Hong Kong concerts drawing global talent

An unprecedented slew of top acts is slated to perform at one of two inaugural music fests in Hong Kong as the city looks to get an economic and image boost following the SARS outbreak.

Prince will open the Hong Kong Harbor Fest (Oct. 17-Nov. 9), organized by the American Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Hong Kong government, with the Rolling Stones, Neil Young and Michelle Branch among those who will perform over four weekends.

Other acts include Air Supply, Charlotte Church with Jose Carreras, the Gipsy Kings, Santana and Westlife. Local performers include Andy Hui, Boy’z, Nicholas Tse, Gigi Leung, and Joey Yung and Twins.

The privately organized Rockit Music Fest (Oct. 25-26) boasts an alternative lineup of 24 acts so far, including Supergrass, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Electric Eel Shock .

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