[HD video below] The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) has
unveiled details of the entertainment extravaganza on offer for
fans at the
2013 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens (22-24 March at the
Hong Kong Stadium).
For the first time in the 38-year history of
the Sevens, the HKRFU is inviting Sevens fans to rate their favourite Songs of the Sevens, and suggest new Sevens anthems to
be played inside the Hong Kong Stadium over the tournament
The songs of the Sevens have become iconic
reminders of the various tournaments. This year, the HKRFU is
inviting fans to vote on whether they love or hate some of the
classic stadium staples that have entertained sevens fans over the
years and to suggest the music they would most like to hear at the
world-famous Hong Kong Sevens.
All fans are encouraged to
visit the official Hong Kong Sevens and Hong Kong Rugby Football
Union Facebook pages to vote for their favourites.
The fans have
already spoken with Psy’s “Gangnam Style” an early front-runner
for inclusion over Sevens weekend, ahead of the internet sensation
the “Harlem Shake”.
The HKRFU will also initiate a Facebook campaign inviting fans to
propose their favourite song by one of the headline live acts for
this year’s Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, the Beach
In a first for the Hong Kong Sevens, Rock & Roll hall
of fame artists the Beach Boys will entertain the audience with a
short set on-event. The Beach Boys will perform immediately
following the March Past on Saturday, 23 March at 14.30 on a temporary stage set-up along the North Stand.
over 100 million albums worldwide, the Beach Boys were inducted
into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Their seminal Pet
Sounds album was named number two in Rolling Stone’s 2003 “500
Greatest Albums of All Time” compilation; the same publication
also voted “Good Vibrations” the “Number One Song of the Century”.
The Beach Boys have performed more shows than any other major
rock act. They play on average 150 shows a year, ranging from
Super Bowls to Live Aid, but the Hong Kong Sevens marks the first
time this legendary super-group has ever played for an
international rugby audience.
Other entertainment on the
weekend sees a unique blend of the cultures of East and West as
the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir will join with the Hong Kong
Welsh Male Voice Choir to perform as part of the Sevens Opening
The performance by the two Welsh choirs will
mark the first time singing has been part of the opening ceremony
of the Hong Kong Sevens.
London Welsh Rugby Club Choir
chairman Joe Jones said, “To be part of the first choir to sing on
the pitch in the 38-year history of this fabulous tournament is an
immense honour. We’re thrilled to have been asked, and are very
proud to represent both the club and the Welsh nation on this
The London Welsh Rugby Club Choir was
part of the closing ceremony entertainment at the Olympic Stadium
during the London 2012 Summer Games, performing in front of a
crowd of 80,000 and a televised audience of over one billion
The Welsh choirs’ choral performance will be
followed by a Chinese Lion Dance featuring performers from the
Liongogo Chinese tradition Culture Club and students from local
charity group, the Changing Young Lives Foundation.
Saturday, the 28 participating teams at the Sevens and members of
all 19 Hong Kong Mini Rugby Clubs will once again be piped into
the stadium by the massed pipes and drums of the Hong Kong Police,
Auxiliary Police and Scout and Fettes College Pipe bands in the
Sevens’ pitch parade.
As usual, entertainment will
be provided throughout Hong Kong Stadium on the weekend as the two
upper concourse stages host a wide variety of musical acts from
some of Hong Kong’s leading schools and performance groups
including jazz and rock bands, pipes and drums and more.
Adding to the excitement will be the sports performance
group the Kukri Cheerleaders who will be encouraging the players and the crowd alike over Sevens weekend.
world-class rugby on the pitch and world-class entertainment off
it, the 2013 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is living up to
its billing as the biggest and best Hong Kong Sevens ever!