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6 things you need to know about this weekend's JZ Festival

Music festival
JZ Festival returns to Shanghai this weekend (Saturday 17-Sunday 18 October) with Joss Stone, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Victor Wooten and The Earth, Wind & Fire Experience featuring the Al Mackay All Stars headlining at the Expo Garden Park. Here's all you need to know about the festival:
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Tickets are still available
As of Wednesday 14 October, tickets for the festival are still on sale for both days. They're 230RMB per day and available on Taobao. You can also expect plenty of touts on the door.
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The entrance has moved
Whereas the vast majority of festivals at the Expo Garden Park funnel crowds down toward the Lupu Bridge to enter the riverside site, this year JZ's entrance has moved. That's because the main stage will now be the indoor one in the former warehouse beside the Lupu Bridge rather than outdoors as with previous years - good news if it rains or the AQI is particularly poor.

You'll now be able to enter and exit via gates beside the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which is much closer to the China Art Museum metro stop on Line 8. You can still expect authorities to only have one of the metro entrances open by the time most people are leaving later in the evenings though.

The new entrance will also be right next door to Time Out Family's awesome Kids Day Out event on Sunday 18, so stop by the Mercedes-Benz Arena for magic shows, clowns, food stalls and - if you show your JZ ticket - free passes to the Corona SunSets festival next weekend (grab them on our website).
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It kicks off with a free event on Friday

Although the main festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, the whole thing actually starts on Friday night with a free show on the main stage. Acts slated for that include Dee Dee Bridgewater and Victor Wooten along with 小老虎, Nom and the Royal Hombres, Charles Pasi, the JZ and Estonian Dream Big Bands and more. The show begins at 7pm and you can get your hands on tickets through JZ's official WeChat channel (jzmusicsh).

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The main headliners are playing both nights over the weekend
This year's line-up features Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joss Stone, Victor Wooten and The Earth, Wind & Fire Experience featuring the Al Mackay All Stars - all of whom will be rotating across two stages over Saturday and Sunday nights, so you'll be able to catch all of them.

Other acts well worth a look include Shanghai trip hop outfit Running Blue and hip hop collaboration 小老虎 and Soulspeak (who just put out an excellent new album - listen to a track on our website).
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Food and drink options look good
JZ haven't named any names, but they're promising a wide range of food options - everything from hamburgers, pizzas and Korean fried chicken to salads, paninis and seafood skewers - and your drinks choices look like they'll extend beyond one brand of lukewarm, weak beer; cocktails, white and red wines, 'black and brown beers', whiskey, soft drinks and coconut milk are all on the agenda according to the organisers.
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If your phone dies, come and see us
Time Out will be at the festival and we'll be offering a free phone charging service on site to ensure you don't miss any selfie opportunities. All you have to do is show that you're following us on WeChat, so if you haven't already, get on it: