Friday, December 6, 2013

Clockenflap 2013

I had Sunday passes to the Clockenflap music festival in Hong Kong last weekend. Friday and Saturday had more of the big name headliners, but the Sunday lineup really stood out to me. Clockenflap was so much more than a music festival. It had art exhibits, and artisan markets, and interactive tents with fun activities. My favorite was the silent disco. There was a dj and a dance floor, but everyone wore headphones and from the outside looking in, it seemed like we were dancing to silence. Only we could hear the music!

Dancing at the Silent Disco

The setting of Clockenflap was incredible. It was on the Western Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, with a crystal clear view of downtown. Some of the bands commented on how beautiful it was (Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara even commented that she was moving to Hong Kong). I only saw two bands even though there were loads of other stages and options. Tegan and Sara was the first, and they were fun and cute and sounded great live.

Tegan and Sara at Clockenflap 2013

The second band I went for was Metric. Emily Haines is truly a rocking badass inspiration for us all. They actually blew the entire sound system a couple songs in and had to clear the stage for ten minutes (which makes me sad to think about which songs they had to cut in those ten minutes they lost). This was my second time seeing Metric and this performance was mostly songs from Synthetica. Sadly, my favorite Metric song Empty was the song that blew the electricity so I never got to hear the end of it. Not Metric's fault at all though, and they handled it well.

Metric at Clockenflap 2013


Clockenflap has pulled in some amazing acts both this year and in years past, like Franz Ferdinand, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, De La Soul, Santigold, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Hot Chip, Los Campesinos, YACHT, and Modeskeletor. I am already excited to see who they come up with for next year!

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