Hong Kong’s biggest music festival is in Central Harbourfront this year and it’s nearly upon us. From global superstars to underground beatmakers, local indie acts to HK club regulars, there’s a wealth on offer across the coming weekend as the city welcomes close to 120 acts performing across three days. And that’s before you add in all the other tricks Clockenflap has up its sleeve, from immersive entertainment to theatre, DJ production schools, interactive art and more.
But let’s be honest, we’re all there to soak in as much music as we can before HK heads back into cultural hibernation for the year (aren’t we?!). So who to see and who to miss when the clashes just aren’t in your favour? Dive into our plans for the weekend and if you don’t agree, make your own, it’s your festival Hong Kong.
Bad Bad Not Good
Able to sneak out early from the office? Catch busker turned pop star Michael Lai or HK Indie Supergroup I See The Light Before Our Planet Explodes. Me, I’ll be staking out a front row spot for Canadian hip-hop jazz virtuosos BadBadNotGood as they set about melting down their instruments. End the first night of the festival taking in the epic Icelandic lullabies of Sigur Rós.
18:00 @ HarbourFlap
Street singer and busker turned indie pop star
I See The Light Before Our Planet Explodes
18:30 @ FWD
Stage Post metal supergroup formed from the remains of a number of acclaimed HK indie groups
19:45 @ FWD Stage
Hip hop jazz heads go deep.
20:15 @ KEF Stage
Math rock with a Canton Twist
21:00 @ HarbourFlap
Epic Icelandic lullabies and soaring melodies aplenty.
Fat Freddy's Drop
End up at Beer Bay last night? Let’s take things easy to start with as José González brings his signature indie folk to the harbourfront. Gently does it, there you go, nice and loose now, get moving to rave revivalist Lone or the legendary seven-piece dub-funk-reggae of New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop, soak up some hipster magic with Pumarosa and get those hips slinking at Blood Orange. Ready to go off? MIA is here to take things global- expect an epic and politically-charged set of anthems.
*Note: If you don’t fancy MIA post rock titans 65daysofstatic have been tragically scheduled to clash with her. Get some noise in you!
15:45 @ HarbourFlap
Indie folk straight to the heart.
Fat Freddy’s Drop
17:15 @ FWD Stage
Pure fun. Big beats, soulful dub, techno rhythms, delivered by a 7 piece band (and a man in his vest & pants…usually)
18:00 @ Electriq Stage
Sonic The Hedgehog at a rave.
19:00 @ KEF Stage
East London Dance Rock. Yes they have sax. I repeat they have sax.
20:00 @ FWD Stage
Soak in nostalgia drenched vibes as Dev Hynes weaves politics, art, and gender into slinky jams
21:15 @ HarbourFlap
Music’s most intriguing megastar. Controversial, provocative noise pop
Soak in the sun-dappled indie of Yo La Tengo or check out the future pop of Shura as we make our way to the end of the weekend. Then get boisterous with muscular math rockers Foals before we bliss out with The Chemical Brothers (or check out the equally euphoric SBTRKT) to see us off into the night. And you’re done. Savour it yeah, it only comes around once a year.
16:45 @ FWD Stage
Eclectic indietronica. Think St Vincent, Robyn.
Yo La Tengo
18:15 @ FWD Stage
Expect shoegaze lullabies from these experimental Alt rock heroes
19:30 @ FWD Stage
Math rockers turned stadium superstars. Expect beards and bouncing.
Birdy Nam Nam
20:00 @ FWD Stage
Expect electro wizardy from the French DJ Crew
20:30 @ Robot Stage
Drum n Bass godfather here to shake ur body.
The Chemical Brothers
21:15 @ Harbourflap
90s British Club Anthems a plenty
21:30 @ KEF Stage
Sophisticated and soulful UK dance… clash with Chemical Bros tho