Cheers dar­lin’

The prince of pen­sive pop bal­lads re­turns to Hong Kong for an in­ti­mate per­for­mance in Wan Chai

Hong Kong Tatler - - Concierge | Hot Ticket -

amien rice’s de­but al­bum O, with its aching, melan­cholic bal­lads such as The Blower’s Daugh­ter and Can­non­ball, shot the Ir­ish singer to fame and for­tune back in 2002. The 12 tracks in­cluded three top-30 UK sin­gles and went quadru­ple-plat­inum in the UK alone. Rice was off to a crack­ing start, but fol­low­ing dis­ap­point­ing sales of his sec­ond al­bum, 9, in 2006, he van­ished to Ice­land and—much to the heart­break of his fans—stopped mak­ing mu­sic. Rice was feel­ing pres­sured by the in­dus­try to pro­duce records and si­mul­ta­ne­ously suf­fer­ing a cre­ative block. The world was barely to hear a peep from Rice for the fol­low­ing eight years. Thank­fully, the si­lence was only tem­po­rary as the trou­bled trou­ba­dour re­turned from hia­tus in 2014 with the al­bum My Favourite Faded Fan­tasy. Last year, he blew away fans in Hong Kong when he head­lined the Clock­en­flap fes­ti­val on the main stage. Re­turn­ing to the city on May 31, Rice will be giv­ing an in­ti­mate per­for­mance at The Vine Cen­tre in Wan Chai. For the few hun­dred fans lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket, this will be an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to see this award­win­ning multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist in an up-close-and­per­sonal set­ting. tick­et­flap.com/damien­rice

“o” so pen­sive From top: Damien Rice re­turns to Hong Kong; Miyuki Kanei and Raphaël Canet of Ma­landain Bal­let Biar­ritz ap­pear in

as part of Le French May; Olivia New­ton­john brings her inim­itable style to the HKCEC

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