Sweaty, dance floor, pansexual realness at this, one of Shanghai's favorite club nights. The qween diva Michael Cignarale and 'fluffer-in-motion' Mau Mau are back for an all-night set "exploring the inner and outer depths of soul, hole, and hedonism." See, when you write lovely descriptive things about your event, I don't have to wrack my brains coming up with stuff to say — I can just quote you in it. That's the goal here, people. Less work for me. This edition's special guests is DJ Knopha, a frequenter of the decks at All, Elevator, and recently featured on China Social Club's NTS show. Musical agenda: "fiercest house, tribal and late-night disco sleeze." Last entry 3am. "50rmb cover if you play".
Which means they'll blow a bunch of glitter in your face at the door because they care nothing for the environment.
From B.O productions, one of Shanghai's original rock 'n' roll party crews, Shake, is back — 10 years after their initial launch. This was a great garage / punk night back in the day, featuring a (comparatively more robust, it must be said) Shanghai rock scene trading off bills with international guests. To “shake” the rust off, the best band in Shanghai of the time, Banana Monkey are back together performing a rare acoustic set. Their tunes mixed a classic British Invasion Stones / Kinks sort of thing, with that nu garage flavor of the '00s (Stokes, Libertines). Expect that... but like... probably older... world weary... introspective... middle aged. They'll also have DJs, VJs, and a guest bartender mixing festive rum things. Starts 8.30pm.
"Somewhere in the lost frequencies between California palm trees & sleazy ice cream trucks exists ParadiseFM a journey through timeless disco & poolside house jams." Okay. Sounds super chill. Can get into it. Something a little different. In that this club is like 10 feet by 10 feet. It's tiny. And neon. Tunes to expect: that sun-drenched nnn tsst, nnn tsst, nnn tsst. So yeah. Seems like the proper weather for it. Sunglasses at night. No entry fee. Starts 10pm.
"For two nights only, Singer Courtney Knott and Shake's seven-piece band explore the funk and soul of our era's biggest popstar: Beyoncé. Expect a wild live show filled with the hits, the classics, the deep cuts ('Girls Tyme??'), and original takes on two decades of Ms. Knowles' music." Full night of Beyonce? Sounds like fun? Sure it does. Special Lemonade cocktail menu. Tickets are 100rmb, or 80rmb pre-sale on Shake's WeChat (ShakeClubSH).
Always a good way to round out your weekend. A vintage clothing market. Gives you an excuse to get up off the couch and see what Sunday in Shanghai is like. From Shanghai's favorite record purveyors, Uptown Records, Abandon is a new second-hand / vintage store in town at their Basement space. "We do a mini flea market down in the basement every month. The first one is on the Sunday July 22, 2pm - 8pm. The market is for all the people who want to sell their second-hand clothes, shoes, bags and anything else. You can find cheap but awesome stuff in the market for sure!"
Would Super Sophia lie to you? N.E.V.E.R.