Liquid assets missing at venue Concert-goers have generally been singing the praises of gigs at AsiaWorld-Arena since it opened in late 2005, giving Hong Kong its first world-class live music venue with state-of-the-art sound and lighting. But one area where the venue has fallen short of many punters' expectations is the total ban on drinks inside the concert halls. And with cold beer and rock 'n' roll going together like fish and water, thirsty music fans have consistently complained about being forced to miss parts of concerts while they pop out to get a drink - even if they're only after a bottle of water. 'What are the organisers afraid of?' one punter asked Outtakes at last week's Nine Inch Nails show at the venue. 'At the Muse concert, I was told they were worried beer would be thrown at the band. At the Cure, they said I might spill my beer on the floor. Are they aware how much beer costs at these events? 'I could understand if it were a bunch of teenagers throwing back the alcohol, but given the demographics in Hong Kong and the price of the concerts here, these bands are playing to probably their most mature audiences - who are being treated like children.' When asked about the ban on liquids, Kenneth Chan, AsiaWorld-Arena's PR and communications manager, replied in an e-mail: 'Consistent with other professional exhibition and events centres in Hong Kong, and in the interests of our audience and for health and safety reasons, food and beverages are not allowed in our arena and halls where the concerts are held. 'This arrangement is either requested by and/or agreed with the concert organisers. For live shows where audiences are usually in a heightened atmosphere, the concert organisers and we understand that relaxing this policy would not be in the interests of the audience.' Perhaps he's referring to members of the audience who replenish themselves through photosynthesis, not the consumption of liquids. When pressed about exactly what problems the venue expected if drinks were allowed, Chan referred Outtakes to his previous e-mail that skirted the issue, so for now AsiaWorld-Arena concert-goers can expect to be left thirsting for the full concert experience. HK Live! lines up the best Not content with showcasing the city's best live acts, those generous folks at HK Live! have slowly been extending their tentacles and bringing in fresh talent from around the region. The headline act at next month's instalment of the popular live music showcase is Kjwan, who are household names in the Philippines after scoring a No1 hit in 2004 with the single Dalari. The soulful, funky rock outfit will be appearing as part of a regional tour that will include a slot at Macau's HUSH! Rock Festival on September 30. Also featured at the October 6 Fringe Club gig will be Canadian-Chinese female rocker Reign Lee and hard-hitting metal duo DP, who will also be performing at Yumla in Central tonight from 8pm. HK Live! starts at 10pm and tickets are HK$150.