19 October 2018
Police officers showed up (left) at an outdoor dance party (right) advertised on Facebook (inset). Photos: Apple Daily, Twitter, Facebook
Police officers showed up (left) at an outdoor dance party (right) advertised on Facebook (inset). Photos: Apple Daily, Twitter, Facebook

Cops called to outdoor party near reservoir

A private outdoor dance party in Shek Kip Mei ended abruptly when police officers showed up after neighboring residents complained about noise, Apple Daily reported Monday.

About 200 partygoers were spotted dancing and drinking liquor they had brought to the open space above the service reservoir on Berwick Street Saturday night.

Police found no controlled substances at the scene. They took down the personal information of the party organizers but made no arrests.

An organization named Totoro Typhoon is believed to have been the host, the report said, with two French people and a Hongkonger surnamed Leung being the main contact points.

The party at “Paranoid Park” was advertised on Facebook, with an entrance fee of HK$40 per person. It was to be held between 10 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday.

Large speakers and fluorescent lanterns were hung on trees at the venue, about two basketball courts in size.

Artist Iris Wong, whose stage name is “DJ Miss Yellow”, was hired as the disc jockey.

She said it was a great place for people who would not want to spend too much on going to clubs to a party.

At about 10 p.m., some 200 people turned up at the party, 70 percent of whom were foreigners.

Residents of the area complained they could not sleep because some of the people at the party were screaming at the top of their lungs.

At around midnight, police were called, and three officers stopped people at the entrance.

No application was filed to the Water Supplies Department to rent the venue.

All the partygoers had left by around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Organizers asked them to continue the party in Lan Kwai Fong.

Leung said the party was held with the sole purpose of having fun with different people, and the fees collected will be used to fund upcoming events.

Five hundred people signed up for the party, and only half showed up, he said.

One of the partygoers said it was regrettable that there were so few outdoor places that could be used for parties in Hong Kong, whereas there are so many beaches and islands in Southeast Asian countries dedicated for the purpose.

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