Underground 118

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May 19
 

Local rock showcase

The Underground prides itself on curating music events showcasing local and international acts. Helmed by scene stalwart Chris B, the organisation has helped more than 430 bands perform at numerous clubs, bars and other venues throughout Hong Kong. By putting the spotlight on some of the city’s hidden musical treasures, The Underground invites you to discover and enjoy some good live music you probably never knew existed.

For this event, the lineup consists of four local bands playing various degrees of rock at Central’s popular music lounge, Orange Peel. Scheduled to open are The Sleeves, four British musicians based here in Hong Kong. They’ve toured China, Cambodia, Taiwan and England, have played at numerous festivals and supported big name acts like Peaches and Gary Numan. Look forward to the arcade rock group’s crazy power chords and forceful drum beats. Joining them on the bill are Still Mind, playing a brand of melodic alternative rock. Fun fact – band members have been rumoured to be famous Hong Kong musicians. Whatever the truth, Still Mind prefer to keep their names low-key and have their music take centre stage. Following them come Shotgun Politics (pictured), sure to entertain the crowd with their energetic pop rock. Long known in the city, the band’s style of ‘party rock’ is always a hit. Ending the night with a bang are Dowa Towo, a trio from Hong Kong and Japan, aiming to please punters with their indie-rock vibe. Relative newcomers to the scene, the band played their first gigs just last year and are exactly the kind of up and coming act The Underground is famous for showcasing.
It’s clear. Anyone in need of a good rock show should head over to the Peel. Enjoy some lesser-known groups and maybe find your new favourite band while you’re at it. Marie Wolf

Underground 118 Thu May 19, 8pm, Orange Peel, Central. Tickets: $90 (adv), $120 (door, inc one drink); undergroundhk.com.

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