Party time

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 June, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 June, 2002, 12:00am

This summer has some special treats in store with top local DJs as well as international talent spinning their stuff.

Techno: previously known as 'industrial' and 'electronic' music, techno is now called 'house' as well. Hard synthesised keyboard riffs and loud bass combine with vocals to deliver intense energy.

Trance: mesmerises with the hypnotic flow of rolling bass, imitation techno keyboard, cyber sounds and instrumentals.

Jungle/Drum 'n' Bass: chaotic, breakbeat of 160 beats per minute with bass drum at half the speed. There are three categories: drum 'n' bass, hard step, intelligent jungle (artcore).

Happy hardcore: mainstream, popular among Hong Kong teenagers, uplifting, bouncy and high-energy; has 4-beat, a lot of piano and female vocals and features breakbeat.

Breakbeat: funky rhythm tracks, 'chipmunk' voices, explosive energy; combines 1980s hip-hop rhythms combine with tricks and techno-style keyboard.

House: blends disco with rave. There are three types: disco, progressive and tribal.

Hard house: fast and stomping, with a strong beat. Also known as 'progressive' in the United Kingdom.

Candy ravers: party-goers that wear baggy clothing and practise liquid dancing.

Liquid dancing: a dance style using glowsticks to create fast, flowing patterns with the light.

What event promoters say

Rave promoter and organiser Eddie Cheng: Hong Kong rave music is mostly trance, progressive, techno, drum 'n' bass.

Locals are starting to get more into the music and appreciate the different styles. Many don't dress up, they wear brands like UFO, Caffeine and Snug.

Current dance styles include glowstick culture, liquid dancing and break-dancing.

Nick Willsher, owner of, a Web site and company that organises events: A lot of people go to our nights because it's the place see and be seen. Everyone want their photo snapped there.

What party-goers say

Jorge, 19, student: My favourite music is hard house - I love the beat and the bass. It energises you and makes you want to dance, whereas trance is much more mellow.

People dress differently. The candy ravers wear jeans, trainers, tees, hats with red plastic chains and gloves. Locals are into the gothic style and wear tight black pants and tight black shirts with a lot of jewellery.

Avin, 18, student: My favourite music is hard house because it gets me moving. It's fast and pumping. I DJ as well and prefer to spin hard house because it's more interesting and faster.

GET READY TO shake it on the dance floor. This is your guide to the top dance parties in the comming weeks.


June 28: Tokyo Groove 7

Venue: 2/F, 23 Hollywood Road, Central

Price: Free of charge (cash on delivery)

June 29: Ken Ishii

Venue: Hitec

Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay

Price: $300 before 22 June / $380 afterwards

June 30: Lee Burridge and Craig Richards

Venue: Club Ing

4/F, Convention Plaza, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

Price: $180 at the door

July 20: The Summer Session featuring local DJs

Venue: Wellington Street, Central

Price: Free of charge

July 25: Chemical Brothers

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 3

Price: $680 and $480