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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Strawberry Fest, Midi Fest, Ludovico Einaudi and more

The arrival of the May holiday this weekend for some will herald the first joyous smatterings of summer. And this is the weekend where we get the first big music festival offerings of the year - Taihu Lake's ever-popular Midi Festival, one of Shanghai's biggest fests of the year Strawberry Festival and the glorious Jingan-wide JZ Spring 2017. Whether you're rocking out or not, there's plenty to do in the sun this week.
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Music

Midi Taihu Festival 2017

Critics' pick

Midi Festival returns to its lakeside park on the outskirts of Suzhou for the 2017 May holiday with a mix of international and domestic rock, metal and folk bands, plus a host of DJs. Tickets are available through Taobao here. Headline acts include Second Hand Rose, Wang Wen, Muma, Whitechapel, AK, A Night in Texas, Dragon Force, Noctiferia and Lescop. Plus there's a swimming pool on site and it's one of the few festivals around Shanghai that offers camping.

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Taihu Midi Camp , Qiduzhen 29 Apr - 01 May

Shanghai Strawberry Festival 2017

Critics' pick

Modern Sky's Strawberry Festival returns to Shanghai once more for the May holiday with The Vaccines, The Drums, KSHMR, Charli XCX, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg and lots more.

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Expo Garden Park , Expo Avenue (Shibo Dadao) 29 Apr - 01 May Buy tickets

JZ Spring 2017

Critics' pick

JZ Spring is back for 2017 as part of the city's celebrations of International Jazz Day. This three-day, largely free event from the JZ people will feature performances from locally-based musicians in a variety of locations around Jingan - Jingan Park, Réel Plaza, Jingan Kerry Centre and Crystal ...

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Shanghai Centre Theatre (SCT) , 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu 30 Apr - 02 May

Gate to Otherside

Critics' pick

Maybe Mars-signed Beijing trio Gate to Otherside sound like Carsick Cars playing Chui Wan songs (psychedelic noise-rock basically) - a combination that has gotten them a lot of buzz in the capital. They're celebrating the release of their new, Ricky Maymi-produced album with a China-wide tour. Gate to Otherside told us where they stand on the space cadet scale - read the interview here.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 28 Apr

Food and Drink

Classical and Performance

Wicked

Critics' pick

When Dorothy got stuck in a tornado, travelled to Oz and defeated the Wicked Witch, her quest for home gained a following of epic proportions. So epic, in fact, that it’s been inspiring adaptations and alternate storylines for over a century. And like the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, the musical stage production Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, is one version that has yet to lose velocity. Since its premiere over a decade ago, the play has been an unstoppable force on Broadway, and arrives in China for the first time as part of the international cast’s year-and-a-half-long global tour. See our interview with some of the cast right here.

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SAIC·Shanghai Culture Square , 36 Yongjia Lu 11-29 Apr Buy tickets

Nightlife

SVBKVLT present Swimful Pearls EP Release Party

Critics' pick

Returning after a four-month hiatus since the closure of The Shelter, SVBKVLT return with this launch party for Pearls, the new EP from Qinpu-based producer Swimful. The EP collects four of the best tracks made by Swimful in the past year and sees the producer going deeper into his sound of ...

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DADA , 115 Xingfu Lu 29 Apr

Co:Motion x Discosmic Adventure: Intergalactic Gary

Critics' pick

Described as ‘a quiet master behind the decks’, Intergalactic Gary has been DJing for over three decades and is renowned for his flawless mixing. This is a show to get the DJ nerds excited - expect a masterclass in Detroit techno, Italo and electro.

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Elevator , 218 Xinle Lu 30 Apr

Jay Prince

Critics' pick

Yeti Out bring back the UK lyricist as part of a nine city Asia tour. The East Londoner will deliver his signature live show with genre-blending beats to soulfully-charged raps. Jay Prince has taken his local sounds of UK garage, grime and dubstep and mixed them with West Coast hip-hop influences, churning out an uplifting hybrid that's received nods from Soulection and Pusha T to Lenny Kravitz. He's also toured all over Europe with Chance The Rapper.

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Le Baron , 20 Donghu Lu 27 Apr Free

La Chouffe Party Vol .3

Critics' pick

One of the fundamental truths of Shanghai is thus: One Chouffe is good, two Chouffes is too much, three Chouffes is not enough. Le Cafe des Stagiaires on Dagu Lu celebrate the dangerously drinkable Belgian beer with this party. La Chouffe 33cl for 30RMB, and 50cl for 55RMB. DJ Set by Monnet.

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Le Cafe des Stagiaires 3 , 386 Dagu Lu 28 Apr Free

Things to Do

China International Comedy Festival 2017

Kung Fu Komedy (KFK) will be hosting some of the world’s top comedic talent at this year’s China International Comedy Festival. The festival’s main attraction is the stand-up comedy competition that welcomes comedians from across China and internationally. China International Comedy Festival ...

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Kung Fu Komedy Club , 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu 24-29 Apr

Unravel: Chance

Critics' pick

Storytelling event Unravel is back, this time with the theme of 'Chance'. 'The ones we take, the ones we lose, the ones we leave it up to. An encounter, the unexpected, the inevitable. Three more or the very last one.' It's an evening of real stories from real people. It's not quite open mic, so ...

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TRIBE , 291 Fumin Lu 27 Apr Free

Crazy Lotus Experience & SMART Lotus Conference

If you're looking to listen to non mainstream electronic music, try various visual reality experiences, attend DJ lessons, learn about music production, and network with creatives, Crazy Lotus Experience SMART Lotus Conference might just be for you. Main features include three music stages ...

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Cool Docks , 505 Zhongshan Nan Lu 29-30 Apr

Art

Liu Bolin

In the first exhibition at MD Gallery's new space on Beijing Dong Lu, artist Liu Bolin presents his famous photography series Hiding in the city, in which he disappears until he becomes invisible. The artist now broadens the field of his iconography by camouflaging not only in emblematic urban ...

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MD Gallery , 256 Beijing Dong Lu 13 Apr - 20 May

Fantastic Color Bar

Critics' pick

Hidden in the basement of Ying Art Center is artist Wang Chienyang's Fantastic Color Bar, with the ordinarily dull room transformed to capture the dazzling colours of the internet age. The vibrant setting makes the perfect spot for some WeChat selfies, and has drawn crowds of young hipsters ...

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Ying Art Center , 97 Moganshan Lu Every day except Monday

Film

Battle of Memories

Critics' pick

Leste Chan’s sci-fi thriller about a near-future world where memory-manipulation has become commonplace boasts Huang Bo in the lead role and a surprisingly large budget for a Chinese film. The film follows Feng, a prestigious novelist (Huang Bo) who uses memory manipulation technology to ...

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Cinemas around Shanghai 28 Apr - 30 May

The Fate of the Furious

Critics' pick

Big tough bald men drive cars fast and make them go boom in the eighth(!) installment of the Fast and the Furious series. The perfect movie to see if you feel like turning your brain off for a couple of hours and letting the spectacle wash over you. Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, ...

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Cinemas around Shanghai 14 Apr - 30 May Buy tickets

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