Hidden Agenda, one of Hong Kong’s most beloved indie live music venues, recently announced its imminent closure slated for late-October, but its owners have come up with a plan to save the space—in doing so, saving one of the remaining cornerstones of the local live music scene.
Founded in 2009, the medium-sized gig space in Kwun Tong is well suited for lesser-known independent music acts, having hosted thousands of international gigs since—at reasonable ticket prices to boot—ranging from metal to post-rock to indie pop over the years.
Its announced closure was due to a rectification order by the Lands Department, which stated that Hidden Agenda violated leasing agreements by running a non-industrial business (a live music venue) in its current industrial space.
Its plans to save the space inevitably result in moving yet again to a brand new location: Hidden Agenda plans to apply to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department for “Food Factory License” and run Hidden Agenda as a take-away food stall, which can also introduce live music. If it succeeds, this could be the first step to making Hidden Agenda a legal business within an industrial building.
Here’s the thing: Hidden Agenda needs funds to make it happen. It’s launched a direct crowdfunding campaign on its Facebook, asking for a total of $500,000HKD to pay for the fee for a Food Factory License, as well as the necessary construction works.
As of September 6, it has received donations of only $49,050 HKD—a measly 0.09% of its target! Time is ticking until its deadline of September 15, and Hidden Agenda needs your help.
To donate, you can send money by bank transfer to Bank of China or Hang Seng Bank; See their Facebook page for more details.
In the countdown towards the current event space’s closure is a roster of excellent indie gigs, so check them out while you still can.
Edit: As of September 12, Hidden Agenda has reached its crowdfunding goal, with funds to spare: $517,368HKD. Looks like they'll be rocking on through to 2017! Look forward to HA 4.0 at the end of this year.