The best events to book on Time Out Tickets right now

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British indie-pop superstars Bastille are heading to Beijing at the end of August to perform from their new release Wild World. Here's a fun fact for you: the name Bastille comes from the fact that lead vocalist Dan Smith's birthday is on July 14. The same day as Bastille Day, otherwise known as the national day of France. Check out this thoroughly British band at Tango on August 26.

For all the other excellent events making their way to the capital, make sure you take a look at our picks and book them, right here, right now. It really couldn't be any easier.

Sport

Film

Skyscraper

Critics' pick

All Dwayne Johnson wants to do is live in his Hong Kong mega-tower in peace – so why won't these terrorists let him do it? Sounds like an updated Die Hard, but only time will tell if Skyscraper can match what is (in our opinion) the greatest Christmas movie of all time.

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Cinemas around Beijing 20 Jul - 24 Aug Buy tickets

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Critics' pick

This sequel to 2008's Mamma Mia! is a nostalgia trip to the '70s, filled with ABBA hits, cheesy dance numbers and simple, happy thoughts. Critics recommend you keep your brain off and enjoy an otherwise pleasing spectacle.

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Cinemas around Beijing 03 Aug - 07 Sep Buy tickets

The Meg

Critics' pick

We know what you're thinking – not another shark movie. Expert sea diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is on a path of redemption after he has a second chance at taking down the 70-foot long shark that cost him his crew, career and marriage.

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Cinemas around Beijing 10 Aug - 07 Sep Buy tickets
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Music

Bastille

Critics' pick

Best known for monster hit 'Pompeii', British indie pop band Bastille are storming Beijing this August performing music off their sophomore release Wild World.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 26 Aug Buy tickets

The Fratellis

Critics' pick

Get your dose of mid-'00s nostalgia from the Glaswegian oik-rockers this October.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 21 Oct Buy tickets

Sam Smith

Critics' pick

Having started out guesting on dance-pop records, Sam Smith turned his hand to heartstring-tugging balladry when he launched his solo career proper, and it's fair to say it's worked out pretty well for him with a string of chart-topping tracks to his name at the age of just 26.

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Cadillac Arena (formerly Beijing LeSports Center) , 69 Fuxing Lu 25 Oct Buy tickets

Rhye

Critics' pick

 

Formerly consisting of Danish instrumentalist Robin Hannibal and Mike Milosh, Rhye first surfaced in 2013 with their booming piano, analogue synths, natural percussion and heavenly vocals. Now the solo R&B project of Milosh, Rhye has quickly and quietly become a phenomenon, garnering acclaim from Rolling StonePitchfork and Spin.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nandajie 14 Nov Buy tickets

Things to do

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Critics' pick

From his company’s modest beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today, this exhibition showcases Paul Smith's intuitive take on design, and the British fashion designer's journey in building his brand, as well as his evolving stylistic tastes.

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Today Art Museum (北京今日美术馆) , 32 Baiziwan Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

The Forbidden City

Established in 1925, the Palace Museum is located in the imperial palace of the consecutive Ming and Qing dynasties. The magnificent architectural complex, also known as the Forbidden City, and the vast holdings of antiquities of the imperial collections make it one of the most prestigious museums in China and the world. 

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Forbidden City (故宫) Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Flying lessons at the Great Wall

Learn how to pilot an SR20 while soaring over stunning Beijing landscapes. During your 15 minute lesson, a flight instructor will teach you how to takeoff, ascend, dive, hover, circle and descend. Students can also customise the whole flight and how much they want to control the plane.

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Beijing Badaling Airport , 1 Hangkong Lu, Badalingzhen (八达岭镇航空路1号 ) Yanqing Beijing Beijing 12 Jan - 31 Dec Buy tickets

Stage

Kinky Boots

Critics' pick

Inspired by true events, Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots tells the story of a struggling shoe factory in Northampton. When factory owner Charlie Price has a chance encounter with drag queen Lola, he's inspired to create a line of sexy heels for transvestites in order to help save the family business.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 24-30 Aug Buy tickets

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake

Critics' pick

Iconic ballet Swan Lake forms the basis of the classical ballet repertoire of the Mariinsky Theater. More than a hundred years ago, it was choreographed by Marius Petipa and is now considered to be a hallmark of the Mariinsky Ballet.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 20-22 Sep

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère

Critics' pick

The much-acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet comes to Beijing this September with their famous La Bayadère. Created by Marius Petipa in 1877, La Bayadère is one of the world's most loved ballets.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 23 Sep Buy tickets

Cats

Critics' pick

Based on TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical Cats is set in a larger-than-life junkyard playground that's home to a variety of feline characters. With spectacular sets, breathtaking choreography and of course, the hit song 'Memory', Cats is a musical like no other.

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Century Theatre (世纪剧院) , 40 Liangmaqiao Lu 22-27 Sep Buy tickets

Stomp

Critics' pick

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energising beats at Stomp, the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

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Poly Theatre (保利剧院) , 14 Dongzhimen Nan Dajie 26 Sep - 06 Oct Buy tickets

Rent

Critics' pick

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent follows a year in the lives of seven impoverished artists struggling to survive in the thriving days of New York City's Alphabet City, while under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

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Century Theatre (世纪剧院) , 40 Liangmaqiao Lu 11 Oct , 14 Oct , 16 Oct , 17 Oct Buy tickets

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