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Leon Lai performs at the Dragonland Music Festival. Photos: Kitmin Lee

Hong Kong waterfront rocks to debut Dragonland Music Festival

Canto-pop, electronic dance music and contemporary pop joined forces as Japanese American DJ Steve Aoki, Leon Lai Ming and The Black Eyed Peas led a music line-up that had the crowd jumping on a very cold weekend in Central

The Dragonland Music Festival breathed a little fire over the 40,000 people who braved the cold weather and flocked to the Central Harbourfront over the weekend to catch the debut edition of the city’s latest large-scale music event.

Sunday’s crowd at the Dragonland Music Festival.

With just one huge stage set against the iconic Central skyline, Dragonland found a festival formula that works in Hong Kong, by combining Canto-pop with electronic dance music (EDM) and contemporary pop.

The festival opened on Friday night with a full-scale Canto-pop extravaganza featuring Leon Lai Ming, with the Hong Kong icon making a successful return to the Central Harbourfront after his concert series at the same venue last year was marred by cancellations over safety violations.

DJ Steve Aoki throws cake at the audience.

Saturday’s line-up was dominated by stars of the EDM movement, and Japanese American DJ Steve Aoki provided one of the highlights of the night when he performed his signature move and threw cakes at people at the front of the stage.

Carly Rae Jepsen.

The festival wound up last night with a pop-oriented line-up featuring Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, and US pop-rap act Black Eyed Peas, who were making their first appearance in the city since 2009.

The Black Eyed Peas.

The Peas bought the festival to a suitably euphoric close with live renditions of fan favourites such as I Gotta Feeling and Where Is the Love?

Rapper Iggy Azalea.