2016 will feature the most expansive entertainment
offering ever for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens as the
Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) plans to delight the expected 120,000
visitors to the tournament with seven days of fun billed as HKSevens Rugby Week.
Among the highlights of the week-long rugby
party is the HKSevens Kick-off Concert on Wednesday, 6 April, at
the Sevens Village directly across from the stadium.
David Hasselhoff, international recording artist
and star of the seminal television series Knight Rider and
Baywatch, will host the concert. Hasselhoff, who will also appear
inside the stadium throughout Sevens weekend, will be joined by
Scottish rockers The Proclaimers and renowned ABBA tribute band
Hasselhoff was a staple of the television coverage
around the last year's Rugby World Cup in England and is excited
to experience what is widely hailed as the rugby world’s biggest
party, the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
"We need some rugby action and a world-class party and the best
place on earth for that is at the Hong Kong Sevens," said David Hasselhoff.
to be this year’s Ambassador... I may even bring my car and the
Baywatch babes, although from what I understand about the Sevens,
there should be several people dressed up in their red bikinis
Hasselhoff shot to fame in two of
television’s most famous and long-running shows, Knight Rider, in
the role of Michael Knight, and Baywatch, as hunky lifeguard Mitch Buchannon. His role in Knight Rider won him the People’s Choice
Award for Most Popular Actor and both series remain in syndication
throughout the world.
Hasselhoff also starred as
lifeguard Mitch Buchannon on Baywatch, a programme he also
executive produced. At its peak, Baywatch was aired in 140
countries and watched by over one billion viewers per week,
leading Hasselhoff to be named by the Guinness Book of World
Records as the “Most Watched TV Star in the World”.
Hasselhoff’s legend has only grown since those iconic roles.
He co-starred in the second sequel to the biggest TV movie of all time, Sharknado 3, and recently completed production on the second
season of UK comedy series, Hoff The Record, which was picked up
this month by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV and will air for the first time
in the United States starting in March.
continues to chart new ground in social media as well. His
appearance in True Survivor, the You Tube video for the
Kickstarter-funded martial arts film Kung Fury, has attracted more
than 21 million views.
2006, after his fans launched a tongue-in-cheek website, “Get
Hasselhoff to Number 1”, his single “Jump in My Car”
debuted at number three on the UK charts after over 40,000 fans
signed up to receive an “Hoff Alert” e-mail when it was time to
purchase through internet downloads of the single.
Hasselhoff has starred on Broadway (Jekyll & Hyde), the West
End (Chicago) and on the Las Vegas stage (The Producers) and has
appeared as a judge on the blockbuster TV series America’s Got
Talent and Britain’s Got Talent. He has spoken at both the Oxford
and Cambridge Student Unions (joining past speakers such as
Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and the Dalai Lama).
The multi-talented entertainer has also established an
enduring reputation as one of the world’s most popular recording
Like the Sevens, his popularity
transcends international boundaries. His music career took off in
Europe in the late 1980s after a concert for hundreds of thousands
of Germans on New Year’s 1989 at the Berlin Wall, a performance he
reprised for the event’s 25th anniversary in 2014, which was
featured in the National Geographic documentary Hasselhoff vs The
David Hasselhoff will be joined in
the HKSevens Kick-off Concert by Scottish band The Proclaimers,
featuring twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid. Best known for
their global hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, the Proclaimers tour
extensively around the world. The band’s song “Letter from
America” peaked at number three in the UK Singles chart in 1987
and their album “This is the Story” went gold, followed by another
smash follow-up, the “Sunshine on Leith” album, which featured the
hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)”. They have released ten studio and
three compilation albums since their debut recording in 1983.
“We’re very excited to be heading to Hong Kong for
this year’s Sevens. We’ve heard so many great things about the
event and we are looking forward to performing there immensely,
both at the stadium on Saturday lunchtime and at the official
kick-off concert,” said the Reid brothers.
in Australia in 1988, ABBA tribute band Björn Again has toured
around the world to international acclaim and has performed at
large rock festivals like Glastonbury and Reading and at the Royal
The entertainment on offer at the
Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens has expanded in recent years
with performances from international music artists becoming a
feature of each year’s in-stadium entertainment. Previous Sevens
have seen the Beach Boys, Queen Extravaganza and the Village
People entertain the capacity audiences over the weekend.
The HKSevens Kick-off Concert will be the perfect warm-up
for a weekend of world-class sport and entertainment. Tickets for
the concert, which is capped at 3,500 spectators, will be
available for HK$199 and will go on sale from 1 March through Ticketflap.
VIP packages for the HKSevens
Kick-off Concert can be purchased directly from the Hong Kong
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