Every Thursday, the Beijing Weekender distills City Weekend's database of nightlife events down to the weekend parties, concerts and live shows that you simply can't miss.
Here it is, Friday again, bringing us the final in the "Brand New You're Retro" series of concerts at Temple, brought to us by Wangba and the French Embassy. The final show is Abaji, Mediterranean folk singer-songwriter who was over here last year for JUE Festival. Get there early, as this series has thusfar been packed out. Also in the world of music, veteran rock 'n' roller Marky Ramone and his band Blitzkrieg play Yugong Yishan, which should be an interesting show. And in a reminder that spring is well and truly upon us, Fez Bar re-opens their rooftop space this Friday with DJ Ba'Al and RMB35 cocktails, the latter of which lasts through the end of April. And in the world of electronic music, City Weekend Reader's Choice Award Nominee YEN is back with their White Party, their first big event of the year. And over at The Bar at Migas, Australian DJ and producer Cassian lays down some tracks that will definitely keep you on your toes.
The music scene really lights up the city this Saturday night, starting with Japanese breakbeat duo Hifana (KEIZOmachine! and Juicy) on the decks at Yugong Yishan. For something totally oddball, check out eccentric Norwegian punk rock group (with costumes!) Scampi, Dips, Chips & Campari at Temple. But if you're just looking for a reliable Saturday night to rock out to, get over to 2 Kolegas for drive-in regulars Skarving, DH & Chinese Hellcats and Mademoiselle et son Orchestre. If you're down for a party after all that, help celebrate Hotpot's 4th Year Anniversary at Punk, with City Weekend Reader's Choice Award Nominee DJ Wordy on the decks with Soulspeak and Lomang from NYC.
There isn't much contest for this Sunday night, because creator of crunk and pimp master of many Dirty South hearts Lil Jon is in town to play at City Weekend Reader's Choice Award Nominee Spark. With a full hour of high-octane performance ahead of you, it's worth the nominal price tag - try seeing this guy in the U.S. for less than RMB300! Get pre-sale tickets at sendmetickets.com or WIN a pair from City Weekend.