Indie rockers Tycho arrested following gig Last week, mainland English publication That's Shanghai reported on its website that San Francisco visual rockers Tycho — who played a gig at Hong Kong venue Hidden Agenda on January 16 — were arrested after their show in Shanghai due to a lack of proper paperwork. Tycho drummer Rory O'Connor was quoted by That's Shanghai as saying: "The promoters ran the show illegally, lied to all of us about our visas and work permits. We were all arrested and our passports were confiscated." The plot thickens. Within hours of publication, the post was taken down with no explanation. Over the following days, I contacted the editors of the publication, Tycho's management and the Shanghai organisers (PK Icon), but received no response. We tracked down the author of the piece through Twitter, who told me the band had asked her to take it down. A Hong Kong music promoter tells us she had warned both PK Icon and Tycho's booking agent that mainland shows require proper paperwork. "I warned them it would be illegal. They do underground shows with small bands, but for a major act like Tycho, it's not OK," says the promoter, who wishes to remain anonymous. "Every time you apply for a visa for a band, the government opens a file because the organisers have to pay a tax that's about 10 per cent of the artist fee. Many of them don't bother doing it." Junk floats artist's boat When the HK International Film Festival Society asked local artist Jack Lee Ka-wah to illustrate the key art for this year's HKIFF, he knew he had to include the city's classic junks. "I think junks are the most iconic symbol of Hong Kong," says Lee, 34, who uses digital art to recreate a watercolour effect. Lee spent a month on the piece (above) that features a junk hovering over Victoria Harbour dragging a spool of film draped with movie characters. "To me, the Hong Kong International Festival is about bringing the world to Hong Kong," Lee says. "It's about its international nature, so that's why I included so many figures on the strip that have nothing to do with the city." Lee's art will be used across all promotional platforms for this year's festival, and the artist is excited. "If my art can bring people to watch films, that would make me very happy," he says. The line-up for this year's festival hasn't been announced, but it will include more than 280 films from 50 countries. The event runs from March 23 to April 6.