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The best gigs in Beijing this weekend

Your guide to the best live music this weekend

John Beasley Trio
Another weekend, another chance to check out Beijing's brilliant live music scene. Whether you're after music from all over the globe, or something closer to home, take a look at our picks of the best gigs going down this weekend.

As well as these highlights, there are loads more great gigs in Beijing: explore, enjoy and don't forget to Instagram us your snaps with #timeoutbeijing and #LoveBeijing!

Friday

The Hunters

One of Beijing's finest foreign cover bands brings their mix of old-school and modern hits to Modernista this Friday. The Hunters serve up their version of your favourite songs with their distinctive, action-packed delivery.

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Modernista , 44 Baochao Hutong 22 Jun Free

Neuroot

Founded in the Netherlands during the golden age of hardcore punk in the 1980's, Neuroot has been going strong since 1982. Their brutal d-beat style with distorted bass in conjunction with strong musicianship made the four-piece stand out and jump to the forefront of the genre. 

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School Live Bar , 53 Wudaoying Hutong 22 Jun

Saturday

Hedgehog

Critics' pick

Hedgehog are back. The beloved Beijing trio – and one of China's finest bands – appear on strong form as they head back to where it all began to celebrate the release of their new eponymous album. 

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nandajie 23 Jun

Ari Hoenig with Eden Ladin & Or Bareket

Critics' pick

American jazz drummer and composer Ari Hoenig is renowned for his unusual and intense approach to drumming, emphasising complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. He'll be joined over two nights at Blue Note by American-Israeli pianist Eden Ladin and bassist Or Bareket.

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 23-24 Jun Buy tickets

Suuns

Critics' pick

Suuns are an enigmatic band. Dangerous and compelling, like a first love or a contraband cigarette. They make eerily beautiful, meticulously crafted music that embraces opposites and makes a virtue of cognitive dissonance. Their brand of dark, melancholy electro-rock is bewitching, and radiant in live settings. Suuns, after all, burn brightest at night.

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Yue Space , 7 Banqiaonanxiang 23 Jun

Fête De La Musique Weekend Afterparty

The party continues into the weekend with a family-friendly outing at Chaoyangmen’s esteemed Solana digs - with an upbeat afternoon lineup of fun with indie folk rockers Uncle Hu, blues rippers Great Buffalo Blues, singer and songwriter Sid Silwal and jazz poppers Parakeet.

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Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park , 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu 23 Jun Free

Serrini

Serrini comes to Omni this Saturday with her signature melodies and intriguing lyrics. The Hong Kong native is known for the shrewd humour she imbibes into her honest, yet whimsical, songs. Catch her in Beijing this weekend to experience the indie folk songstress in all her glory.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nandajie 23 Jun

Sunday

See Saw Jazz Quartet

Head to Modernista on Sunday for a chilled evening of music fusion with See Saw, a jazz quartet blending the sounds of east and west. Relax with cocktails, a tapas menu, and free entrance.

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Modernista , 44 Baochao Hutong 24 Jun Free

Cosmic Project

Composed of Boxuan (Nova Heart, ex-Hedgehog) and artist Gene (ex-Casino Demon among other projects), Cosmic Project create world music with electro experimental classical vibes using a multitude of different instruments. With busy schedules, the band doesn't often get to perform gigs, so make sure to catch them this weekend at School Bar.

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School Live Bar , 53 Wudaoying Hutong 24 Jun

Book ahead

All-4-One

Critics' pick

The iconic R'n'B boy band who brought us 'I Swear' perform at Blue Note

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 7-8 Jul Buy tickets

Radwimps

Critics' pick

Japanese rockers bring their brand of indie rock to Beijing

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Cadillac Arena , 69 Fuxing Road (复兴路69号) Haidian Beijing Beijing 14 Jul Buy tickets

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