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Hong Kong folk rockers pull plug; Alan Tam first up at Macau's Galaxy

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 May, 2015, 6:33am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 May, 2015, 12:35am

Game over for popular band: Hong Kong folk rock outfit Noughts and Exes will play their final gig on Saturday, June 6, and they plan to go out with a bang.

One of the city’s favourite indie acts, the band have undergone several line-up changes over the years. When we last spoke to them it was just before the release of their eponymous album and they were a sixpiece.

They’re down to just four members, but have promised fans “lots of surprises” and special guests.

“The guests we have joining us will be from different bands and artists that have been a part of the Noughts and Exes family over the years,” guitarist and vocalist Joshua Wong told 48 Hours. “Noughts and Exes are not so much breaking up as closing the book on this unforgettable chapter. It’s going to be an incredibly special evening.

Thank you for sharing the ride with us.”

The gig starts at 8pm at The Vine Centre, 29 Burrows Street, Wan Chai (ticketflap.com), and the band will give away a free EP with every ticket.

A new place for stars to shine in Macau: Galaxy Macau opened its newest entertainment venue, Broadway Theatre, yesterday, elbowing its way onto turf that has so far been dominated by The Venetian Macao.

The 3,000-seat venue is part of the casino resort’s larger extension that has also added three hotels and a water park.

The theatre, in addition to musicals, will host pop and rock concerts, conferences and sporting events, Galaxy says.

Canto-pop veteran Alan Tam Wing-lun (pictured) will be the first to perform at the venue on May 30, while Danish band Michael Learns to Rock are booked for June 13.

The new venue is not likely to rival the 15,000-seat Cotai Arena at The Venetian, which has hosted acts such as The Rolling Stones last year and, more recently, pop star Katy Perry.

As with many of the big gaming resorts in Macau, Galaxy Macau is focusing more on attracting families than high-rollers from China, whose numbers have dwindled (together with the revenue generated from them) as a result of Beijing's crackdown on lavish spending and corruption.