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Where to get your rocks off for Dragon Boat Festival

Here's looking at you, Christopher
The long (boat) weekend has a bit of Nordic pop, a Shanghai jazz album release, a psychedelic festival and a bizarre, entertaining-sounding same stage face-off between two locally-based rock bands - plenty of gigs for you to work off all those zongzi at basically.

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

Wednesday 24

Tarra Conner Jones

Florida native Tarra Conner Jones has drawn comparisons to the likes of Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, knocking audiences off their feet with her varied repertoire of jazz and soul classics. Book a table early to avoid disappointment.

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Heyday , 50 Taian Lu Every Wednesday,Friday , 28-29 May

Friday 26

Rough Lover

Critics' pick

Two of our favourite Shanghai bands - Mirrors and Dream Can - combine at Chair Club, with funk act Peace and Wave rounding out the bill for this free show.

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Chair Club (Jingan) , 555 Haifang Lu 26 May

Saturday 27

Face Me On the Stage

Critics' pick

So this sounds nuts. Shanghai-based bands Dirty Fingers and Round Eye are going face-to-face on the same stage at the same time. Will it be absolute carnage? Probably. Will it be worth seeing? Almost certainly.

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Inferno , 658 Longhua Dong Lu 27 May

Immanu El

Critics' pick

Swedish dream pop/post-rock pioneers Immanu El return to Shanghai as part of a five city China tour from promoters New Noise. The band will be plugging their new album Hibernation, which was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Johan Eckeborn. Support comes from Rubur.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 27 May


Long-running Shanghai hardcore heroes Loudspeaker headline at Harley's with support from Moaning Lisa and Pixel Prism. Entry is free.

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Harley's , 265 Nandan Dong Lu 27 May

Sunday 28

Zhang Xiongguan Album Release

Critics' pick

Talented Shanghai-based jazz guitarist Zhang Xiongguan celebrates the release of his new album Struggles with backing from Li Shihai, Danny Zanker and Ryan An and an afterparty headed up by endy and Damacha.

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On Stage , 570 Huaihai Xi Lu 28 May

Little Wizard

It took Shaoxing-formed instrumental rockers Little Wizard seven years to get around to releasing their first proper album, but two years on from their debut LP they're back with a follow up, the straightforwardly-titled II.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 28 May

Sunday 28-Tuesday 30

Gumei Jazz Festival

Critics' pick

The Royal Hombres, Little Happiness and Tom Peng's New Grass Band are among the acts performing at this street-side jazz festival for Dragon Boat weekend. The festival will also feature a kids play area and a selection of market stalls.

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TBA 28-30 May

Monday 29

Triangle Psychedelia Festival

Critics' pick

Excellent local band Dream Can headline this music and market event also featuring Dolphy Kick Bebop, Shuimending and Acid Aming performing live, plus tattoo artists, vinyl stalls, silk screen printers and lots more.

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On Stage , 570 Huaihai Xi Lu 29 May

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