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Outlook Music Festival returns in May 2017!

Outlook Music Festival, now in its fifth season in Hong Kong, is set to take place on Saturday, May 13th. Unlike other recent outdoor fests, which lean towards Pop stars and big names, Outlook is focused entirely on underground dance music.

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Hip Hop legends The Pharcyde at FLY!

Los Angeles natives The Pharcyde debuted with one of the most original records of the entire 90’s Hip Hop era. In stark contrast to the boys-in-the-hood clichés common among West Coast rap of the time, The Pharcyde brought a more sophisticated approach that included self-deprecating humor, vocal experiments, and witty references to Hip Hop lyrics.

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Sonar Hong Kong debuts April 1st!

Sonar Hong Kong kicks off on April first, bringing Barcelona’s famous music festival to HK for the very first time. The all-day event features performances by both legends and rising stars including DJ Shadow, Nosaj Thing, Gilles Peterson, Dave Clarke, Lady Leshurr, Kingdom, Evian Christ, and Club Cheval, to name just a few.

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Club Cubic 6th anniversary feat. Hardwell

Opening in 2011, Club Cubic has continually raised the bar for nightlife in Macau, bringing the biggest names in Pop, along with the world’s top-ranked DJs. Artists like PSY, Flo Rida, Chris Brown, Big Bang, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki, have all taken the stage at the sprawling nightclub. For their sixth anniversary on April 8th, Cubic continues their tradition, hosting Dutch EDM superstar Hardwell.

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Yeti Crew Art Basel mayhem + Cakeshop Seoul returns!

The Yeti crew, a Hong Kong / Shanghai music powerhouse formed by DJing brothers Tom and Arthur Bray, are serving up five post Art Basel events this week. Unlike the typical sterile venues that offer no local vibe, attending the Yeti parties you’re likely to taste a bit of Hong Kong flavor.

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Benji B – Deviation 10th Anniversary Tour

Accomplished British tastemaker Benji B is in Hong Kong to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his legendary London club night Deviation. Known as a show host for BBC Radio 1, he has consistently embraced artists that push boundaries in contemporary music including Jamie XX, Flying Lotus, and James Blake.

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Punk Pioneers The Damned in HK!

Punk legends The Damned will be hitting Hong Kong on February 28th as part of their 40th anniversary tour. The legendary group, who were extremely influential in the earliest days of British Punk, were part of the movement that also included bands like The Sex Pistols and The Clash.

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A Hip Hop Xmas at XXX!

Music scenester Junkie.T, along with local Hip Hop crew Wild$tyle Records put together a packed Christmas event at Kowloon’s underground music venue XXX on December 25th. The party brought together a new generation of Hong Kong MCs who performed their own original songs, freestyled over well-known instrumentals, and rhymed along to contemporary hits.

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Hidden Agenda lives!

Hong Kong’s scrappy indie music venue Hidden Agenda just won’t quit. As one of the city’s only band-friendly spaces, they’ve been struggling against rising rents and zoning laws since their very beginning in 2009. Now in their fourth location, this may be the live music venue that people have been praying for.

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OKOKOK x Yeti – Chungking Mansions takeover!

Rolling up to Chungking Mansions on a Friday night, we had no idea what to expect. The sprawling complex of hostels, immortalized in Wong Kar Wai’s film Chungking Express, is the domain of “copy watch” salesmen, miscreants, and brave budget travelers.

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Clockenflap 2016 Top Picks!

Clockenflap 2016 is taking place in a new location along Central’s waterfront, and the lineup is packed with artists that make the annual festival the highlight of the year for Hong Kong music fans. Read on for a few of our top picks.

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6 reasons why EDM doesn’t suck

As EDM music swept through clubs and gained a massive following, veteran DJs and dance music insiders often grumbled that the genre was formulaic, dumbed-down, and commercial. Yet despite what people think of the sound, the popularity of EDM has actually had a revolutionary impact on dance music.

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Dead Not Alive Halloween 2016 – their best party yet?

The annual Dead Not Alive party took Hong Kong’s Halloween celebrations to an international level and came out of nowhere to become the city’s best. Now in its ninth year, the party is moving into perhaps its greatest location yet, along with its strongest musical line-up ever.

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ZoukOut Hong Kong feat. Nicky Romero, Ne-Yo & CL!

ZoukOut is a legendary music festival that began in Singapore and is now looking to expand across the region. Hong Kong will be getting its first taste of the franchise on Friday, October 7th, coinciding with the Formula E racing event that takes place on the 8th and 9th. Situated in a pop-up club next to Central’s waterfront, ZoukOut Live Edition features four hours of music from hit-makers Ne-Yo, CL, and Nicky Romero.

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The Skatalites – Live in Hong Kong!

The Skatalites, a legendary band that ignited a Jamaican music craze called called Ska will be landing in Hong Kong for a live show on Tuesday, October 4th. The Skatalites highly influential sound shaped the direction of Jamaican music, and continued to influence popular music internationally for decades to come. Everyone from The Specials, to Sting and The Police, to American indie band No Doubt owe The Skatalites a debt.

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From SOHO to Suicide Squad – Mark Ronson!

Mark Ronson is a classic New York tastemaker who’s been rocking the city’s most elite parties for several decades. Before Hip Hop and Soul became fully accepted in fashion circles, he was a pioneer, playing classics like Barbara Mason’s “Another Man” along with the very best underground tracks of the moment.

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Cashmere Cat comes to Volar!

Cashmere Cat, the Norwegian turntablist turned hotshot producer went from relative obscurity to producing high-profile acts like Kanye West, The Weeknd, Ludacris and Ariana Grande. Right before his appearance at Summersonic Japan, he’ll be playing at Volar, Thursday, August 18th.

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Coachella, Lollapalooza, now HK! DISCLOSURE – August 12th!

Disclosure, the dance duo known for headlining festivals like Coachella, Fuji Rock, and Lollapalooza, are coming to Hong Kong for a special show on Friday, August 12th. The multi-talented brothers, Guy and Howard Lawrence, work with top singers including Sam Smith, Lorde, The Weeknd, Aluna George, Mary J. Blige and Miguel, to put out their special blend of dance music.

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What brought Asia’s nightlife leaders to Macau?

The first annual Asia Music Conference, held in Macau on June 3rd, brought together famous figures from around the region for a frank discussion on the business of nightlife in Asia.

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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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Arthur Baker – dance music pioneer at Studio!

It’s hard to overstate just how influential Arthur Baker was to dance music. Without him, entire genres of music, including everything from Trap and Miami Bass, to Electro and Baile Funk, would not exist.

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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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VIDEO: Caroline Vreeland sings a cover of Kanye’s “Love Lockdown”

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.