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The best live music in Shanghai this week

Your guide to the best gigs in Shanghai this week

The Oki Dub Ainu Band plays Zhujiajiao this weekend
The onslaught of festivals in and around Shanghai continues this weekend. But while a lot of the attention in the coming days might be on The Chemical Brothers-headlined Storm Fest out by Disneyland (we'll have more on that in our party planner tomorrow), this year's Zhujiajiao Water Village Music Festival is worth a look for those who are more interested in world music than big beat EDM. It's an intriguing line-up and could make for a nice weekend out of the city centre – if the weather plays along.

Otherwise, there are plenty of strong live music options on offer downtown, beginning with Philco Fiction on Wednesday. Read on for our gig highlights for the week and remember that you can find even more live music shows in Shanghai right here.

Friday 22

Pinball City Album Release

Shanghai-based rawk outfit unveil their new LP, Danger in the Streets of the Sky. Support comes from riot grrrl punks Ugly Girls, Front Page Crime and Jack and Daniel's Soulmash. Chachy and Compact Dicks are on DJ duty.

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Harley's , 265 Nandan Dong Lu 22 Sep

N.B.S and Jackson Turner

Boston-based hip-hop duo N.B.S. join forces with New York rapper Jackson Turner. They'll be joined by DJ B-Kut and Foundation affiliated artists such as Tone Perignon, Superstar and JayEsGee. Rap, trap, boom bap and more are on the menu.

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu 22 Sep Buy tickets

Friday 22-Sunday 24

Zhujiajiao Water Village Music Festival

Critics' pick

This year’s series of live shows taking place around the water town of Zhujiajiao features 16 artists on two stages, including fantastic future rock/electronica act Duck Fight Goose, Japanese folk-meets-electronica outfit Oki Dub Ainu Band, Israeli handpan artist Liron Man and Mongolian folk act Rid.

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Zhujiajiao Kezhi Garden , 109 Xijing Jie 22-24 Sep

Saturday 23

Sunday 24

Battle Beast

Critics' pick

Helsinki hell-raisers Battle Beast bring their power metal to Shanghai for what ought to be an intense night of heavy music in the confines of Yuyintang. Los Crasher provide support, Painkiller are on promo duty.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 24 Sep

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