Your Hong Kong nightlife guide during Art Basel week
It’s party Central as a cosmopolitan roster of DJs and music makers descends on the city
Art lovers descending on Hong Kong Island for the Art Basel fair and associated events have some quality nightlife options once the doors close at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. From arty electronica to modern disco, these are SCMP.com’s recommendations for post-exhibition parties this week
This French-born, London-based electronic music producer and live performer was one of the most acclaimed acts at the Wonderfruit festival in Thailand last December. Roscius creates what he calls “world minimal disco” on the fly using digital and traditional instruments, live vocal sampling and a range of hi-tech trickery. Three months later, tongues are still wagging about his Wonderfruit set, so this is not to be missed.
Mar 23, 8.30pm, Social Room, 3/F Won Hing Building, 74-78 Stanley St, Central, HK$80
San Soda and Francis Inferno Orchestra
Co-organised by popular French dance music promoters Cliche Records, this dual billing of Belgian house music artist San Soda and Australian disco-influenced DJ Francis Inferno Orchestra is bound to leave a lot of sore heads come Friday morning. Cliche’s parties at Honi Honi are always packed - so get those RSVPs in quickly if you plan to attend.
Mar 24, 8pm, Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, Somptueux Central, 52-54 Wellington St, Central, free (RSVP to email@example.com)
If a spot of drum’n’bass on Friday night sounds like your thing, you’re in luck as one of the genre’s most influential names is calling through town, courtesy of local DNB stalwarts Magnetic Soul. Since making his debut in 1990, veteran British DJ/producer A Sides has released more than 500 tracks on labels, including Goldie’s Metalheadz imprint, and will be supported in Hong Kong by some of the city’s best-known DNB DJs.
Mar 25, 11pm, Social Room, 3/F Won Hing Building, 74-78 Stanley St, Central, HK$100
Monsieur Graz & The Midnight Miracle
Hopping between Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney, the Australian-born Monsieur Graz is a regular fixture on the fashion party circuit, serving as musical director for Australian Fashion Week, and spinning for luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney. Apart from making fashionistas move with his blend of electro-disco, Graz is also chief designer of Tsubi Eyewear.
Mar 26, 9pm, Kee Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington St, Central, HK$200 (advance), HK$300 (door)