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The best gigs in Shanghai this week

Your complete guide to the best live music happenings

Mike Watt (photo by Johnny Gee)
The weather might have been a bit patchy this week, but things are definitely warming up on the live music front in Shanghai with this weekend bringing a downpour of gigs that are worth your time and your hard-earned Renminbi - covering everything from punk rock legends to harsh noise, metal and more. Plus on Saturday, it's time to say 'zai jian' to Cotton Club, which is being forced to vacate its long time spot on the corner of Fuxing and Huaihai Lus.

While you're here, you might also like to know that both Strawberry and Midi Taihu Festivals have now been confirmed, with the former starting early bird ticket sales. More info on those festivals here.

Read on for our live music highlights for the week below and find lots more live music shows in Shanghai right here.
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Saturday 25

Cotton Club's Closing Party

Long-running jazz den Cotton Club is being forced to relocate from its cosy spot on the corner of Fuxing and Huaihai Lus, which means that this Saturday will be the final show in the old location. Thankfully, they're looking for a new spot already, and we expect them to see off the old one in style.

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By: Tom Clark

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Critics' pick

Experimental psychedelic duo 工工工 make the trip down from Beijing for two sets at Basement6. The first will be improvised 'according to whatever they feel in the dungeon cave'; the second will be more song orientated.

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Basement6 , 115 Pingwu Lu 25 Mar

Hell United: The Rebirth

Sam Dust's locally-based metal collective reawakens with a four band show at Inferno. Chaos Mind, October Capricorn, Extinction and OVE are the acts.

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Inferno , 658 Longhua Dong Lu 25 Mar


Long-running Shanghai hardcore heroes Loudspeaker headline at Harley's with support from riot grrrrl punks Ugly Girls and Daseven. Entry is free.

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Harley's , 265 Nandan Dong Lu 25 Mar

Sunday 26

Tinho Pereira

Locally-based jazz guitarist Tinho Pereira returns to Heyday for a night of Brazilian classics from the likes of Jobim and Joao Gilberto.

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Heyday , 50 Taian Lu 26 Mar Free

Slap Band

Hebei-formed outfit Slap are known for incorporating traditional Chinese folk elements into their rock sound. They're in town as part of their latest nationwide tour.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 26 Mar

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