Clockenflap Hong Kong: from Kaiser Chiefs to Feist, these are your must-see Friday night acts
The first day of the festival is jam-packed with great acts from around the world. To make it a little easier to decide who to catch, we’ve made a list of some artists who are sure to get your festival weekend off to a cracking start
These Hong Kong alt-rockers – whose full name is A New World If You Can Take It – are unusual in that they have dropped the guitar entirely and rely on three lead bass players. ANWIYCTI produce a melodic, distorted sound that will appeal to fans of indie giants such as Sonic Youth and Pavement.
Where and when: 6pm, Harbourflap stage
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This instrumental band from France make intricate music that’s best described as math-rock. But like a lot of bands in the post-rock genre, Totorro take a slow-burn approach to their craft, with their tracks slowly evolving from quiet, calm introductions into euphoric, epic crescendos. Fans of Sigur Ros and Mogwai should take note.
Where and when: 6.45pm, YourMum stage
Canada’s indie darling will be making her long-awaited Hong Kong debut at Clockenflap and will be the first big-name international artist to take to the stage at the festival. Leslie Feist will be revisiting her extensive back catalogue during her performance, from her early jubilant numbers such as 1-2-3-4 through to the more angsty sound of her latest album, Pleasure.
Where and when: 7.30pm, Harbourflap stage
Hip hop has exploded across China this year and the biggest outfit are the Higher Brothers. The four-piece outfit from Chengdu in Sichuan province focus more on hedonism than politics and their feel-good tunes have notched up millions of views on YouTube. Catch them before they hit the big time internationally.
Where and when: 8pm, FWD stage
These post-punk, new-wave British icons will bring the main stage to a euphoric close on the opening night when they make their first appearance in Hong Kong. Since forming in 2000, the five-piece outfit from Leeds have released six albums of tunes ranging from straight-up pop to dance rock, and have a formidable reputation as one of Britain’s best live bands.
Where and when: 9pm, Harbourflap stage
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Korean-American producer Jennifer Lee has made a huge splash in recent years with her signature mix of hip hop, trap, electronic and R&B. Her instrumental beats have been released on previous Clockenflap guest Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. During her live shows she cuts and splices her tracks on the fly, producing a bone-shaking melange of grooves.
Where and when: 9.30pm, YourMum stage