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Join Us! The Next Level

the future ... we know the way! or one way, at least ;)

In case you missed the memo: As of January 2012 our little bubble of quality music finally slips into the commercial swamp that is Wyndham Street … but the force & family behind Yumla is still very much alive, with some ambitious plans for the HK club music scene.

if you care anything about enjoying quality underground clubbing, properly tuned sound systems, techno, house, d&b and breaks, partying past sunrise, hooking up with good people (and a decent drink service to boot) i.e: tunes.booze.people … you really want to sign yourself up to our new SMS mailing list right now:

to join the future:

Send a blank e-mail to with SUBJECT: +852-YOUR-MOBILE … obviously replacing the words ‘your-mobile’ with your actual Hong Kong mobile number.

Privacy Statement: At most, there will be 2~3 text messages per month, only sent from projects directly related to Yumla (our events, venue information, parties, promotions, ticket receipts, etc). Your name, e-mail & mobile number will not be made available to any other company or group.

International mobile numbers are also welcome but we cannot guarantee every country can receive free incoming messages. Your choice. Only messages sent to HK phones are guaranteed free.

Lastly, even if you know one of the Yumla management or DJ crew personally, you must add yourself to our mailing list. We will not randomly add everyone in our contact list.

See you on the other side!

End Of An Era

Public Release:
1st December 2011

Bad news. Bar Yumla is closing down.

Our last day in that venue is Sunday 1st January 2012.

Do you really need to ask why?! Our property was recently sold to a new owner and the new landlord (our third landlord in 9 years) jacked up the rent by almost double.

The kind of numbers on offer give us no room to renovate, improve or manoeuver Yumla into the next couple years … so basically we are giving up the space. Many good venues in HK are shutting down as I write this … there must eventually be an adjustment. As for us? We began on the fringe, now we are smack in the middle, and the middle is not somewhere a place like Yumla can easily exist!

Myself, Patricia and the many DJs & producers behind Yumla have continuing plans & ideas for the future of underground clubbing in Hong Kong – plans which simply won’t fit in our existing venue. And so with no regrets now is the right time to give up our lease. The scenery in Hong Kong has changed much since 2003, and we have our sights set on something better.

The last 8+ years have been awesome! The sheer volume of collective memory attached to our little underground home is far too great to comprehend: People became couples, couples got married, kids have been born, friendships made between people from all over the planet – all brought together in our little bar because of a shared loved for underground club music. Innumerable parties have been had, numerous DJ careers started … Yumla undeniably spread the word.

There are only five weeks remaining in which to say farewell to the old gaff, so party like a pro as our ever-fantastic resident DJs do the honors. Our last event falls – quite fittingly – on New Year’s Eve.

End of an era? Definitely.

End of Yumla? Definitely not.

~ Dan F

minimood label night

Coming up on Saturday 22nd October we are proud to host a MINIMOOD label night in Hong Kong featuring VOLT.MAR (Abbruchhaus) & VALENTINO DE BRONFF (Minimal Tokyo) … the guys will be playing all vinyl all night and nothing but the finest minimal house from 10PM-4AM.

Minimood has been around since c.2007 and is one of the very few, new generation house labels to put out their releases almost exclusively on vinyl. This, coupled with the fact both guys only spin records, means that the entire night will feature some of the most unique music being released today.

2011 – 2003 = 8

Here we are again – another year, none the wiser! Yumla is 8 years old this weekend.

On both FRIDAY & SATURDAY nights (14th & 15th of October) we have two massive parties lined-up featuring all the awesome resident DJs who’ve supported us throughout the last 12 months:

Frankie Lam, Basil Tam, Kerri Monk, Ocean Lam, Alan Pak, M@i, Imai Fukutaro, Frederic Neve, Yiannis, Ma Sir, DJ Ball, AKW, Miko Van Chong, Sharvax plus a few special guests sneaking into the mix.

Too many years? Too many DJs! Two long nights and tons of free booze*. So get down early at 9PM for everything because there will be no warm-up sets … we’ve been warming up since 2003 :S

* (Open Bar 9-11PM but only if you know the secret handshake &/or Mr. Doorman recognizes you. Unrecognized freeloaders will be sent home.)

yumla knows:namito

We just can’t get enough of Namito and he just can’t get enough of Hong Kong.

Saturday 1st October 2011, mark it down … the man returns – not only for a sure-fire gig with Frankie Lam & Basil Tam – but also to shoot a music video in our city for his upcoming release on the Greenhorn label.

yumla knows:martin eyerer

he’s baaaack! a man that needs no introduction, having rocked yumla several time in the past, martin eyerer fully intendeds to do the same again next weekend. supported by resident basil tam and plenty of vodka.

2011 Update

Wow … seriously!? Half a year?! Perhaps the website is due for a quick update!

We get many e-mails asking what’s happened to our online scheduling – which had been updated religiously every month since 2003…

Well, straight answer: Our music policy hasn’t changed in years – and because ALL of our resident & new DJs are supremely talented (they kick ass) – there will always consistently be gloriously great club music filling our cosy basement between 10PM-5AM every Friday & Saturday night.

Without fail.

And despite an obvious dilution of the club, venue & party scene in recent times – Yumla quite happily prevails. It’s almost embarrassing. Our unflinching & clear music policy, ever-present *cough* built-in p.a. system, indoor / outdoor park location, decent quality drinks and 24 hour liquor license … is still a unique combination in this city.

So! If you are missing out on the stream of info & dialog once offered by this website, your best recourse is to LIKE our FaceBook page. For all intents & purposes FaceBook has focused a large percentage of internet discussion into one place – just deal with it.

Click the link below for continued enlightenment & enjoy the rest of 2011!

yumla knows:edit select

Friday 11th March 2011 … put your deep heads on and be prepared for losing it to the sounds of edit select (aka Percy X).

This Scottish deep-techno producer / DJ has appeared in more underground DJ charts in the last 20 years than just about anyone else. If his music is good enough for Richie, then edit select is sure as hell good enough for you lot!

Featured on labels as diverse as CLR (Chris Liebing’s label) to the massive Osgut-Ton out of Berlin’s palace of insanity, Berghain – and naturally you’d expect to find music on the legendary Scot label Soma – we are looking forward to a night of properly deep, properly slamming techno of the very highest quality.

Backed-up by Yumla residents Ocean Lam & Basil Tam, this is one Friday night which will go down in the history books under ‘Huge’.

yumla knows:namito

long time coming! we’ve been trying to arrange a gig with the legendary namito for well over a year but – busy international dj schedules being what they are – we just had to be patient.

saturday 29th january 2011 the kling klong stalwart and greenhorn kingpin will be supported by residents basil tam & ocean lam … quite frankly 2011 couldn’t possibly get off to a better start. Once again, yumla:knows will present underground techno & tech-house at a quality level otherwise unheard of in this city.

Because we rule like that.

p.s: fresh new lighting routines have been programmed into the L.E.D. panels … so keep your eyes wide … some very trippy shizznit in store!

club of the year 2010

Big thanks to Time Out magazine for the award, and thanks to all of you lot for supporting us in what has most certainly been the toughest year of our existence. Hope to see you all during Xmas & NYE, and we’ve got some great surprises lined up for the start of 2011!