Lion Rock Festival 2015 makes their come back as the ultimate stage for young talented student musicians in Hong Kong.
Led by students from King George V School, the festival will feature 3+ hours of live music performances by over 15 Hong Kong schools: playing punk, grunge, alternative rock and blues. (I am sure that it will be an entertaining night simply judging from the photos of the bands…) In addition to an awesome night filled with music, there will also be amazing barbecue food from the South African Shop available for purchase.
Sean Derman, the head organizer of the festival, explains how his passion for music motivated him to bring back this tradition. “As a musician myself, I find it really important that young musicians have a medium in which we can express not only our talent, but our passion for music. Lion Rock is actually offering multiple music- related opportunities such as professional studio recording time. We thought it was also a truly awesome way to link music to a charitable cause. This year, all of our proceeds will go to Liberty Asia, a charity dedicated to combating modern child slavery. We chose this charity because we think that it’s very easy to relate with and is a increasingly prevalent issue in today’s society.”
Although Hong Kong music scene doesn’t exactly have the best reputation, the community definitely has improved in the recent years with the help of popular musical events such as Clockenflap, Ultra and Y-Rock. Clockenflap Co-founder Justin Sweeting also provided valuable consultations for the organisation of the festival and Tom Lee providing the expensive equipment leasing.
Sean appreciates all the support that he has received and firmly believes that with the growing music scene in Hong Kong and the emergence of tech platforms like SoundCloud, Hong Kong musicians will soon be under the spotlight and be able to show the world what they’ve got.
Photo Courtesy of Lion Rock Music Festival