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The best live music in Shanghai this week

Your guide to the best gigs in Shanghai this week

The East Asia Shoegaze Festival returns to YYT this weekend
East Asian shoegaze, Menba minority-inspired tunes and a healthy helping of quality local music are all on offer from this week's shows.

Our gig highlights for the week are below and you can find lots more live music shows in Shanghai right here.

Wednesday 16

Thursday 17

Friday 18

The Fourth East Asia Shoegaze Festival

Critics' pick

Japanese outfits The Taupe, Dive and (the brilliantly-named) Cruyff In The Bedroom, join Taiwanese act U.Ta and locals Rubur and Tiny Enigma for a stacked night of top regional shoegaze.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 18 Aug

Yunggie Ma

Critics' pick

Menba minority artist Yunggiema peforms songs inspired by her ancestors, who traversed from Bhutan to southern Tibet 300 years ago, backed by minimal instrumentation as well as more modern beats. 

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Modern Sky Lab , 188 Ruihong Lu 18 Aug

The Fallen Souls

A strong quartet of local metal acts tear it up at Inferno, with OVE, The Naraka, Blackness and Prajna Seashore on the bill.

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Inferno , 658 Longhua Dong Lu 18 Aug

Saturday 19

Bai Yu Album Release

Critics' pick

Shanghai-based folk singer-songwriter Bai Yu releases his fourth album, Beautiful New World. The venue is Wutong Bookshop, which you'll find on the third floor of the Huabao Building at 265 Fangbang Zhong Lu.

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TBA 19 Aug

Future of the LEFT Showcase

Critics' pick

Three of our favourite bands in town - Mirrors, Foster Parents and Lao Ayi - are joined by Hangzhou's Qie for an night of excellent China-based psych-rock, math-rock, post-punk and more.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 19 Aug

Goose Island BooshKaBaash Festival Official Pre-Party

Critics' pick

BooshKaBaash is back for 2017, once again taking over a stage beside the pavement outside of Shanghai Centre with a host of locally-based performers. In the run up to the actual festival later in the month, they're doing a series of warm-up shows. The final pre-show sees party band Studio 188 hitting the stage. 

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Shanghai Centre , 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu Every Saturday Free

Pu Shu

Critics' pick

Chinese pop-rocker Pu Shu has become a huge star in recent years, headlining festivals and now touring arenas. This show is a rearranged date and the final details are still yet to be announced (even the date may still be subject to change), but expect tickets to go fast for this one when they do go on sale.

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Mercedes-Benz Arena , 1200 Expo Avenue 19 Aug

Sunday 20

The Life Journey

Chinese pop-rock outfit with a big following The Life Journey bring their latest tour - entitled Always There - to Shanghai.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 20 Aug

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