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10th floor - Keangnam Office Building - E6 lot - Pham Hung roads , Cầu Giấy, Hanoi
“I used to study there and the IELTS class was really good, i got my result 7.0. Thank you GLN!”
This is exactly the kind of place that Hanoi needs if there is ever to be a real, vibrant and visible music scene. It's a great space with a huge outside area, smaller rooms with the potential to be used as exhibition spaces or wotnot, and a properly soundproofed area for bands. As a punter here I've always been satisfied, and having played here with my band I have to say I can't wait to play here again.
The owners are lovely people with a genuine passion for music. They're also aware of the small teething problems they've had e.g. the lighting, sound issues, and sometimes running out of drinks. But each time I've been back anything that might have been a problem the previous time has been sorted out.
So far there's been a nicely eclectic mix of bands and it feels like that's how it will continue. Not to have a dig at Freebird, but although I'm not into large groups of people sitting on the floor either, a campfire yokel vibe done well can be a good thing, and you can't expect Rock all the time just because it's in the venue's name. That'd be like going to Tet bar and expecting there to be an omnipresent tree of forbidden orange fruit in the corner, or complimentary cold boiled chicken with each drink. Every style of music should be welcome, as long as it's played from the heart rather than the head.
My hope is that more young Vietnamese people discover this place and see bands there that either make them think they could do better themselves or inspire them to be as good, but either way feel compelled to start bands knowing that they have somewhere of the right spirit to perform whatever (hopefully loud, weird and beautiful) shit that they come up with.
Viva la Rock City nhe
p.s. t'ain't Janis Joplin on the door of the girls toilets, it's Patti Smith
* No worries Freebird, all i removed were some friendly little jabs that i'm pretty sure you would have chuckled at in any case - 'the powers that be' thought you might have had your feelings hurt or a slanging match ensure, which would have detracted from the great venue we have just welcomed.
While I agreed with some of their points, hence the edit rather than a resounding 'f-off', it was somewhat of a David Lynch-esque moment of supreme irony being censored on an expat site by a westerner in a communist country...
Still surprised that as a muso in a town sorely needing a place like HRC you were so harsh...and that you left the venue before the headline act came on and based your review on the first set of the first band, but like the site says ''This is your chance to give your personal opinion, so be yourself. Your opinions are your own.''...well, most of the time.
Aaaaaaaanyways, nuff said, looking forward to seeing you play mate, perhaps you could see if HRC would will host your band?
Merry Christmas everyone!
I have to disagree strongly with your review Freebird for a variety of reasons Ill list below.
It was the first night of a venue whose owners have gone out on a major limb and put their heart and soul (not to mention a substantial financial investment) into providing something new and ground-breaking for the Hanoi live music and arts scene.
No I am not one of them nor do I have any financial interest in the place whatsoever.
HRC is easily the best live music venue in Hanoi. Period.
3 stars? That's what Hair of the Dog is currently rated for god's sake...
I for one love the big open space on the ground floor - it provides a large space to mingle and a break from the gig room if you dont like the music, and adds extra capacity to the venue in general. it's also intended to be an exhibition space for artists, hence the large open area. No doubt they'll look into covering at least the bar area in the future for weather conditions, but the two exhibition rooms will provide some respite if it pisses down.
With a capacity of 400 people (plus many more downstairs), a real stage and a damn fine brand new sound system in a SOUNDPROOFED gig room, it will be one of the key factors responsible for this city finally getting a regular piece of the regional international band touring pie in 2011 - something your inaccurate and unfair rating is not helping very much when promoters and tour managers scan this site to decide whether or not to come here...
- Yes the young kid on lighting was PRACTICING his new toy a little too much and thought Christmas had come early.
- Yes, the first band went on well past their allotted set time.
- Yes, their first set was quite mellow, at the end of which i think you must have left, because the second set was much more upbeat and had folks moving.
- The headline ROCK band for the night which came on around 11pm was anything but mellow and there certainly weren't any people on the floor...unless they fell over from the slam dancing.
You are definitely entitled to your opinion Freebird, and no doubt HRC, which is obviously a work in progress, welcomes some of your feedback, but like the venue you decided to unfairly rate so harshly, I give your review 'One Star'...and that's only because you could tell the difference between Janice and Jimmy...
Venues like this will only go from strength to strength and I'm sure that's what all music and arts lovers in the city would like to see.
Thank you for deciding to set up shop in Hanoi HRC and looking forward to what's in store in 2011!
Northern Exposure was brilliant last night, as is so much of the music that HRC puts on. Men playing here a few months back was a highlight for me and another reason why I am supremely grateful for this great venue and happy to pay a cover charge.
But, there are 2 HUGE buts (in my mind at least). Toilets. Bad. Water. Too expensive.
The loo situation at every venue in town has the capacity to get pretty rough, pretty quickly. But at HRC it starts badly. A lot. A female toilet should not smell like a putrid piss trough at 9pm, before the patrons have even had the chance to foul it up themselves with misfires and vomit. Can you do something please? Put a toilet cleaning block in the cistern, install a paper holder, up high, so when we are fortunate enough to get toilet paper for the first hour of the night, it doesn't roll off the back of toilet onto the festy floor. It's great to have soap in the bathroom, and loo paper too... But no point if it's not restocked throughout the night. Empty the bins throughout the night. Just service us people! We pay the dosh, keep the venue decent.
And 30,000 for a bottle of water is a rip off. You put signs on your wall advocating safe behavior, offering parking for bikes if people have had too much to drink (which is awesome btw). So put your money where your mouth is and make the price of water more reasonable. We may as well drink beer for that price.
I'll continue to frequent the venue, because it is great. But I think HRC can look after it's patrons a bit better than it is at the moment.
First of all, I want to say how much I love this place. It's a brilliant space, the staff are nice, and it's what Hanoi has sorely needed.
However, they need to have a word with one of their DJs. At peak time on a Friday night, he dropped the following: a slow Florence and the Machine track, that New York song by Alicia Keys, some crap drum and bass and, horror of horrors, Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. People were streaming out of the main room like rats off a sinking ship, instead of dancing away the night.
Please give us some good tunes we can dance to!
Only a moron would not see the brilliance in this place. We have needed a real live music venue for ages. It has arrived. The folks behind this deserve much praise.
Still waiting for the website to come online!!!!!!!!!
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