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First Round of Concrete & Grass Lineup Announced: Jillionaire, Suchmos, Jun Togawa, Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist and More, More, More

By Aug 16, 2018 Music


Indie music festival Concrete & Grass has announced the first wave of its lineup, and, man, it’s a tsunami. The homegrown event is going to have 60+ artists for the 2018 festival, which will run on September 15 & 16 at the familiar Shanghai Rugby Club field. Among the first 30 acts announced for this year: legendary Japanese singer Jun Togawa, the ‘Japanese Jamiroquai’ SUCHMOS, Major Lazer ingredient The Jillionaire, indie emo kids Chinese Football, indie pop singer Zee Avi, Britpop band DYGL, Mallrat, Iceland's Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist, And So I Watch You From Afar, Mongolian rock from Rid Band, and electronica duo Shanghai Restoration Project. SmartTicket has tickets on NOW. Get those right here. Hit the jump for the full line-up, released today.

Shanghai Concrete & Grass 2018

International Acts

Jun Togawa with Vampillia - Untapped, uncontrolled madness from Japan’s radical, legendary underground singer.

Zee Avi - A catchy, carefree indie pop songstress with an extraordinarily expansive voice.

Suchmos - Japanese Jamiroquai: acid jazz dance-funk that’s sizzling hot and peak cool.

The Jillionaire - 1/3rd of Major Lazer. 2/3rds reggae-tinged dancehall. 3/3 accomplished party starter.

DYGL - Pitch-perfect Japanese Britpop with style, swagger and the grooviest of hooks.

The Shanghai Restoration Project - Brainy yet whimsical electronica that channels the golden age of Shanghai jazz

Crossfaith - Breakneck, pulsing metal-meets-electronica that’ll have you moshing AND raving

Tofubeats - Squiggly beats meet squishy vocals in fresh umami-flavoured Japanese wooze-pop

Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist - Luminous, stately orchestral pop from one of Iceland’s loveliest pop stars

Mallrat - A magnetic young singer-songwriter who’s wistful, danceable and utterly irresistible.

Suicideyear - Maximal minimalism: ethereal soundscapes under gloomy synth clouds

Yahyel - Colorfully disorienting electro-rock from an enigmatic, subversive Tokyo collective

Cancer Bats - Hardcore punk that’s loud, fast, fun and cranked up to 11

And So I Watch You From Afar - Formidable, exhilarating instrumental rock played with manic, magical glee

David Thomas Broughton - Surreal, absurd freak-folk that goes down some apocalyptic, alchemical side-roads

William Tyler - Sublime, emotional post-country for wide-open vistas and the great outdoors

Donae’O - High-energy hip-hop and funk-tastic antics from the UK’s most daring grime figurehead

Kiltir Maloya - Electrifying, hypnotic traditional Creole dance music all the way from the Indian Ocean

Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland acts:

落日飞车 Sunset Rollercoaster - A synth-soul whirlwind of good-time grooves and blues-soaked nostalgia

秘密行动 Stolen - Propulsive, elemental dance punk that’s somewhere between beautiful and sinister

Vroskiii - Restless, fresh Chinese hip-hop with smooth flow and razor-sharp bite

法兹FAZI - Chinese post-punk that’s forceful and driving: true anthems for today’s doomed youth

Future Orients - Thrilling post-punk with hazy shoegaze pleasures and a sinister

Chinese Football - Twinkling and melodic indie emo, simultaneously delicate, beautiful and yearning.

33EMYBW + GOOOOOSE- Startling visions and ominous beats from Shanghai’s avant-garde vanguard

ollo-MAM &Endy Chen - Shoulder-shuffling grooves from Shanghai’s clairvoyants of the vinyl crate

热地乐队 Rid Band - Timeless Mongolian sounds meet blistering rock’n’roll for guaranteed on-stage madness

Preme - Soul, funk and disco beats from one of Shanghai’s most forward-thinking crews

Loft Beach - Cheeky, geeky soft-focus Shanghai indie rock to make you feel young and nostalgic


That's the line-up for now. More TBA in the coming weeks. They've got a pre-sale price of 360rmb for one-day passes and 600rmb for two-day passes, valid until the second line-up announcement, when the prices bump up to 460/780 respectively.

This year they're also introducing a Premium pass, which among other things includes (and we quote) "Access to the Fat Cats clubhouse (including shaded indoor seating, outdoor viewing area and VIP bar)." It comes with indoor toilet facilities. Ah, the festival life!



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  • 1 year ago NOITALL Unverified User

    Nice. This is actually the only festival in Shanghai I look forward to.

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