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Three to See at Concrete & Grass Festival

Two rap divas and a trio of shoe gaze rockers are gracing the stage

Festival season is here and so is Concrete & Grass, Shanghai’s hippest indie music extravaganza. In it’s second year under the moniker, the festival is back and better than ever. With over 70 local and international bands, lyricists and DJs spread out over five stages, there’s quite literally something for everyone. City Weekend has got you covered with tickets, a behind the scenes talk with creator Archie Hamilton, and finally a round-up of a few artists not to be missed at this year’s festivities.


Princess Nokia at Concrete & Grass Shanghai 2017. Princess Nokia
25 year old Destiny Frasqueri has had a few monikers since her ascend into the hip-hop world, but it’s her latest projects that have gained her the most acclaim. Princess Nokia is much more than your average run-of-the-mill female rapper. 2016's 1992, named for the year of her birth is an ode to her hometown New York City, and the way it used to be. The  EP features sleeper hit songs like “Tomboy” a track that was written especially for women who aren’t obsessed with mainstream beauty standards. Other songs like “Brujas” celebrate the outspoken feminist rapper’s heritage as an Afro-Latina woman. This weekend she brings some of her eclectic energy to the Concrete & Grass stage. 


Ringo Deathstarr at Concrete & Grass Shanghai 2017. Ringo Deathstarr
Three piece outfit Ringo Deathstarr from Austin Texas is making shoe gaze music for the here and now. These dream pop-ers first hit the scene in 2007 releasing a five song self-titled Ep. A string of singles soon followed along with a 2011 touring engagement with legendary band The Smashing Pumpkins. The band, with the help of UK label Club AC30 finally released a full length project, Colour Trip, that same year. Since then, two more albums have followed as well as festival tours around the world. Come rock out with one of the coolest named band around this weekend. 


Tkay Maizda at Concrete & Grass Shanghai 2017. Tkay Maizda 
Traditionally, Australia isn’t a country known for their rap music prowess, but one women is changing that perception one track at a time. Tkay Maizda, 21, is Australia’s resident rap diva and for good reason. The Zimbabwe born, Perth raised musician has created her own lane of rap music by combining hip-hop with electronic beats for danceable pop-inspired tunes. At the age of 17 she dropped her first EP Switch Tape, which featured collaborations with electronic heavyweights Bok Bok and SBTRKT. After signing with Interscope and Downtown Records, her star received a big boost with the Killer Mike featured lead single “Carry On,” which entered the top 100 Australian Charts. Get read to dance in your tennies to this down under rap darling.  



AddressShanghai Rugby Football Club, 2700 Zhangyang Bei Lu (near Wuzhou Dadao) 张扬北路2700号 (近五洲大道) 

When: Sep.16-17

How Much: RMB220-636

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