Gigs, to a lot of us sweaty-faced moshpit denizens here in Beijing, really do make the world go round. The city is seen by many as the capital for indie and rock music in China
, and the talent that we've got spilling out of dive bars and hutong alleyways alike has flourished partly due to a supportive and voracious live music scene centred around some truly special venues.
Which is where this list comes in – we've rounded up the vast majority of Beijing's livehouses, bashed up a little summary of each one to give you an idea of the vibe of the place, and shoved them all together in a celebration of the long, hedonistic nights dancing to some truly exciting sounds that are one of the hallmarks of our beloved city. Read this list, love these venues, and don't forget to support your local music scene.