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The best live music in Shanghai this week

Your guide to the best gigs in Shanghai this week

DFG go AV at MSL this weekend
It's a tale of two new music venues this weekend as the new iterations of Yuyintang and On Stage get well and truly put through their paces. The former's Yuyintang Park opened last weekend with New Noise's Scandie showcase, but this weekend brings the arrival of METZ, a somewhat different proposition and a great excuse to check out the new digs beside Zhongshan Park. Meanwhile down in southern Xuhui, On Stage's second coming is taking things a little more low-key, but is offering up a free live band show from Shanghai techno don MHP.

Elsewhere, there's rapper Tizzy T releasing his new album, Jane Zhang doing her pop princess thing in Pudong, Dirty Fingers getting down and dirty at MAO, and a visit from Beijing grunge act Jajatao.

More details on those shows and all the gigs not to miss below - and don't forget that you can find even more live music shows in Shanghai right here.

Saturday 26

Dirty Fingers

Critics' pick

Raucous Shanghai punks pull up to MAO Livehouse as part of their latest nationwide tour, this time with Round Eye and excellent, still-fairly-new act Absolute Purity in support.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 26 May


Critics' pick

The new Yuyintang near Zhongshan Park prepares to be properly put through its paces, as celebrated Canadian noise-rockers METZ make a welcome return to Shanghai with Split Works. The band are known for pounding their instruments to within a fret of their lives, channeling the heavy legacy of ...

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Yuyintang Park , B102, 1398 Yuyuan Lu (愚园路1398号地下一层B102) Changning Shanghai Shanghai 26 May

MHP and Band

Critics' pick

Multi-talented techno producer MHP puts the new On Stage through its paces with his live band show. Joining him will be Nova on vocals, In on percussion, Bob on trumpet, M20 on sax, and Guston on guitar. Quality musicianship and free entry - not a bad combo.

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On Stage , 230 Ruiping Lu 26 May

Jane Zhang

What is Zhang Liangying's secret? Is it that she doesn't really like Budweiser, the brand who bankrolled her track with Tiesto? Is it that she's never actually had to 'dust her shoulders off' as she suggests in her Timbaland-featuring hit track, because she has a team of people to do such ...

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Mercedes-Benz Arena , 1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu (世博大道1200号, 近上南路) Pudong Shanghai Shanghai 26 May Buy tickets

Sunday 27


Critics' pick

Beijing-based grungey thrash-rock act, whose most recent album was helmed by one-time Radiohead producer Sean Slade, hit town for what ought to be an entertaining night at MAO.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 27 May

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