If you're a music fan who loves checking out concerts and live music, you're in luck here because Hong Kong and neighbouring Macau draw in some of the biggest names in the music business. From international pop and rock megastars playing at AsiaWorld-Expo to up-and-coming indie bands doing showcases at the city’s coolest underground venues, this regularly updated list covers all the best upcoming acts that you should book your tickets to.
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Upcoming concerts and gigs in Hong Kong and Macau
Award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ruel is returning to Hong Kong once again in February at KITEC in Kowloon Bay. Fans can expect an eclectic mix of new music from his latest album Free Time such as Painkiller and Face to Face, as well as radio hits like Not Thinkin' Bout You and Younger from his previous album.
American alternative rock royalty, Pixies will make their Hong Kong debut in March 2020 to promote their latest album Beneath the Eyre. After splitting up in 1993 the band reunited in 2004 sparking elation in their legions of fans. The Pixies have inspired iconic rock bands like Nirvana, Radiohead and Alice in Chains and their influence still remains unabated. The band will perform hits off their critically and commercially acclaimed albums such as Doolittle, Bossanova and Troupe le Monde, as well as songs off their latest release.
Making his way to Hong Kong for the very first time, rock icon and King of Darkness that is Marilyn Manson himself is going to be taking over AsiaWorld-Expo in March, 2020. More than two decades into his career, Manson still draws controversy for his anti-religious sentiment and frequent references to debauchery in his work – just look at his creepy new music video 'God's Gonna Cut You Down' with its crucifixes, shotgun waving and being buried alive. It may be worth noting that the concert will be held on a Wednesday, so this would be perfect for those in need of rescue from their mid-week hump day blues...?
Fronted by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, the American punk-rock group is returning to Hong Kong ten years after their last live show here in March 2020 to promote their upcoming album – lovingly titled Father of All Motherfckers* – which will be released on February 2020. The five-time Grammy Award winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are known for hit songs like Wake Me Up When September Ends, American Idiot, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, and Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), that speak to our angsty inner teen. The band will be performing at AsiaWorld-Expo on March 20 at 8pm.
If you don't know who these guys are, first of all, we're very disappointed in you, and second of all, you need to start listening to their music right now. This four-piece indie sensation's colourful and individualistic oeuvre of soft-rock is often sprinkled with jazz, blues and soul influences. Combined that with abrasive, melancholic lyrics and frontman Oh Hyuk’s soulful, silken tenor, Hyukoh’s sound is the perfect amalgamation of musical sophistication, raw beauty and youthful energy. In case it's not obvious already, our Time Out team here in Hong Kong are in love with these guys so imagine our excitement when we heard that the band is returning to Hong Kong in March, 2020! Tickets have already gone on sale so go grab one now. We mean it.
One of our city's most anticipated music festivals Sonar Hong Kong will be returning in March 2020. British rapper Stormzy will be closing the festival as part of the Asian leg of his world tour, while the full festival line-up and the programme of creative technology experiences are yet to be announced. Tickets have already gone on sale for the public, fans can also get them through the festival's official channel.
Having been diagnosed with Lyme disease a year after the release of her fifth album in 2013, Lavigne has been on a hiatus until last year when she dropped her single “Head above water”, a song depicting her struggles with the illness. Now ready to hit the road again with a worldwide tour of the same name, the Hong Kong concert will take place on May 24 at AsiaWorld-Expo with ticket sales starting on December 5.