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From Indie to Underground: The Hong Kong DIY Rock Scene in the Post-Hidden Agenda Era

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Hidden Agenda was an unlicensed live music venue created in 2009 in the biggest industrial zone in Hong Kong, Kwun Tong. After relocating three times, it permanently closed in the year 2017. While it was active, it has been in the spotlight as one of the key examples of how independent music struggles in Hong Kong. This chapter scrutinises the cultural turn in the local indie music scene after the closure of Hidden Agenda and how the scene continues to thrive in a more “underground” setting.

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  1. 1.

    Yeung 58 referring to the unit on the eighth floor of Yeung Yiu Chung No. 5 Industrial Building.

  2. 2.

    Industrial Building Revitalization Scheme was announced by the government of Hong Kong in 2009. According to the authority, the aims of the scheme are to provide more floor spaces for suitable uses in order to meet Hong Kong’s changing social and economic needs. The scheme was implemented since April 1, 2010.

  3. 3.

    Energizing Kowloon East scheme is to advocate the transformation of Kwun Tong into the second central business district (CBD) in Hong Kong, after Central.

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    Live house is a term originated in Japan, meaning music venue featuring live music. In this chapter, live house is a general term I use to describe music venues in Asia.

  5. 5.

    The Hong Kong Coliseum, commonly known as the Hung Hom Coliseum, is the most popular stadium for local mainstream popular music known as “Cantopop”.

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Wong, A.Ck. (2021). From Indie to Underground: The Hong Kong DIY Rock Scene in the Post-Hidden Agenda Era. In: Charrieras, D., Mouillot, F. (eds) Fractured Scenes. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-5913-6_11

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