Qi (by @ H2 Festival 2019, The Wanch)

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Qi are an original rock band serving up good-time glitter/grunge grooves – spiked with stadium-sized hooks, spiced with rough-gutter edges and soaked in open-hearted soul.

Since emerging on the Hong Kong scene in summer 2019, Qi have rocked festivals including H2, AUOM, LKF Chillax Beer & Music Fest, and gigged regularly at all the island’s top venues including The Aftermath Bar, Peel Fresco, Rula Live and – of course – The Wanch.

Qi’s debut release, an eight-track, LP-length collection entitled Solstice – recorded at Hong Kong’s Sunset Studios in a single day and mixed by industry veteran Philip Daryl Emond – was released on Vintage Vinyl HK in May 2020.

The quintet opened 2021 with the Racing for Our Lives EP, a three-track collection conceived and recorded during lockdown and led by the biting rocker Racing for Your Life, described by by The Underground as "a tribute to the life-affirming power of live music perfectly calibrated to have a roomful of revelers singing along ... Music that is ideally meant to be played live, loud, and among friends."

In April 2021 they broke a long lockdown hiatus performing on Hong Kong’s iconic Central Harbourfront at the inaugural LIVE @ The Grounds.

A fractured harmony of big ideas and bigger personalities, Qi brings together a quintet of disparate musical voices from across East and Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East – five musicians united in their shared mission to promote peace, love and groove.

Hyperbolic press blurb and fan praise:

“Solstice is a fast-paced Glam Rock sexual romp – from the first track to the finale the band has more than enough Qi to keep the audience entertained.

“Solstice definitely works … The songs are catchy, full of musical creativity and live energy… the lyrics are very good. … Energy that’s what Solstice has. Energy, Sex and Fun” - Cyril Ma, reviewing debut LP SOLSTiCE for The Underground HK

“[#QI] look like they intend to go global: I hope the world embraces them – Hong Kong could do with a world-beating export right about now ..

"The Qi phenomenon. Ear worms galore. Qi's choicest charms are stadium fodder" - press: release

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H2 Festival 2019

The H2 Festival 2019 lasted 6 days from June 26th until July 2nd and featured 80 bands.

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The Wanch

The Wanch is a historic, friendly, hassle-free, international and unpretentious Music Club with high quality service and a wide variety of free live music.

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Gary "Gaz" Jones, Professional Photographer at gazjonesphoto.com, joined Hong Kong Rocks in early 2019.

Originally from Yorkshire, Gaz has lived in Hong Kong since 1990. He has been in the creative industry since 1978, working as a creative director both in London and Hong Kong.

His interest in photography goes back to his Art College days where he became fascinated in Black & White film photography. Gaz specializes in portrait and documentary photography, predominately in black and white, using both film and digital cameras.

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