WITH a successful tour of India completed, several high-profile gigs on the horizon and a glut of media coverage, Danny McGill and his band, AZ U R, seem to be on the fast track to rock stardom. So why bother playing the modest Radio Free Hongkong gig at Central's DDII club this Saturday night when they could be chasing record deals or even dollars? ''When I first got here a couple of years ago, there was no live music scene to speak of,'' McGill explained. ''But Radio Free Hongkong has helped change that - and if we can do anything to help, then let's get going.'' While this may seem a little too altruistic for some to believe, Radio Free Hongkong's Richard Cooper is delighted McGill has offered to perform. ''It's great. Danny's support helps the scene. He doesn't have to do that, and he can live without it, but he's doing it,'' Cooper said. ''It'll encourage everybody to check out what's going on - and that helps the other bands.'' And the other bands in Saturday's line-up are nothing to sneeze at. Andy Ingkavet could be a contender for a recording contract of his own, and the post-punk HUH!? have a stage presence that is riveting. McGill, however, is confident AZ U R will hold their own. ''We're a hard-working group of guys. And I just hope people will come out, forget about MTV, and pay attention to the music,'' he said. LOOK out for bigger and better things from this year's Wan Chai Music Festival. Organisers of the event, which last year took over the Southorn Playground for an afternoon, have decided to expand it to two days and also to go international. At the top of the promoters' shopping list for the October festival are blissed-out American rappers PM Dawn and the ultra-cool Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Chinese rockers Tang Dynasty have also been lined up for an appearance. Although discussions are still at an early stage, local bands are already jockeying for position in what promises to become Hongkong's leading outdoor rock festival.