Lady Gaga comes to Hong Kong
Didn’t get any tickets? That doesn’t mean you can’t get a decent dose of Lady Gaga-fever. Louise Choi gets swept up in the hype
So you weren’t in the ticket line for nights on end, dolled up in a meat uniform and with Bad Romance on endless repeat? We kind of question your commitment* but we also want to help you get in on the Gaga delirium currently overtaking the city. Even if you’re not able to go to The Biggest Name In Pop’s four sold-out Hong Kong shows, there are plenty of ways for you to go ra-ra…
Still hunting tickets?
Yes, there are still some out there. If you desperately want in, we firstly recommend combining your Gaga-love with a good cause. Hong Kong Dog Rescue is auctioning two pairs of tickets on their Facebook page (facebook.com/hkdogrescue). Post your bid on their wall and feel good for supporting a worthy cause. Cut off is May 2.
Then there’s a stack of competitions. MTV Asia has a pair of prized passes to someone who snaps themselves in their favourite little monster costume (www.mtvasia.com/win/lady-gaga-the-born-this-way-ball-contest). Gay bar Psychic Jack has two tickets for someone who spends more than $150 at their bar on April 28. (1/F, 30-32 Wyndham St, www.facebook.com/Psychic.Jack.Lounge). Asia World Club has a fat stack of 10 up for grabs (on.fb.me/asiaworldgaga). And you could win tickets through online music giant Moov just by signing up to a Moov ID (bit.ly/GTMPYY).
No luck? There’s always the treacherous scalping waters. The online world is flooded with Gaga tickets, ranging from face value to nose-bleeding prices. Most of the tickets going on Asiaxpat (hongkong.asiaxpat.com/classifieds/tickets-vouchers), geoexpat (bit.ly/geoxpatgaga) and Lady Gaga Hong Kong Fan Club (ladygagahk.com) seem legit and not too marked up, but authenticity is completely unguaranteed. Proceed with caution.
Host your own Gaga party
Sure, you could go to the concert. Or you could bring the party to you. First, set the scene. Put on The Monster Ball Concert DVD (available at HMV, citywide, $110) for the big-beat atmosphere and grab a disco ball from Temple Street Night Market in Jordan.
Then, you need drinks. We hear Ms Germanotta is partial to a tipple, so Gaga-inspired cocktails will do just fine. Deal up some poker face cocktails (tequila, triple sec and pineapple juice) or knock back an Alejandro or two (tequila, chestnut liqueur, herbal liqueur and cream), and get the Gaga-juices flowing. You could also indulge in the glorious Be Gaga’d cake from Ms B’s Cakery (from $550, www.msbscakery.hk).
Dressing up is obviously mandatory, but which way to go? It doesn’t have to be complicated. You could try the classic bedazzled bra and undies, a la Telephone; or perhaps get inspired by her bubble outfit, which merely requires you, while naked, to attach some transparent balloons to your birthday suit (we’re sure Balloon Art, www.balloonart.com.hk, can help); or go the whole hog and go a meat dress. Her most controversial fashion statement was apparently raw flank steak (pick up loads, delivered to you, from meatmarket.com.hk.) Then, just dance…
Go and see her…
If you tend toward the fanatical (we know who you are) then you could catch her at the airport. While her people are being very cagey about when she’s arriving, she’ll definitely be flying from Korea after her concert in Seoul, and rumours on fan forums suggest April 30 or May 1. China Daily reported that she’ll be staying at the Four Seasons in Central (although we’ve also heard this is untrue), and we think the Ritz-Carlton might be a better bet. Take a chance and try her at either for a glimpse. If you’re really desperate to get up close and personal, how about checking out Lady Gaga, wax-style, at Madame Tussauds (Shop P101, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Rd, The Peak, www.madametussauds.com).
Lady Gaga plays AsiaWorld Arena on May 2, 3, 5 & 7.
The ultimate fan: Daniel Poon, Chairman of Lady Gaga Hong Kong Fans Club and Webmaster of Gaga Source (gaga-source.com)
How are you going to prepare?
Together with other executive members of the Lady Gaga HK Fans Club, we are preparing society T-shirts for our members. Also, we are thinking about having a ‘flash mob’ to share our joy in welcoming our Mother Monster.
What are you dressing up as?
I might dress up as Zombie Boy but I am still deciding.
How did you get your tickets?
I queued for three days to buy my tickets (*that’s the commitment we’re talking about).
What time will you arrive at the arena?
I’ll probably arrive at 8am because I want to try to get a place in the Monster Pit.
And what is your ultimate Gaga song?
Born This Way. I like the idea in this song; that is, we have to be ourselves. And the melody is just amazing.