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10 Can’t-Miss Concerts & Festivities of September 2017

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The month of August is about to pass, you probably escaped the death-defying summer of Hong Kong, or high-tailored out of wintery Australia. It’s September dammit! And you’re ready to soak up cooler climates, take on those New Year resolutions you’ve procrastinated for months, and try that new restaurant in town you couldn’t be bothered to visit in August. But then, it hits you. Yes, you can partake in all these activities, but you forgot the one major thing the start of September always means: Social Season.

From 1 September to 31 December, you can pretty much forget about whatever detox plan you had, because somewhere in the next four months, there’s a buffet, music concert or bottle of champagne with your name on it, and damn if you’re gonna miss it!

Wanna kick off the social season right? Grab your mates and check out the medley of concerts and festivals happening on both sides of the hemisphere! Here’s the top 10 events you won’t wanna miss in Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia:

Hong Kong


American pop group OneRepublic’s performing in Hong Kong this September for one night only!

When:     19 September 2017
Where:    AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena
Tickets:  From HK$688

Ariana Grande

As a part of her Dangerous Woman tour, celebrating her third full-length album, Ariana Grande is making her first ever performance in Hong Kong.

When:     21 September 2017
Where:    AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena
Tickets:  From $888, CLICK HERE

G.E.M Queen of Hearts

Hot off of her latest album, Heartbeat, Hong Kong’s “Queen of Pop” will perform her latest hits for her hometown fans.

When: 16 – 17 September 2017
Where: Hong Kong Coliseum
Tickets: From $298, CLICK HERE


Beertopia is Hong Kong’s bona-fide largest craft beer festival. Started in 2012, the festival is now in its 6th year. The 2016 festival featured over 15,000 attendees at the Central Harbourfront trying over 500 different beers from around the world!

When:     22-23 September 2017
Where:    Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong
Tickets:  Various Prices, CLICK HERE

Road to Ultra

The 2nd annual Road to Ultra Hong Kong will touch down on September 16th (Saturday) returning at the beautiful stylish outdoor location of Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District with world-class international acts and unparalleled production, bringing music fans & revellers a one-of-the-kind multisensory festival experience. This year’s guaranteed a double-up, 2x times bigger with unparalleled production!

When:     22-23 September 2017
Where:    Western Cultural District, Kowloon
Tickets:  Varied prices, CLICK HERE

Sydney, Australia

Sydney Fringe Festival

Heading into its eighth year, the Sydney Fringe Festival is now the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales. Growing in footprint and diversity, this truly is Sydney’s festival. With events spread out across the city, the festival celebrates, and highlights the amazing work of local independent artists, art makers and performers. Additionally, it invites audiences to visit undiscovered parts of the city, a new venue or a secret bar, and discover the fantastic creative offerings Sydney’s artists prepare year-round.

When:    1 – 30 September 2017
Where:  Across Metro Sydney
Tickets:  Varied – priced according to event

Surry Hills

Surry Hills Festival returns with Spring for another fabulous celebration in and around Ward Park and Devonshire Street, Crown Street,  Shannon Reserve, laneways, pop up spaces and great venues and creative outlets across Surry Hills. Experience the fascinating heritage, creativity and innovation of this unique urban enclave. With great food and produce, art, design, live music, entertainment and more, there is something for everyone.

When:    23 September 2017
Where:  Surry Hills, Sydney
Tickets:  Free to Enter

Ariana Grande

The pop-queen brings her solo tour down under with a two-night only performance in Sydney!

When:     8 – 9 September 2017
Where:    ICC Sydney Theatre
Tickets:  From AU$101, CLICK HERE

London Grammar

Joining a pantheon of British dream pop purveyors ranking alongside Cocteau Twins, Portishead and Tracey Thorn, London Grammar will soar back into Sydney with their generation-defining sound for a Concert Hall debut of pure, startling beauty.

When:     25 – 26 September 2017
Where:    Sydney Opera House
Tickets: AU$99, CLICK HERE

Tina Arena

Australian pop icon Tina Arena has announced she’ll be going on the road to celebrate the release of her new Greatest Hits & Interpretations double album with the Innocence to Understanding Tour!

When:     23 September 2017
Where:    ICC Sydney Theatre
Tickets:  From AU$121, CLICK HERE

Stay nearby the concert halls! Book Ovolo Woolloomooloo or The Woolstore 1888 Darling Harbour now.

Ellie Kate

Amadou is an American-raised, Hong Kong-based writer, communicator, and all-around lover of travel & food. He speaks four foreign languages and loves recommending new and exciting things to people whenever they go somewhere new. When not managing  his day job, you’ll probably find him at a happy hour or at the park with his Maltese Terrier, Maxx.