Gwen Stefani to perform during Hong Kong Rugby Sevens week

By Nazvi Careem

Three-time Grammy award winner and No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani is set to perform in Hong Kong as part of the city’s week-long Cathay Pacific-HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sevens festivities in early April, according to the South China Morning Post.

The 49-year-old singer, songwriter and actor is set to perform on Friday, April 5 at Central Harbourfront, with the SCMP attributing the information to a source close to the Hong Kong Rugby Union. The tournament takes place from April 5-7, several miles away from the Central area of the Hong Kong Island.

However, Hong Kong Sevens organisers have yet to announce the on-field acts at this year’s tournament, but the pioneer of the rugby sevens game has certainly upped their game as they seek to maintain their reputation as the most prestigious tournament on the HSBC World Sevens Series circuit.

In the past, Hong Kong has featured acts such as The Proclaimers, Smash Mouth – who are playing in Singapore this year – British cult group Madness, American glam band Village People and Abba tribute band Bjorn Again.

Stefani is one of the biggest name to feature in the Hong Kong Sevens entertainment package. Her sultry vocals first captured the world’s attention in 1995 with the No Doubt hit Don’t Speak, from their breakthrough album Tragic Kingdom. She won two Grammies with No Doubt for best performance by a duo or group in the early 2000s and also shared an award with rapper Eve on the track Let Me Blow Ya Mind.

In a recent unofficial ranking list compiled by World Rugby and not for public consumption, the Singapore Sevens want placed second out of the circuit’s 10 legs for its top facilities and family atmosphere, with Vancouver earning top place.

Hong Kong was fifth and organisers are this year hoping to raise the bar so they can rise up the ranking.

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