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The best live music in Shanghai this week

Your complete guide to the best gigs and festivals

Charli XCX headlines Strawberry Festival this holiday weekend
Good news! 696 Live rises from the dead once more this weekend having taken over the old Yuncai Cafe spot inside Changshou Park. 696 Live - for those who don't remember - started life at 696 Weihai Lu, which was an organic arts hub until everyone was kicked out to eventually make way for a shared office space that carries the slogan 'creatives welcome'. They've since had a couple of spaces up in Hongkou/Yangpu but been quiet since the end of 2014. Always a welcoming home for alternative music (Torturing Nurse regularly hosted their harsh noise showcases there before), Xiao Bai and the 696 crew are now returning to the fold with this latest incarnation: Tivoli by 696 Live.

Other alternative highlights this weekend include the return to town of thruoutin - who just released a fantastic new EP - and a visit from psych-rockers Gate to Otherside. But of course, it's also festival weekend with Charli XCX, The Vaccines, Marky Ramone and more in town.

Read on for our live music highlights for the week below and find lots more live music shows in Shanghai right here.
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Saturday 29

696 Reopening Party

696 rises from the dead once more having taken over the old Yuncai Cafe spot inside Changshou Park. They've given the space a bit of a refit and named it Tivoli by 696 Live. 696 - for those who don't remember - started life at 696 Weihai Lu, which was an organic arts hub until everyone was ...

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Tivoli by 696 Live , 260 Changshou Lu 29 Apr

Meridian: Recurrent But Not Repetitive

Critics' pick

Beijing sound artist thruoutin joins Anita L Pan at Anfu Lu's Capsule Gallery for a special performance based around Gao Yuan's short film Lunar Dial. Pan's performance will use two bicycles as instruments, one of which you may have noticed in Capsule's lovely garden if you've visited their ...

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Capsule Gallery , Lane 275 Anfu Lu 29 Apr

Hugh Reed and the Electric Shadows

Scottish rocker Hugh Reed - who once opened for Debbie Harry and The Fall - hits Yuyintang for a night of old-school rock 'n' roll with Shanghai-based bands Round Eye and Pinball City.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 29 Apr

Sunday 30

thruoutin

Critics' pick

Brilliant Beijing-based artist thruoutin celebrates the release of his excellent new EP Contingent of Outlying Territory (listen below - we strongly recommend it). Joining him in the Pingwu Lu basement will be husband and wife ambient duo Peng Zhuang and experimentalist Laughing Ears.

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Basement6 , 115 Pingwu Lu 30 Apr

Saturday 29-Monday 1

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. If you've seen rumours of the Stereophonics and Mogwai headlining, ...

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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.

Click on this link for tickets and the full schedule.

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

Sunday 30-Tuesday 2

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

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