By Bridget O’Donnell
Still in Shanghai for Dragon Boat Festival weekend? Fear not! With tons of music fests and parties going on all weekend, you won’t be disappointed. Ellen Allien makes her Shanghai debut at Lola on Friday, TICT continues its Rooftop Series at Atanu and SHPride has a whole list of events planned for Pride Week. And what’s the weekend without some Dragon Boat races? iMandarin Institute will once again be hosting a Dragon Boat competition over at Qingpu Sports Center. And if that’s still not enough, check out our Calendar. So get planning, because there’s tons in store for your three-day weekend here in Shanghai!
Get Stiff @ Amber Lounge
Gay Friday nights will never be the same again with Get Stiff at the spanking new Amber Lounge. If you are seeking a hot location filled with alcohol-fueled polysexual debauchery, this Fri night party delivers quality cocktails, proper music and hot guys all packed into one space. The afterhours party rolls on and on until early morning.
50 RMB includes one drink // 9pm till late // Amber Lounge // 449 Huashan Lu by Wulumuqi Lu (华山路449号近乌鲁木齐路)
Maybe Mars Fifth Anniversary Show @ MAO Livehouse
Celebrate Maybe Mars’ fifth anniversary with a weekend jam packed full of the best Chinese bands visiting from Beijing. Lineup includes Snapline, AV Okubo, Proximity Butterfly, Rustic, Carsick Cars, Duck Fight Goose, Chui Wan, plus many more! Performances continue Saturday.
120 RMB // 8:30 pm // MAO Livehouse // 3F 308 Chongqing Nan Lu (重庆南路308号 ) // http://maybemars.org/
One Last Night of Loud @ Yuyintang
After three years of raucous fun, Shanghai rock stalwart Moon Tyrant is calling it quits with one last show at Yuyintang. They’ll be playing alongside good friends: local metal band, Fearless, and synth-rock trio Next Year’s Love.
40RMB // 9:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu (凯旋路851号) // http://facebook.com/moontyrant
Ellen Allien @ Lola
One of the biggest figures in electronic dance music for the last two decades, Ellen Allien plays Shanghai for the first time at Lola.
350 RMB // 10pm // Lola // Bldg 4, 570 Yongjia Lu (永嘉路570号4号楼) // http://www.lolaclubshanghai.com
9th Annual iMandarin International Dragon Boat Race
The dragon boat race is a traditional Chinese water sport with over-2000-year history. To make friends, challenge yourself and experience the exotic Chinese culture, iMandarin Chinese training institute invites you to join the 9th iMandarin International Dragon Boat Race. Take your family and friends to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience!
320 RMB to register, 180 to watch // 10:15 am // Qingpu Sports Center (meet at the Starbucks on Nanjing Xi Lu beforehand) // Starbucks, 1376 West Nanjing Rd. (星巴克，南京西路1376号上海商城721室) // http://www.imandarin.net/
Pride Day Barbeque
The main event of Shanghai Pride week. BBQ plus performances planned. Various other parties and events planned for the weekend — check out SHPride’s website for a complete schedule.
Free // 2pm // Cotton’s // 294 Xinhua Lu (新华路294号) // http://www.shpride.com
BBB Belgium Beer on the Bund
B BAR Shanghai is organizing a special Belgium day. Come drink Belgian Beers with a view of the Bund. An international DJ will be serving up tunes.
2pm // 601 Waima Lu, Building 3, Room 113
La Fête de la Musique
Shanghai’s version of the famous French music fest is returns for a third year to celebrate live music and French culture. It begins with an opening concert from 3-10pm at 800 Show with seven musical groups from all different genres. Various other performances around town throughout the weekend, including a closing show at Mao Livehouse on Sunday night.
Free // 4pm // 800 Club // 800 Changde Lu (常德路800号) // www.faguowenhua.com
TICT Summer Rooftop Series @ Atanu
DJs Elvis T and Mia serve up some sweet jams all night long at Atanu. Elvis T doesn’t just mix tracks, but sculpts sets: three- and four- deck mixing, loops that tease and reappear unexpectedly later; hands in the air at every turn. Meanwhile, Mia’s constantly in demand for speaking softly and commanding a dancefloor, from the biggest Beijing rave parties to ridiculously exclusive private events.
80RMB // 4pm // Yuyintang // 1 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu near Yan’An Lu (中山东二路1号甲近延安东路) // http://tictcreative.com/
Yu Zhou Ji Le Tuan All-Chinese Improv group @ Riverside
Enjoy a night of unplanned, unrehearsed and unexpected fun from Shanghai’s first Chinese-language Improv comedy group. Audience suggestions are not just encouraged, they are expected – so be ready to laugh!
50 RMB (30 for students)// 7:30 pm // Riverside //160 Harbin Rd. near Liaoning Rd (哈尔滨路160号<老洋行1913>A301 ，靠近辽宁路) // http://www.yuzhoujiletuan.com/
AIVA Summer Show 2012
An exhibition of fourteen young art and design graduates from the Academy of International Visual Arts (AIVA). The exhibition has been curated with no given theme so the broad range of creativity on show has the power to speak for itself.
2pm // 4th Floor, Wiselogic Building, 66 Shaanxi Bei Lu // http://onshow.aiva.com.cn
Block Party @ Brownstone
Come, relax, and chill out with friends every Sunday afternoon! Enjoy live DJ spinning an eclectic mix of hip hop, soul and reggaeton.Great deals on drinks, a wide selection of BBQ skewers, hot dogs on the house!
2pm // Building 4, 570 Yongjia Lu (永嘉路570号4号楼) // http://www.brownstone.asia
June Flea Market @ Kin
KIN hosts a flea market on the last Sunday of each month. This weekend they’ll have second-hand products and handmade clothes, arts and crafts, plus music and more from the local community. Rent a table for 50 RMB and up.
2:30 pm // 65-4 Maoming Bei Lu (茂名北路65-4号)