Hong Kong: cultural hub

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 12:00am

It seems Hong Kong has finally become a hotspot for international artists. Over the last fortnight, we've played host to J-rock heavyweight X-Japan, mastermind of Talking Heads David Byrne and Scottish post-rock giants Mogwai. Granted, these acts were probably more appealing to your parents, but if you think there's nothing for Young Post readers to enjoy, think again.

This spring is one of the busiest in Hong Kong concert history. So before you spend all your lai see money at the shops, check out the highlights below:

Let's Party with The Ting Tings (February 2, Hitec Star Hall)

The hottest new band of 2008, British duo Katie White and Jules de Martino are set to deliver the ecstatic and sing-along pop songs from their critically acclaimed debut We Started Nothing.

Expect an infectious and dynamic show, very likely featuring some impromptu or experimental acts. Yet, a big But: Can they fill up the 90-minute show merely with their debut? If not, who are they gonna cover? The show will also feature new emerging local artists as warm-up acts.

An Evening with Jason Mraz (March 2, Hitec Star Hall)

The third album of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jason Mraz's We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. has reclaimed the top spot on the local music charts, 35 weeks after it was released. His versatile voice makes his easy breezy, catchy songs irresistible.

Mraz is famous for playful, high-quality live performances. Fans will be especially anxious to hear him sing his smash hit I'm Yours live, and also solo versions of the duets from the new album. Young Post's 'wish set-list' also includes the opera bit in Mr Curiosity, the tongue-twisting Mr A-Z, and his career-making Curbside Prophet.

Duffy Live in Hong Kong (March 20, AsiaWorld-Arena)

This is the Welsh songstress's first Asian tour. Duffy's contemporary soul numbers and unique voice have won her three Grammy nominations, and she's seen commercial success, too: her debut Rockferry was the best selling album in the UK, and fourth bestseller in the world last year.

Don't expect extraordinary stage presence, or fancy footwork from the 24-year-old, as seeing her live is all about her big, bold and beautiful voice. Expect to hear her megahits Mercy, Rockferry and Warwick Avenue, and perhaps some new material from the re-released debut.

Oasis Live in Hong Kong (April 7, AsiaWorld-Arena)

Three years after their last visit, the Brit-rock giants will return to the city for a promotional tour of their latest chart-topping album Dig Out Your Soul.

Prepare for a physically demanding night filled with their jumping-inducing, sing-along, arena-shaking rock tunes. While it's inevitable the set list will be largely comprised of their new songs, classics like Champagne Supernova and Wonderwall are very likely to appear.

And, hopefully, songs from Oasis's two top-selling records Definitely Maybe and (What's The Story) Morning Glory will be played - fingers crossed!