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Catch this weekend's best live music

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So Echo Park is obviously the big attraction live music-wise this weekend - our pick of who to see is below - and we've extended the definition of 'weekend' slightly to include Muse's big Pudong arena show on Monday night, but in between there are still some smaller scale shows well worth catching. Here's our round-up of the gigs to catch over the next few days:

Friday 18-Sunday 20 September

Bandu Music Festival

M50 and Qianshuiwan, various times and cover charges

Your alternative 'festival' choice for the weekend, this is a folk, new age and traditional music focused weekend of events from the people behind Bandu Cafe at M50. The festival will feature live music performances and more at the Moganshan Lu art district and at the nearby QSW. Chamber music groups, composers and traditional Chinese instrument players from across the region will feature including Tan Su-Min from Singapore, Li Jiali from Hong Kong and Shen Fei from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

Saturday 19 September


Yuyintang, 9pm, 40RMB

Locally-based rockers Limousine started out as a cover band but this weekend celebrate the release of their second EP of original material.

Saturday 19-Sunday 20 September

Echo Park Music Festival

Shanghai Rugby Football Club, 11am, 200RMB/day or 300RMB two days

You can find lots and lots of information on Echo Park right here, including interviews with Kelis, Young Fathers and more, plus details of how to get to the site, what you can eat there and our very own Time Out Zone.

Some of the must-sees over the two days include: Everything Everything (watch below), Beach Fossils, Young Fathers, Nova Heart and Bok Bok on Saturday, then Sound Toy, Kelis, Black Star, Swim Deep, Chase & Status and South Acid Mimi Dance Team on the Sunday. But really that's just a quick overview - check out the full line-up on our website.

Monday 21 September


Mercedes-Benz Arena, 7.30pm, from 380RMB

The last big arena show standing for September in Shanghai after a torrid few weeks of cancellations and bans nixed proposed appearances from Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams and Maroon 5. British rock trio Muse bring their renowned live show to town on the back of their latest album, Drones.

Grab free tickets on our website