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The best live music in Shanghai this week

Your guide to the best gigs in Shanghai this week

A Place to Bury Strangers bring the noise this weekend (photo: Clemens Mitscher)
We might be looking at below zero temperatures this coming weekend, but there are some fantastic live music shows worth braving the cold for in the next few days. Read on for our gig highlights for the week and remember that you can find even more live music shows in Shanghai right here.


Thursday 14

Alec Haavik & The Shindiggers

Expect a fun night of modern jazz as ever-popular Shanghai-based saxophonist Alec Haavik takes over JZ Club for the evening.

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JZ Club , B1/F, 158 Julu Lu (巨鹿路158号B1楼) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 14 Dec Buy tickets

Xiao He

Critics' pick

Always entertaining and utterly off-the-wall, Xiao He is one of China's finest musical talents, whether as leader of Glamourous Pharmacy or doing his own thing. Here, he returns for his first solo show in Shanghai in quite some time, with a strong support cast that includes former Top Floor Circus frontman Lu Chen.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 14 Dec

Friday 15

Saturday 16

LoReLi Presents

Critics' pick

Harley's hosts 'an unholy alliance of Beijing hutong folk and Shanghai's feistiest females' as Beijing arts organisers LoReLi take over the Xujiahui basement with Boss Cuts and Sino Hearts from the capital and Shanghai's own Ugly Girls. Expect power pop, riot grrrl punk and more.

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Harley's Underground , 265 Nandan Dong Lu 16 Dec

Migu Awards

Critics' pick

A massive Mandopop feast at Mercedes-Benz Arena with a ridiculous line-up: Jay Chou, Jolin Tsai, G.E.M, TFBoys Jane Zhang and SNH48 are among the megastars appearing.

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Mercedes-Benz Arena , 1200 Expo Avenue 16 Dec

Sofar Sounds Holiday Special

The Shanghai branch of SofarSounds – the global community of secret concert organisers founded in London – host a Christmas special promising local music and mulled wine. See their website (linked in the 'details' tab) for ticket info.

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TBA 16 Dec Free

Sunday 17


Critics' pick

Chances are you know this MC for his 2016 single (and definitive song-of-the-summer) 'Panda'. And if you've been following him since, you've heard the equally viral 'Timmy Turner' and may know that he's been teasing not one but two albums in recent weeks. This should be a big night at Arkham - get there early and you can also catch...

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 17 Dec

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