Musician Kylie Chow Kit-yee at her home in the Kowloon neighbourhood of Yau Ma Tei. As Hong Kong’s live-music ban continues, indie musicians are struggling with mental health issues and debt. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Musician Kylie Chow Kit-yee at her home in the Kowloon neighbourhood of Yau Ma Tei. As Hong Kong’s live-music ban continues, indie musicians are struggling with mental health issues and debt. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Hong Kong Covid live-music ban creates depression, debt and doubt for city’s independent musicians

  • Musicians who used to make a living playing shows and events have to diversify as ban on playing live in bars and restaurants to curb Covid-19 spread drags on
  • The ban has ‘devastated Hong Kong’s live music scene’, with an exodus of talent and venue closures, but one promoter is doing what she can to help

Musician Kylie Chow Kit-yee at her home in the Kowloon neighbourhood of Yau Ma Tei. As Hong Kong’s live-music ban continues, indie musicians are struggling with mental health issues and debt. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Musician Kylie Chow Kit-yee at her home in the Kowloon neighbourhood of Yau Ma Tei. As Hong Kong’s live-music ban continues, indie musicians are struggling with mental health issues and debt. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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