This weekend MESH is happening, and even if you have no idea what that is you should thank them for bringing us DIPLO! MESH stands for Music Exchange Social Hub and they’re throwing a really neat two-day event designed to foster conversation between music industry leaders in China and the next generation of up-and-coming talent. You can find all the details over at their website. There’s plenty more happening, so read on or check out our calendar for more!
YUKSEK @ MAO Yuksek, one of France’s top electronic acts, will play MAO Livehouse tonight for the first stop on his world tour. First time in Shanghai, and first time playing with live accompaniment! Listen to him here or check out his website. Support by DJ R3.
180RMB/presale 150RMB // 10pm // MAO Livehouse // 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
THE IGNITION @ YYT Free show tonight at Yuyintang! German rockers The Ignition hail from Munster and are about as alt rock as you can get. We love us a free show!
FREE // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
RUSTIC CD RELEASE @ YYT Beijing-based punk band Rustic is releasing their first album with Maybe Mars Records entitled “City of Heartbreak ‘n’ Horror” this Friday at Yuyintang. They’ve got P.K.14 front man Yang Hai Song producing them, and they sound like this. Support from Moon Tyrant and Girls Like Mystery.
40RMB // 10pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
TINHO PEREIRA @ JZ CLUB In association with Three Chord Truth, JZ Club presents Brazilian jazz master Tinho Pereira and his band, Hand Made. Tinho’s band will be joined by some of the city’s best jazz musicians as they play all original latin and world music. Opening acoustic duet by Dana and Vlad.
30RMB // 9pm // JZ Club // 46 Fuxing Lu, near Yongfu Lu (复兴路46号, 近永福路)
DIPLO @ THE MIXING ROOM This is a big deal people! DIPLO is playing The Mixing Room this Saturday and if you don’t know who he is, check him out on Myspace or the rest of the internet. He’s collaborated most famously with M.I.A., and also plenty of others (Kid Cudi, Snoop, Shakira, yadda yadda.) He’s stopping in Shanghai to play MESH’s opening party as part of his southeast Asia tour, so get your tickets while you can! You can get them over at Smart Shanghai or in person at Muse (presale recommended, they’re 100rmb more expensive at the door!) DIPLO will be performing with locals DJ Wordy (Diplo posed with Wordy for a GAP ad, of all things) and DJ V Nutz. There will actually be two rooms happening, featuring all of the following: Cavie, Dan Battle, Mau Mau, Siesta, Blaise, Viceroy, Acid Ponies, MC Stride, Esia, and Arminda. Wow.
250RMB door/150RMB presale // 10pm – 5am // The Mixing Room in the Mercedes Benz Arena // 1200 EXPO Avenue, Pudong (世博大道1200号 浦东)
SHANGHAI REGGAE PARTY @ MAO Local reggae stalwarts Lions of Puxi are joined by Shanghai Yard Sound System and Beijing-based Long Shen Dao for a night of reggae over at MAO. Backup by DJ Sal and DJ Boombadil.
80RMB/60RMB students // 9pm // MAO Livehouse // 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
“WE’RE COMING UP” @ YYT Local promoters promoting local rock over at Yuyintang on Saturday. Catch Da Fresh, Little Nature, FAF, and Candy Shop all put on by 17-live.
40RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
MESH BLOCK PARTY @ YONGFU LU Okay, for a live-music column I know we’ve had a LOT of electronica happening on here already today, but one last thing! MESH is hosting what should be a pretty good party on Yongfu lu on Sunday. They’re taking over The Shelter, The Apartment, and Shiva. The Shelter lineup for the evening looks like this: Sulumi, Funkstar, Han Han, Drunk Monk + MC Cha Cha, Siesta + MC Stride. So go get your dance and street-side drinking on errbody. If you plan to go to both DIPLO and this block party, you best buy a Day 2 + DIPLO ticket for 180RMB. Prices for each venue and this event in general aren’t entirely clear.
?? // midnight-ish?? // The Shelter // 5 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu (永福路5号, 近复兴西路)