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Music & Nightlife in Hong Kong

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5 local underground hip hop artists on the rise
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5 local underground hip hop artists on the rise

In recent years, underground music has risen significantly in Hong Kong's urban music landscape. With rappers and hip hop artists such as Txmiyama, JB, and DoughBoy already gaining popularity, our city is also seeing a fresh crop of indie musicians who are attracting attention from the public. Here is a roundup of some of the up-and-coming Hong Kong talents to listen to this summer. By Elaine Soh RECOMMENDED: From deep house to noise rock, check out these acts from Asia’s thriving indie music scene 

Cantopop songs that evoke a sense of nostalgia
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Cantopop songs that evoke a sense of nostalgia

Remember the days of the Four Heavenly Kings with Andy, Leon, Aaron, and Jacky? Or the legendary rock band Beyond? And of course, the famous actor and singer Leslie Cheung? It has been nearly 40 years since the golden age of 1980s to 2000s Cantopop. From catchy pop tunes to sentimental ballads, walk down memory lane with this roundup of the classic Cantonese songs. By Elaine Soh RECOMMENDED: Want a more modern tune? Check this roundup of up-and-coming Hong Kong talents to add to your playlist.

8 indie musicians from Asia you need to know about
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8 indie musicians from Asia you need to know about

Despite the number of incredibly talented musicians coming out of our part of the world, it’s a challenge for artists to build fanbases beyond their own countries and cities. Indie artists in the region simply don’t get enough publicity and advertising – sometimes even locally – which is a shame because indie audiences are more than willing to explore sounds from all over the world. In our effort to help remedy this, we’ve assembled a list of some of our continent’s brightest modern indie musicians and bands. By Ethan Lam RECOMMENDED: Hong Kong has a thriving music scene too, check out these underground artists in Hong Kong.   

Best Hong Kong underground music you should be listening to
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Best Hong Kong underground music you should be listening to

Music can serve as an escape from reality, whether you're into vinyl records, electronic music, or underground hip-hop. But sometimes it's hard to find quality music to listen to, especially when you are trying to find something that is original and local. Hong Kong may have an image as a commercial hub that's more stiff than bohemian, but within the sea of grey suits and concrete buildings lies a hotbed of artists rocking out loud and proudly representing Hong Kong. By CJ Villanueva and Ethan Lam RECOMMENDED: Explore music beyond the 852 and check out these awesome indie bands from around Asia.

The rise of electronic music in Hong Kong
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The rise of electronic music in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s bright neon lights, endless skyscrapers, and bustling roads have all cemented it as one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world. It’s also this sleepless image that has inspired the electronic, cyberpunk aesthetic adopted by films like Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. It should be no surprise then that there’s a strong wave of individuals that are putting headphones on, bringing laptops out, and spinning turntables, all in an effort to nurture and maintain an electronic music scene in Hong Kong.  Hong Kong’s history with electronic music is a deep and complex one. The mid 20th century saw a cultural boom in cities everywhere, and Hong Kong – being the crossroads for East and West – was no different. Everyone remembers the Golden Age of pop culture and Cantopop in the 70s and 80s. Artists like Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, and Beyond dominated local radio stations, and forged a new identity for Hongkongers from a fusion of international musical influences. Similarly, disco fever in the West had seeped into the bloodstream of energetic, young creatives here in Hong Kong. Venues like Disco Disco and Canton Disco dared to challenge the norm of only posh, swanky hotels such as the Peninsula having electronic parties. These new clubs ushered in a new, carefree attitude where anyone was welcome, and everyone knew how to have a good time. Secret underground raves were also often held on the outlying islands. Sadly for some, as we approached the new millennium, Hong

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The rise of electronic music in Hong Kong
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The rise of electronic music in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s bright neon lights, endless skyscrapers, and bustling roads have all cemented it as one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world. It’s also this sleepless image that has inspired the electronic, cyberpunk aesthetic adopted by films like Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. It should be no surprise then that there’s a strong wave of individuals that are putting headphones on, bringing laptops out, and spinning turntables, all in an effort to nurture and maintain an electronic music scene in Hong Kong.  Hong Kong’s history with electronic music is a deep and complex one. The mid 20th century saw a cultural boom in cities everywhere, and Hong Kong – being the crossroads for East and West – was no different. Everyone remembers the Golden Age of pop culture and Cantopop in the 70s and 80s. Artists like Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, and Beyond dominated local radio stations, and forged a new identity for Hongkongers from a fusion of international musical influences. Similarly, disco fever in the West had seeped into the bloodstream of energetic, young creatives here in Hong Kong. Venues like Disco Disco and Canton Disco dared to challenge the norm of only posh, swanky hotels such as the Peninsula having electronic parties. These new clubs ushered in a new, carefree attitude where anyone was welcome, and everyone knew how to have a good time. Secret underground raves were also often held on the outlying islands. Sadly for some, as we approached the new millennium, Hong

Talking JUNK! with Hong Kong audio-visual artist
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Talking JUNK! with Hong Kong audio-visual artist

This year so far hasn’t been the easiest for our city’s music scene, with events both large and intimate having been canned amid health concerns and the restrictions placed on music venues. Although live performance is among our favourite things, Hong Kong has been anything but alive with the sound of music. Yet performers citywide have adapted to this new reality, harnessing technology to ensure that the show goes on via live-streamed concerts on almost every social medium imaginable. Among this new wave of increasingly tech-savvy performers, one that stands out is JUNK!, the audio-visual artist who’s been rocking and chip tuning his way around the city’s underground circuit for over half a decade now, amassing a loyal following in the process. We caught up with the Melburnian native in his beloved Sham Shui Po – where he can regularly be found digging around all manner of retro electronics stalls – for a chat about the Hong Kong scene’s evolution in the face of adversity, his art, and where he’s taking it next.  JUNK! stands outside of a hi-fi emporium in Sham Shui Po We meet the man, who is rocking his signature bright-yellow tracksuit that he regularly performs in, and take a mid-morning stroll between the stalls on Apliu Street. “It’s been a little crazy for local indie musicians,” he tells us. “But artists here are pretty resilient, and a lot of us have taken this time as an opportunity to work on material, whether it be finishing up songs that have been lying around fo

Best places for live music in Hong Kong
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Best places for live music in Hong Kong

After a few long months, live music is back! With the newest regulations on social distancing, music fans are now able to return to their favourite bars and enjoy live performances, drink in hand. Hong Kong’s music scene has grown steadily stronger over the years, and there’s never been a better time to support the local scene, helping them bounce back from a long, hard fought period of uncertainty.  While high rent and stringent regulations still make it difficult for the local indie circuit to be as big as, say, New York or London, there is a number of live music venues that are giving a voice to the city’s finest performers. Whether it’s a classy cocktail bar like Foxglove that touts world-class jazz, a casual live house like Lost Stars that champions up-and-coming indie acts, or even boisterous bars like The Wanch and Ned Kelly’s that do classic rock and cheap beers, here are some of the best spots in town to catch a great live music show. RECOMMENDED: Looking for a killer playlist rather than a live show? Check out this list of bars and restaurants that play the best music in Hong Kong.

7 most popular Cantopop karaoke songs from the 2000s
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7 most popular Cantopop karaoke songs from the 2000s

If you're a 90s kid who grew up in Hong Kong, karaoke was probably your go-to activity (remember Green Box and Red Box?). Well, that and going to arcades and gaming centres. From catchy anthems to tear-jerking ballads, there's a whole library of Cantopop classics from the 2000s – all of which make for a perfect belting session at karaoke. Here are some of the most classic ones. RECOMMENDED: Were you more into cartoons as a kid? Then get nostalgic over these classic cartoons from the 90s.

7 awesome Hong Kong vinyl stores
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7 awesome Hong Kong vinyl stores

Vinyl has been enjoying a resurgence for quite some time now, with seemingly everyone and his dog now owning a record player. Big record chains in cities across the globe are now dedicating an ever-growing area to what enthusiasts call 'black gold'. Here in Hong Kong, we have a fine selection of places where wax heads – and those who are new to the world of vinyl – can experience records, whether buying or just listening to their characteristically warm, rich sound through high-end sound systems. Whether planning to go digging in the crates or just looking for some artsy inspiration, here are some of our city's very best record stores. RECOMMENDED: If you like to switch between music and TV, check out our list of things to watch this May.

Your guide to Hong Kong's nightlife

The best underground clubs in Hong Kong
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The best underground clubs in Hong Kong

We all miss going out for great music, company, and just moving those happy feet like no one is watching. With clubs reopening after a long hiatus, we can't wait 'til we can hit the dance floor again, but while we ready for that day, here's a roundup of the best underground clubs in Hong Kong that we can all look forward to visit. Their doors are currently open, but dance floors remain off-limits; if you're looking for a bit more than traditional club sounds that brings various genres of music, these clubs have lined up DJs to cater to your needs.  RECOMMENDED: If you're craving quality cocktails, check out our list of the best bars in the city 

Best places for live music in Hong Kong
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Best places for live music in Hong Kong

After a few long months, live music is back! With the newest regulations on social distancing, music fans are now able to return to their favourite bars and enjoy live performances, drink in hand. Hong Kong’s music scene has grown steadily stronger over the years, and there’s never been a better time to support the local scene, helping them bounce back from a long, hard fought period of uncertainty.  While high rent and stringent regulations still make it difficult for the local indie circuit to be as big as, say, New York or London, there is a number of live music venues that are giving a voice to the city’s finest performers. Whether it’s a classy cocktail bar like Foxglove that touts world-class jazz, a casual live house like Lost Stars that champions up-and-coming indie acts, or even boisterous bars like The Wanch and Ned Kelly’s that do classic rock and cheap beers, here are some of the best spots in town to catch a great live music show. RECOMMENDED: Looking for a killer playlist rather than a live show? Check out this list of bars and restaurants that play the best music in Hong Kong.

The best LGBTQ+ venues to visit in Hong Kong to celebrate Global Pride
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The best LGBTQ+ venues to visit in Hong Kong to celebrate Global Pride

While same-sex marriage is still not legalised in Hong Kong, the city remains one of the most welcoming cities in East Asia for members of the LGBTQ+ community and is even gearing up to host the Gay Games in 2022. Pride Month often falls off the radar in Hong Kong for June because the city's pride celebrations usually take place in November. But if you're looking for places to celebrate Global Pride this month, the city is peppered with bars, nightclubs, and LGBTQ+-friendly spots that throw some of the most colourful parties and festivities in town. Whether you want muscly bartenders and karaoke, live entertainment, or just some decent drinks and to meet like-minded people, hit up any of these LGBTQ+-friendly venues in the city. RECOMMENDED: How to celebrate the best of LGBTQ+ in cities around the world this Pride month  

The best places to do karaoke in Hong Kong
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The best places to do karaoke in Hong Kong

Ever since it gained popularity in the 90s, Hongkongers have been obsessed with karaoke. From the rotten to the resplendent, we embrace anyone willing to grab the mic and have a crack. And while the city's largest purveyors of karaoke, Neway and Red Mr, certainly dominate the scene, there are a few other choices out there worth checking out if you're looking for a break from the norm. RECOMMENDED: If you prefer listening than singing, pay a visit to some of the best vinyl stores in Hong Kong.

Bars and restaurants in Hong Kong that play the best music
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Bars and restaurants in Hong Kong that play the best music

Hong Kong is home to a huge selection of bars and restaurants, with some of the very best in the world nestled amid the hustle and bustle of our city’s bustling streets. Eating and drinking aside, if there’s one thing that us city dwellers love, it’s listening to good music. Luckily, there are various eating and drinking establishments across town that not only serve quality eats and drinks but also offer killer playlists, which keep us nodding our head and tapping our toes while we’re sipping and munching away. Here are some of the bars and restaurants that play the best music in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: Want to find great music in a club setting? Check out this list of Hong Kong’s best underground clubs