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New Beijing music we got excited about in 2016

Breakout acts, old faves – here's what we were listening to in 2016

The last year was one of ups and downs for Beijing's music scene. We've seen venue closures, gig cancellations, censorship crackdowns and more.

But more importantly than any of that, we also saw some great new releases. Some old favourites – Queen Sea Big Shark and Duck Fight Goose to name just two – came back with exciting new sounds, and there were also some really promising new bands on scene, including The Twenties, Future Orients and more.

Here's what was on the Time Out office stereo over the last 12 months.
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New releases from old favourites

Long Shen Dao

China's first ever reggae band released their second album in February, and talked to Time Out about what it's like to get up, stand up in a field of one. 

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By: Jamie Fullerton

Queen Sea Big Shark

Six years after their last album release, indie kings Queen Sea Big Shark came back in early 2016 – and they'd gone all pop.

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By: Jamie Fullerton

Alpine Decline

Beijing's psych-tinged duo Alpine Decline made their most expansive album yet, Life's a Gasp

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By: Jamie Fullerton

Guiguisuisui

Beijing noise-punks Guiguisuisui made an album shaped by the city's pollution – and it ain't half bad. 

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By: Jamie Fullerton

Duck Fight Goose

Shanghai's most inventive band came back from along hiatus with a futuristic new record. 

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By: Jake Newby

Elenore

The hard rocking Beijing trio cranked the amps to 11 on their new EP

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By: Jamie Fullerton

New Beijing bands

Future Orients

Foals-inspired band Future Orients saddled up to launch their debut album this autumn, and started to find their own voice. 

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By: Jamie Fullerton

The Diagon Alley

Britpop-mad Beijing band The Diagon Alley scored a bullseye with their debut EP, which sounds like a mix of Oasis, Coldplay and, err, Harry Potter

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By: Jamie Fullerton

The Twenties

Exciting indie prospects The Twenties went back to the future with a cassette release. 

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By: Jamie Fullerton

Other notable events

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