Revellers at this year’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will enjoy a bounty of music to accompany the world’s biggest rugby party as the Hong Kong Rugby Union hosts an expanded entertainment schedule to add to the overall Sevens experience in 2018.
The action starts on Thursday evening, 5 April, with a helping of “Red, Red Wine” as famed English reggae-pop outfit UB40 get fans into the groove with a guest appearance at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in Wanchai in the Hong Kong Sevens kick-off concert.
UB40 will take fans on a walk down memory lane with a band who have charted an astonishing 50 times with hit singles in the UK across their 40-year career.
Known for their reggae-fied cover of Red, Red Wine, a song first performed by Neil Diamond, whose “Sweet Caroline” has become one of the most anticipated songs of the Sevens each year, UB40 formed in Birmingham, England in the late 1970s.
They have gone to sell more than 70 million records thanks to “Red Red Wine” and other hits like “Food For Thought”, “I’ve Got You Babe,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.
UB40’s new album “A Real Labour of Love” reached #2 on the UK album chart.
After UB40 starts Sevens weekend on a lively note, the excitement will continue to grow inside the stadium with a special appearance from quadruple platinum recording artists Smash Mouth, presented by Cathay Pacific, co-title sponsor of the Hong Kong Sevens.
Smash Mouth will take to the Sevens main stage on Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm, with all five members of the classic Smash Mouth line-up performing together for the first time in nearly a decade.
Formed in late 1994, Smash Mouth proved an instant sensation with their major-label debut “Fush Yu Mang”, which - spurred by hits such as Walkin’ On the Sun”, quickly went double platinum, setting the stage for their high impact follow-on album, 1999’s “Astrolounge”.
That album heralded another string of chart-toppers for Smash Mouth with “All-Star”, “Then the Morning Comes” and “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” all climbing the charts, sending “Astrolounge” into orbit as the album approaches Quadruple Platinum status.
Buoyed by their success, Smash Mouth soon branched out into the film world by providing the musical heart of the soundtracks for “Shrek” and “Rat Race”.
Recent years have seen successful collaborations with Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC fame and in May, Smash Mouth will release their long-awaited, all-acoustic version of their debut album “Fush Yu Mang” in its entirety.The band has also begun work on a brand-new album of original material set for release in 2019.
The Hong Kong Rugby Union is also excited to share the platform of the Hong Kong Sevens with some of Hong Kong’s hottest local music acts, Chochukmo and Andy is Typing.
Five-piece, indie-experimental rock band Chochukmo burst onto the local music scene in 2015 and have garnered rave reviews for their eclectic musical stylings that blend classic rock with elements of jazz, punk, dance and even Bossa Nova!
Chochukmo has built a massive local following through their high-energy live shows and have been named as one of Hong Kong’s Top 20 musicians by Time Out Hong Kong and CNNGo’s Hong Kong Hot List: 20 people To Watch list.Time magazine has called them “perhaps the most charismatic band to have emerged in southern China in recent years.”
One of Hong Kong’s leading alternative rock bands, Andy is Typing, is set to rock the North Stadium stage at the Sevens on Friday, 6 April at 1.30pm, with Chochukmo appearing on the same stage at 4.00pm.
Mr Sam Pinder, General Manager, Hong Kong Sevens at the Hong Kong Rugby Union commented on the expanded line-up of enteratinment around this year’s tournament.
“In keeping with our drive to add to the overall experience around the Sevens, 2018 marks the first year that we aare putting dedicated entertainment acts outside of the Stadium or So Kon Po as part of an expanded entertainment line-up both inside and outside of the Sevens.
“With UB40 one of the world’s most popular bands and charting once again in the United Kingdom this month, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to get the Sevens party started a bit early and share their talent with the whole of Hong Kong in the Hong Kong Sevens Kick-off Concert,” he said.
“We also have an expanded line-up of musical entertainment inside the stadium with Smash Mouth and some of Hong Kong’s top bands delivering the music and entertainment that the Hong Kong Sevens has become famous for.
“The entertainment will once again provide the perfect accompaniment for the true stars of the show - the world-class rugby on offer in 2018,” added Mr Pinder.
The list of musical entertaiment at this year’s Sevens continues the stellar line-up of international stars to have graced the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens stage in recent years, with the likes of Madness, The Village People, the Beach Boys and David Hasselhoff thrilling fans with their performances.
“The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens showcases the world’s best rugby sevens action out on the pitch, and the kind of entertainment off the pitch that Hong Kong is famous for. The appearance of UB40 once again showcases how the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens truly is the where The World Comes to Play,” said Pinder.
The musical entertainment in and around this year’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is made possible by the support of Cathay Pacific and HSBC and Hong Kong Sevens Kick-off Concert sponsors Marriot Rewards, Carlsberg, Kukri, Coca-Cola, Fullshare, Gulf Oil Marine, Mason Group and Sacred Hill.
We are delighted that the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2018 has been recognised as an “M” Mark event that helps enhance the image of Hong Kong as Asia’s sports event capital. The “M” Mark awarded by the Major Sports Events Committee, symbolising intense, spetacular and signature event in the territory sports calendar.