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Underground club Arkham is closing this weekend

After seven years, the Shanghai institution is going out with two blow-out parties

Photograph: courtesy Arkham
Shanghai is no stranger to big-name closures, but every loss still stings as much as the last. In the latest blow to the city's nightlife scene, underground club Arkham has announced it's closing this weekend with a final farewell party on Friday and Saturday.

Over seven years and across two locations (the team started out in the depths of Wulumuqi Lu back in late 2012), Arkham has pulled in high-profile artists like A$AP ROCKY, Jaden Smith, Lil Yachty, Skrillex and Higher Brothers, while supporting and providing a home for some of the city's favourite local promoters – STD, SHFT, Yeti, China Social Club, Asian Dope Boys and more.

In the club's official announcement released yesterday (Tuesday 12), they said:

'Arkham is throwing one last party before the club closes. For good. Join us for a fiesta weekend to celebrate 7 amazing years pushing the culture forward and to drink the club dry.

Biggie once sang "It was all a dream". As we proudly announce that Arkham is closing down next weekend after 7 YEARS DOING IT, that is how we feel.

It has been a dream to serve you, Shanghai, by shaping the alternative music culture here one night at a time. Giving a platform to local emerging artists, supporting local rising stars, and bringing global icons to China for the first time...

It has been a dream to grow from a small, dark and sweaty mosh pit to a……er, much bigger and better but still dark and sweaty mosh pit! But seriously, it has been a real journey, thank you for being part of it...

And it has been a dream to party with you all in the place we call home. HOME because all are welcome here – hardcore music heads, hiphop community, creatives, LGBTQIA, people who just like to hang out with a drink around great music.'

Pour one out for Arkham this Friday and Saturday night.