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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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Hong Kong jungle/reggae/dubstep crew Heavy Hong Kong celebrate nine years in the game with DJ Snuff and MC duo Nanci & Pheobe. Here's the video for their track "Notorious". Positive vibes jungle shiz. Solid local support from Far East Lion, Drunk Monk, and HK Heavy's Blood Dunza. Cover is 60rmb. Starts at 10pm and goes late.
On Fri 06 at The Shelter

Bass music all night as local crews Sweatshop and Wonky Kong team up for some UK House, Gar-age, Breaks, Grime, Footwork, and D&B. Special live hardware set by lovable complicated-hardware bros Beardslap and dmandoneit under their Galvanism alias. Support from MC Jado, Monk, and Siesta. Cover is 30rmb. Starts at 10pm.
On Sat 07 at The Shelter

Wooozy Offline returns to the bomb shelter to host a couple up-and-coming producers for Jue Festival. Logos and FORMA in for a night of thinking person's techno. 80rmb cover. Starts 10pm.
On Fri 13 at The Shelter
Eclectic tunes all night as Cian O'Donnell, boss of Auckland record store/bar/café Counch Records and monthly club night "The Turnaround", stops by the bomb shelter for a night of tracks on vinyl. Support by Lost Cargo residents. Starts at 10pm. Cover = 50rmb.
On Sat 14 at The Shelter

It's the sound of the end of the world, as JUE brings THE BUG. The Bug is the main mutation of producer Kevin Martin, also known as King Midas Sound, Techno Animal/Ice/God (with Justin Broadrick of Godflesh/Jesu), Razor X Productions (with The Rootsman & various M.C’s), Pressure, Ladybug, the man behind Pathological Records, and a slew more. He’s provided bass-booming remixes for Grace Jones, Thom Yorke, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Primal Scream, Two Fingers, Beastie Boys, and has fans as diverse as Aphex Twin, Four Tet, Trent Reznor, Fuck Buttons and Death Grips.

Shanghai gig is Saturday, March 21, with support from Manga. 100rmb, 10pm start. More info on The Bug / Manga:

With a discography spanning labels across the spectrum such as Ninja Tune, Virgin, Rephlex, Position Chrome/Mille Plateaux, Word Sound, Hyperdub, City Slang, Tigerbeat 6 and Grand Royal, this is definitely a show worth flapping on about to your friends. 2013’s Filthy EP marked the first rumblings of a new full-length record, which in mid-2014 manifested as The Bug’s Angels & Devils LP. For this album Kevin Martin has both enlisted the familiar and smashed open the idea of what “The Bug” is – it’s a year zero of sorts for The Bug, yet the release draws on what has been before. Indeed, The Bug is the only producer who can bring in the likes of Grouper, Copeland, Miss Red, Gonjasufi, Flowdan, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu), Mala, Death Grips, and Warrior Queen and make it seamless.

Manga (Saint Hilare) joined the UK’s legendary grime crew Roll Deep in 2004, and has been repping the sound of the underground since, appearing on silver selling debut album In At The Deep End & single ‘Wen I’m Ere” (2007). More recently he’s released his first official mixtape Obzokey Wranglings and just this year dished out new single “Zonin” ft. Jay Grrey & Nana Rogues.
On Sat 21 at The Shelter

Big night for Japanese hip hop in the bomb Shelter. Shelter has Tokyo-born MC ShingO2, known for working with Nujabes, one of the most recognizible producers of jazzy, Japanese hip hop before his untimely death in 2010. They're doing a tribute to the fallen beatmaker, with SPIN MASTER A-1 from Osaka, and solid local support from Ceezy, HBD, and V-Nutz. Cover TBA. Starts at 10pm and goes late.
On Fri 27 at The Shelter



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