Live music in Hong Kong falls into four main categories.
At the top of the program are the major venues, seating hundreds and the natural port of call for international orchestras, pop stars and the like, whose very name is enough to ensure seats sell out in a trice.
Secondly are the bars and restaurants – such as Grappa's Cellar in Central – which stage live music by professionals, be it jazz, easy listening or indeed anything which will accompany patrons' drinking and dining.
Thirdly are the more informal places, usually a pub, which attract enthusiastic amateurs who like to play a particular brand of music and whose friends usually flock to give them some support. Perhaps The Wanch, in Wan Chai, is the prime example.
Lastly – and least of all – are alternative venues, well out of town, which stage alternative music for up and coming bands and performers.
Hong Kong is more famed for its business acumen than its cultural offerings, but a healthy live music scene is a sure sign that there is another side to the city rather than simply making money. And when it comes to the amateur performers, it's amazing how many of them are holding down a regular job wearing a suit from nine to five.