[Summer Features] Hidden Agenda 與你何關? Why Does Hidden Agenda Matter To You?

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Chapter 3:

Why Does Hidden Agenda Matter To You?

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Hidden Agenda —— 香港最著名的 Live House,是本地樂圈無人不曉的聚腳地。經過多次搬遷後,HA再次面對此問題。儘管受到地下音樂界的支持,他們仍然成為工業大廈活化計劃的犧牲者,而未來仍然充滿不可預見的危機。我們決定藉此探討 Hidden Agenda 與本地音樂愛好者不可分割的關係!

Hidden Agenda, the most well-known live house in Hong Kong, is no stranger to our local music lovers. After multiple times for relocation, the team is forced to move again very soon. Despite of receiving huge support from Hong Kong’s underground music community, Hidden Agenda becomes a victim under the scheme of industrial building revitalisation. Whilst the future of HA is still unforeseeable, we decide to take a look at why they matter to everyone who loves music here! 

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Bane – proudly singalong

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I Killed The Prom Queen – fist high!

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King Ly Chee – HK hardcore legends

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Warbringer – metal exchange

Origin – crowd-surf to the ceiling

Because You Can Mosh Freely

HA每年邀請過百國際樂隊到港,在沒有觀眾欄和保安規則的場地演出,你可以自由Mosh、盡情Headbang而不受騷擾。你甚至可以跳上舞台,崇拜你的搖滾英雄 ; 有時候,他們還會邀請你一同合唱舞動。聽眾成為主動參與者,台上台下互相帶動現場整體氣氛。上面是我們在HA見過最激烈的反應。

Hidden Agenda invite over hundreds of international bands to Hong Kong every year to perform in barricade-free, no-security-guard venue. You can mosh freely and headbang fiercely without interruption. You can even jump onto the stage while worship your rock n roll heroes, and sometimes, you get to singalong and dance with them. Audience become the active participants who also help driving the overall atmosphere.Above are some of the most ferocious crowd we’ve seen.

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Epica – held by Hidden Agenda

Warbringer - join my party...

Warbringer – join my party…

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The Devil Wears Prada – back-flip

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Kalmah – 😀

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Seasons For Change – one of the brightest newcomer in the local scene

Adept - mosh, dive, jump, repeat.

Adept – mosh, dive, jump, repeat.

Because It’s The Place For Metalheads

每個香港金屬迷知道HA是聚腳點 —— 不論是要看實在重型的演出,讓你任意 Mosh Stage Dive 的地方,或是找志同道合的朋友討論音樂。全因為台上台下零阻隔,即使結他手牽動一條弦,你也能看到其他線微微的震動。場內亦無音量調控或時間限制,只要你玩得盡興就好。

Every metalhead in Hong Kong knows HA is the place to be if they are looking for powerful concert to mosh and stage-dive freely, or people who love the same genre to have discussion with. Because of the intimate setting, it’s so close that when the guitarist hits one string, you can nearly see all other strings’ tiny vibration. There is no volume control or time limitation – just dive in till your shirt is full soaked in sweat.

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Havok – chilling after show

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Epica – held by Hidden Agenda

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Adept – beer time!

Bonaparte – alternative rock x art x party time

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Charm Charm Chu – celebrating birthday on stage

Because You Can Hang Out With Your Favorite Bands

Hidden Agenda 大多時候也沒有「VIP 貴賓專區」或「明星架子」,99%的樂隊,不論在台上台下,也是以友善和幽默感去迎接觀眾。相信沒有一個樂迷不喜歡與自己喜愛的樂隊來罐啤酒吧。這可是辦 Live House 的首要規則 —— 表演者和觀眾都享受的地方。

For most of the time, there’s no such thing as VIP or I-Am-The-Superstar mentality in Hidden Agenda. 99% of the bands played here are down-to-earth, humble and have the best sense of humour. They like to greet their fans and of course, we all enjoy hanging out with our favourite bands. It’s the rule No.1 of running a live house – a place where both performers and audience enjoy.

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Bonaparte – swedish alternative rock full of surprises

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Vader – mosh till you drop

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Carcass – death certificate concert series by hidden Agenda

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Arkona – bagpipe for folk rock

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Asking Alexandria – held by Hidden Agenda

Because It’s For Minority

為什麼世界各地來港的表演者會選擇在這個城中的隱蔽角落演出呢?眾所皆知,香港提供的娛樂場地非常有限,而大多數附有冗長的規條,當然也少不了一堆潛規則。而似乎只要在沒有安全問題的前提下,HA容許表演者自由發表意見和作演出安排,不分音樂流派。如果你是少眾的一部分 —— 不管是不適合主流場地的樂手,抑或是尋求獨特音樂體驗的觀眾,這就是你要去的地方。

Why performers choose to play in this hidden corner? Hong Kong has offered very limited venues for live entertainment, and most of them, have a list of guidelines and of course, unspoken rules to follow. In HA, from what we notice, artists are free to express their messages, regardless of their genre, religion, stage arrangement as long as there’s no harm to safety. If you are part of the minority, either you are Artist who does not fit into the mainstream venue, or Audience who look for unique music experience, this is the place to be.

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Charm Charm Chu – local thrash power

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Our Last Night – drumming in front of HA logo

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Adept – mosh and dance

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Unleash The Archers – no rules on gender, race and genre

Because It Represents Our Music Culture

當你正在讀這篇文章,相信你必定曾經到訪 Hidden Agenda。沒論您喜歡什麼音樂風格,從流行到後搖,以至器樂到極端金屬 ; 亦不管是熱血表演者或是隨意的觀眾…… HA不之不覺已成為香港音樂文化一部分,就像北京的MAO、芝加哥的Double Door、東京的Studio Coast等,這已成為我們的現代獨立音樂文化搖籃。所以可以的話大家多多參與未來的現場活動吧。Because It’s A Family. Because It Matters.

As you are reading this, no matter what kind of genre you like, from pop to post-rock and instrumental to extreme metal, or if you are in a band or just an occasion gig-goer, you must have been to Hidden Agenda at least for once. It has become part of our music culture, like MAO in Beijing, Double Door in Chicago, Studio Coast in Tokyo, etc. This has become the cradle of our indie music culture which many may have taken for granted. So stand up to support HIDDEN AGENDA by going to shows and spreading the news. Because It’s A Family. Because It Matters.

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