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Music to all ears: Beijing's best upcoming gigs for every taste

Whether you like jazz, indie rock or something else, there's a live music event for you


With incredible musicians from all over the world landing here in the next few months, from instrumental guitarists to vocal goddesses, we're pretty sure all tastes are catered for – just choose what you want to hear and get out to enjoy.

Classical

Lars Vogt piano recital

Critics' pick

Having previously played alongside the Royal Sinfonia in Beijing, this time round pianist and conductor Lars Vogt returns alone, playing a programme of Brahms, plus Janáček's Violin Sonata and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.23, Op. 57, 'Appassionata'.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 30 May Buy tickets

Costantino Carrara

Critics' pick

With almost 700,000 subscribers and over 117 million views on YouTube, 21-year-old Italian pianist and composer Constantino Carrara is a bit of a wunderkind. Join him at Renmin University as he performs an eclectic programme of pop mega-hits, including Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Passenger's 'Let Her Go', The Chainsmokers' 'Closer', as well as music from films such as La La Land and A Star is Born.

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Rulun Lecture Hall of Renmin University , 59 Zhongguan Cun (中关村59号中国人民大学内) Haidian Beijing Beijing 28 Sep Buy tickets

Folk/Indie

Andy Shauf

Critics' pick

Andy Shauf is a Canadian singer-songwriter best known for his lyrical grace and delicate melodies. His folk-pop tunes go off the beaten track with a range of instruments backing his stirring vocals. He's won, and has been nominated for, numerous awards over in the great white north, and his hit songs, including 'The Magician', have seen him gain fans around the world.

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 11-12 May

Sophie Zelmani

Critics' pick

Swedish singer-songwriter Sophie Zelmani serenades Beijing with her blend of folk-pop a second time. Heading back to Renmin, Zelmani tours with her latest album Sunrise. Catch the songstress live to hear her gentle, yet remarkably powerful sound.

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Rulun Lecture Hall of Renmin University , 59 Zhongguan Cun (中关村59号中国人民大学内) Haidian Beijing Beijing 17 May Buy tickets

Timber Timbre

Critics' pick

Mixing melodic rock beats with a haunting eerie pulse, it’s no wonder this Canada-based crew landed a few scores in Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. Timber Timbre makes lush, sombre folk with a quirky edge that resembles early-twentieth-century blues recordings. Catch them in Beijing for some psychedelic folk.

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MAO Livehouse Wukesong , 69 Fuxing Lu 18 May Buy tickets

Ally Kerr

Critics' pick

With a knack for consistently writing heartfelt gems and a growing and dedicated following across the globe, the Scottish folk-pop singer-songwriter Ally Kerr returns with his newest album Upgrade Me.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nan Dajie 19 May Buy tickets

Hip-hop/Rap

Dough-Boy

Critics' pick

After the success of his first album, Chinglish, Hong Kong-based rapper Dough-Boy is back at it with his latest release Good, Bad & Ugly. Charting the growth of the hip-hop star, the album features previously released hit songs 'No Tattoos' and 'MK Circus'.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nan Dajie 25 Apr Buy tickets

Nomak

Critics' pick

Japanese hip-hop producer Nomak weaves together chilled-out tunes that rely on piano, flute, sax and more. Known for his melodious, jazz-based approach to his music, Nomak returns to Beijing for another unique night of blended sound.

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MAO Livehouse Wukesong , 69 Fuxing Lu 13 Jun Buy tickets

Jazz/Funk

Love Ssega

Critics' pick

Love Ssega (aka Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka) is a British-Ugandan vocalist and songwriter. He left his first band, Clean Bandit, to study. Upon completion of his PhD in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Cambridge, he strode out into the world as a (rather educated) solo artist. His slow-mo beats fuse soul, funk, disco, pop and more.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nan Dajie 29 Apr

Karen Souza

Critics' pick

You'd never know, from her incredibly jazzy tones, but Karen Souza started her career providing vocals for EDM songs. She then went on to record covers of famous '70s and '80s songs on various album series. Heading to Beijing this April, Souza performs from her repertoire of hits at the Beijing Concert Hall.

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Beijing Concert Hall (北京音乐厅) , 1 Bei Xinhua Jie 30 Apr Buy tickets

Eli Degibri Quartet

Critics' pick

Saxophonist Degibri, an Israeli jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger, has performed with some serious names, including Herbie Hancock, Al Foster, Brad Mehldau and Ron Carter. He heads to Beijing with Tom Oren (piano), Tamir Shmerling (bass) and Eviatar Slivnik (drums).

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 2-3 May , 03 May

Tommy Emmanuel

Critics' pick

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian steel guitar legend with a professional career that spans over four decades. Renowned for his unique playing style - called country fingerstyle - Emmanuel plays bass lines, chords, melodies and harmonies simultaneously. 

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 03 May

Steve Smith and Vital Information

Critics' pick

Highly charged US fusion supergroup Vital Information have built up quite a reputation for negotiating tricksy time signatures, jazz-rock solos and all sorts of Yellowjackets-style funk. Former Journey drummer Steve Smith leads, with Baron Browne on bass, Mark Soskin on the keyboard and Vinny Valentino on guitar.

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 4-5 May , 04 May

Punk

Descendents

Critics' pick

The Descendents have been delivering 90-second fastballs of buzzed-up bubble gum punk off and on since the late ’70s. The band went on several extended hiatuses in the ’90s and aughts; its latest, excellent LP from 2016, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, is just its third in three decades­. Catch the band that may (or may not) have created pop-punk as they hit up Beijing.

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MAO Livehouse Wukesong , 69 Fuxing Lu 28 Apr Buy tickets

Rock/Post-rock

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Critics' pick

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, aka BRMC, is one of the best alternative rock bands on the scene today. Their dirty and powerful sound, alongside their dark folk lyrics and the intensity of their live concerts, have made their shows must-sees around the world. 

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 24 Apr Buy tickets

Warbly Jets

Critics' pick

LA-based band Warbly Jets burst on the scene in 2016 with their rockin' debut single 'Alive'. With the clear goal of being rock trailblazers rather than just another '60s-esque psyche band in LA's over-saturated scene, the foursome create massive rock 'n' roll melodies full of '90s-era grunge, skittish beats and sharp synth lines.

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Yue Space , 7 Banqiaonanxiang 27 Apr Buy tickets

Carl Barât

Critics' pick

After selling out all three of his Mainland tours last year, Carl Barât returns to China and the surrounds for what we can only imagine will be even more sell-out shows. Catch the former Libertines co-frontman as he bashes out grungy indie-blues once more.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 08 May Buy tickets

Explosions in the Sky

Critics' pick

After hundreds of thousands of album and ticket sales with features in major picture soundtracks, this iconic instrumental band will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with two nights of performances in China. Easily noted as one of the most intense live bands ever, their cathartic melodic releases are a proven hit for post-rock instrumental fanatics.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 10 May

Leech

Critics' pick

Formed back in 1995, Swiss post-rock outfit Leech devote themselves to experimental instrumental music, connecting unusual rhythms with floating melodies into one eclectic soundscape. Having released their seventh studio album For Better or For Worse just last year, expect a mix of old and new tunes.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nan Dajie 19 May Buy tickets

Mando Diao

Critics' pick

Maybe you've never heard of them, but Mando Diao, who hail from Borlänge in Sweden, are pretty well-known in their homeland. Their 2013 album Infruset went four times platinum, topped the Swedish album charts for 17 weeks and produced an eponymous single that lingered on the charts for 167 weeks, 86 of those at number one.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 02 Jun Buy tickets

Suchmos

Critics' pick

Deriving their moniker from Louis Armstrong's nickname of 'Satchmo', it's perhaps unsurprising that Japanese band Suchmos take inspiration from rock, hip-hop and jazz. After performing at a whopping 14 rock festivals last summer, such as Summer Sonic and Rising Sun Rock Festival, they head to Beijing in support of their just-released fourth studio album The Anymal.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 16 Jun Buy tickets

Festivals

Great Wall Festival 2019

Critics' pick

One of Beijing's best outdoor festivals returns with a killer line-up, including Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann and Dave Clarke. There's a 5k fun-run before the festival starts, while the actual party kicks off in the afternoon, with three stages packed with local talent including Eric Lee, Ou Yang, Huang Weiwei and Shen Yue.

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Mutianyu Great Wall 18-19 May Buy tickets

MTA Festival 2019

Critics' pick

Returning for another year, two-day music fiesta MTA Festival takes over Tianmo Desert this June, this time with local icons Higher Brothers, Re-Tros and Omnipotent Youth Society leading the charge. A desert rave featuring music, technology and art (that's what MTA stands for, in case you were curious), dedicated festivalgoers can also camp out for the entire duration.

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Tianmo Nature Scenic Area , Tianmo Huailai Zhangjiakou Hebei 29-30 Jun Buy tickets

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