by Adam Wright
Ring in the new year with Fukutaro
Sad news for party people is that the only big pre-Christmas bash scheduled - the White Ball 3 hopefully featuring Phil K and Ricky Stone - is still in doubt.
But one party that aims to usher in a scorching new year is Fireball 2008, a New Year's Eve party at Heat in Wan Chai, featuring Tokyo DJ Imai Fukutaro (right) and top Hong Kong spinner Frankie Lam.
Fukutaro is a leading member of pan-Asian DJ collective Intermix, and has appeared at top Tokyo clubs including Womb, UFO Club and Wedge. He has toured throughout Asia with Intermix.
Lam has long been seen as Hong Kong's top DJ and has appeared at every Rockit Festival as well as supported dozens of big-name international spinners passing through the city.
Tickets for Fireball 2008 - which will be going on sale soon at Heat at 54-62 Lockhart Road - cost HK$220, and door tickets will cost the same on the night.
New venue for Penelopes gig
French new-wave electronic duo the Penelopes smashed up the Fringe Club last Saturday and those hungry for more Gallic grooves have another chance to catch them this weekend.
The duo of Axel Basquiat and Vincent Tremel, who are influenced by post-punk and new-wave bands such as New Order, the Smiths, Depeche Mode and the Sisters of Mercy, were due to play this Saturday at the new Evisu Baru on Central's Lyndhurst Terrace, but now the duo will be playing at Philia Lounge on 4-8 Arbuthnot Road from 10pm. Tickets are HK$150.
Nightwish to show their metal
While we're not sure there's much of a market for symphonic power metal in Hong Kong, the bands keep on coming anyway.
Previous visitors have included Dream Theater from the US and Angra from Brazil, and next up is Finland's Nightwish, apparently one of the bands responsible for the rise of the genre in the 1990s.
Led by female vocalist Anette Olzon, the Fins have been pumping out a gothic-style blend of classically-influenced metal since 1996.
Nightwish will play at Hitec in Kowloon Bay on January 24. Tickets cost HK$580 for VIP entry or HK$480 for regular tickets.