Horse play The Lunar New Year holiday either means a whirl of family functions or a few days of excruciating boredom (perhaps both, depending on how well you get on with your folks). But escape is possible. While the live music scene is relatively quiet over the festive season, local clubs have lined up a feast of kicking nights to see in the Year of the Horse with a gallop. Just remember to wear your new clubbing clobber. Here's what's happening around town . . . Future sound of Vienna Young Viennese Night Scene, organised to round off the City Festival tomorrow night, is not an evening of classical waltzes but the modern sound of the Austrian capital. The sound of underground Vienna comes courtesy of DJs Heinz Tronigger and MeierLansky, who together run Sunshine Enterprises - a label specialising in innovative dance music and closely tied to the arts community. Tronigger plays house spiced with 'Rioja, Flamenco and other Andalucian flavours', according to promoter and Radio 3 DJ Simon Willson. MeierLansky is known as the 'keeper of the deep' for his deep-house sets. Young Viennese Night Scene runs from 11pm at the Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. Tickets cost $200 (including one drink) and are available from Ticketek (tel: 3128 8288, or visit www.ticketek.com.hk ). Nathan's road Nathan Coles, a resident at London's Fabric club and one of the most promising British DJ talents, is the weekend's bargain star attraction. Liquid in Central is celebrating its official opening weekend by charging $50 to hear the tech-house DJ headline tomorrow night. Drinks cost $50 tonight and tomorrow to mark the club being granted a late liquor licence. Liquid has also welcomed back resident DJ Eric Byron. Byron plays nightly from Tuesday to Saturday along with David Lam (Wednesdays), Janva (Thursdays), Greg Nice, Yeodie and Filthy Filth (Fridays) and Lady Star, Dark Angelo and Christian (Saturdays). Teng Boon plays on Mondays. Liquid is at 1-5 Elgin Street, Central (tel: 2549 8386). Urban jungle For anyone seeking an alternative to trance and house, the White Label crew return tomorrow with The Sound Of Urban Drum'n'Bass. Glen Phelan, Arkham, Fat Demon, Bodhi, Robster, Zul and MC Mikey Dread will be hammering it out for the 'headz' to get shaking from 10pm at Level 27 (27/F, 99A Wellington Street, Central). As usual, the party's free. Call 9234 6049 for more details. Tell it to the Judge Judge Jules returns to Hong Kong this week, his first visit since playing the last Lunar New Year, but for some the jury's still out on one of the world's best-known DJs. Critics (including fellow veteran spinner John Kelly) reckon Jules has lost his magic touch, but the DJ has many fans here and abroad who believe the Judge (so-called because he has a law degree) still rules. Judge Jules plays a three-hour set at Queen's in Central on Lunar New Year's Eve (February 11). Support comes from David Lam, Filthy Filth and Teng Boon. The party runs from 11pm-6am and tickets cost $290 in advance from HMV or $350 at the door. For more information call 9543 1937. Kung hei phat choy Another banging New Year's Eve bash takes place at Hardy's II, where Thailand's DJ A joins local stalwart Christian for a night of trance, progressive and house. Tickets for the party organised by Blink are $150 (including one drink) and are available at the door (19-27 Wyndham Street, Central). The music runs from 11pm to 6am on February 11. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Mix master Japan's Satoshi Tomiie will play a five-hour set at another New Year's Eve bash, this one at The Gene, the venue which was formerly the China Jump in Causeway Bay. Tomiie is one of Japan's longest-serving DJs, collaborating in the late 1980s with American legends Frankie Knuckles and David Morales. He has set up his own label since then, remixed for stars such as U2 and David Bowie and knocked out some dance-floor hits. His music, like his DJ sets, combines everything from jazz to hip-hop, soul, drum'n'bass, deep house and progressive. Local boys Frankie Lam and Spark will face-off at the deck before Tomiie spins into action. Tickets cost $130 in advance at HMV stores or $170 at the door and the party starts at 11pm. The Gene is at 7/F, Causeway Bay Plaza 2, 463-483 Lockhart Road. Tel: 2591 6766 Home from home Home in Central is staying open until 9am throughout the holiday season, with DJs Thomas, Michael and Gruv playing soulful vocal house, funky afro-rhythms and uplifting New York house from 11pm on New Year's Eve. Kulu, Thomas and Teng Boon spin Latin and funky house along with some classics from 10pm on February 12, while Michael and Gruv play US garage and uplifting house from 11pm on Wednesday. Admission is free every night. Home is at 2/F, 23 Hollywood Road, Central. Tel: 2545 0023 Loved up Flower sellers may be cursing the fact that Valentine's Day falls during the Lunar New Year holidays but it's good news for amorous clubbers. Whether you're unattached or joined-at-the-hip, Club Ing is urging all lovers to enjoy tonight's pre-Valentine's bash, Cupido. DJs Teng Boon, Yeodie and Chris spin sexy tunes while big prizes (top of the list is an all-expenses-paid trip to Malaysia) will be awarded for the hottest couple as well as the sexiest man and woman. Ing is at the 4/F Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, Wan Chai. Entry costs $120 for women and $200 (including two drinks) for men. Women also get free-flowing Bailey's Irish Cream before midnight. Call 2137 9702 for more details.