Music & DJs

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Louie Vega, Timmy Regisford live in H.K. Wednesday!

N.Y. House legends Louie Vega and Timmy Regisford hit Tazmania Ballroom for a special party to celebrate the “Louie Vega XXVIII” album release. The event, which takes place Wednesday, April 13th, also features a live performance by singer Monique Bingham.

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Cakeshop Seoul comes to Hong Kong!

We’ve been watching Cakeshop develop over the last few years with a hint of jealousy. An indie club located in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood, Cakeshop is sort of like Hong Kong’s XXX, except it’s situated in a city where people actually like to dance, love to drink, and sometimes care about music.

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Pacha Macau grand opening + Macau as nightlife destination?

After several pre-launch events, Pacha Macau held its grand opening on Saturday, January sixteenth featuring a special performance by DJ Erick Morillo. Initially making a name for itself in Ibiza, and later New York, the super-club franchise represents a potential new direction for the gambling enclave of Macau.

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ONRA – live set from the basement of XXX!

The first time Onra played at XXX was perhaps the most crowded night ever at the Sai Wan basement location. Hong Kong’s large French population turned out en masse to support the young beatmaker, who initially made a splash with a series of mixtapes that combined abstract beats with samples from old Chinese and Vietnamese records.

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VIDEO: Keith Ape performs “It G Ma” live!

Keith Ape, the Korean M.C. behind the hit “It G Ma,” had the audience chanting along during his debut Hong Kong performance. Filled with punctuating shouts, and featuring verses in Korean, Japanese and English, the artist’s songs have a cross-cultural appeal that doesn’t require mastery of any particular language.

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Mad Decent Hong Kong – best line up of the year?

Featuring names like Major Lazer, Diplo, Skrillex, Cashmere Cat, and CL, it’s hard to think of another event that has the same star power as the upcoming Mad Decent Hong Kong party on Saturday, December 12th. The funny thing is that a few short years ago, only DJs would have known their names. Fast forward to 2015, and Major Lazer’s song “Lean On” has nearly 1,000,000,000 views on YouTube. Has the world started to catch up?

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Clockenflap 2015 lineup! 10 acts to get excited about!

The Clockenflap 2015 lineup is more diverse than ever before, and anticipation around Hong Kong this year is intense! Taking place Friday, November 27th, through Sunday the 29th, there are few finer experiences than sitting on the harbor front grass watching the world’s top bands perform.

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Big Bang after-party at Club Cubic! Watch the video!

K-Pop superstars Big Bang held an official after-party at Macau’s club Cubic following their sold out concert on Saturday night. The party, which included a dj set by group member Seungri, created a line to get in like nothing we’ve ever seen before!

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House of Vans takes over Pier 4!

The annual House of Vans event is a smorgasbord of music, art, skateboarding and creativity. Taking place October 16th through 18th, the party follows events in Xi’An, Guangzhou, Beijing and Seoul, and reinforces Vans reputation as a new powerhouse in the sneaker world.

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Kings of House: Louie Vega, David Morales, Tony Humphries – Wednesday!

If you say you love House music and don’t come to check out the trio of Louie Vega, David Morales, and Tony Humphries playing at Tazmania Ballroom on Wednesday, then we simply don’t believe you! Any one of these DJs is enough to get excited about, but the combination of three of them together is reason to take Thursday morning off.

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Hiatus Kayote hit H.K. Wednesday! Don’t miss this band!

“Nakamarra,” the first single by Hiatus Kaiyote was a runner-up for a Grammy award and brought the Australian band endorsements from music legends including Prince, Eryka Badu, Gilles Peterson and Questlove. The versatile and soulful quartet are making their Hong Kong debut Wednesday in an intimate show that should not be missed!

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Cro-Magnon from Japan live in H.K.!

Japanese band Cro-Magnon will hit the Woobar at W Hotel on Friday, September 18th, showcasing a talented trio of musicians who trained at the illustrious Berklee College of music. The band is centered around Soul music, but plays everything in their live sets from Disco and Jazz, to Electronic Funk and House.

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China’s top M.C. hits XXX this Friday!

M.C. Webber, widely recognized as China’s top M.C., will be landing in Hong Kong on Friday, September 11th to perform a Reggae set under his pseudonym Raddam Ras at indie club XXX. The versatile M.C. was barred from competing in China’s freestyle championship after winning for countless years in a row.

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The Do-Over Hong Kong strikes back!

The Do-Over, L.A.’s daytime party that’s known for blissful beats, BBQ, and booze, is happening Sunday, September 6th, in the middle of Causeway Bay. The last time The Do-Over came to town in 2013, it packed an empty warehouse in Sai Ying Pun with over 1200 people!

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Open Sesame music festival & a changing H.K. nightlife

The Open Sesame music festival, which takes place on August 15th and 16th, is a good example of just how much Hong Kong has recently changed. The city has gone from only one annual outdoor music festival – Clockenflap, to outdoor events of different sizes happening seemingly every week.

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Justin Bieber, Jay Park wow Calvin Klein event!

Justin Bieber, the pop wunderkind threw down an impressive set at a recent Calvin Klein event in Hong Kong. The high-profile party, which also featured Korean-American singer Jay Park, was attended by big names from American gossip columns like Kendall Jenner, in addition to a select group from Hong Kong.

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Jersey Club King DJ Sliink at FLY!

DJ Sliink is a top name in the dance genre known as Jersey Club music. Similar to Brazilian Funk, most Jersey Club songs utilize the same underlying beat and then go on to re-work popular songs in inventive ways.

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Canton Disco 30th anniversary party!

Nightclubs that become legendary are few and far between. Rarer still are clubs that spawn the kind of memories that incite people to get together after 30 years. Yet this is exactly the case with the Canton Disco 30th anniversary set to take place on May 8th.

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Gorillaz Sound System at Zuma!

Gorillaz Sound System fronted by Remi Kabaka will be taking over Zuma on Thursday, April 30th. The Gorillaz, who have had hits like “Feel Good Inc” and “Clint Eastwood,” are a concept group started by Damon Albarn (from Blur) and Jamie Hewlett.

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2 Chainz turns up Club Cubic!

The wild, champagne soaked Cubic anniversary party typically features a major performer, a trip to an early morning dim sum restaurant, and a terrible hangover. (Luckily, we avoided the hangover this year!)

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Hotshot Hong Kong, down with O.P.P.?

Hotshot Hong Kong, a new beach-front restaurant in Repulse Bay, threw a concert series during Art Basel week that included sets by DJ Spinna and 90’s Hip Hop sensation, Naughty By Nature.

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Jay Electronica at FLY!

Hip Hop purist Jay Electronica performs at FLY on Friday, March 20th. The well regarded M.C. creates Hip Hop steeped in the ways of the genre’s golden era.

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Adidas Superstar relaunch feat. BIA!

Adidas kicked off a new campaign for their classic “Superstar” sneaker, holding a large event at their Causeway Bay flagship featuring the new Pharrell Williams produced artist, BIA.

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SOUL II SOUL & Louie Vega + BIG names for Dragon-i’s 12th!

Legendary Hong Kong club Dragon-i has a month long line up of big acts for their 12th anniversary celebration. The festivities began last Friday with DJ Seth Troxler and continue on Tuesday with SOUL II SOUL, Louie Vega, and Luis Quintero – and that’s just the beginning!

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What? A cool song about Mongkok?

Postmoderndisco, the alter-ego of Mandy Woo, created a downtempo track titled “Chasing Memories,” that begins with ambient noise taken from the busy streets of Mongkok. Even the clicking sound of H.K.’s sidewalk crossing aids for the hearing impaired, plays a role.

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L-Vis 1990 at XXX – Saturday!

Producer, DJ, and label boss L-Vis 1990 makes his debut in Hong Kong at XXX on Saturday night. Co-founder of the influential Night Slugs label, L-Vis is known for running an innovative, non-conformist imprint, home to boundary-pushing artists whose music ignites dance floors worldwide.

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Nguzunguzu – live at XXX!

Nguzunguzu, the Los Angeles based duo comprised of Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda, specialize in creating masterful reconstructions that take acappellas, samples, and instrumentals, and weave them together in results that often surpass the original songs.

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Mighty Mos Def at Volar – Thursday!

The multi-talented Mos Def will take the stage at Volar on Thursday, August 21st. One of the most charismatic M.C.s to emerge from Brooklyn, New York, he’s got the full package of strong lyrics, verbal dexterity, smooth flow, and high quality beats.

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DJ Misty Rabbit bounces back to FLY!

Internationally renowned music selector Mimi Xu aka DJ Misty Rabbit is set to play at FLY on Saturday night. A typical week for Mimi consists of hopping between Paris and London, DJing for top brands and curating music for avant-garde fashion shows.

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Re-wind! Rooftop Reggae Returns!

Hong Kong’s best Dancehall party is returning to its roots on Saturday, August 9th. The longstanding event, ‘Reggae Pon di Roof’, which has been happening since 2009, is again taking over the rooftop above Central’s Star Ferry pier.

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Boiler Room music man Thris Tian!

Thris Tian is an innovator and major influencer in the world of underground music. Best known for his work as lead programmer for The Boiler Room, he has had a lengthy career discovering and introducing quality music from around the world.

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Red Corvette 80’s party at XXX – Friday!

The action has been picking up at XXX lately with a string of new nights centered around interesting genres of music. This weekend continues the trend with the debut of Red Corvette, a night dedicated to celebrating all things 80’s.

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Matteblacc at FLY – Saturday!

We’ve been hearing about Matteblacc since they first formed in Singapore a few years ago. This Saturday, DJs JNR and Drem will be taking over the turntables at FLY for a night of soulful music covering everything from rare grooves and classic Hip Hop, to NuDisco.

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Simian Mobile Disco at FLY!

Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford and Jas Shaw shape bleeps and noise into soulful songs that suggest a variety of influences from Georgio Moroder and New Order, to old school Techno and forgotten rollerdisco Funk.

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Young Guru at FLY – Friday!

Beyond collaborating with Jay Z and other top performers, Young Guru is an innovative thinker, sought after for his music skills as well as for his thoughts on technology and the future

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XXX 3rd anniversary feat. Falcons

After three years, XXX Gallery, now located in Sai Wan, is still going strong, continuing to bring interesting DJs and live music to Hong Kong. A pioneer in moving the nightlife scene beyond Central, the club has provided a home for up-and-coming talent from around the world.

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DJ Bok Bok blocked by NBA player?

What looked like a former N.B.A. player stumbled into DJ Bok Bok’s set on Thursday night, and for a time, blocked the DJ booth with his presence. If you’re over seven feet tall and three feet wide, leaning up directly on the front of the DJ booth is a party foul!

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Teebs returns to XXX!

Recording artist Teebs, a member of the Brainfeeder family that includes Flying Lotus and Samiyam, is returning to Hong Kong for a live performance on Saturday, April 26th. Teebs will be in H.K. following an exhibition of his artwork in Japan.

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Ms Dynamite at FLY – Friday!

Ms Dynamite, the talented British singer with hits that stretch from underground dancefloors to the mainstream charts, is performing at FLY on Friday. A versatile singer, her classic songs range from slow and sultry to fast and explosive.

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F.O.B. first anniversary party! Saturday!

Local promoters F.O.B. have turned things up a notch in the city’s nightlife over the past year and they are celebrating their anniversary with a huge lineup this Saturday at W Hotel. The party starts at 6pm and finishes at 6am, for twelve hours of non-stop music.