregor Salto, hailing from the fertile fields of Holland, is taking to the decks at UNICO to school you on house with a tropical twist, pop, soul, African and world beats. The versatile Latin House DJ counts collaborations with the...
    Nightlife | Unico | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Arkham Grand Opening

    After being shuttered at the end of 2016, Shanghai's biggest alt club is back on the scene at their new space at Found 158. As of this writing, the exact show details are still TBA, but this is the night: May 12. Venue owners / managers...
    Nightlife | Arkham (Opening Soon) | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Zapata’s 13th Anniversary Party

    Another year of doing the Lord's work in the books for Zapata's. The Hengshan Lu party place is celebrating their 13th year in the biz with... food, cheesy music, and an open bar from 8pm to 9pm. Free beer and free frozen margarita....
    Nightlife | Zapata's | on Sat May 13, 2017
  • Insomnium 2017 'Winter’s Gate' Asia Tour

    Out of the cold seas, out of the endless night rises the new tour de force of northern magic: “Winter’s Gate”, the seventh studio album of Finland’s melodic metal conjurers Insomnium. One of China's most reputable metal promoters Pain...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Sun May 14, 2017
  • Megaherz China Tour 2017

    German industrial metal band makes their China debut. The Napalm Records band has gone through a lot of changes since forming in Munich in 1995, and their current incarnation sees the group doing a Rammstein-esque industrial and metal...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Thu May 18, 2017
  • MTA Shanghai: Years & Years

    British electronica trio Years & Years play Shanghai, dishing out that saccharine sweet electro pop, that counts Sigur Ros and Postal Service among its influences. Their biggest hit was the track “King”, which hit No. 1 on the UK charts...
    Nightlife | Bandai Namco Dream Hall | on Fri May 19, 2017
  • Wooozy Offline pres. Soda Plains x Dis Fig

    Summer days, Wooozy nights. Wooozy Offline presents an evening of icy escape as the city heats up, with the mold-melting sounds of Soda Plains and Dis Fig. This is club music woven with intricate threads, bottling the dark components of...
    Nightlife | Dada | on Fri May 19, 2017
  • Great Wall Music Festival 2017

    The Great Wall Run Festival returns on May 20 by the Simatai Great Wall. The party features international DJs Oliver Heldens, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Ben Klock, and more. Three different stages will be hosting packed day-time line-ups from...
    Arts, Community, Nightlife | SmSh Territory | on Sat May 20, 2017
  • Up A Tree Indiepop Festival

    Hosted by Puppy Fat Records this is two days of twee indie pop a la The Pastels, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and the Sarah Records roster. Got a real soft spot for this kind of stuff. During the day, they're having more low key...
    Nightlife | Uptown | on May 20 and May 21, 2017
  • Belgian Beer Weekend

    "v. Vision" is taking over Tonglefang (The New Factories) for two days of Belgian Beer appreciation. They're promising the widest selection of Belgian beers for their first edition of Belgian Beer Weekend. "Shanghai Belgian Beer weekend...
    Nightlife | SmSh Territory | on May 20 and May 21, 2017
  • MTA Shanghai: Clean Bandit

    MTA hosts British dance pop superstars Clean Bandit for their Shanghai debut. The Cambridge electronic group won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for their track “Rather Be”. Their 2106 hit “Rockaby” featured rapper Sean...
    Nightlife | Bandai Namco Dream Hall | on Sun May 21, 2017
  • Dragon Burn

    Dragon Burn is a regional event based on the ethos and principles of Burning Man. The words "Burning Man Festival" probably conjure up images thousands of insane and naked attendees in a desert in Nevada — lusty and heathen images to be...
    Nightlife | SmSh Territory | from May 27 until May 30, 2017
  • Yin Yang Music Festival

    Another festival on The Great Wall of China, organized by party villa The Mansion, and it's dirt cheap and really easy to comprehend. Hey, good for them. They’ve got a daytime stage actually on top of the Great Wall, a night time stage...
    Nightlife | SmSh Territory | from May 28 until May 30, 2017
  • Grande Affaire de Champagne - A Champagne Festival

    They're saying it better than I ever could: "Three days of magnificently curated events will showcase Champagne from partner French maisons alongside gastronomic soirées, photography exhibitions, live auctions in rare Champagnes, vintage...
    Dining, Nightlife | The Peninsula Shanghai | from Jun 2 until Jun 4, 2017