Get ready to get down to the sounds of the Hong Kong summer with our July roundup of the best gigs this month. Whether you plan to keep it local with some Canto classics, seek out the indie scene, or go international with some big names, you’re sure to find something to suit your need for the live and the loud this month!
ChiLam: July 6–8th
Who doesn’t love a Canto-pop star? From their karaoke music videos to their perfecting of the pop ballad, these soulful crooners are part and parcel of everyday life in Hong Kong.
Vader: July 13th
If you like your music free of such pleasantries, journey on over to the dark side as Polish metal masters Vader come to rain on the parade. Formed in 1983, these death-loving speed demons have been on a reign of musical terror, but they’re not all bad, despite being named after that Star Wars villain!
The Yours: July 19th
After the best in HK indie? Look no further than resident noise-poppers The Yours. Switching between Sonic Youth-style riffs and the garage-rock stylings of The Stooges, The Yours fill a noisy hole in the middle-of-the-road Hong Kong music scene.
Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Festival: July 19/20th
With Hong Kong’s biggest music festival ‘Clockenflap 2014’ feeling light years away, how best to get your festival fix this summer? Fear not, as the streets of Central are soon set to overflow with people, music and booze at this year’s Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Festival.
Russian Circles and ANWIYCTI: July 22nd
Chicago post-rock outfit Russian Circles return to Hong Kong after making their mark last year. With no vocalist, these rockers let their instruments do the talking via huge soundscapes and virtuosic guitar playing.
Time Out’s Big Night Out: Girls Out Loud: July 25th
Looking to get your fill of homegrown talent, and for free? Time Out has you covered this month with their Big Night Out series, showcasing the hottest in Hong Kong indie goodness. With past shows featuring the likes of math-popsters Chochukmo to fan-favourites Supper Moment, the guys at Time Out sure know how to pick ‘em!
Slowdive: July 28th
In the biggest news for “the scene that celebrates itself” since the reunion of My Bloody Valentine, the newly reformed shoegaze stalwarts Slowdive are set to play at E-Max, Kowloon.
Stephen Bishop: Simply Acoustic: July 28th
Get ready for a bona fide legend in Hong Kong, as Stephen Bishop comes to town for a special acoustic set. His songs were made famous by the likes of Phil Collins, Diana Ross and Barbara Streisand, and he also penned a number of classic movie theme songs.
You may remember his love-struck hit ‘It Might Be You’ from Tootsie, or perhaps it’s already a firm favourite down at the karaoke bar? See the star in action in a one-night-only show at Music Zone @ Kitec on July 28th, tickets here.