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The best gigs this weekend

Featuring Tom Odell, Cigarettes After Sex and more

Cigarettes After Sex
It's set to be a monster weekend of live music in the capital, with Tom Odell, Thomas Schoeffler Jr. and Cigarettes After Sex all set to touch down in the capital. Beijing's offerings of killer live music are as eclectic and rich as always, and with American jazz, French pop-rock and Jamaican reggae all on the horizon, take a look at our picks for the best ways to rock out Beijing-style.

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

Tom Odell

Critics' pick

The English singer-songwriter arrives in Beijing performing music from 2016 album Wrong Crowd, the follow-up to his platinum-selling, Brit Award-winning debut. With his gut-wrenchingly honest lyrics and earworm-heavy choruses, the Odell creates catchy, piano-driven pop.

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Beijing Exhibition Center , 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie 18 Aug

Biggaton

The Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist returns to Beijing with a multi-city China tour. Influenced by his Jamaican roots, Biggaton combines reggae and drum 'n' bass with sharp, incisive commentary on issues to do with social injustice, political corruption and poverty. Head to Hot Cat Club for an electrifying evening of reggae, hip-hop and funk.

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Hot Cat Club (热力猫俱乐部) , 46 Fangjia Hutong 18 Aug

Thomas Schoeffler Jr.

Critics' pick

Thomas Schoeffler Jr. is a dynamic one-man band, combining foot percussion, guitar and harmonica with melodious and penetrating vocals. His music style is a heady combination of blues, rock and country, resulting in a sound that's precise and raw.

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La Plantation , D area Hegezhuang village 18 Aug

The Orrin Evans Trio

Acclaimed for his bold musicianship and raw soulfulness, Orrin Evans performs over two nights at Blue Note alongside bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins. Expect a raw and thrilling excursion incorporating a startlingly wide range of influences, from jazz and neo-soul, to country and hip-hop.

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 18-19 Aug

The Bottom Line

Formed back in 2011, The Bottom Line has made a steady footprint on the UK pop-punk scene. In the past year, they've performed in 14 countries supporting Simple Plan, Room 94 and Bowling For Soup. Head to Yugong Yishan for a modernised take on early noughties pop-punk and pedal-to-the-metal live performance.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 18 Aug

Saturday

Florent Mothe + Mikelangelo Loconte

Critics' pick

French singer and actor Florent Mothe is best recognized for his portrayal of Salieri in Mozart, a l'opera rock. As a solo artist, he creates summery, up-tempo French pop that's fun to bop along with - regardless if you're a francophone or not. 

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 19 Aug

The Beauty

Formed in 2015, The Beauty have built up a fairly sizable following over the last couple years. Debuting music from their latest EP at School Bar, the Brit-pop inspired indie rockers are joined by Modern Sky favourites DaWenXi and local band CuiMei.

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School Live Bar , 53 Wudaoying Hutong 19 Aug

Sunday

Slaves of the Prison

The local death metal band emerged on China's music scene back in 2015, and were promptly signed to Thanatology Productions the following year. Having released their first full-length album Deathward this past May, the rockers are set to bring their unique brand of melodic death metal to Beijing as part of their nationwide tour.

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Modernsky Lab , 5-108 Galaxy Soho 20 Aug

Monday

Cigarettes After Sex

Critics' pick

The Brooklyn-based quartet have developed a devoted following due to music that's been described by Vice as 'elemental, hazy and romantic, but with a noir edge'. Cigarettes After Sex are that rare band that can create a singular mood through their unique brand of brooding, ambient pop.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 21 Aug

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