Ok, so China wasn't always the most poppin' place when it came to musical diversity.
But something's changed in the last few years and we are all about it.
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'Cause there are a buttload of killer musicians heading east now. # So many, in fact, that we thought we'd put them in a # mega list.
Just consider this a Top 20 situation and don't stress too much over the numbers cuz all the artists all awesome and numbers are just numbers, ya dig?
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Andy Moor at Transmission Festival

One of the top 10 indoor festivals in the world, Transmission is coming to Shanghai for the first time ever and we're super excited that they're bringing Andy Moor! He won a Grammy in 2007, numerous awards at the International Dance Music Awards, and is one heck of a talented chap who you just gotsta see.

National Exhibition and Convention Center - Shanghai
August 18
From ¥480
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16
Rhye

Under the cover of booming piano, analog synths, and heavenly vocals, RHYE quickly became a phenomenon garnering acclaim from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork who dubbed it “Best New Album”. We're talking sold out theaters around the globe, and standout festival sets at Coachella. If that's not noteworthy, we don't know what is.

Omni Space - Beijing
November 14
From 350 (Pre-Sale)
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15
Why Don't We

International pop stars Why Don’t We are coming to Shanghai for the first time as part of their biggest ever tour! Their hit Trust Fund Baby was written by Mr Ed Sheeran - the track shot to #3 on iTunes and #2 in Pop. They've overtaken Bruno Mars and One Direction in the charts - which means they've gotta be doing something right. And hey, any friend of Ed is a friend of ours.

Modernsky Lab Shanghai
August 21
From ¥380
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14
The Original Gypsies

It's been 25 years since the Gipsy Kings captured the world’s imagination with their self-titled debut album which went gold and platinum around the globe, introducing millions of listeners to an irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. Catch them at the 14th Annual JZ Fest for what promises to be a swingin' night and day.

September 22
CAMP 3399
From 285 (Early Bird)
13
Maksim

Croatian born pianist Maksim Mrvica is the biggest selling Classical - Crossover pianist in the world. His music style has broken down the boundaries between genres, from classical and movie music to pop and electronic, in cooperation with EMI, Sony, and Universal. We're into it.

December 22
Mercedez Benz Arena - Shanghai
From 380
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12
Laurent Ban

He's smooth. He's French. He'll make you all swoon - Laurent Ban is back to serenade us live and in concert. He is the embodiment of romance, having starred in classic musicals across the globe, and now he's singing a roster of classics in multiple languages - just for you.

August 11
Shanghai Culture Square - Shanghai
From 400
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11
Chris Garneau

Chris Garneau's sound combines elements of folk, Americana, and pop (think male Regina Spektor). Since releasing his debut album, "Music for Tourists", Garneau has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Europe, and Asia. Garneau cites Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, Nico, and Chan Marshall as influences - not bad taste, eh?

October 12
Tango Live, 3F - Beijing
From ¥180
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October 19
Modern Sky Lab - Shanghai
From ¥200 (Pre-Sale)
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10
Wolf Alice

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. These guys have been making sweet music for almost 9 years and we’re super excited to welcome them to China. That's some real good energy right there.

August 15
Tango Live (Beijing)
From ¥350 Pre-Sale
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August 16
Modern Sky Lab - Shanghai
From ¥400
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9
The Fratellis

Any Brit above the age of 25 will have heard of these guys. Famous in the UK for tracks such as Chelsea Dagger, The Fratellis have had a long career of churning out awesome tunes, supporting bands like Kasabian (keep scrollin' friends), and opening for The Police on their reunion tour. They've earned their stripes.

October 21
Tango Live, 3F - Beijing
From ¥480 (Pre-Sale)
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October 23
Modernsky Lab - Shanghai
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8
Mike Shinoda

Mike Shinoda's highly anticipated Post Traumatic tour is heading to China this August and you can expect to see a mix of rap, hip-hop, and some of that old, familiar Linkin Park flair that we all know, love, and miss.

August 14
Jing'an Sports Center - Shanghai
From ¥580
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7
Il Divo

Since the release of their album in 2004, the group of four international members has achieved success without comparison, with more than 30 million copies sold, 160 recognitions of Gold and Platinum in more than 33 countries, and four sold-out world tours. If you're into bravato, vebratto, opera, then these are your boyzzzzzz.

October 10
Shanghai Oriental Art Center - Shanghai
From ¥280
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6
Kasabian

Kasabian have been kicking ass for 20 years, with hits like Fire, Eez-eh, Underdog, and so many more. Four of their five studio albums reached number 1 on the charts, and with six albums under their belt, they're arguably the biggest psychedelic rockers in the industry.

August 29
Mercedez-Benz Arena
From ¥280
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5
Bastille

Bastille sold over 2 million copies of their first album, with hits like Pompeii, Laura Palmer, Things We Lost in the Fire, and more (yeah, like half the album were singles). They're playing with Kasabian in Shanghai, but are hitting Beijing by themselves for a solo show before.

August 26
Tango Live, 3F - Beijing
From ¥480 (Pre-Sale)
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August 29
Mercedez-Benz Arena - Shanghai
From ¥280
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4
Dua Lipa

UK superstar singer-songwriter Dua Lipa is coming to China next month! If the name sounds unfamiliar, here's a reminder of why YOU KNOW HER: she’s the voice behind Sean Paul’s No Lie, and most recently Calvin Harris’s One Kiss! Her single New Rules also broke Billboard’s record for longest running song on the US pop chart!

September 11
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial - Guangzhou
From ¥580
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September 12
National Exhibition and Convention Center - Shanghai
From ¥480
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3
Jessie J

We all know Jessie J for her massive hits Bang Bang, Do it Like a Dude, and Price Tag, but here in China, Miss J is famous for a very different reason. She was recently a contestant (not a judge) on the Chinese talent show Singer, GOING ON TO WIN THE WHOLE THING, meaning she's reached crazy levels of fame here in the PRC! Tickets are still available but are shifting fast!

September 18
Mercedes-Benz Arena - Shanghai
From ¥380
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2
Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 Singles (17 self-penned), more than any other solo artist in history. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and production talent, Mariah is, and forever will be, an actual pop goddess.

October 22
CR Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Arena - Shenzhen
From ¥480
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October 24
Mercedes-Benz Arena - Shanghai
From ¥480
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1
Sam Smith

We love our boy Sam for melting our hearts for the last 6 years. His first big break with Disclosure's Latch was super catchy, and La La La with Naughty Boy made us shake our booties urrrry damn day. His debut solo album was a big hit, and everything else he's put out since then has only made us like him more. We love ya Sam. You're welcome here any time!

Mercedes-Benz Arena - Shanghai
October 23
From ¥1180
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October 25
Cadillac Arena - Beijing
From ¥680
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So there you have it guys. Our big bad list of awesome artists.
There were way more people we wanted to include, and new artists are always scheduling dates
SO KEEP CHECKING IN at 247tickets.com.

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