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Rockit 2004 is Hong Kong’s first and only outdoor music festival.  Set in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, against the backdrop of the HK skyline, this festival guarantees to ‘rock your world’.  Held during the long weekend of the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of October – please note extra date on Friday added due to popular demand, the main attraction for Rockit is music and there is something for all tastes and ages.  Victoria Park will house a stage for bands and a marquee for DJs.  The international bands and DJ’s flying in for the festival have caused a stir as individual performers.  But for Rockit these acts will all be in Hong Kong performing in the same space over the short course of 3 days.  Food and drinks will be available all day.  Rockit music festival will be a great chance to spend the weekend with friends, sitting on the grass and listening to great music.

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After clubbing in Hong Kong for the last 13 years I have really discovered that the expats who always used to dominate the clubbing scene and who were the ones who first introduced it to Hong Kong have started to disappear. Only when a more commercial branded event happens does the true clubbing expat resurface and have a great time on the dance floor.

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HONG KONG HARDCORE
King Ly Chee’s Riz Farooqi shares his thoughts.

King Ly Chee is arguably the biggest (underground) band in Hong Kong. Their aggressive blend of punk and metal work only too well with their social and sometimes political lyrics. In the last few years, they have revolutionized Hong Kong’ s music scene by merging local and Expatriate rock cultures and introducing ‘Hardcore’ to Hong Kong. Their name reaches from the likes of our neighbors in Singapore and Japan to the other side of the world in America.

Tapas with a Twist – The Big Blue

Continuing our popular ‘Tapas with a Twist’ series, Boca is proud to present the latest feature menu, ‘The Big Blue’. Showcasing seven mouthwatering seafood dishes throughout October and November, The Big Blue is definitely the catch of the day!

Bordered by the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the warmer Mediterranean to the south, Spain has a wealth of delicious seafood on its doorstep. Our Head Chef has collected a wonderful array of seafood dishes that feature the varied coastal flavours of Spain.

Simple and traditional dishes, prendederos fritos de la caballa - $58 (pan-seared mackerel fillets seasoned with sea salt) and mejillones en salsa verde - $68  (mussels in green sauce) are found in restaurants all over Spain. For more complex combinations of flavours try the brochettes de los peces espadaa - $98 (swordfish, green pepper and bacon brochettes) or gambas al Jerez - $94 (shrimp in sherry sauce). The bacalao monacal - $96 (monastery' style salt cod) is historically a full flavoured dish eaten during Lent when meat was forbidden, and the chanquetes fritos - $62 (crispy fried whitebait) has always been a popular bar snack throughout Spain. And if you want to try something a little out of the ordinary with an amazing taste of the sea, ragout del erizos de mar - $88 (warm sea urchin ragout served in the shell) is a favourite in Asturia and Northern regions.

BOCA features an extensive selection of more than 80 wines including BOCA’s own unique ‘White Sangria’ - made from a secret recipe including white wine and  assorted white fruit juices, all infused with fresh pineapple and apple.

BOCA is located at 65 Peel Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong. 

Tel:  2548 1717; Fax:  2548 1727

KOKAGE Introduces Teppanyaki Menu

The Sizzle Takes Center Stage at Star Street Restaurant
 

HONG KONG - Sept 17, 2004 - There are great performances happening all over Hong Kong. Starting this October, KOKAGE (k k g) will be hosting a great show every night – and they’ll be doing it right by your table. Star Street’s renowned Japanese restaurant is introducing a teppanyaki menu.

What is teppanyaki? Well, teppan means “iron plate,” and yaki is “stir fried.” Teppanyaki is the two-century-old art of preparing Japanese food before the diner’s very eyes on a tabletop grill. Guests can watch the chef’s dexterous hands, hear the sizzle of the delicacies as they hit the hot steel pan, and inhale the fragrances of fresh ingredients.

The result is food that’s very fresh and tasty -- cooked to perfection and not a second more.

KOKAGE offers two splendid teppanyaki menus. The beef and salmon/cod menu, just $380, includes appetizer, organic green salad, silver cod or pacific salmon, thin-sliced beef or steak, mixed stir fried vegetables, fried rice with beef, miso soup and pickles. The second menu, for $480, offers live king prawn or fresh scallops and wagyu beef for the main courses.

Chef Cheong hails formerly from Sakegawa at the Ritz Carlton.  Cheong has won great awards for in Sushi Champions and has created the new menu at Kokage.

Guests who book the teppanyaki table at KOKAGE can prepare for the sight, sound, smell, and taste of some of the most exciting Japanese food around.  The teppanyaki  table seats between 4-8 persons.  The teppanyaki dishes can also be ordered from the al a carte menu to complement our sushi rolls and japanese dishes.

KOKAGE is located 9 Star Street, Wanchai.

For reservations call : (852) 2529 6138

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During the 10th month of 2003, the first annual Rockit Festival debuted, marking the first time anything of its kind has taken place in Hong Kong. What is Rockit? Rockit is, for two days, the center of Hong Kong’s alternative entertainment, food, and of course, as the name might suggest, hard hitting Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The Magical All-Female Quartet
Bond Asian Tour Live in Hong Kong

Breaking the rules of classical music, Bond adds a new dimension to classic tunes.  Wild and sexy, the all-female string quartet’s signature edgy performance style has captivated young fans all over the world.  Whenever Bond performs live, the sheer energy of their cutting-edge music touches all those who are present.  In May this year, the group’s concerts in Japan were such an incredible success.  Come October, fans in Hong Kong will be treated to the electrifying sounds from the Classical Spice Girls’ music.

Their new release Classified has received rave reviews from music lovers and the media alike.  The lead track “Explosive”, a sequel to “Victory”, with guest performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, merges classical, elegant melody with vibrant beats and instantly conveys an ecstatic feeling.  You just cannot resist indulging in Bond’s sea of beautiful notes.  Now a classic, their debut album Born went Platinum and Gold in more than 20 countries whereas the second album Shine stayed number 1 in the US Classical Crossover chart for 5 weeks straight.  The long-awaited new album Classified, produced by maestros Tonci Huljic and DJ Young, is sure to give fans a fresh impression.

Bond has brought about a phenomenal classical string music sensation in Asia.  With a plethora of female string groups appearing after Bond’s unparalleled success, it is evident that Bond is the leader in classical crossover music. 

To gear up for the Hong Kong leg of Bond’s Asian Tour, Commercial Radio will organise a competition to recruit talented violinists and cellists.  The winners will have a chance to perform in radio shows.

Bond’s music has been featured in numerous TV programmes, major events and in this year’s Athens Olympic Games.   The Spanish tune “Fuego” and the classic Bond track “Viva”, for instance, are some of the popular pieces used in the swimming events.

Bond, the magical all-female quartet will perform live on 10 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.  Hurry up and book your tickets now.

Date & Time: 8:00pm, Sunday, 10 October, 2004
Venue: Grand Hall, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ticketing:  HK Ticketing, www.hkticketing.com
Enquiry hotline: 31 288 288

After confirming the dates as 23 & 24 October 2004 - Victoria Park Causeway Bay, the Rockit Festival organisers have already released some of the exciting lineup that we should expect at the 2 day event.

THE 30 YEAR WAIT IS OVER!
THE LEGENDARY U.S. BAND EAGLES CONFIRM OCTOBER DATES IN HONG KONG AS PART OF THEIR “FAREWELL I” WORLDWIDE TOUR


Lushington Limited is thrilled to announce the first ever live dates in South East Asia for the highly acclaimed Eagles, with a one night extravaganza at the Hong Kong Coliseum on the 20th October. Tickets from HK$588 to HK$2,750 will go on sale at all Urbtix and Tom Lee outlets on the 20th August.
The Eagles - Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit - will perform songs spanning their award winning 30 year career including tracks from the best selling album of all time, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975. In concert, fans will not only be treated to classic Eagles’ hits such as ‘Hotel California’, ‘Desperado’, ‘Tequila Sunrise’, and ‘One of These Nights’, but also to Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Joe Walsh solo projects.


The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, earning five #1 U.S. albums and singles and four Grammy Awards. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, Hotel California, and Their Greatest Hits Volume 2 have sold 28, 16, and 11 million albums respectively, making them the only recording artists in musical history to have three albums that have sold more than 10 million units. In 1998 the band were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


The Coliseum show will be configured for 12,000 fans with an end stage at floor level and side and rear seats also available to meet the anticipated demand. The band will travel with its entire production and 75 man entourage of management and specialists which will include its own camera team, screens and video production to ensure all fans won’t miss a moment of the onstage action.

Catch Eagles performing all their classic hits in Hong Kong on the 20th October.

EAGLES – LIVE IN HONG KONG
Date:  20th October 2004
Venue:  Hong Kong Coliseum
Time:  8:00pm
Sale Date:   20th August 2004
Tickets:  HK$988, HK$1,500, HK$2750 (front view)
  HK$588, HK$750 (rear view)
Bookings Hotline:  (+852) 2734 9009
Group Bookings & Enquiries: (+852) 2838 8384

The exceptional artiste ALICIA KEYS confirms October dates in Hong Kong and Singapore.


Lushington Entertainments is thrilled to announce the arrival of the extraordinary musical talent, Alicia Keys, to South East Asia for the first time, commencing with a one night spectacular at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on the 3rd October, followed by Singapore on 7th October. Tickets are priced HK$388, HK$588, and HK$788 and will go on sale at all HK Ticketing and Tom Lee outlets on the 26th August.

Blending diverse influences including R&B, hip-hop, jazz and classical piano, Alicia will deliver a positively stirring live performance featuring hits from her current platinum selling album The Diary of Alicia Keys and her amazing debut album Songs In A Minor.

A rare artiste among her own generation, a singer, songwriter and extraordinary pianist who combines classical training with an old school sensibility and a direct relationship with today's mix of hip-hop and R&B, Alicia relates to music much in the way legends like Stevie Wonder and Prince have always done, seeing their work as a continuous, ongoing journey.


Her official website says she possesses an "Old Soul," and the hard facts seem to back up the implied claim of wisdom and experience that transcend Alicia Keys' youth.

A true musical prodigy whose multi-dimensional talents emerged at the age of 5, Alicia was writing songs when she was 14, with seven years of piano lessons under her belt. In later years she appeared on movie soundtracks including Shaft and Men In Black. In 1998, at the age of 17, she signed a deal with Arista Records, when the company triumphed in a bidding war over other labels.

Alicia Keys’ extraordinary debut, Songs In A Minor, has sold in excess of 15,000 copies in Hong Kong, and 10 million worldwide, earned her countless awards including 5 Grammys, and secured her place as one of the most important new arrivals on the global recording scene.
Her follow up album, The Diary of Alicia Keys has reached platinum status in Hong Kong, selling 20,000 copies. The album debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Album chart, and has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA, having sold in excess of 5 million albums worldwide after only 6 months.


Catch the phenomenal Alicia Keys in a one-night spectacular at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on the 3rd October.

ALICIA KEYS LIVE IN HONG KONG
Date:   3rd October 2004
Venue:   Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (Hall 3)
Time:   8:00pm
Sale Date:   26th August 2004
Tickets:   HK$388, HK$588, and HK$788
   ALL HK TICKETING & TOM LEE OUTLETS
Bookings Hotline:   (+852) 3128 8288
Web bookings:   www.hkticketing.com

 

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