It feels like there's more festivals than bands/DJ collectives these days. Well, here comes another one. The Yinyang Music Festival, which according to every local we've asked is an odd name for a festival, is happening up in Tianjin during the September 6–8 Mid-Autumn Holiday. They have an information gathering session tonight at Lune, with 15 of the DJs and organizers dropping sets and dropping knowledge.

Here's what's up with the festival. It's organized by party villa The Mansion, and it's dirt cheap and really easy to comprehend. Hey, good for them. It's a three-day camping festival out at this section of the Great Wall, with entry costing 250rmb. Transport to the festival site by bus from Shanghai including festival entry is 480rmb, which you can book here.
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NIGHTLIFE / AUG 20 / Share


Here comes some zany conceptual arty shit. So this Saturday, the eccentric Basement6 Art Collective over by Jiaotong University is hosting their first ever "international water balloon games" via Skype. This is a live battle between Basement6 and a gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

At 8pm, the Basement6 Collective and the group in Ohio will turn on their webcams and projectors. The Shanghai space gets projected on a big wall in Ohio, via Skype, and the Ohio space gets projected on the wall in Shanghai. Then everyone throws water balloons at the screen and probably at each other. Would plan on getting wet -- Basement6 says they've prepared hundreds of water balloons and a bunch of raincoats for this.

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NIGHTLIFE / AUG 20 / Share


Hipsters, selfie-lovers, and people who think their ex-CEO Dov Charney isn't a total scumbag, take note – American Apparel has a casting call for models this Saturday, Aug 23 at Central Studios.

Just show up from 1–5pm and they'll determine if you are aesthetically pleasing enough for their business model. They say "all candidates must be in fitted, simple clothing with little to no makeup and hair in its natural state. Looking for women and men of all shapes and sizes."

There you go.

COMMUNITY / AUG 19 / Share


We already announced a while back that the first stage at the Storm Festival on October 5–6 will feature Avicii, Axwell, and a bunch of other EDM stars, but the second stage is sounding pretty well-rounded so far. Here's what we know now. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (T-E-E-D), Taiwanese rapper Soft Lipa, Mad Decent's Grandtheft, and Ed Banger Records founder and ex-Daft Punk manager Busy P are confirmed for that stage.

Here's what else we know - The Muse Group has become a major partner in the festival, and they're booking techno acts for the third stage. The lineup for that stage will also include contestants from VICE's upcoming documentary about Chinese DJs, like Cavia and Tsunano.

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NIGHTLIFE / AUG 19 / Share


Maybe you didn't make it to the club for some of the shows we recommended over the last few weeks. Or maybe you did, and wanna relive that shit. Either way, here's the raw recordings. First up – nearly three hours of acid and house from old school DJ Mr. C at Lola on August 8th. Peep that right here. In fact, you can listen to a bunch of live recordings from Lola on their Soundcloud.

If you're after something a bit harder/weirder/disturbing, here's L.I.E.S. affiliate and Stockholm Syndrome host Tzu Sing's set at The Shelter for Red Bull Music Academy. Stream that here. Trippy samples, hardcore lyrics, acid lines, and italo disco in there. Look out for dude to blow up when he releases some cuts on the aforementioned Long Island Electrical Systems label sometime soon.

NIGHTLIFE / AUG 19 / Share


Hey there's four rock shows coming up next weekend. First up on Thursday at Mao Livehouse, live disco/house/freakout band Chk Chk Chk (!!!) plays their first ever Shanghai show. Remember this classic track? Maybe? Pre-sale tickets for that one are 150rmb, available right here.

On the same night across town at Arkham, lead singer and guitarist of Bloc Party Kele Okereke does a DJ set at Arkham. His recent productions are straight up house music, far from the post-punk sounds of Bloc Party. Look out for an interview with him coming next week. Pre-sale tickets are 100rmb right here.... Read on

NIGHTLIFE / AUG 19 / Share


It's been a good week for team behind Black Pepper and Pasha. Unfortunately we can't say the same thing for Estado Puro, el Willy and Maya (ouch!).

And finally, Topmanda rains shale(??) upon Belgian Beer Café Leuven. I agree, Tompanda, but I prefer shame to shale. Then again, shale is a rock. It's pretty heavy. Maybe that's more of a punishment. Either way you're our winner this week. The 500rmb delivery voucher is yours. Enjoy.

DINING / AUG 17 / Share


Due to persistent rain and ominous skies, the organizers have decided to reschedule today's pool party to next Sunday at the same time and location. Stay tuned for updates.

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