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The best live music in Shanghai this week

Your guide to the best gigs in Shanghai this week

Mai Mai performs experimental sounds in Yangpu this Friday
So it's exit On Stage this weekend, with the JZ-backed livehouse making way (along with the rest of Red Town) for what'll likely be some office blocks or run-of-the-mill retail development. On Stage hasn't always enjoyed a consistency of programming that might have helped it build a more regular audience, but there have still been some good shows at the venue. Whether the brand is revived in a different location remains to be seen, but either way, this Saturday marks the final show at the Red Town incarnation.

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

Wednesday 28

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

Thursday 29

Friday 30

Space-631 Vol 13

Critics' pick

This latest experimental showcase features Mexico City-born sound artist Mario de Vega, former Muscle Snog frontman Mai Mai, NOIShanghai organiser Torturing Nurse, Mirrors' Aming plus dee and Anuar. It's a strong bill of experimental talent that's well worth heading to Yangpu for.

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Space 631 , 188 Linqing Lu 30 Jun

Loud Summer Fest

Critics' pick

Japanese metal outfit Abstracts headline at YYT with strong support from local acts Must Be Red and Fighting Back.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 30 Jun


'Theatrical electro punk' from France hits Inferno as Wuhan resident Milu brings his entertaining one man band show to town. Support comes from Shanghai hardcore stalwarts The Loudspeaker.

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Inferno , 658 Longhua Dong Lu 30 Jun


Expect art installations, live music, DJs and more at *LLND's latest after hours take over of MAO. There'll be drum circles and 'tribal dances', live music from Acid, Aming and Junky of Torturing Nurse fame, plus DJ sets spanning everything from techno to Italo synth.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 30 Jun

Saturday 1

David Thomas Broughton

Born and bred in Yorkshire and currently residing in Seoul, David Thomas Broughton traverses straight-up folk music and more experimental sounds, using tape loops and feedback to add an edge to his music while referencing the likes of Bill Callahan and Antony and the Johnsons.

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Basement6 , 115 Pingwu Lu 01 Jul

P.O.E. EP release party

Anhui-born rapper P.O.E. unveils his new record at On Stage, possibly the final show for the venue in Red Town. Support comes from Half a Blunt.

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On Stage , 570 Huaihai Xi Lu 01 Jul

Shanghai Express

Critics' pick

HazeSounds and Shengjian Records team up for this Chinese band showcase featuring Nanjing's Schoolgirl Byebye, Xiamen's The White Tulips and Shanghai's own Soft. 

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 01 Jul

Coco Zhao

Critics' pick

Ever popular local jazz singer Coco Zhao returns to retro cocktail lounge Heyday for a night of soulful tunes backed by the Heyday Trio.

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Heyday , 50 Taian Lu 01 Jul

Sunday 2

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