Ten things I learnt about clubbing in Hong Kong

Thursday 12 May 2011, 1.17pm HKT

I USE THE WORD ‘clubbing’ as in clubbing + the act of going to gigs + a night out. It isn’t right, but then again, most things aren’t in this town.

1. Clubbing in Hong Kong is way, way more costly than any other place (perhaps with the exception of Tokyo). If you’re not loaded in some way, just read 100-word gig reviews, preferably online.

2. People are dead quiet at gigs, which makes it pretty eery at a metal rock gig. “Paranormal Activities” doesn’t even come close.

3. People are still more interested in texting and playing games on their portable consoles WHILE the band is playing. When the band finishes their stuff, heads lift up and you hear, “Hey, what’s up? When’s the band going to come on?”

4. You never know about the events until the last minute. No, I lie. Usually by around 2.34pm (it’s always 2.34pm for some strange reason) through email or Facebook.

5. Nearly all the local Hong Kong acts are watered-down variants of British punk rock of early 1970s vintage, trying to imitate Johnny Rotten and The Sex Pistols but with elements of Death Metal Head or Whatever done in a Canto-pop way.

6. Prancing, overaged, over-imaginative but under-promiscuous chicks (who are not in their teens or twenties) dress in cosplay gear of the Hello Kitty or Pikachu sort — at a hard rock gig!

7. The more accessible gigs are always on the 20th floor.

8. The ‘wilder’ (?) gigs are always in a semi-disused factory building in an ex-industrial estate at least 20 miles away from city centre. Whatever wildness you could work yourself into, quickly dissipates afterwards when you go on a deathquest to find transport home in the middle of the night.

9. They’re not shiny lights streaming out from a disco ball or the stage lighting. They’re just reflections of light bouncing off of all the prescription eyeglasses that the partygoers are wearing.

10. The best gigs are inside casinos in the neighbouring enclave of Macau, or even in Beijing or in some other country like Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam (in that order).


11. The latest gig reviews online are at least three years old.


12. There are no Teddy Boys, Mods, skinheads, genuine punk rockers or New Wave types in this town. Subculture here is defined as those who go into forex or property speculation on the quiet.

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011.

Gigs and happenings in May

Wednesday 4 May 2011, 8.09am HKT

(This post updated on 09 May 2011.)

MONTH OF MAY NOW! More gigs to go to in the pipeline.

Clearly, I’m going to some of them.

Bookmark this page (press Ctrl+D), as it will update from time to time.

★★★ = must attend (your mileage may vary)

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© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011.

Gigs, wigs and sprigs I wanna go to

Tuesday 26 April 2011, 3.07am HKT

EASTER IS OVAH, baby. Time to traipse around town and go to some gigs, pip’l.

But first things first, new glasses to order from the opticians…

Yup, you guessed it, I’m going blind because of my constant fapping (i.e. masturbation) over IPO prospectuses and final balance sheets at work.

The Oggle Goggle Lineup

Either this (‘The Toffee’)

Or this (‘The Anticyclone’)

Or THIS (‘The Prisoner’)

They’re all made by Eye’DC of France, by the way. Frames each priced around HK$2,200 (US$283 or £172).

Betcha don’t know which one I like best. (Leave comments below to find out.)

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The Gigs Lineup

Not very ambitious, I have to say. Just out-of-the-ordinary gigs I’d reckon worth paying a visit, just to do somethingck dif’rent to get away from it all in this pathetic, as-cultured-as-the-parched-desert-sands town we call home.


Jam Night with Bambi Capito
8pm Mon 25/4 @ The Wanch. No cover charge.

The Wanch
54 Jaffe Road
Hong Kong
Tel. 2861 1621

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The Deckz or Dollarz Show with Beatmassa
11pm (3pm GMT) Mon 25/4 @ NSB Radio

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Shazza Music Showcase
9am Tue 26/4 @ The Wanch. No cover charge.

Featuring original music by White Dimension, Refry, Amino Shower and Narcissus. It’s on at 9 in the morning. Maybe a bit early for some.

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Tommy Chung and Heather Lowe (9pm) / Kongo Rikishi (11pm)
9pm Wed 27/4 @ The Wanch. No cover charge.

Blues rock with Tommy Chung. Show opener is original acoustic music by Heather Lowe (who should change her name to Heather Love instead for marketing exposure).

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Destroyed HK’s Wanchai Wednesday, Part IV
10pm–4am Wed 27/4 @ Xperience. Five-hour open bar HK$150. Ladies free for first 40.

Miko Van Chong (HKG) and Casey Anderson (USA), well-known for their DJing skills in venues across Hong Kong, including YUMLA, Philia, Bassment Bar, Club Space and of course those famous DESTROYED HK Beach Parties!

Open bar 10pm to 3am. Gents HK$150. First 40 ladies free, $20 each afterwards.

(near Typhoons and next to Swindlers)
Ground Floor
Asia Orient Tower
33 Lockhart Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel. 2143 6008

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bc Unplugged ft. Sue Sherman, Lani Giro and TickTock Museum
8pm Thu 28/4 @ The Wanch. No cover charge.

A must attend. Sue Sherman‘s music doesn’t mince words. Lani Giro is ‘it’ for those who are into electric guitars. TickTock Museum is a Hong Kong girls band, so that’s already worth it.

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(The day of the Royal Weddingggggggggg)

The rejectbeats Show with Danny Reject and Kimpossible
2am Fri 29/4 (7pm GMT Thu 28/4) @ NBS Radio

Sixty-nine this year, bro

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BBC Radio 1 with Annie Nightingale
9am (2am GMT) Fri 29/4 @ BBC Radio 1

Beats the f**king crap that most Hongkongers listen to. And this from a 69-year-old English DJ. You local DJs are soooo busted.

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Royal Wedding TV coverage (live)
3pm (8am GMT) Fri 29/4 on everybody’s telly.

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Hot House (9pm) / Burning Wheel (11pm)
9pm Fri 29/4 @ The Wanch. No cover charge.

Rock n’roll night of classic rock with Hot House, followed by hard rock with Burning Wheel.

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The Essential Selection with Pete Tong
4am Sat 30/4 (9pm GMT 29/4) @ BBC Radio 1

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You'd better turn up for this one

Destroyed HK’s 2nd Annual Secret Beach Party
3pm–1am Sat 30/4 @ The Lanai Beach Club, Stanley

The Lanai Beach Club
St. Stephen’s Beach
(opposite Stanley Military Cemetery)
Stanley, Hong Kong

Location map:

  • 7+ different DJs
  • 9 hours’ open bar (starts 3pm till midnight or when run out)
  • Discounted price for people arriving before 6pm
  • Arriving before 6pm: ladies HK$250, gents HK$300
  • Arriving after 6pm: ladies HK$280, gents HK$340
  • Free gift for first 300 guests
  • In case of rain, party postpones to next Saturday (check event page for details closer to the party date)

DJ lineup:

  • DJ Jumbo [JPN]
  • Paul Scot [UK]
  • FAAK [FRA]
  • Casey Anderson [USA]
  • Miko Van Chong [HKG]
  • DJ BLG [BLG]
  • Celebrity Pool Boy [CAD]
  • Pretty Colors [HKG]
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Don’t Panic
6pm-midnight Sat 30/4 @ The Wanch. No cover charge.
  • Acoustic Jam with Dave Colquhoun (6-9pm)
  • Go Commando (9pm)
  • Bank Job (11pm)
  • Blues Expresso (midnight)
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Sushi Robot / Logo / BLaK
9.30pm Sat 30/4 @ Xperience. Free entry.

Sushi Robot (a.k.a. Simon Griffin) with local acts Logo and BLaK.

  • Sushi Robot (a.k.a. Simon Griffin) — electronic, breakbeat, drum & bass
  • Logo — psychedelia pop punk
  • BLaK — electronic, destroy & create
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Insenses EKLECTRONIC Club Night
10pm Sat 30/4 @ Insenses. Free entry.

Bassment, now called Insenses

Insenses (formerly Bassment Bar) is again holding the “fabulously named” night of offbeat DJs and live percussionists. Not to be sniffed at. And international beers for HK$30 a shot (US$3.85 or £2.33). Not to be sniffed at either.

  • Tie One Toe
  • Barnaby Bruce
  • Jim Browski
  • Kumi Masunaga (of Drum-Jam, Hong Kong’s only drumming company!)

And you read it right — it’s EK-LEC-TRONIC.

Lower Ground Floor
13 Lyndhurst Terrace
Central, Hong Kong
Tel. 6423 1952

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The M Shift welcomes back JPL (from The Biggest Loser house!)
2-6pm Australia Sun 01/5 @ Duke’s Lounge

Duke’s Lounge <— way cool
153 Avoca Street
Sydney NSW
Australia <— meh, it’s okay

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Mother’s Day Concert
7.45pm Tue 03/5 @ HK Cultural Centre, Concert Hall. Free entry.

Hong Kong Cultural Centre 香港文化中心
10 Salisbury Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel. 5301 0741

Location map [here]

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The Underground Compilation CD4 — Launch Party “A”
10pm–1.30am Fri 06/5 @ Backstage. HK$150 or HK$250.

  • Purple Eye — mysterious adventures in acoustic sound
  • Dark Himaya — dark mix of grunge, pop rock, jazz and atmosphere
  • Senseless — energetic poppy punkie Cant0-rock!
  • 9 Maps — modern folk and a little bit of indie rock and touch of jazz
  • Brothers of Roadkill — guitarless melding of jazz, R&B, blues, Motown and rock
  • Sushi Robot — electronica, breakbeat, drum & bass

Backstage Live Restaurant
1st Floor, Somptueux Central
52-54 Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong
Hotline 9486 4648

  • HK$150 for one night (one CD, one Asahi beer, optional lucky draw)
  • HK$250 for two nights (one CD, one beer each night, two optional lucky draws)
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The Underground Compilation CD4 — Launch Party “B”
8.30pm–11.30pm Sat 07/5 @ Hard Rock Cafe. HK$150 or HK$250.

  • Shotgun Politics — power of pop, mayhem of metal, devastatingly energetic
  • FAD — “British. Faddish. Alternative. Naive. Taste like a cream tea, bittersweet but not a symphony.”
  • Corey Tam — folk rock trio, sombre vocal melodies, intricate guitar hooks
  • Helter Skelter — foot-stomping rock, blues-based riffs, energy-infused performances, infectious melodies
  • Six Packs of Wolves — punk rock meets poetry

Hard Rock Cafe
Lower Ground Floor, LKF Tower
55 D’Aguilar Street
Central, Hong Kong
Hotline 9486 4648

  • HK$150 for one night (one CD, one Asahi beer, optional lucky draw)
  • HK$250 for two nights (one CD, one beer each night, two optional lucky draws)
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Supersonic / The Likely Lads / DJ Harry Lime
10pm–4am Sat 07/5 @ Insenses. Entry $100, open bar $200 (till 2am).

A night for the vinyl-minded crowd. Dedicated the best days of Britrock before Coldplay and the 1997 handover. You’ve got to be right barmy not to turn up.

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Wanna come with?

You know the score. You just don’t turn up at gigs on your own. Bong! Bong! Bong! Noob. Derp.

I’ve got couple of people in mind to take with. Top of list are RZ, VA, KK and CL. I kind of also half expecting all of them to decline over some lame excuse about their swotting for some finals or whatever. The operative word being ‘whatevah.’

It’s amazing the rate at which lame excuses get recycled all the time. I mean, how many hours in a day do you have to keep swotting or working or do somesuch stuff anyway? At some point, you’ve got to stop and take a break, right? I mean, if you could spend time on Facebook, why not spend it on a real event? Namsayin’?

You wanna come with? I’m game. You let me know NOW.

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011.


  • Eyeglasses via Google Search
  • Annie Nightingale via BBC Radio 1
  • Destroyed HK 2nd Annual Secret Beach Party via Destroyed HK
  • Bassment Bar (now Insenses) via OpenRice
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