Many of Shenzhen’s clubs have cover bands or other forms of live music, but they tend to be unremarkable. The big exception to this is C:Union in OCT (Overseas Chinese Town), which plays host both to foreign and local acts, many of which are very interesting. To give you an example, C:Union’s house band features a mandolin player from Kazakhstan as well as a guitarist who played with Radiohead in Hong Kong in 1994. For those craving art in general, the OCT-Loft area is an excellent area to explore the works of Shenzheners more interested in creating art than earning money. Local performances at C:Union are often free, while foreign acts will charge a cover that might reach one hundred RMB.