By Lukas Steinberg
Midweek Music Preview is a rundown of all the events happening on stages across Shanghai. On the docket this week: A Nirvana tribute show, the famous ballet Giselle, symphonic metal band Epica, Chinese metal overkill with Eternal Wings and friends, aaaaand… Julio Iglesias (not brought to you by Shanghaiist). Now I said it. And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
Tomàn @ Yuyintang
Belgium’s biggest indie postrock act Tomàn bring their “cosmic krautrock” with influences of contemporary electronic music to the stages of China. Prepare for an intense live show!
60RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Zhang Yide: Humour and Mock @ Yuyintang
Folk rock night with acoustic guitar hero Zhang Yide.
50RMB (40RMB for students) // 8:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
B.O.X.: Shadows in Ears @ Yuyintang
This concert is a real jack-in-the-box: We don’t know what’s coming out of here, but we are promised 4 great Shanghai bands and one DJ. We will leave the guessing to you. What can go wrong with spending 60 kuai on YYT on a Friday night, right? Julio Iglesias isn’t playing here, that’s for sure.
60RMB // 8:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Giselle @ Shanghai Oriental Art Center
The Royal New Zealand ballet performs ‘Giselle‘ on Friday and Saturday night.
80-680RMB // 7:15pm (Fri, Sat) // Shanghai Oriental Art Center // 425 Dingxiang Lu (丁香路425号)
Epica @ MAO Livehouse
Symphonic goth metal combo Epica from the Netherlands rely on the proven “female lead vocals, male death grunts, melodic synth sounds and speed metal” formula. But who cares if the result is pleasing?
240RMB presale, 300RMB door // 8pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
The Complex Relationship @ Yuyintang
Ever wondered how Shanghai’s local bands are related and why that bloke from the other band suddenly shows up on the stage again? This gig will enlighten the incestuous family bonds of Tinderbox 重结晶 (
Zhòng Jiéjīng), Joker and The Surging Waves.
50RMB (40RMB presale) // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Piano Recital by Berenika Glixman @ Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Haydn：Sonata in A-flat Major Hob. XVI:46
Beethoven：Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
Schumann：Sonata in G minor, Op.22
Prokofiev：Piano Sonata No. 7 in B♭major, Op. 83 (1942) (“Stalingrad”)
More info on the artist here.
50-300RMB // 7:45pm // Shanghai Oriental Art Center // 425 Dingxiang Lu (丁香路425号)
Eternal Wings @ Yuyintang
Headbang galore with Beijing’s metal boys Eternal Wings. Support comes from The Arcbane (melodic death metal) and Hidden Agenda (metalcore). Sounds like your neck will be sore next day.
60RMB (40RMB presale) // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Julio Iglesias @ Shanghai Grand Stage
Of course I can’t forget to mention that Julio Iglesias is coming to Shanghai. You know, the father of Enrique Iglesias (and his deceased mole), who makes music for acquired tastes, just like his son. I’m sure if you really wanna go there, I don’t need to introduce any further.
180-1280RMB // 7:30pm // Shanghai Grand Stage (上海大舞台) // 1111 Caoxi Bei Lu, near Tianyaoqiao Lu (漕溪北路1111号, 近天钥桥路)
Nirvana Tribute Show @ MAO Livehouse
Friend Or Foe, Prank, 剑龙 and 空想家 commemorate Nirvana’s disbandment almost 20 years ago with a selection of favorite songs.
60RMB presale/students, 80RMB door (incl. one drink) // 8pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
Voodoo @ Yuyintang
Voodoo is a rock quartett from France. The guys take the best out of their different musical backgrounds to create their own “Voodoo concept”: On stage, their crazy music blends groove and blues, a light taste of American music and powerful electric rock.
50RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
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