Written by James Bernardo
Clockenflap is upon us once again, as Hong Kong’s biggest music festival gets underway with it’s 10th edition this Friday at Central Harbourfront
As always the weekend is jam packed with experiences for your eardrums. With music from local icons, to legendary international acts and independant up and comers you’re sure to find something to fit your tastebuds.
Yet beyond the headliners and familiar names there’s a wealth of talent to unearth. To aid you in your quest for your ‘new favourite band’ we’ve put together three highlights from each day to add to your rolodex/mobile
ANWIYCTI | Fri 18.00 | Harbourflap Stage
Fresh off the plane from Icelandic Airwaves Festival this Hong Kong band is driven by three lead bassists, producing a potent stew of digitized fuzz against pounding rhythm . A regular at the city’s independent venues (r.i.p Hidden Agenda) catch them before they go global!
For fans of: Muse, Pavement, Sonic Youth
Totorro | Fri 18.45 | YourMum Stage
Lock into some fun, energetic math rock riffs right after work with this instrumental French quartet. Syncopated beats, dueling guitars, twinkling melodies and chunky riffs, perfect to get you into the spirit of things.
For fans of : Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Tortoise
Higher Brothers | Fri 8pm | FWD Stage
With hip hop booming in China, ‘the hottest rap crew in East Asia’ bring their chaotic live show beyond the great firewall. Tag along with all the Hypebeasts making their way over to the FWD Stage to catch their debut Hong Kong show
For fans of : Migos, 50 Cent, J Cole
David Boring | Sat 16.00 | YourMum Stage
Expect confrontational post punk magic from proponents of some of the finest angrier sounds from the Hong Kong underground.
For fans of: Black Flag, Swans, Sonic Youth
Wednesday Campanella | Sat 17.00 | FWD Stage
One of J-Pops more eccentric acts, don’t miss a live show ripe with on stage theatrics and audience interaction as they bring their signature mix of J-pop. EDM and Hip Hop to the Harbourfront.
Onra | Sat 10.45 | YourMum Stage
Lush beats and R&B grooves laden with worldly flare are Onra’s signature. Pull up and lock in for a journey through sound.
For fans of: Madlib, Flying Lotus, Daedelus
Mitski | Sun 15.30 | YourMum Stage
Japanese American singer songwriter with big, awkward tunes that play with dynamics and flirt with noise, delivering an experience that can fill you with joy yet leave you wistful. Or something..
For fans of:Diet Cig, Angel Olsen, Big Thief
Young Fathers | Sun 16.45 | Your Mum
This controversial Edinburgh trio bring a phalanx of sound that doesn’t quite fit within the safe confines of ‘genre’. With an incendiary live show and otherworldly energy, they’ll get your Sunday ticking along nicely.
For fans of: Roots Manuva, Shabazz Palaces, Ghostpoet
Ibibio Sound Machine | Sun 17.00 | FWD Stage
Don’t miss the uplifting electronic afro-funk majesty of eight piece Ibibio Sound Machine. Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams expect nothing less than exhilarating ride from one of the expected live highlights of the weekend.
For fans of: William Onyeabor, Daphni, Songhoy Blues