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The best parties in Shanghai this weekend

We've found the best nightlife events going down so you don't have to

Louisahhh! is at DADAaa! this weekend
Greetings pop-pickers, here's an early Christmas present for you in case you've not caught it already: Charli XCX singing in Mandarin on Howie Lee's Jeanie-featuring remix of 'Boys'. Do Hits founder Mr Lee is in town this weekend at ALL – details of that show, and all the other parties you don't want to miss this weekend, below.

Thursday 14

Friday 15


The first Chinese DJ to play at the world renowned Tomorrowland festival, Chace is back in Shanghai to help open new Found 158 mega-club Taxx with some floor-friendly EDM.

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Taxx , 158 Julu Lu 15 Dec

Julia Govor

New York-based producer – and former Russian military band singer – comes to Arkham for a night of 'hypnotic and occasionally rigid techno' in celebration of promoters Footprint's sixth anniversary.

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 15 Dec


Dutch EDM star and household name on major festival bills,returns to Shanghai for a night at MYST as part of his United China Tour.

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MYST , 1123 Yanan Zhong Lu 15 Dec Buy tickets

Pixelord + Saburov

A Russian double-header at DADA as Hyperboloid head honcho Saburov hits town with fellow Moscow-based witch house provocateur Pixelord. Expect everything from down and dirty grime to synthy aural rainbows.

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DADA , 115 Xingfu Lu 15 Dec

Recharge x MAO Christmas Market

Critics' pick

Have you been to one of MAO's Recharge parties yet? Organised by visual and sound artists *LLND, the regular events combine performance art, live music, on-site installations and more - and if you've not checked one out yet, this Christmas edition looks like a good one to start with.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 15 Dec


Described as a 'sound futurist', dark ambient producer and sound designer Xhin has been making intriguing sounds that meld techno, bass and IDM for two decades now. Tonight, he takes over the decks at Elevator.

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Elevator , 218 Xinle Lu 15 Dec

Saturday 16

Above & Beyond

Seemingly ageless production trio Above & Beyond come to M2 for a whopping night of dance floor-friendly trance.

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M2 , 283 Huaihai Zhong Lu 16 Dec Buy tickets

Ryan Hemsworth

Ryan Hemsworth, the Canadian producer whose work includes collaborations with Tinashe, returns to Shanghai bringing his bright, dancefloor-friendly mix of hip hop, R 'n' B, and indie pop.

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 16 Dec Buy tickets

Howie Lee

Critics' pick

Always impressive Do Hits head honcho Howie Lee – who just dropped a remix of Charli XCX's 'Boys' which features the British pop star singing in Mandarin – comes to ALL for a night of experimental club sounds infused with Chinese elements.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 16 Dec


New York techno doyenne returns to Shanghai for a dancefloor-friendly night at DADA. 'Deep, dark, and sexy' is how she describes her sound, one which has manifested in releases on Bromance and her own RAAR imprint, which she says is a 'techno label for punk-rockers'.

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DADA , 115 Xingfu Lu 16 Dec

Love Bang: Akashic Voyage

Elevator hosts the return of the Baijiu Robots as part of Love Bang's latest shenanigans, with a big bill of Shanghai DJ royalty dropping funk, hip hop, disco, house and more: Ceezy, Illsee (Stockholm Syndrome), Cavia, DJ Caution, and Provoda (VOID). 

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Elevator , 218 Xinle Lu 16 Dec

Techno Train 3 Years Anniversary

Special guest NIGLS from Reload Black Label joins Lina K and Vltrau at Celia to celebrate three years of Techno Train night. Expect this to go through the night and into the early morning.

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Celia , 298 Xingfu Rd. (幸福路298号) Changning Shanghai Shanghai 16 Dec

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