PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 March, 2007, 12:00am

Cure for all your ills

Dust off your black goth outfits and start practising your best moody pout - British gloom-rockers the Cure are rumoured to be performing in Hong Kong on July 30.

Robert Smith and Co are headlining the Fuji Rock Festival on July 27, and the word is that they're trying to schedule a local performance before heading to Singapore on August 1.

From their debut as post-punk rockers to their rise as the standard bearers of the gothic movement, and crowning as the biggest alternative band in the world, the Cure have always had a huge following and have survived a large number of membership changes.

Keep your fingers crossed that this gig comes through - previous live performances, laden with soaring synthesisers and mesmerising light shows, suggest this would be one of the year's best concerts.

The French persistence

Another act rooted in the 1980s - but with a much better sense of humour - is Nouvelle Vague, a cheeky French musical collective who will bring their saucy live show to Hong Kong on May 13.

Formed by arrangers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, and fronted by an array of female vocalists, Nouvelle Vague are known for bringing back classics from the decade that taste forgot and reinterpreting them in a raunchy bossa nova style.

Numbers to have undergone the Nouvelle Vague treatment include Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode, Ever Fallen in Love by the Buzzcocks, Blue Monday by New Order and Heart of Glass by Blondie.

No further details about the gig have been released yet.

Trio on the move

Rising Asian-American hip hoppers the Far*East Movement are in Hong Kong tomorrow for a club gig supported by a range of the city's most rocking bands.

Comprising MCs Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh) and J-Splif (Jae Choung), the trio 'practically have 'next big thing' stamped on their foreheads', according to ABCNews.com.

The Movement have established a huge presence on the internet and made the most of sites such as MySpace to independently move 20,000 copies of their 2005 mixtape AudioBio, which includes guest appearances by other Asian hip hop figures such as DJ Honda and Jin the Emcee.

The Movement will be appearing at Club Magazine in Lan Kwai Fong from 9pm. Supporting acts include Kolor, Empty Tomb, Consent, Red Noon and GriN.

Berry nice to meet you

Cranberries fans should mark April 24 in their diaries, because former singer Dolores O'Riordan will be in town to promote her first solo album, Are You Listening?

Although she won't be performing, she'll sign copies of the album that day at the Style House branch of HMV in Causeway Bay from 6.30pm.


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