One of Hong Kong’s most well-known live music spots, The Wanch, brought back its free annual music festival, the H2 Festival 2024, to showcase 100 local bands over the course of 10 nights. This year’s edition of the festival will also have a new event called the H2 2024 Grass Roots Weekender to give up-and-coming Hong Kong-based acts a platform to show off their skills. The two-day event will see 25 bands take the stage from 4:15pm onwards for a minimum of 20 minutes.

JULY 13JULY 14
LanalyRockmentals Nepal
Paper GirlGiorgio Manzoni
Stone DragonsBrain Burn Band
TurbulentFeel The Noise
Off ScheduleMidnight Wander
Relic ft PacoVortex
Jorjor WelBad Actors
Day’s End QuartetPoltergeist
HiByeThe Intervals
The Pro NounsHappy Lamb Band
KarmageddonScars of Time
The OctopusBebe’s Wish
El Kapitan & The Privates
The line-up for the H2 2024 Grass Roots Weekender (© The Wanch)

The new two-day event features the acts who originally applied to be part of the H2 Festival 2024 line-up, but who could not find a spot there as the organisers say the showcase was “massively oversubscribed”. So they decided to add another weekend to feature bands like alt-grunge rock outfit Karmageddon, rock quintet Scars of Time, alternative/hard rock Filipino group Bebe’s Wish, and emo rock-indie pop duo HiBye. While several acts play original music, there are others that do covers, like Giorgio Manzoni who sings Ed Sheeran tracks, and The Pro Nouns who do under-appreciated rock B-sides.

The H2 Festival 2024 started as a one-night affair in 2010, and is one of the best platforms in the city for local artists to play live gigs. The event will now be in The Wanch’s new location at 90 Jaffe Road, which opened in 2022.

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Header image credits: Hong Kong Rocks, Scars of Time

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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