NIN to turn up heat
AsiaWorld-Arena has been the venue for some world-class gigs since it opened at the end of 2005, but the venue will be put to the test later this year when it hosts one of the most explosive live acts around.
Nine Inch Nails are performing an all-standing show at the venue on September 13, and if the band's previous gigs are anything to go by, Hong Kong rock fans are in for a treat. Although NIN are mainly a one-man studio-based project, founder Trent Reznor (below) puts together a live outfit whenever he releases a new album, and takes the show on the road - complete with spectacular visuals and the wanton destruction of musical instruments.
Reznor is now touring to promote his latest work, Year Zero, a concept album about an Orwellian future. It was released after an elaborate marketing campaign: USB drives containing teaser tracks were found in bathroom stalls during NIN gigs , and URL addresses hidden on band T-shirts guided fans to websites that expounded on Reznor's dystopian vision of the future.
Year Zero marks a return to the industrial rock that Reznor is renowned for, while remaining almost free of guitars and buzzing with angry electronica. Tickets are HK$580 and go on sale through HK Ticketing next Thursday.
Sylvian back on the road
There's unlikely to be any instruments smashed when another big name from the alternative music world calls here the following month. Former Japan front man David Sylvian is scheduled to perform in Hong Kong on October 27, but venue and ticketing details have yet to be announced.
Since leaving the New Romantic outfit in 1981, Sylvian has done the unexpected during his solo career, collaborating with experimental musicians including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Fripp and Holger Czukay of Can. Although he has often said he has no interest in performing live anymore, Sylvian is about to hit the road on The World is Everything tour.
BT makes all the right moves
Dance music event promoters Lotion are staying ahead of the pack with their never-ending stream of quality international DJs, and coming after Saturday's handover party, featuring Japanese techno figure Takkyu Ishino, is an August appearance by US producer extraordinaire BT.
Brian Transeau is a versatile guy, and while he made his name in the 90s during the trance explosion he has also worked with Britney Spears, Sting, David Bowie and Madonna. He's touring to promote his latest album, This Binary Universe, which marries electronic music with computer-generated artwork on a separate DVD. The gig is scheduled for August 11, but there are no details yet on the venue or ticket prices.