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Guest Editors: Jellymon

June 21, 2011

We welcome the inspired Shanghai creative collective and agency Jellymon to guide us through a month immersed in the city's creative scene

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Guest Feature by Jellymon's Josh Atkin

Welcome to the Jellymon Shanghai column. Every month we'll be providing you with an inside scoop into one of the most exciting cities in the world. Whether it's unusual and tasty food, the latest cultural influences about town, people's wild and wacky fashion styles or some of our own weird and wonderful pleasures, we hope our column will accumulate the smells and sensations that this city emanates and convert them into bite size paragraphs for your reading pleasure!

The last month has proven a month of contrasts. What started as a period where the Shanghai populace were well and truly bolting their winter closets shut and prizing open their summer wardrobes, has actually resulted in a messy bedroom. For as we start to leave the near non-existent season of spring and enter the cauldron that is the Shanghai summer, the weather really can’t make its mind up.

The month kicked off in blistering form. Shanghai welcomed Midi, a leading rock festival in China, and one that this city has been trying to stage for years but has struggled to pass the authority’s green light. With temperatures soaring well into the 30s, this party was a perfect excuse to drink beer, people watch, try and guess the Chinese band names (or indeed the obscure Norwegian ones) and bask in the sunshine. Despite Mr. Big - incidentally one of the weirdest choices to headline a festival - not showing due to visa issues, Midi was a blast. It was admittedly not without faults, but the collective spirit found at other, more popular global events such as this, was apparent throughout.

A similarly scorching weekend last week saw some international talent in the form of Jeru the Damaja pass through town. Both days were filled with block parties, rooftop drinking and store openings, all of which served as a reminder as to the power this city possesses when all clicks together. This was perfectly summarized on Wuyuan Lu, a road that is proving to be the hippest of the hip in 2011 Shanghai. Here a fantastic garden party took place at Lolo Loves Vintage, who were celebrating their transfer into an official retail space after vacating their lodgings at the now closed down creative hub on 696 Weihai Lu. Filled with models, chickstas and fashionistas, the party revelers enjoyed the free vodka on offer and a chance to check out some super trendy garms.

Which leads us to this week. The clouds descended on the city faster than a Shanghai tai tai empties her man’s bank account. With the gloomy sky came rain and as such a more somber mood has swept over Shanghai as she prepares for her sweltering summer. With the elements doing everything to dampen the extrovert personalities that make this city tick, opportunities have presented themselves to enjoy some of the latest music from outside of China. Recent releases by Gang Gang Dance, which includes a song about this city, Thurston Moore and Fleet Foxes have offered a welcome selection of melodies to ensure positivity reigns supreme and the busy work days flow smoothly.

So, now we wait for the clouds to part and this month of contrast to give way to the first month of summer. However, you’ll have to wait a little while to find out how the humidity will affect our ability to report on our place of residence. Hold tight as we inhale some pollution and sweat out the dirt and grime that we collate over the month of June. It’s sure to be worth the wait.

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