The 8th Fete de la Musique is back for another year of great performances with almost 70 bands lined up for shows throughout Shanghai from June 23 to 25. Best part? It's all free!
Fete de la Musique is a music festival created by then French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang in 1982. Now the festival occurs in more than 100 countries, giving free concerts of all types of music, including Jazz, Pop, Rock, and classical.
This year, Fete De La Musique also celebrates the 30th anniversary of their Shanghai-Marseilles twinning program with an opening concert featuring bands from Marseille, France.
With so many shows to choose from, we've selected six must-see performances. Most of them are all-day shows.
2017 Fete de la Musique Opening Concert
When: Fri June 23, 6pm-11:30pm
Where: West Bund Art Center Hall B, 2555 Longteng Da Dao (near Fenggu Lu) 龙腾大道2555号 (近丰谷路)
To kick off 2017 Fete de la Musique and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Shanghai-Marseille’s twinning, three Marseille bands of different genres are performing at the opening concert, King Krab with his captivating funk, Taiwan MC with his reggae notes, and French 79 with his phantasmagoric electro. Three Chinese bands: Da Fresh, Duck Fight Goose, and Chacha & DJ Aivilox, will join them on stage.
When: Sat June 24, 1pm-9:30pm
Where: 26B, 523 Fuxing Zhong Lu (near Sinan Lu) 复兴中路523弄26B号(近思南路)
Ms. Helen is a “Gypsy Swing Band” from France. With accordion, cello, guitar, and conga for instruments, it's the kind of music that makes you want to get up and dance. Following is Limousine Band, a four-piece rock band based in Shanghai that has been voted as Best Local Band by our Readers Choice Award for two years. Furthermore, Kevin, a band based in Shanghai, has members from the US, Italy and Mauritius, and specializes in Jazz.
Grand Gateway 66
When: Sat June 24, Sun June 25 3pm-8pm
Where: 1 Hongqiao Lu
A British Indie rock band, Blue Magpie delivers music with “hard-hitting grooves and melancholy vibes wrapped in punky guitars with heavy bass.” Based in Shanghai, Blue Magpie’s members come from the US, UK, Ireland, and China, and have performed in various music festivals, including Shanghai Midi Festival.
BFC – the Bund Financial Center
When: Sat June 24, 4pm-5:50pm
Where: 600 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu (near Longtan Lu) 中山东二路600号 (近龙潭路)
A trio of musicians from northern China, New Grasslands is a Shanghai based band that performs bluegrass, a traditional American folk music emerged from rural Appalachia. Accompanied with accordion, saxophone, and banjo, New Grasslands creates its own blend of American country music, Mongolian folk music, and Chinese traditional songs.
When: Sat June 24, 2pm-8:15pm
Where: 88 Ruihong Lu (near Tianhong Lu) 瑞虹路88号 (近天虹路)
Established in 2013, the band Sugar Bubble was an immediate hit on Weibo for its “fresh-air” style music. Following, “one of the most representative independent groups for mainland independent pop,” Da Fresh creates music that is youthful and cutting-edge. Critiques have praised their live performances for their passion and liveliness.
SOHO Tianshan Plaza
When: Sat June 24, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Where: 1/F 1717 Tianshan Lu
A native Shanghai singer, HAMA, has been featured in French electronica musician David Grellier’s College: Love Peas. Her music is a household name among the Indie pop fans in Shanghai. Wu-An-Liang is a band by three amateur musicians. Since their debut in 2009, Wu-An-Liang remained a long-term band and their folk music performance has been well received in local live houses.
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