Beijing Beats: François K, Ping Pong Discoteque, Soul Party Vol. 2, The Spice Cabinet, Do Hits!
Beijing Beats brings you the best in Beijing nightlife each weekend so that you can soothe the woes of a long a stressful week with some out-of-body gyrating and some experiences you'd rather forget come Monday. Check the weekend's full list of nightlife events here.
Friday, March 17
24 Hour Party People: Raddam Ras, Shackup and Civian at Modernsky Lab
Modernsky Lab turns it up this weekend with a lineup to blast you over the finishing line even before the weekend has begun. DJs Raddam Ras, Shakup and Civian will spin at the club, bringing to life Beijing’s hip-hop, trap, juke and dubstep scene. Drinks are half-price. 11pm-late. Modernsky Lab
François K (pictured at top)
François Kevorkian, alias François K, is a French DJ of Armenian origin, remixer, producer and record label owner. Having started his career in renowned clubs such as the Paradise Garage and Studio 54, the New York City resident is widely considered one of the forefathers of house music. He's worked with countless artists, including Yoko Ono, Cesária Évora, Nina Simone, etc. Eddie Lv provides support. Price TBC. 10pm. Dada
Classic Suit Night at Club Mix
Dress to impress this St. Patrick’s Day at Club Mix’s Classic Suit Night. There will be a best dressed man competition as well as a snooker competition. It doesn't get more manly than this, folks. The best dressed winner stands to win RMB 2,000 in prizes. DJs Maclarry and DJ B-Shots will be spinning throughout the night. Free entry for ladies, and men in suits before 22.30pm. Club Mix.
Ping Pong Discoteque
Migas’ ping pong table only comes out on the weekends, so take time to play a match and listen to two of Beijing’s top DJs play all night long. Migas will combine this weekend's Ping Pong Social club with their regular dance parties for a vibe that looks to be half sweaty, half dance, and whole lotta fun . 10pm-end. Migas
Saturday, March 18
Soul Party Vol. 2
After the success of last month’s Soul Party, Ramo and Mimi e Coco will hold their second round, complete with soul music and soul food. Ramo will serve their special Soul Menu the whole day starting from 10am and the music starts at Mimi e Coco from 4pm. Behind the decks are DJs Jay 1.2 and Cad73, playing soul, disco, and funk into the night. 4pm-late. Ramo/Mimi e Coco
Having swept through our CNY with the festive compilation Do Hits Year of the Rooster, Beijing’s most exciting music group Do Hits is back in the DJ booth, ready to bring you to the dancefloor. Six of their local producers/DJs are come with a plethora of sounds, from bass, grime, future, to Mandopop. Price TBC. 10pm. Dada
The Spice Cabinet
On Saturday, sing along with The Spice Cabinet at Modernista, a jazz band that reworks versions of your favorite pop songs. They also dabble in hip-hop, funk, and bebop, so prepare for a serious dance-a-thon. Free. 10pm-late. Modernista
Femme Fatale Vol. 2 with Cousin Kippy and DJ Ariel
8-Bit pays their second tribute to the women of rock 'n' roll where the drinks will be cheap and the songs legendary. Special drinks will range from RMB 20-25. DJ Ariel and Cousin Kippy will be spinning classics from Cyndi Lauper, Le Tigre, Pussy Riot, Blondie, and much more! 10pm-3am. 8-Bit
Sunday, March 19
Mars En Folie
The French Cultural Union hosts a concert featuring artists from around the world. Taking the stage at Yugong Yishan on Sunday is Belgian hip-hop artist Les R’tardataires, Canadian folk singer Keith Kouna, Swiss rock band LiA and France hip-hop/electro quartet KKC Orchestra. Catch them live and celebrate the last day of your weekend with this eclectic crew. 7pm. Yugong Yishan
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