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.
Tucked away on an anonymous block of Tin Hau, Midwest has been quietly selling American vintage clothing in Hong Kong since 1993. Over the years, they have evolved from a distributor to a retailer, and now into a remixer of sorts, taking classic garments from their stock, cutting them apart, and reassembling them into stylish contemporary pieces.
G-Dragon, K-Pop icon and member of super-group Big Bang has raised eyebrows by posting three movie clips and an image from Wong Kar Wai films on his Instagram account. While it may just be an innocent move, the posts have led to speculation that the Korean star may be collaborating with the acclaimed Hong Kong director in the near future. Would a G-Dragon x Wong Kar Wai project be a smart move?
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.
Packed with Hulks, Iron Men, and even a life-sized Batman, Toy Soul 2015 couldn’t have taken place at a better time. The annual gathering of the world’s top toy figure companies coincided with the opening week of Star Wars – The Force Awakens. In addition to the hundreds of figures that left collectors drooling, several sections were devoted entirely to the new Star Wars characters.
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.
American singer Caroline Vreeland wowed the audience at an after-party for the new Esprit ‘Im Perfect’ campaign. She started off her set with a sultry cover version of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” before diving into her own material for the rest of the night.
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?
If you’ve never watched a movie with a packed house of surfers before, you’re totally missing out. They don’t sit still and calmly clap their hands at the end of the film, instead, they shout at the screen, yell expletives at every stylish move, and howl at the waves, making it an interactive and highly entertaining cinematic experience.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Hitchike, the multi-faceted event that combines a market, a food fair, live music, and more, takes place over the Mid-Autumn Festival weekend, from Saturday, September 26th, thru Monday the 28th, at The Pulse in Repulse Bay. The musical line-up is strong and includes local groups such as the Reggae band Sensi Lion, Han Jin, Ni.Ne.Mo, and M.C. Doughboy.
“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!
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.
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.
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!
Forget about celebrity chefs, artisan drinks, and the latest dessert craze, the quality of life in Hong Kong has just gone up a notch with the opening of Tikitiki Bowling Bar.
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.
The opening of the combination Edwin Watch concept store and Crows Nest barber shop brought an overflow crowd to Causeway Bay’s Haven Street on Friday, July 10th. But more than just an interesting boutique, the dual-purpose store takes an innovative approach to overcoming Hong Kong’s high rent obstacle.
Well, that wasn’t much of a storm! But the lack of a torrential downpour and howling winds didn’t keep Typhoon Linfa from clearing out Causeway Bay. By 11:30pm, the normally crowded neighborhood was truly deserted with few pedestrians and even fewer vehicles on the road.
The H&M Loves Music series is coming to Hong Kong on Wednesday, July 15th. The headliners include alternative R&B singer Blood Orange, L.A. girl beatmaker TOKiMONSTA, and local DJ crew The Living Discoheads.
A new exhibit by Kirk Cheng titled “Circle of Life” explores the endless variety of color and texture found in nature by creating works composed of living flowers and plants.
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.
Free The Robots, set to headline a party organized by BOOM Magazine on Thursday, June 25th, is part of a small circle of L.A. based musicians at the heart of a thriving beatmakers movement.
On Saturday, June 13th, Macau is set to get a taste of the excitement that is the Ultra Music Festival. The Road to Ultra Macau is a mini version of the mega music festival that began in Miami and has made its way around the world. Catch 2manydjs, Nicky Romero, Porter Robinson, and DVBBS Saturday!
Kanye West protege Big Sean, and YouTube dance sensation Les Twins, were just two of the big name acts making their Hong Kong debut at the splashy Ports 1961 event held last Tuesday.
“Vices,” an upcoming exhibit by Aaron Kai opening at Above Second on May 22nd, focuses on life’s temptations and the propensity to overindulge. Known for his remarkable paintings of waves, the Hawaii native has a cheeky side that veers towards social commentary.
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.