Hong Kong gigs

Martin Garrix headlines Hong Kong’s first-ever Road To Ultra EDM festival

The 20-year-old shares top billing with Australian duo Knife Party and British trio Nero this September at West Kowloon, part of the festival’s global expansion that includes stops in Taiwan and the Philippines

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 July, 2016, 8:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 July, 2016, 10:48am

Electronic dance music (EDM) superstars Martin Garrix, Knife Party and Nero will headline the first Hong Kong edition of Road To Ultra, one of the world’s biggest EDM festivals, at West Kowloon on September 17.

Road to Ultra is a single-stage spin-off of the EDM festival brand Ultra, and similar events are being held during the same month in Taipei and Manila. Full-scale Ultra festivals are also being held throughout this year in Seoul, Singapore, Bali and Tokyo.

Dutch DJ/producer Garrix may only be 20 years old, but he’s already one of the biggest names in EDM, notching up several No 1 tracks on dance music portal Beatport as well as being named best electronic act at the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Knife Party, meanwhile, are an Australian EDM duo who previously belonged to the acclaimed drum ‘n’ bass act Pendulum, while Nero are a British trio who won a Grammy in 2013 for a collaborative remix of their track Promises with US EDM icon Skrillex.

Running from midday to 10pm at the future cultural district’s nursery park, Road to Ultra will also feature as supporting acts Carnage (US), Galantis (Sweden), Jauz (US), Marshmello (US) and Thomas Jack (Australia).

Ultra was founded in Miami, Florida, in 1999 and has since rode the global wave of interest in the EDM genre to spread worldwide.

Early-bird tickets for the Hong Kong event are already sold out, but HK$900 advance tickets and HK$1,980 VIP tickets remain on sale. General admission at the door will cost HK$1,480.

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