If you’re looking to explore Hong Kong’s thriving indie scene, don’t miss H2, the long running annual music fest previously known as Handover Hallelujah. Still taking place at scene stalwart The Wanch, the event guarantees seven nights of live local and international acts, just like its predecessors delivered.
Delivering the entertainment are a whopping 76 different artists. Although a number of cover bands make up the numbers, the event also sees some of Hong Kong’s biggest rock acts head to Wan Chai. One to watch out for are oi outfit Two Finger Salute, who since 2006 have been playing sell-out shows in and out of London with other big names like The King Blue, Moral Dilemma and Asserts. A stylistic contrast to Two Finger Salute’s blistering punk are psychedelic dance rock quartet Shumking Mansion. Bringing to the stage their signature ambient sounds and quick licks, courtesy of self-described ‘master fingerer’ Shum, brace yourself for their upbeat tunes, funky costumes and sets full of creativity and energy.
And don’t miss one of the biggest solo acts on the block, jazz pianist and composer Allen Youngblood, who brings a smoother edge to the lineup channelling Louis Armstrong.
Though there’s only space to highlight several of the many artists playing at H2, the spirit of the event is all about dropping in, seeing who’s playing on the night and catching something new. The Wanch may be known for its rock offerings and jam sessions, but H2 covers a range of genres offering something for everyone. Be sure to check out The Wanch’s Facebook page (fb.com/the.wanch) for the full lineup, play times and event updates. Christie Ip