From Flo Rida and Elvis Costello to Queen: 6 late-summer gigs you shouldn’t miss
Morrissey, Pentatonix and Earth, Wind & Fire round out the half-dozen hot acts about to hit the region
Summer may be starting to wind down, but the big-ticket music concerts that we usually get to enjoy at this time of the year aren’t quite finished yet. Here are six late-summer gigs you shouldn’t miss.
Since he was propelled to stardom in the punk and new-wave movements, the multitalented Elvis Costello has enjoyed a rich and varied career in the pop, jazz and even classical genres. In this solo appearance in Macau backed only by guitar and piano, Costello will be performing his signature tracks mixed with some newer numbers.
September 9, Macao Cultural Centre, from HK$180
The Florida rapper and four-time Grammy nominee has become one of the biggest names in hip hop after releasing his 2008 breakout single Low, which spent 10 weeks at No 1 on the US charts. In recent years, Flo Rida has expanded into dance music via high-profile collaborations with the likes of David Guetta, Avicii, and Axwell.
September 10, Pacha Macau, from HK$300
These five singers from Texas rose to fame via YouTube – where they have received more than 1.5 billion views – and have sold more than 3.2 million albums in the US alone, becoming the poster children of the a cappella movement.
September 22, AsiaWorld-Expo, from HK$388
Earth, Wind & Fire
After they formed in Chicago in 1971, Earth, Wind & Fire became one of the world’s biggest bands during the ’70s, producing hits such as Boogie Wonderland and selling more than 90 million albums. Now into their fifth decade of making music, the band are Hong Kong-bound, including members of the classic line-up such as Philip Bailey and Verdine White.
September 24, AsiaWorld-Expo, from HK$680
Queen & Adam Lambert
Rock legends Queen will be making their debut appearance in Hong Kong this September.
The British band – best known for rock anthems such as We Are the Champions and Bohemian Rhapsody – are now fronted by Adam Lambert, who rose to fame in 2009 as a contestant on American Idol.
September 28, AsiaWorld-Expo, from HK$580
If you don’t already have tickets to the acclaimed English singer-songwriter and former frontman of indie band The Smiths, then you’re out of luck – tickets sold out in a few hours. The Smiths, who were active from 1982 to 1987, have been described as the most important alternative outfit to have emerged from Britain in the 1980s, and influenced an entire generation of bands.
October 6, MacPherson Stadium, sold out