Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s music and arts festival of the year, is back for its 10th run! What started out as a 1,500-people free festival at Cyberport gradually became a full-on three-day fiesta, mixing big names like New Order, A$AP Rocky, The Flaming Lips with up-and-coming international and local acts. In time for the announcement of the final lineup, here are our picks of music acts to look out for.
Set to close the festival on Sunday, MASSIVE ATTACK will be performing their one and only Southeast Asian show at Clockenflap 2017. The British trip-hop group has been actively producing music and art for over two decades and has released five critically acclaimed albums. With wide speculation that frontman Robert “3D” Del Naja is, in fact, the mysterious artist Banksy, don’t be surprised to see some Banksy graffitis popping up in the festival.
You may not instantly recognise her name, but you’ve definitely heard her songs this Summer. After all, her song ‘Lean On’ is the most streamed track of 2017 on Spotify. Having collaborated with Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and more, this is just the beginning for Danish singer-songwriter MØ. Known for her wild stage presence and great festival anthems, we can certainly count on MØ to get the festival started on Saturday.
Billed as ‘a grassroots voice of rebellion’, the Grammy-winning world music group returns with their hypnotic groove and unique blend of western rock and Arabic tunes. First formed in Algeria, the Tuareg group returned to their birthplace Mali after the ceasefire in the 1990s. The group has been touring for almost 20 years now and has a legion of followers including Bono, Chris Martin, Thom Yorke and many more.
Formed in 2013, the Japanese electro-pop trio has skyrocketed to fame in the span of four short years. And many would agree that the group’s popularity in Japan and abroad owes largely to its uber-charismatic and edgy vocalist KOM_I (pronounced as ko-mu-eye). Don’t worry if you don’t understand Japanese – the trio’s dance floor bangers and frenetic energy will surely get you off your feet.
For regular festival goers, the five-piece genre-bending experimental rock group really needs no introduction. Returning for the second time, the boys have come a long way since their Clockenflap debut in 2012. A China-wide tour, multiple brand endorsements, two albums and a groundbreaking multimedia and music project in 2016 are just some of their recent endeavours. Chochukmo’s ever-inventive arrangements are bound to surprise new and long-time fans alike.
Few have lived a life fuller (or cooler) than DJ Kulu. An acclaimed photographer since the Swinging 60s and 70s and lifelong Jazz lover, DJ Kulu began his DJ career in London. He has since lived and opened a club and a cellar bar in Edinburgh before returning to his homeland Hong Kong in the 90s. Now 70 odd years young, the city’s undisputed ‘Godfather of DJing’ and ‘The Ultralounge’ crew continue to be in demand and will be bringing their evergreen Jazz beats to Clockenflap on Friday night.
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