WATCH: Five Hong Kong gigs we think you shouldn't miss
From rock to pop to metal, there's something for every music fan in Hong Kong in July and August
Summer is usually peak season for big-ticket concerts, and live music fans have plenty to choose from this year. To help you make up your mind, here are five gigs taking place this month and next.
Twenty One Pilots
This American duo – consisting of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun – have been performing their own brand of indie-pop mixed with alternative hip hop since 2009. Now on the road to promote fourth album "Blurryface", released in May this year, the band have previously toured with the likes of Fall Out Boy, and appeared at the Lollapalooza and Bonnarooo festivals in the US, so should be in fine form for their Hong Kong debut.
Rotunda 3, Kitec, Kowloon Bay, July 21
The notorious party boys from Manchester will be finally bringing their dance-influenced rock to Hong Kong this month. The Happy Mondays became one of the leading acts of the “Madchester” scene of the 1980s, alongside other bands such as the Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets, before imploding in 1993. Now back together and reportedly cleaned up, the Mondays will be bringing their full original lineup to town – including legendary dancer Bez.
Rotunda 3, Kitec, Kowloon Bay, July 25
American alternative metal band The Used are another big name making their debut in Hong Kong this summer. Since coming together in 2001, the four-piece outfit have screamed their way to stardom over the course of eight albums and EPs, and have earned slots at huge festivals including Reading in the UK and the Warped Tour of the US. The Used’s musical style has been described as everything from post-hardcore and screamo, to emo and metal.
Music Zone, Kitec, Kowloon Bay, August 10
This Irish rock band were originally known as 21 Demands and first gained fame as entrants on a television talent show in 2006. By 2012, they had morphed into Kodaline and released their debut EP, and in the years since have earned comparisons to the likes of U2, Coldplay and Snow Patrol. Their second studio album, "Coming Up For Air", was only released in February – so expect to hear many of its tracks at the Hong kong show.
Star Hall, Kitec, Kowloon Bay, August 11
Plenty of fans were left disappointed in June last year when they were unable to gain entry to this American band’s free performance at the word premiere of Transformers 4 in Hong Kong. Now, just more than a year later, the Imagine Dragons are coming back for a full-scale show at the cavernous AsiaWorld-Arena, which should be able to squeeze in most of their local followers. The concert is part of a large-scale tour to promote their sophomore album, "Smoke + Mirrors".
AsiaWorld-Arena, Lantau, August 23