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The best parties in Shanghai this weekend

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Take the Hibiya Line at Elevator this weekend
As ever, there's a full slate of parties in Shanghai this weekend, but don't overlook homegrown experimental electronic label Play Rec's anniversary at 'MAO Electronic Studio' (aka MAO Livehouse). Read on for details of that, plus the other best nights out this weekend.

Friday 25


Critics' pick

A top-notch bill of alternative electronic talent from China comes together at MAO's newish rebranded attempt at becoming a club: ME. 33EMYBW, GOOOOOSE, XNG, Arbbygooba, Arrebato and ayrtbh (we swear we haven't just made those names up) play Play Rec's anniversary party.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 25 May

Hibiya Line

Critics' pick

Ting Ting Disco and Daily Vinyl join forces for a taste of the Vietnam underground with Hibiya Line headlining. Support comes from DJ LUCY and ollo-MAM and Endy.

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Elevator , 4F, 218 Xin Le Lu (新乐路218号4楼) Xuhui Shanghai Shanghai 25 May

Ben Pearce

Deep house producer and DJ Ben Pearce gets behind the decks for a #TGIF special down beside The Bund.

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Bar Rouge , 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 25 May

Son Dos

So, the general Time Out approach as you probably know is to put our own spin on these event blurbs; to offer you an independent, critical take on the show so that you can make an informed judgement on whether it's worth your hard-earned money. But every now and then we get a blurb that we ...

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Celia , 298 Xingfu Lu 25 May


The Yeti crew take over DADA and bring in friends Altieri and Lindberg to join co-founder Allan Marshall. They say to expect 'disco edits, italo to acid house anthems from record labels like Beats In Space to Ombra International'.

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DADA , 115 Xingfu Lu 25 May Free

Saturday 26

AV PARTY - Atomic Visual x FakeMusicMedia

Critics' pick

Over the last five years Atomic Visual Studio have been behind some of the best-looking gigs and nightlife shows going in these parts, producing a whole bunch of incredible digital art pieces and AV installations along the way. They're taking over Modern Sky Lab to throw a massive birthday ...

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Modernsky Lab Shanghai , 3F Moon Shopping Mall, 188 Ruihong Lu (瑞虹路188号3楼) Hongkou Shanghai Shanghai 26 May

Boys Noize

Big name, multi award-winning Berlin DJ and producer Alex Ridha returns to Shanghai once more for a big night of house and techno down in Found 158.

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 26 May Buy tickets

Stephen Brown

British techno talent Stephen Brown - who has releases on Derrick May's Transmat and Music Man Records among many others - joins Shanghai techno stalwarts VOID, with Provoda and Shanghai Ultra doing the support honours.

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Elevator , 4F, 218 Xin Le Lu (新乐路218号4楼) Xuhui Shanghai Shanghai 26 May


You might know her for her classic 2008 Hyperdub single 'Please', but producer Ikonika has been turning out increasingly interesting beats ever since, picking up a host of accolades in the process. She makes a welcome return to Shanghai this weekend at ALL.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 26 May

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