Underground gigs for best-of CDs
They've created one of the best platforms to showcase up-and-coming bands in Hong Kong, and now the people behind The Underground live music shows are putting some of their best discoveries on a two-CD set featuring local acts.
After putting out feelers a few months ago for interested bands, organisers selected 11 outfits which had appeared at previous Underground events and recorded two tracks each at Mark 1 Studios.
The result is an impressive double box set featuring some of our favourite local bands including indie rockers 22Cats (below), Japanese experimentalists Sea Monsters and high-energy outfit Velvette Vendetta.
Fittingly for such a large project, the CD will be launched at two separate events where a selection of the featured acts will be performing live. The first takes place at The Cavern in Lan Kwai Fong from 8pm on September 20, and the second will be held at Club Cixi in Central from 9pm on September 26.
Tickets to both events cost HK$150, including one drink, a copy of the double disc, and the chance to win two business-class tickets to Taipei or a room at JIA hotel in Causeway Bay.
Dr Eggs - who are performing with The Lovesong at HK Live! on September 6 (previewed today in Going Out) - are one of the dedicated, hardworking bands in town and seem bent on achieving fame, no matter what.
You might have seen them at the Rockit Festival 2006, where the poppy, punky act appeared on stage and ran through an array of original ska-influenced tracks and covers including Aha's Take On Me.
After the HK Live! show, Dr Eggs will hit the road for a quick spin through several regional cities.
From September 9-13 they'll be playing four dates in Manila, and then heading to the mainland where they'll play in Yangshuo, Shenzhen and Beijing before wrapping up the tour in Shanghai on October 11.
Counting down the minutes
There's still no details of the lineup, but live music followers are eagerly awaiting the return of the Clockenflap festival, due to take place at Cyberport on October 11.
The multimedia music, film and arts festival got off to a roaring start earlier this year when it presented a range of local and international acts, and a strong British contingent is expected at the second festival. More details to come when we get them.