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This Week's Big Concerts: Crystal Castles, Megadeth, The Notwist, Insomnium, and More

May 9, 2017 | 08:40 Tue
Lots of great looking concerts coming up in Shanghai this weekend. Something for everyone, seems like. From Grammy-winning vocal ensembles to Grammy-winning metal ensembles, click on the jump to see what's happening in the near future on Shanghai's larger live music stages.


Back for its fifth iteration, the annual “Mini Festival” returns to the Shanghai Concert Hall for three days of musical collaboration with local and international players. This year, the festival welcomes in The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to stage three days of performances. Highlights of the festival include presentations of pieces by Beethoven, Dvorák, Brahms, and more. Fans of world class chamber music, this is the event of the year. Click on that link for more information and tickets. Tickets: 180rmb-680rmb

New Noise post-rock platform (they also brought in Mono, Mogwai, PG Lost, and loads more) hosts a four-city China tour for legendary indie-tronica band The Notwist. Their new album Neon Golden celebrates their 15th birthday this year is widely considered a classic — named album of the year on Pitchfork. The Notwist have been playing Europe’s biggest festivals and are signed to Subpop Records and Morr Music, and are now making their Shanghai debut. Tickets: 120rmb

The thrash metal titans are experiencing a bit of a late career resurgence this past year, picking up the Grammy for their 2106 record Dystopia for "Best Metal Performance". The band is currently on a world tour behind said album, with shows also in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. There's only general admission to this show — a metal show with a standing room audience. Tickets are pricey, but this could be one of the last times you get to see this band, especially in an intimate (relatively) setting. Countdown to your extinction, Shanghai! Tickets: 980rmb

After years of waiting for it, Shanghai is finally hosting in Canadian electronic dance pop duo Crystal Castles for their China debut. Known for their chaotic live shows and lo-fi, infectiously melodic productions, CC is in town with their latest line-up, producer Ethan Kath with vocalist Edith Frances. (Alive Glass quit the band a few years back.) The new Crystal Castles is in town behind their latest released, 2016’s Amnesty. Limited pre-sale e-tickets. Tickets: 220rmb

Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their Grammy-winning work, synonymous with the very best in vocal ensemble performance, appeals to a vast international audience. Performing to hundreds of thousands of people each season, the group tours regularly to Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia. Instantly recognizable for their immaculate intonation, vocal blend, diction and incisive timing, The King’s Singers are consummate entertainers. For their Shanghai performance, the ensemble will be presenting pieces from classical operas and more contemporary fare. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets: 180rmb-580rmb

Out of the cold seas, out of the endless night rises the new tour de force of northern magic: Winter’s Gate, the seventh studio album of Finland’s melodic metal conjurers Insomnium. One of China's most reputable metal promoters Pain Killer is back in town hosting in a mammoth show from maximal metal masters Insomnium. Tickets: 200rmb


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