Foreign bands escape charges for playing without work visas

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Hong Kong's indie music community may enjoy foreign bands, but visitors can run afoul of visa authorities. Generic Photo: iStock

Charges were dropped for four musicians from two foreign bands after they had been arrested by Hong Kong immigration officers for performing without work visas at an underground performance venue in Kowloon last year.

British band TTNG (This Town Needs Guns) posted a statement on Sunday on its Facebook that “the pending legal charges made by the Hong Kong Authorities against TTNG & Mylets have been dropped and no further action is to be taken.”

TTNG said they were “delighted” and “relieved” and the band wanted to appreciate all the support from their fans morally and financially.

TTNG and Mylets had been invited by Hidden Agenda, an indie music venue in an industrial building on Hung To Road in Kwun Tong, for a performance in May last year, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Immigration officers and police raided the venue with riot shields and police dogs and arrested three TTNG musicians and one member of US band Mylets on suspicion of breaching their conditions of stay by performing.

Hui Chung-wo, founder of Hidden Agenda, and two other workers were arrested but released without charge.

Hidden Agenda closed down the venue last October, Apple Daily reported.

Read: Visiting UK, US musicians arrested for ‘illegal work’ in HK

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