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The Holidays!: What To Do When You Don't Have to Work For Four Days

Four entire days with nothing to do! If you're getting out of town, have a good trip, enjoy the crowds. For the rest of you, here's a run down of not-exactly-everything there is to do, but definitely ...
2019-04-30 17:26:12

Four entire days with nothing to do! If you're getting out of town, have a good trip, enjoy the crowds. For the rest of you, here's a run down of not-exactly-everything there is to do, but definitely a lot of stuff. Live music, drink and food deals, and a handful of eager beavers who are starting Cinco De Mayo early.


April 30

Over at Modern Sky Lab, co-frontman of The Libertines Carl Barat is playing his China Tour tonight.

Over at ALL, Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis is putting on a live show of dark wave, krautrock, post everything and techno, courtesy of Say Yes. 100rmb to get in.

May 1

This is the start of the outdoor portion of JZ Spring, the annual jazzstravaganza brought to you by JZ Music. Although the indoor portion is paid, the outdoor portion, taking place around town, is free.

On behalf of all workers, Stone Brewing is doing an All-Day American Brunch from May 1 to May 3. Good way to ensure you get nothing done the rest of your day.

Paulaner Brauhaus is celebrating the Maybock season with "Festbier" (lit. festival beer). This special brew is served at the opening of the beer garden season at the beginning of May in Germany. It's a whopping 5.8% brew. Available at all Paulaner locations from May 1 until it runs out.

Come Correct continues unabated through the holidays. Unabashed hip-hop at Dada.

Two-for-1 skate special for love birds at RIINK. Show the flyer and show some love at the counter for the deal.

May 2

YYT Park is hosting a treat for Metalcore fans: French/English outfit Betraying the Martyrs is stopping in while they play at Midi (tickets for that are sold out, btw), performing alongside Japanese progressive-metalcore/djent band Paledusk. If beautifully gripping melodies mixed with painstaking brutality is your thing, don't miss. Tickets are 160rmb for presale on showstart.

Over at Dada, Mau Mau and Heatwolves are combining Yoshi, three kinds of baijiu, Jackie Chan, Wang Wang snacks, CDJs, Liqun ciggies, and a Volkswagen Santana into what sounds like the opening to a joke that only four people will get. Acid, italo, techno and percussive club tracks. Free entry.

TSLR is launching its Open Mic Summer Series at Lychee, kicking off with a writing exercise before jumping into readings and performances. It's free, all are welcome and readers can sign up via the QR code on the flyer.

May is... supposed to be perfect walking weather, the jury isn't quite on that one yet, but Historic Shanghai are going ahead with a Revolutionary Shanghai Tour walking tour on Shanghai's place on China's path to revolution, visiting the places where key actors lived, worked and made revolution. 250rmb for non-members, RSVP to for the meeting point.

Vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, DIY arts and crafts, tattoo, second-hand gunk, records, books, whatever, all at YYT Park's three-day May Daze Creative Market.

May 3

Pacha Ibiza's resident DJ/producer Kiko Navarro hits Bar Rouge with grooves from afro and latin to disco. 100rmb pre-sale over on SmartTicket.

Satan's living room Inferno turns 8 years old (well, the idea of it, anyway, this is its third location), and are celebrating with strong drinks, unclean music, a limited edition, one-time giveaway anniversary T-shirts (first come first serve) and the odd accidental suplex.

Fresh off the Melbourne Comedy Festival, local comedian Storm Xu headlines at Comedy UN. 70rmb entry!

AMBER AKILLA pres. Friend Crush, brining in Wanton Witch from Bangkok and local selector 1ster for a night of dance and nostalgia. Hip-hop, R&B, house, k-pop, whatevs! 100rmb including a drink at Electric Circus.

May 4

Skrillex needs no introduction, but if he did, it'd be something like "the man synonymous with dubstep," though he's also become a prolific and sometimes even excellent producer. He's playing at TAXX.

Nine-piece Swiss Celtic folk metal band Eluveitie are playing at MAO Livehouse. Harsh vocal, crunchy guitars, hurdy gurdies and fiddles, etc. Tickets are 350rmb on SmartTicket.

Historic Shanghai's doing a May Fourth Movement Walk, exploring Lu Xun and other left wing writers. 250rmb for nonmembers: RSVP to for the meeting point.

Drinko De Mayo... often not on Cinco

Windows Garage gets started on the Cinco festivities early, on April 30, to be precise, kicking off a five-day drink and food special: Buy-one-get-one on tequila shots (15rmb), Coronas (35rmb) and quesadillas (40rmb).

May 4 sees Cinco De Mayo (sponsored by Olmeca) over at VUE Bar, with beats from DJ Tuto and a Mariachi band. RSVP to, or pay 150rmb for entry.

On May 4-5, newly opened aLa Town Mexican eatery Tequila Loca is doing 20rmb tacos and drink deals.

Finally, a Cinco De Mayo thing actually on Cinco! Six Cuervo shots for 60rmb, and more at Cin Cin Cantina & Bar.