Dragonland: 24-26 February, 2017

Dragonland 2017

In what’s likely to be an increasing trend, with the massive costs of building a stage and installing a sound system, a one night Leon’s Penguins concert has morphed into Dragonland, a three day music festival.

Dragonland will take place on the Central Harbourfront from the 24-26 February 2017. The mixed line up features a local superstar, international dj’s and a mix of well known bands headlined by the Black Eyed Peas.

One of the four ‘heavenly kings’ of Canto-Pop Leon Lai returns to the Central Harbourfront on the 24 February, with a hopefully fire-proof marque, for a one night gig Leon’s Penguins.

Day two of Dragonland is a ‘Night of Dance’ headlined by international DJs Zedd and Steve Aoki with Redfoo, Tom Swoon, Vinai, Infected Mushroom and Seiho performing throughout the day.

Dance segues into a ‘Night of Pop’ headlined by the returning Black Eyed Peas, Iggy AzaleaCarly Rae JepsenMike PosnerHalf the Animal.

Leon is a consummate performer and will doubtless put on another great show, but the thought of a full lineup Black Eyed Peas, with even a passingly good sound-system, outdoors and backdropped by Victoria Harbour… Wicked!

Dragonland 2017

Dragonland
When:
 24-26 February, 2017
Where: Central Harbourfront
How much: $1,680, $1,380, $880, $780 per day – tickets onsale 30 November, 2016 from Hotdogtix
More info:
24 Feb – Leon’s Penguins
25 Feb – Dragonland – One Night Dance: Zedd, Steve Aoki, Redfoo, Tom Swoon, Vinai, Infected Mushroom, Seiho
26 Feb – Dragonland – One Night Pop: Black Eyed Peas, Iggy Azalea, Carly Rae Jepsen, Mike Posner, Half the Animal

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Korean Music Festival @ HK Coliseum – 5 November, 2016

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Korean Music Festival at the HK Coliseum on 5 November 2016 featuring Korean idol group Infinite, reggae singers Ha Dong Hoon (HAHA) and Skull, Park Myeong-su and hip-hop rap band DJ DOC member Lee Han Seoul.

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Photos copyright of their respective takers

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Popface – China Revisited

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Embracing beautifully executed atmospheric art-pop Popface is a postrock/shoegaze band from in Stavanger, Norway. For 20 years, the band has perfected the balance between loud and quiet, cascading between walls of electric guitars and the gentle whisper of the acoustic. The band has for many years been looked upon as being one of Norway’s finest live acts and is well known for delivering great live shows.

Popface are Frode Johannessen (vocals), Michael Vince (bass) and Gaute Johannesen (drums), the band have released five albums: Buck (1995), Almost Endless (1998), Michele, I Love You (2002), Eleven Pieces Of A Broken Heart (2006) and most recently Little Dreamer earlier this year.

In August 2015, the band made their debut tour of China that featured 11 gigs, now they return starting in Hong Kong at MOM Livehouse on the 17 November, 2016

Popface – China Revisited
Date: 8pm, 17 November, 2016
Venue: MOM Livehouse
Tickets: $150, $100

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Ssighborggg Live in Hong Kong

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Bringing live transmissions from the future of sound, this time straight from Seoul, South Korea via Sacramento, California. The experimental math-rock/electro-synth two-headed beast, Ssighborggg (Sean Patrick Maylone and DeAnthony Nelson Jr.) are live in Hong Kong at the MOM Livehouse in North Point on the 8 Devember, 2016

Support from The Sinister Left, David Boring

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Support: The Sinister Left, David Boring
Date: 8pm, 8 December, 2016
Venue: MOM Livehouse
Tickets: $250, $200 (advance), $150 (Early Bird) from here

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Metallica Live in Hong Kong

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Metallica will play their first gig in Hong Kong on 20 January 2017 at the Asia World-Expo Arena as part of their World Wired tour. Tickets priced at $1,280, $980, $780, $580 go on sale from 10am on the 27 October through HKTicketing

Metallica – World Wired
When:
 8pm, 20 January, 2017
Where: Asia World-Expo, Arena
How much: $1,280, $980, $780, $580 from HKTicketing (On sale 27 October)

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Queen + Adam Lambert @ AsiaWorld Expo – 28 September, 2016

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The show must go on as Queen + Adam Lambert entertained almost 10,000 sing-a-long fans at AsiaWorld Expo as the legendary rock group final made it to Hong Kong.

There is no replacing Freddie, as a couple of video clips showed, but Lambert works hard to entertain in what must be the strange job of filling the boots of a man who’s influence dominates the evening. Fans want to hear the classic songs, so he can’t make them his own and yet he’s not singing in a covers band… Tough task, but he makes a pretty good fist of it.

At 2 hours and 15 minutes the show is tight, professional and includes most of the hits. There’s an entertaining drum-off between Roger Taylor and his son, a long solo from Brian May and the two song encore ends with band waving goodbye to the strains of God Save the Queen.

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If there’s a complaint, beyond the, as usual, very average sound at AsiaWorld Expo, it’s that the show feels very orchestrated and choreographed. It lacked those moments of spontaneity and improvisation that can turn a good/great concert into a truly memorable even legendary one. Still a fun night out and there’ll be a lot of hoarse voices this morning. Thanks Freddie, Roger, Brian for so many great songs that will live forever!

Seven Seas of Rhye
Hammer to Fall
Stone Cold Crazy
Fat Bottom Girls
Don’t Stop Me Now
Killer Queen
Somebody to Love

Love of My Life
It’s a Kind of Magic
Drum Battle
Under Pressure
Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Another One Bites the Dust
I Want It All
Who Wants to Live Forever
The Show Must Go On
Guitar Solo
Tie Your Mother Down
I Want to Break Free
Bohemian Rhapsody
Radio Gaga

encore…
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions

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Photos: Warner Music Hong Kong, tube.hk

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Tapi Project, Wonderful Gig at Orange Peel – 31 August, 2016

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Indian band the Tapi Project are currently touring Hong Kong to promote their eponymous debut album, read bc’s interview with the band here.
The four piece performed a set of original indie folk songs from their album and covers, including Nina Simone’s Feeling Good and Chis Isaak’s Wicked Games, to a highly appreciate audience at Orange Peel on Thursday night and have two more gigs at Foxglove (2 September) and the Wanch (8 September) before they head home.

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