The best parties and live music in Shanghai this week

Bisiugroup, Love Bang, Zaliva-D and some very sweaty Vikings

Photograph: courtesy 247tickets (Bisiugroup)
This weekend's running hot to cold beginning with some Latin Tropicalia at Electric Circus and Hawaiian-shirt-appropriate mutant beach rock down at Specters. Things cool down with chilling Beijing dark-electro duo Zaliva-D as it debuts its new four-track EP at ALL. Meanwhile INFERNO is going Nordic with a Viking-themed metal bash sponsored by Kraken Rum. Here's what's good this weekend.

Friday 19


Former Unico DJs TK and S.kiv take over Electric Circus for a night of Tropical house, reggaeton and Afrobeat. They’ll be joined by live percussionists Thomas Dyani, who’s toured with Shakira, the Spice Girls and many more, and Toby Senior, who’s been featured on hundreds of albums under labels like Sony Music, Universal and BMG. Free tequila shots on the hour.

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Electric Circus , 199 Nanjing Dong Lu 19 Jul Buy tickets

Saturday 20

Love Bang with GG Lobster, Vorbi and ELF

Love Bang dips back into the new Elevator for a night of club trax, hip hop, footwork, industrial and raw sounds to make you thrash in the dark. Headlining the night is one of China's most exciting young producers, GG Lobster from Hangzhou. On support is Vorbi from SHCR with a stack of new original tracks, ELF keeping the dancefloor going late and Heatwolves on the warmup. Installations and lighting by Dongmei. 

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Elevator , 265 Nandan Dong Lu 20 Jul

Yeti Dis:ko Rooftop Takeover

Yeti Dis:ko welcomes Eric Duncan to the Shanghai EDITION rooftop. Duncan started DJing in Manhattan’s downtown bar and club circuit in the mid ‘90s, cutting his teeth as one half of legendary DJ duo, Rub-n-Tug. Supporting him on the Roof are La Dame noir signed artists Motel 77, playing a rare Shanghai show alongside Yeti Dis:ko founder Allan Marshall.

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Roof Garden at The Shanghai EDITION , 199 Nanjing Dong Lu 20 Jul


Bisiugroup has a retro Taiwanese grassroots influence that blends into rock and folk. From its costumes to its music, the fragrance of the good old days is ever-present. For years, it’s been invited to perform at major music festivals. It participated in the Ho-Hi-Yang Gongliao Rock Festival earlier this year and took home the Ocean Indies Judge's Choice Award. Catch the group at LOFAS for a night of retro folk-rock.

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LOFAS , 230 Ruiping Lu 20 Jul Buy tickets

Disc Jockey pres Dabuell and Coubo

Disc Jockey's latest edition brings two DJs together for a night of music, fun and dancing. The show features feel-good funk music from French beatmaker Dabeull and tunes from 19-year-old Russian vibe-maker Coubo. 

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 20 Jul Buy tickets

Viking Metal Night

INFERNO is going full Viking in collaboration with Kraken Rum. The first ten people to arrive dressed as Vikings will receive Kraken-infused ice cream free of charge. For the bumbling latecomers, there'll be 80RMB Kraken ice cream, Mojito combos and individual mixed drinks for 35RMB. And what better complement to this display of barbarism than the heaviest of trasher metal?

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Inferno , 462 Changle Lu 20 Jul Free

Mutant Beach

Mutant Beach is back at Specters to overpower the thick Shanghai summer. Expect reggae, cumbia, calypso, Afrofunk and more tropical delicacies carefully selected by Beardslap, Rochaos (The Melting Pot) and Nico Panoramix (la Soulerie).

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Specters , 753 Yuyuan Lu 20 Jul Free

SVBKVLT: Zaliva-D (Live)

Zaliva-D is a Beijing-based electronic audio/visual duo consisting of members Li Chao (music) and Aisin-Gioro Yuanjin (visuals). Founded in 2003, Zaliva-D has been developing and perfecting its unique breed of dark electronic music for well over a decade. Zaliva-D returns to SVBKVLT with a four-track EP entitled Calling. For the release party at ALL, newly founded crew Finder opens the night with a showcase of its artists and affiliates, as well as late-night support from 1818 and Howell.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 20 Jul

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