One of Hong Kong’s oldest and best-loved bars, with a house band that has attained legendary status, plying their trade every night. You’d think the same band doing roughly the same thing every night would get stale, right? Not so, these boys are proper, old-school showmen, changing the makeup of the performance every night, adding fun little skits (using a tea pot as an instrument with amazing success comes to mind), and interacting with the audience. If you have any interest in live music and you’re new in town, Ned Kelly’s is an initiation.
This quirky venue is the very definition of grass-roots within the live music lexicon. Sense99 has nurtured a reputation of creatinf an incredibly intimate and inclusive atmosphere, and this especially true of their Drum Jam sessions on a Friday and Saturday night. Free expression is the name of the game, get up there and smack a bongo about if you want, even if you've never picked up an instrument in your life you won't be shunned here, you'll be applauded and welcomed with open arms for having a crack. That's what it's all about.
Featuring local jazz outfits playing sets in a decidedly organic, experimental way (think jamming’s the word), this is always good fun as you don’t really know what you’re going to get, making it a much more dynamic proposition than seeing the same old house band every week (not that there’s anything wrong with that, don’t hit me, I’ll get my mum on you).
There's nothing better for perking up a slow Sunday than some good-natured headbanging. The good people at This Town Needs thankfully understands that with an awesome five band show that includes Maniac (post-hardcore), CharmCharmChu 慘慘豬 (thrash metal, pictured), Daybreak on Monday (post-hardcore), The Ancient Mental (progressive) and Vanish (post-rock).
Under the guiding hand of conductor Jason Lai, hear the Hong Kong Sinfonietta perform stunningly vivid renditions of iconic music like Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, which entered popular consciousness via 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, prominent in Apocalypse Now. And of course, music from Star Wars, because it would be weird if it wasn’t there.
Exciting new local organisers are back after a rousing first show with Moonchild back in May. This time, they've secured a co-headliner show with Phum Viphurit and Mellow Fellow. The former being a New Zealand raised, Thailand-based up-and-comer who's achieved frightening success in a short space of time with his MV, Lover Boy garnering six million views in just three months. The latter is a well-known 'bedroom pop' artist, with his song Dancing accumulating over a million streams on both YouTube and Spotify. He also collaborated with Clairo, who is one of the biggest faces and voices of bedroom pop on How Was Your Day?
Titan, hero, legend – choose your superlative – folk champion Bob Dylan is set to return to Hong Kong for the first time in seven years when he plays the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday August 4.Dylan – who in 2016 won the Nobel Prize in Literature, a first for a musician – is showing no signs of stepping away from the stage despite turning 77 later this month. Expect many all-time classics on the night – personally, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for some lesser-known gems like Tomorrow is a Long Time and Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.
The co-vocalist for rock band Linkin Park presents new songs from his EP and upcoming solo album. Penned following the tragic suicide of the group's frontman, Chester Bennington, expect an emotional night of catharsis for the singer and Hong Kong's formidable contingent of Linkin Park fans.
Chochukmo is collaborating with the Sinfonietta in a newly curated, cross-disciplinary performance piece called Reflection. The three-night affair promises an eccentrically engaging amalgamation of the band’s indie sensibilities with the levity of the orchestra’s string and brass sections.
Since launching in 2015, the city's Reggae Ska Festival has quickly become one of the highlights if the musical calendar and it's a welcome injection of diversity into Hong Kong's often staid music scene. This year's lineup has yet to be announced in full, but if there's anyone as good as last year's headliner, Neville Staple, we're in for a treat!
The Killers – and their magnetic frontman, Brandon Flowers – have managed to remain in the public consciousness since their 2004 legendary album, Hot Fuss. Their latest album, Wonderful Wonderful – released last September – has received rave reviews and continued the band’s streak of having every single one of their five studios albums topping the Billboard Top 200 chart. As such, expect a robust selection of tunes past and present when they come to AsiaWorld-Expo this September 18. Tickets go on sale May 25 at 10am from hkticketing.com.
The Price Tag singer has been making headlines in China recently following her win on Mainland TV show Singer – though why she took part in the first place is anyone’s guess –becoming the first international artist to compete and win that competition. Riding that wave of success, Jessie J is embarking on a world tour to promote her eagerly awaited fourth album, R.O.S.E. (which apparently stands for realisations, obsessions, sex and empowerment). Hongkongers can experience her powerhouse voice in person at AsiaWorld-Expo this September.