The ultimate guide to Beijing's music scene

The things you need to know about Beijing's music scene

Over the past 30 years, Chinese music has not just grown, but exploded, surging forth to become a cultural force for ideas, rebellion and art. Throughout it all, Beijing has remained at its core, giving rise to nearly every seminal movement in China's modern musical history.

Anything with a six-stringed pulse has long pumped the lifeblood of the city's scene, which was regularly described as ‘exploding’ and ‘booming’ over the last decade or so. But as it faces an often sticky climate, and as other cities' scenes grow stronger, can the capital continue to buzz with the same energy and produce the same quality for years to come? 

Read on for everything you need to know about the ever changing Beijing's music scene.

Where to get your music

The best livehouses in Beijing
Blogs

The best livehouses in Beijing

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The best jazz bars in Beijing
Music

The best jazz bars in Beijing

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Which Beijing band is right for you?
Music

Which Beijing band is right for you?

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Beijing's best record shops
Shopping

Beijing's best record shops

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The 5 best resources for following Beijing music
Music

The 5 best resources for following Beijing music

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Where to listen to Beijing music online
Music

Where to listen to Beijing music online

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Things to know about Beijing music

Beijing music: still rockin' after all these years?
Music

Beijing music: still rockin' after all these years?

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Will the Gulou music scene survive the hutong regeneration?
Music

Will the Gulou music scene survive the hutong regeneration?

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The new Beijing live venues making a splash
Music

The new Beijing live venues making a splash

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10 Chinese women who rock
Music

10 Chinese women who rock

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Chinese hip-hop hits the big time
Music

Chinese hip-hop hits the big time

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Beijing's best MCs
Music

Beijing's best MCs

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The electronic labels leading the scene
Music

The electronic labels leading the scene

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Beijing's best producers
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Beijing's best producers

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Why Beijing bands shun major labels
Music

Why Beijing bands shun major labels

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What's kickin' at School Bar?
Music

What's kickin' at School Bar?

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Being a music promoter in Beijing
Music

Being a music promoter in Beijing

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Background to the Beijing music scene

3 books on Chinese rock
Music

3 books on Chinese rock

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A brief history of Chinese rock music
Music

A brief history of Chinese rock music

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5 films on Beijing music
Music

5 films on Beijing music

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Why rockin' won't make you rich
Music

Why rockin' won't make you rich

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