The best gigs in Beijing this May

The best live music gigs in Beijing this May

Beijing's music scene frequently attracts some of the best names in music, both locally and from abroad, and May is no different. Don't miss the chance to rock out with a bunch of brilliant artists, right in your own backyard.

Events disappear from this page as they pass, so if you're looking at a sparse page you missed the boat [sad face]. But come back next month for another glut of gigs to keep you entertained.

Vijay Iyer Trio

Critics' pick

Trailblazing pianist Vijay Iyer, one of his generation's brightest jazz luminaries, explores jazz, pop and electronica vanguards with equal curiosity. You can hear the eclecticism throughout his impressively prolific portfolio the past few years: chamber works, a multimedia collaboration and a curatorial position as Musical Director of the Ojai Music Festival. 

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 23-24 May Buy tickets

Rye Music Festival

Critics' pick

Rye Music Festival is back at it again, bringing another round of stellar international and local artists including Scottish shoegazers The Jesus and Mary Chain, Aussie duo Angus and Julia Stone and Taiwanese pop stars Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai.

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Changyang Music Theme Park 25-26 May Buy tickets

Joyce Jonathan

Critics' pick

With several China tours under her belt, as well as her ability to sing in both French and Chinese, the 29-year-old musician Joyce Jonathan has already developed a sizable Chinese following. She's now five albums in and her sound has been compared to Tracy Chapman though, to us, she sounds more like a French Katie Melua.

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MAO Livehouse Wukesong , 69 Fuxing Lu 26 May Buy tickets
  • 4 out of 5 stars