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Born and bred in Yorkshire, indie rock veterans The Cribs first burst onto Britain's vibrant mid-noughties rock scene alongside the likes of Bloc Party, The Libertines and Franz Ferdinand. Having just released their seventh studio album and performing in Beijing at the end of their four-date China tour, expect the trio to be fully oiled by the time they hit Yugong Yishan. Tickets are on sale now and are priced at 180RMB.

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

Run to the Beat 2018

Critics' pick

Run to the Beat is the first music half-marathon in Beijing. Taking place this May at the beautiful Ming Tomb Reservoir Scenic Area in Changping, this race features live bands and DJs performing alongside the course to entertain runners. The music party then continues at the main stage after crossing the finish line.

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Ming Tombs Reservoir 20 May Buy tickets

The Color Run 2018

Critics' pick

Dig out your white clothing and find some trainers that you don't mind getting covered in paint – it's time to register for the Color Run! For the uninitiated, the Color Run is a 5km fun-run where participants have different colours chucked at 'em at special stations at every kilometre, so by the time that you've finished you look like a technicolour dreamboat.

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Beijing Garden Expo Park , 15 Shejichang Lu 09 Jun Buy tickets

Film

Isle of Dogs

Critics' pick

If Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox was a joyful slice of whimsy, his latest foray into stop-motion creature features is a more complex beast. Set in a near-future Japan, it's a dystopian, fitfully funny tale in which crusading young people take on a corrupt establishment – with dogs.

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Cinemas around Beijing 20 Apr - 25 May Buy tickets

Annihilation

Critics' pick

After the sudden reappearance of her husband, cellular biologist Lena (Natalie Portman), alongside an all-female squad of scientists, goes on a secret expedition into a disaster zone that defies the laws of nature. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 13 Apr - 18 May Buy tickets

Rampage

Critics' pick

It's been said that giant monster/kaiju films are a symptom of societal anxiety about nuclear annihilation. And so here's another one starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson about a gentle ape who gets turned into a raging monster after, you guessed it, a rogue genetic experiment gone awry.  

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Cinemas around Beijing 13 Apr - 18 May Buy tickets

Ready Player One

Critics' pick

Like Tron being given a state-of-the-art update, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is set in an AI entity called the Oasis. A world of wish-fulfilment, it's accessed by the downtrodden citizens of a dystopian 2045. However when the creator of Oasis dies, he challenges all users to find his Easter egg which will give the finder his fortune.

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Cinemas around Beijing 30 Mar - 28 Apr Buy tickets
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Nightlife

Great Wall Festival 2018

Critics' pick

One of Beijing's best outdoor festivals returns with a killer line-up, including Chris Liebing, Carl Craig, Nina Kraviz (pictured), Dixon and Recondite. There's a 5k fun run before the festival starts, while the actual party kicks off at 2pm, with four stages absolutely packed with local talent.

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Music

Beijing Strawberry Festival 2018

Critics' pick

Modern Sky's three-day outdoor music festival finally returns to Beijing after its last-minute cancellation last year. The monster lineup features a mix of international and local acts, including the likes of Alt-J, Habibi, Casino Demon, Liars, Re-TROS, Chinese Football and more.

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Yuyang Ski Resort (渔阳国际滑雪场) , 688 Dawangwucun 29 Apr - 01 May Buy tickets

Grammy Festival Beijing 2018

Critics' pick

Grammy-winners in Beijing are like buses in London: you wait years or aeons for one, then a deluge come at once. Specifically, four, in the shape of 11-time winner Pharrell Williams, Macy Gray, Daya and Phoenix, who will all be performing at China's first-ever Grammy Festival this April.

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Changyang Music Theme Park , West side of Changyang Sports Park (长阳体育公园西侧) Fangshan Beijing Beijing 30 Apr Buy tickets

Mike Stern + Dave Weckl Band

Critics' pick

One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has distinguished himself over a four-decade career that has encompassed musical partnerships with Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Miles Davis, as well as 16 recordings as a leader (six of which were nominated for Grammy Awards).

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 03 May Buy tickets

Jake Bugg

Critics' pick

The man behind 'Two Fingers', 'Lighting Bolt', and 'Country Song', will be here plugging latest effort Hearts That Strain, which came out last year. As this will be his debut Beijing show, you can expect plenty of familiar favourites from his back catalogue as well.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 04 May Buy tickets

Fall Out Boy

Critics' pick

Emo-pop act Fall Out Boy – who first found fame in the early 2000s with 'Sugar, We're Goin Down' – make their Beijing debut at Cadillac Arena this May. The Chicago outfit are here in support of latest album Mania (stylised MANIA), which sees them combining catchy riffs, lyrical wordplay and pop hooks.

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Cadillac Arena (formerly Beijing LeSports Center) , 69 Fuxing Lu 07 May Buy tickets

The Cribs

Critics' pick

Rowdy indie-rock veterans The Cribs crash into Beijing this May with a gig at Yugong Yishan – their first in the city. The NME darlings became known for some pretty riotous live shows and stage antics when they burst onto the scene in the mid-2000s, and have shown no signs of slowing up with their latest album, 24-7 Rock Star S**t.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 13 May Buy tickets

Things to do

Alice: Into the Rabbit Hole

Critics' pick

This interactive art exhibition celebrates Lewis Carroll's classic novel Alice in Wonderland with a series of stunning multimedia art and design works. Previously exhibited in Seoul, Korea, Alice: Into the Rabbit Hole quickly became a viral sensation, with 6,000 uploads on social media platform INS per day.

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Chaoyang Joy City , 101 Chaoyang Bei Lu 12 Apr - 09 Jul Buy tickets

Neighborhood Earth

Critics' pick

Using images provided from NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, visitors to Neighborhood Earth can view a 30-minute film that gives visitors an in-depth, 360-degree look at the solar system, as well as interact with hands-on, educational exhibits including a life-size International Space Station.

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Indigo , 18 Jiuxianqiao 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

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

Critics' pick

Lord of the Dance, Michael Flatley's Irish dance tour de force, set a record-breaking run of 21 consecutive shows at London's Wembley Arena back in 1998. Arriving in Beijing this April, watch the fancy-footed dancers perform their latest thrilling production Dangerous Games.

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Beijing Exhibition Center , 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie 27 Apr - 01 May Buy tickets

Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire

Critics' pick

One of the world's top ballet companies returns to Beijing with Le Corsaire, the swashbuckling drama inspired by a Lord Byron program that includes captive maidens, rich sultans, an awe-inspiring shipwreck and plenty of romance. Featuring logic-defying leaps and stunning showmanship, this is one of dance's most entertaining ballets.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 18-20 May Buy tickets

National Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Critics' pick

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog Wellington, he sets out to prove his innocence. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 24-27 May Buy tickets

Matthew Bourne: Cinderella

Critics' pick

Matthew Bourne has made ballet into big business by remembering a very simple lesson – that dance, originally, was about entertainment. His production of the iconic fairytale is set in London during World War II with Cinderella's prince reimagined as a young RAF pilot. And like everything else he does, it's a hit.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 7-12 Aug Buy tickets

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

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

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

Family

Kibubu

Critics' pick

Xebas and Cocó are a clown duet with more enthusiasm than success. For their new show, Xebas decides to introduce an element which will make the performance shine: a real gorilla. Things, however, don't exactly go according to plan.

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Beijing Theatre (北京剧院) , 10 Anhui Li San Qu 05 May Buy tickets
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