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Your weekly guide to the best events in Beijing

This week marks the last few days of September as we approach October and the National Day holiday. Give September, and its warm weather, a proper send-off with this week's lineup of brilliant events.


The Hitman's Bodyguard

Two years since the death of his client, disgraced bodyguard Michael Bryce is assigned to protect one of the world's top hitmen. Featuring winning wisecracking banter between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, The Hitmen's Bodyguard is an entertaining and charismatic action-comedy.

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Cinemas around Beijing 21 Sep - 07 Oct Buy tickets



Lali Puna

Critics' pick

Lali Puna take their cues from a brand of music spearheaded by the likes of Caribou and Mount Kimble. As one of Europe's biggest indietronica bands, the German electro-pop outfit has a devoted fanbase, and has been cited by Radiohead's Colin Greenwood as his favourite band of all time.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 28 Sep



Critics' pick

Made up of Grammy award-winning producer Christian Karlsson and DJ Linus Eklöw, Galantis create infectious and upbeat house music. In 2016, their biggest single to date 'Runaway (You & I)' was nominated for a Grammy under Best Dance Recording.

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Sir Teen , 6 Gongti Xi Lu 29 Sep

Jacob Collier

Critics' pick

Only 23 years of age, jazz phenom Jacob Collier is a two-time Grammy award-winning singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Dubbed by many as one of the most innovative creative musicians of his generation, fans of Collier's musical style include Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 29-30 Sep


Critics' pick

A reflection of their cultural and generational background, Imarhan's music features dry guitar riffs, pop melodies and pan-African rhythms stemming from the traditional Tuareg music and modern pop-rock the band listened to growing up.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 29 Sep


Nasty Wizard Recordings Release Show

In celebration of the split tape release from Beijing’s Liquid Palace and Singapore’s (((connection_error))), audiences can look forward to performances from XY Pattern, Gooooose, iimmune, Noise Arcade, Heimu, and Liquid Palace themselves. Plus, there’s also a tape included with the door ticket.

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Dusk Dawn Club (DDC) , 14 Shanlao Hutong 30 Sep

Nina at Café Zarah

Famous for their spritzes and negronis, Beiluoguxiang bar Nina will be taking over Café Zarah's second floor rooftop and using it to mix up and serve some of their signature drinks. Downstairs, Zarah will also be serving their popular signature drink sangria.

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Café Zarah , 46 Gulou Dong Dajie 30 Sep Free



Critics' pick

Kamixlo is a leading member of London’s influential ‘Bala Club', the collective throwing some of the city’s most sought-after parties with a sound that's now ubiquitous in China’s club circles. Expect a frantic mix of reggaeton, bachata and cumbia given an utterly inimitable modern twist.

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Dada , 206 Gulou Dong Dajie (below Temple Bar) 01 Oct


Critics' pick

The Portland indietronica band return to Beijing for another off-the-wall live performance this Sunday. Having toured relentlessly around the globe, recent years have seen the trio become renowned for their non-stop dance parties featuring astronauts and streamer guns.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 01 Oct

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