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Scottish glam-fuelled rugged rock trio The Fratellis – best-known for inescapable mid-'00s hits such as 'Chelsea Dagger' and 'Whistle for the Choir' – are heading to Beijing following the release of their fifth studio album In Your Own Sweet Time. Don't miss the chance to check 'em out live at Tango this October.

For all the other excellent events making their way to the capital, make sure you take a look at our picks and book them, right here, right now. It really couldn't be any easier.

Film

Incredibles 2

Critics' pick

Superheroes may save the world, but parenthood requires skills far more advanced than extendable limbs. Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2 – Pixar’s most spirited sequel since Toy Story 3 – lovingly expresses this certainty through a bighearted familial portrait wrapped in '60s-inspired design.

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Cinemas around Beijing 22 Jun - 27 Jul Buy tickets

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Critics' pick

Kicking off where Jurassic World left off, we find cloning corporation InGen picking up the pieces after the catastrophic collapse of its dinosaur park. Not only is Isla Nubla now overrun with prehistoric critters, the island's dormant volcano is erupting – seriously, were there no islands without volcanos? – and about to make them all extinct again. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 15 Jun - 17 Jul Buy tickets

Escape Plan 2: Hades

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) manages an elite team of security specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world's most impenetrable prisons. When his most trusted operative, Shu Ren, is kidnapped and disappears inside the most elaborate prison ever built, Ray must track him down with the help of some of his former friends.

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Cinemas around Beijing 29 Jun - 27 Jul Buy tickets
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Music

FKJ

Critics' pick

Vincent Fenton, aka FKJ (French Kiwi Juice), is a French multi-instrumentalist and singer who's been described as 'one of the flag bearers of New French House'. Having performed at festivals around the world including Coachella, Euphoria and Lightning in a Bottle, he's slated to perform music off his self-titled debut album in Beijing this July.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 27 Jul Buy tickets

Mike Shinoda

Critics' pick

Co-founder and vocalist from the multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning rock bank Linkin Park comes to Beijing this August for his first solo concert in China. Performing songs from his brand-new debut album Post Traumatic, Mike Shinoda is set to provide insight into the difficulties he experienced after the death of his friend and Linkin Park co-vocalist Chester Bennington.

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Beijing Exhibition Center , 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie 12 Aug Buy tickets

Wolf Alice

Critics' pick

An evocative North London alt-rock outfit led by vocalist Ellie Rowsell, Wolf Alice deftly mixes folk, grunge, and electronic elements with vintage '90s indie rock. Their 2015 debut album My Love is Cool would go on to be nominated for a host of awards, including the Mercury Prize as well as a Brit, Ivor Novello and Grammy.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 15 Aug Buy tickets

The Fratellis

Critics' pick

Get your dose of mid-'00s nostalgia from the Glaswegian oik-rockers this October.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 21 Oct Buy tickets

Sam Smith

Critics' pick

Having started out guesting on dance-pop records, Sam Smith turned his hand to heartstring-tugging balladry when he launched his solo career proper, and it's fair to say it's worked out pretty well for him with a string of chart-topping tracks to his name at the age of just 26.

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Cadillac Arena (formerly Beijing LeSports Center) , 69 Fuxing Lu 25 Oct Buy tickets

Things to do

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Critics' pick

From his company’s modest beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today, this exhibition showcases Paul Smith's intuitive take on design, and the British fashion designer's journey in building his brand, as well as his evolving stylistic tastes.

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Today Art Museum (北京今日美术馆) , 32 Baiziwan Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

The Forbidden City

Established in 1925, the Palace Museum is located in the imperial palace of the consecutive Ming and Qing dynasties. The magnificent architectural complex, also known as the Forbidden City, and the vast holdings of antiquities of the imperial collections make it one of the most prestigious museums in China and the world. 

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Forbidden City (故宫) Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Flying lessons at the Great Wall

Learn how to pilot an SR20 while soaring over stunning Beijing landscapes. During your 15 minute lesson, a flight instructor will teach you how to takeoff, ascend, dive, hover, circle and descend. Students can also customise the whole flight and how much they want to control the plane.

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Beijing Badaling Airport , 1 Hangkong Lu, Badalingzhen (八达岭镇航空路1号 ) Yanqing Beijing Beijing 12 Jan - 31 Dec Buy tickets

Stage

Vasily Petrenko & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Critics' pick

Acclaimed Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko leads the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra n a programme that includes Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 and more.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 18-19 Jul Buy tickets

Matthew Bourne: Cinderella

Critics' pick

Matthew Bourne has made ballet into big business by remembering a very simple lesson – that dance, originally, was about entertainment. His production of the iconic fairytale is set in London during World War II with Cinderella's prince reimagined as a young RAF pilot. And like everything else he does, it's a hit.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 7-12 Aug Buy tickets

Kinky Boots

Critics' pick

Inspired by true events, Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots tells the story of a struggling shoe factory in Northampton. When factory owner Charlie Price has a chance encounter with drag queen Lola, he's inspired to create a line of sexy heels for transvestites in order to help save the family business.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 24-30 Aug Buy tickets

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake

Critics' pick

Iconic ballet Swan Lake forms the basis of the classical ballet repertoire of the Mariinsky Theater. More than a hundred years ago, it was choreographed by Marius Petipa and is now considered to be a hallmark of the Mariinsky Ballet.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 20-22 Sep Buy tickets

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère

Critics' pick

The much-acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet comes to Beijing this September with their famous La Bayadère. Created by Marius Petipa in 1877, La Bayadère is one of the world's most loved ballets.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 23 Sep Buy tickets

Cats

Critics' pick

Based on TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical Cats is set in a larger-than-life junkyard playground that's home to a variety of feline characters. With spectacular sets, breathtaking choreography and of course, the hit song 'Memory', Cats is a musical like no other.

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Century Theatre (世纪剧院) , 40 Liangmaqiao Lu 22-27 Sep Buy tickets

Stomp

Critics' pick

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energising beats at Stomp, the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

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Poly Theatre (保利剧院) , 14 Dongzhimen Nan Dajie 26 Sep - 06 Oct Buy tickets

Rent

Critics' pick

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent follows a year in the lives of seven impoverished artists struggling to survive in the thriving days of New York City's Alphabet City, while under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

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Century Theatre (世纪剧院) , 40 Liangmaqiao Lu 11 Oct , 14 Oct , 16 Oct , 17 Oct Buy tickets

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