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It started off the same way most party's do in Hong Kong, Opening at 11:00 and it being a bit sedate and dull, but sure enough the people did come and soon enough queens was filling up.

11:00 - 12:00 Moony
12:00 - 01:00 Eddie
01:00 - 02:00 Peter
02:00 - 03:00 Yin
03:00 - 04:00 Chris Lee
04:00 - 06:00 Thierry Wils
06:00 - 07:00 Moony

These were the times and sadly i missed the middle selection as i moved venue's for a short time, Yin would have been one to see, which was my plan but sadly missed that. However a great atmosphere with friendly people. A bit dark and smokey but the light emnating off timo maas's face on the projector sorta lightened the place up a bit.

Overall a decent party, a decent croud, a decent night.

 

S on the 28th was a party which was organised for HkTeen's in the upper years of school and anyone else who wanted to come.
It took place on discovery bay beach on saturday the 28th and had approx 70 people there at one point.
The party was a themed party, S was chosen as the magic letter and teens flocked from all over HK to the distant beach for a good gathering and some social contact.
It started at around 9 and continued well into the early hours of the morning.
Zouked Out…Outrageous, Outstanding, And Out of This World…
ZoukOut Nokia Remix 25 & 26th July 2003
Review by Hellokitty

As I stumble off the three and a half hour flight to Singapore the first thing I hear transmitting out of the speakers in their DutyFree shop is the track Miro – The One I Run To; a track off the new Deep Dish Global Underground Toronto CD…definitely a high-quality start to this spectacular weekend

Zouked Out has chosen Marina Bay Waterfront as their two-day venue, which over looks the city skyline with full stunning views of their superb buildings and their finest hotel; The Fullerton. This area is well laid out with a shuttle bus going from various points in the city to the venue and back, an information booth right at the entrance, 7 bars, 2 VIP bars, 9 food stalls, 2 massage areas, 2 First Aid/Security Booths, a number of portable loo’s, a carnival area and a Mandala Art area; even if the music is not your cup of tea you still have many other forms of entertainment to keep you entertained throughout the night.


The first night’s line-up consist of all LIVE ACTS… the night starts at 8:00pm

8:00pm – 9:30pm Dj Andrew Chow
9:30pm – 11:00pm Gus Gus (Iceland)
11:00pm – 11:30pm Dj Andrew Chow
11:30pm – 12:30am Dirty Vegas (UK)
12:30am – 1:30am Dj Has
1:30am – 2:30am Stereo MCS (UK)
2:30am – 3:00am Dj Has

First to perform is GUS GUS probably the most successful band to surface from Reykjavik, Iceland. They originally started with a team of 12 members from a variety of different backgrounds including filmmakers, computer programmer, a photographer, a Dj, an actor and even a political campaigner!! But know they’re down to 4 members who are now signed to Darren Emerson’s Underwater Label. They had a hit earlier this year with their track called “David”, it was released twice with a range of different mixes from King Britt, Medicine 8 and my personal favorite mix Darren Emerson Underwater mix.

After their performance there’s an hour break so that the stage crew can change the stage set up for the next band. During the hour Dj Andrew Chow plays some Disco Funky House tunes for us to funk to. During this hour we took advantage of the Carnival Ride, the Bouncy Tigers Mouth for a lil bouncing fun… If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, they have plenty of food outlets where you can get some snacks. The most popular must have been the Turkish Vendor who were selling these fabulous sandwich buns with roasted chicken or beef…I must have had at least 2 a night!!! YUMMY….

Next up is Dirty Vegas; Paul Harris, Steve Smith and Ben Harris (no relation o the former) hail from Kent and South London with each having very different musical backgrounds. That is by way no problem for the trio who topped the charts last years with their Grammy award-winning track “Days Go By” (Best Dance Recording 2003) and nominated for “Best Music Video, Short Form”, this track was later used for a Mitsubishi commercial in the United States.

Dirty Vegas starts on time…they come out playing some of their new more chilled out tracks. The lead vocalist Steve Harris is great; he can sing, play the guitar and handle percussions with such ease.

GHOST, their second single of their self-titled album’s started by taking it slow and at the half way part they go electronic on us and pick up the pace. The crowd is with them dancing and with their hands in the air. Next up is a rendition of their HUGE hit days go by…at which they say, “This is Days Go By” and it’s pandemonium!! They go large for and we’re with them every second as they carry out this fabulous tune even with the extended intervals of bongos and percussions!!! They end it on the highest of highs or as high as you can get in Singapore… DIRTY VEGAS ROCKS = )

An Hour and a half of Dj Has of Singapore brings us to the Stereo MC’s; they’re inspired by electro, hip hop, funk and dub. Established way back in 1986, now with 3 albums under their belts and producing hits such as “Connected” and “Deep Down And Dirty” they are truly an act you don’t want to miss.

By 3am the first day’s events are now coming to a close…

Day 2

The line up is unbelievable, 4 areas with different sounds and concepts, this is sure to be a treat. They have the Regional area where Rough, Hong Kong’s Dj Tommy, Grant Smillie, Sonny, J6, Juri, Manolet, Gabriel, Gerald and Riri. Over to the Velvet Underground room where Jeremy Boon, Brendon P, Blaze, Kenny * (Masters At Work) and Bugz In the Attic will bringing you HOUSE. Superstar Area, better known as the GLOBAL UNDERGROUND area will hear the likes of Singapore’s favorite local Dj Tony Tay, Aldrin, Australia’s Phil K, James Lavelle and the main event is none other than Sasha!!! James Zabiela was not able to come so they have Ashley Casselle playing after Sasha to wrap up the night. Over to 4th area, which is called Mambo Jambo, this area is all about CHEESE, 80’s tunes, top 40 and Hip Hop…just for all of you who might not be into the fast paced electronic music being played in all the other rooms.


Arriving at around midnight, just in time to catch the end of Phil K’s high-energy break beat set. Did you know that Phil K has also been listed among the “25 most important people in Australian dance music??” Next up is James Lavelle, the founder of MoWax, and also conceived the Unkle project. His set is made up of break beats, which contain a lot of tracks his trademark band sounds.

The main event Sasha is making his way up to the stage….

Sasha takes the stage and the crowd goes mad. Whether you’re in the front row or at the farthest point of the 10,000 followers you’re still feeling his presence nonetheless. He comes out strong and keeps the crowd in the palm of his hands for the duration of his 2 hours set. He played a wicked set, the best I’ve ever heard him play!!! He closes his set with a track called “Cowpander” a mash-up mix record (his classic Xpander mashed with Underworld’s classic Cowgirl) and Adam Freeland’s “Smells Like Freeland” which is a remix of Nirvana’s chart topping hit “Smells Like Teen spirit” The crowd kept the energy up for his final 15 minutes by showing nuthin’ but love for the legendary Sasha.

And the final Dj of the event was Ashley Casselle, within minutes after he started his set he dropped the newly remixed classic track “I Feel Love” by the soulstress Donna Summer, the new remix is courtesy of Danny Howells. By this time it is around 4:30am and I’m pretty beat but I stay to benefit from Ashley’s solid grooving set.

The Mambo Jambo area closed at 5am with most of the party people from that area moving the Global Underground area keeping it nicely busy till the early morn.

All in all, this was an excellent event. I’ll definitely make my way over to Singapore next year for their next big ZoukOut shindig!!!

If only Hong Kong could find sponsors such as Nokia, Citibank, MTV, or Tourism Board to host such an event that is so in tuned with today’s youth and music!!! …. I only wish. I’m not going to hold my breath…. I’m just gonna keep dreaming for that day to come = )

Enter Brazilian drum n’ bass legend and V Recordings artist DJ Marky, teamed up with the legendary MC Stamina for the drum n’ bass party of the century for Hong Kong.  Undoubtably one of the most talented and electrifying DJ’s to emerge in the under populated scene of drum n’ bass in recent years DJ Marky broke through the glass ceiling with his album “The Brazilian Job”.  His phenomenal technical skill however was not what kept the crowd’s overt attention at Skitz Night Club, the DJ Marky and MC Stamina tour hot spot; it was his energetic enthusiasm and passion for the music that is his signature alone. 

 

Joining Marky on the tour was MC Stamina whose popularity has been ever increasing since connecting with the Movement crew and working with popular Brazilian DJ’s, such as Marky and Patife.  There however are simply not words to describe the full capacity of MC Stamina’s abilities.  Not only does he create lyrics that seamless mould to the instrumental side of drum n’ bass, but his spellbinding delivery is absolutely magical. 

 

The night was filled with raw energy and passion that was easy to see with the packed out dance floor and non-stop movement of the entire crowd, which is simply not a common site for Hong Kong’s typical drum n’ bass nights.  So what this says to me is two things: first, DJ Marky and MC Stamina exhibit unsurpassed talent, expertise, and versatility and here in Hong Kong we can only dream of their return, and second, that the drum n’ bass scene here in Hong Kong has been kick started and is finally receiving the attention it deserves.  Continuing along this note leaves me to enter a plug for the party organizers “Koncrete Jungle”, who have relentlessly and persistently been pushing the local drum n’ bass scene for a number of years, and lets hope that their recent successes will give all of us die hard fans more great music to look forward to.

Jin Tha MC (who gained himself the title of being the 1st ever Chinese/Asian rapper to be signed to a major record deal under the Ruff Ryders record label) performed to a jammed packed Club Ing in December.

There was no room to move anywhere on the dance floor when Jin came out and laid down some wicked tunes including his recent hit single “Learn Chinese”.

Armin Van Buuren came on at about 2am and started off with some progressive tracks on the first of the three days “Hong Kong Biggest Winter Dance Festival”.

By the 30 minute mark he mixed in some quality trance including ‘Motorcycle-As the Rush Comes’.  You could see that he loved every minute his 4 hour set at Hitec. A group of fans stayed put at the front of the crowd the whole time and got to meet the man after the show for a quick autograph session. He left the next day to work on his 2nd Album and hopes to come back to Asia, especially China in 2004.

Starsailor visited Hong Kong for one gig over in Wan Chai. Supported by one of the hottest local bands ‘Whence He Came’, Starsailor sung a variety of tracks from their first and second album that was released this year ‘Silence is Easy’.

Tracks on the night included, ‘Four To The Floor’, ‘Alcoholic’ and of course ‘Silence Is Easy’. Their performance was superb with various crowd interactions during their constant guitar changing. I think whoever went along had a good time and would welcome them to return.

HOME NIGHT CLUB played host to the GRAND FINALS of the PIONEER HOME DJ QUEST last Saturday night, 22nd November. The night attracted many punters showing support for the six finalists.

It was definately a good sight to see so much support for 'underground dance music' in Hong Kong. Its not often you can pack out a club full of musically inclined clubbers, so it was indeed a breath of fresh air.

As we mentioned before, there was no second place glory. There would only be one winner, who would take home the grand prize: a residency with HOME & a PIONEER DMP-555 pro DJ digital media player.

And though DJ's Victor, Jonnie K, DJAS, Pixel, and Bowie tried their best to impress the judges... it was DJ DARKA who rose above the rest to win in the end.

Expect to see DARKA on HOME's roster in the coming new year, with a launch party to kick off the his residency.

Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible: PIONEER, as well as HKclubbing.com, and CAT (caterpillar brand) wristwatches.

This is the 117th show of the tour and we're very pleased to be doing the last one in front of you, " said a super energetic Mick Jagger midway through Sunday night's show which closed out the Hong Kong Harbourfest.

That said, an 18 month "40 Licks" tour which took the Rolling Stones to 21 countries concluded with a blistering 19 song set.
 
Considering that it's taken the group four decades to come to Hong Kong, the 13,000 capacity crowd knew they were in for a once in a lifetime event.  The Stones did not disappoint.  With a rare amped up Hong Kong audience on hand, Jagger, for one, pranced around the stage like a man half his age. 
 
The opener "Brown Sugar" segued into "Start Me Up" during which Jagger quickly shed his green silk jacket for a t-shirt.  Every inch of the stage was used by the entire group to gesture, preen, incite and thrill the crowd.  "You Can't Always Get What You Want" became a mass singalong, after which the surprise chords of "Monkey Man" made even t jaded concertgoers go silent with surprise.  This lead to an extended dark version of "Midnight Rambler"
 
The night's other chilling moments were provided by an intense duet between Jagger and backup Lisa Fisher on "Gimme Shelter", as well as a gritty "Street Fighting Man".  "Honky Tonk Women" featured a humorous risque manga cartoon involving a woman's body and a gigantic pair of lips. 
 
Predictably, the evening finished with "Satisfaction" and an encore of "Jumping Jack Flash".  For an obvious international crowd from around the world who were on hand to see the last date of the tour, the single encore was disappointing.
 
However, the crowd's infectious giddiness was obvious.  They'd just seen the Stones in Hong Kong for the first, and possibly last, time.  Based on this super professional appearance, the group certainly has the ability, pizazz and the stamina to do future tours.  At this point, one has to wonder if even their fans can keep up with these ageless wonders.
 
Review by: Scott Murphy

Neil Young...No Rust Here in Hong Kong. Neil Young promised to play a jamming "greatest hits" set and certainly delivered Thursday night at the Hong Kong Harbourfest.  During a mere fifteen song show that lasted over two hours, Young and backing band Crazy Horse delivered a frills free performance that made the audience realize they'd just witnessed one of the best concerts ever to have taken place in the city.

When the opening chords of "Love To Burn" rang out across the open aired Tamar site, it immediately answered any questions the audience might have had about what Young would play.  "Greendale" would be saved for another day.  Instead, fifteen minutes in, Young and Crazy Horse were still jamming like they were in their garage.. 
 
Once finished, Young announced "I'm very happy to be here in this great city of Hong Kong...this time playing for brothers and sisters in China."  And so it went with more barn storming, as the set passed the hour mark after only five songs.  A blistering "F-----n Up" was followed by a transcendent "Hey Hey My My(Into The Black)" which made many fans in the three quarter full open stadium go into a state of sheer bliss.
 
Once Crazy Horse exited, the folky Neil Young emerged.  Acoustic guitar in hand, he proceeded to completely change the tone with "The Needle And The Damage Done,", "Heart Of Gold", "Harvest Moon" and a faithful version of "Sugar Mountain" that had a pleased crowd singing along.
 
Young raised the bar even more when Crazy Horse returned.  Every note of "Like A Hurricane" left the audience in awe of a rock artist many never expected to see in the city.  And even though the encores of "Mother Earth" and "Keep On (Rocking In The Free World)" were predictable, few fans wanted to leave when Young took his grinning curtain call, arms entwined with Crazy Horse.  The thrilled crowd reaction surely must have made Young wonder why he'd never made the Asian stop earlier in his career.   This was a rare concert where the performer, in this case Neil Young, could have played for another couple hours without any complaints from the audience.  The Stones, the Hong Kong Harbourfest closing act, will have to be on peak form to top this show.
 
When Neil Young ventures down to Australia for his first shows in over a decade, fans are definitely in for a treat:  an energized performer who is clearly pleased to be playing his extensive catalog for fans half a world away.
 
Opening for Neil Young was Michelle Branch, who proudly proclaimed that one of his songs "was the second song I ever learned on guitar".  The twenty year old Branch showcased her brand of breezy guitar pop to an attentive, but largely indifferent crowd. 
 
With a pleasant forty minute performance that certainly would have held it's own on a bill with peers in her age bracket, Branch's lightweight angst had little emotional impact against the legend most of the crowd had come to see.
 
Review by: Scott Murphy
 
 

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