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The Shelter

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Basement of
5 Yongfu Lu,
near Fuxing Xi Lu


Xuhui 徐汇


Shanghai Library, 5 mins. walk


Wed-Sat, 9pm-late




Door charge for special events



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Last updated: August 28, 2013

Stalwart of the underground dance music scene, The Shelter provides a forum for both locally-based independent electronic artists and DJs, and new international alternative dance acts. A converted bomb shelter, the club is dark, sweaty, black, loud, and thumping. Virtually every single Shanghai independent promoter has a weekly or monthly party therein, and so music ranges on a given night from Reggae to IDM to Drum n Bass to Electro to Hip Hop. Drinks are cheap (for real cheap) and cover ranges from 10rmb to 50rmb depending on whose playing.

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One of Shanghai's veteran DJs – Laura Ingalls a.k.a. Raph from the Acid Pony Club – quits the DJ biz. Peace out, suckers. He's doing an all night long DJ set at Shelter that will probably travel from Italo disco to Chicago drill music. He's backed by the Rescale VJ Team doing live cinema and an analog video installation. Expect fake blood, surprise guests, performances, and death. Cover is 30rmb. Starts at 10pm and goes till dawn.
On Sat 30 at The Shelter

Italian techno DJ Dino Sabatini plays this bomb shelter. Check out some of his tunes on Soundcloud right here. Support by Chris Jobs, Microlab, and Ginga. Starts at 10pm and goes late. Cover is 60rmb.
On Fri 05 at The Shelter

The Come Correct Crew does a Thursday night party with UK MC Mystro (pronounced "mistro"). Check his video for "Around My Way" on the YouTubes right here. He's joined by B-boy DJ DSK who always puts on a good show. Cover is 30rmb. Support by residents Caution and T-Plus. Old school hip hop vibes. Starts at 10pm and goes late.
On Thu 11 at The Shelter

The monthly underground techno and house party VOID returns with guest Polar Inertia from Paris doing a live hardware set. His sound is "Dancefloor rocking music with confusing and deeply disturbing spoken word messages. The narrator depicts an exciting dystopic future where the machines have taken over and there is no way out but to head north." Take a listen to his live set right here to find out what that's all about. Support from Chris Jobs, Shanghai Ultra, Wensen, and Ginzburg. Cover is 60rmb. Starts at 10pm and goes late.
On Sat 13 at The Shelter

Chinese music website Wooozy presents dynamic LA duo Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda, aka Nguzunguzu performing "an eerie dose of deep electronics". Seriously good stuff - check out their music right here. Wooozy Residents DJ Sleepless, Deep 19, and Jackie will also be on deck. Price: 80rmb. Goes from 10pm to late.
On Sat 20 at The Shelter



Weekly hip hop night that's been running for three years down in an old bomb shelter on Yongfu Lu. Free entry, open mic. Frequented by local hip hop DJs, dancers, and MCs. Residents are T-Plus and DJ Caution and guests often show up and drop sets. Usually gets busy around midnight. Music policy = mostly old school and underground, no new top 40 hip hop. Starts at 10pm, goes late. No cover. Good vibes and consistently fun.
Every Wed at The Shelter



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