Music

Clockenflap 2013

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Happy New Year! Kung Hei Fat Choi! Several new year celebrations have been and gone, and recoveries have been dealt with. Lots of catching up to do on post-ism.

Earlier in December I was fortunate enough to not only attend Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s largest outdoor music festival, on the West Kowloon harbour front, but also to perform for it on the third and last day of the festival. In it’s sixth year, the festival has come a long way since its first event in 2008 at Cyberport, and has grown from 1,500 people to an estimated 25,000 people over the three days last year. The beautiful weather certainly helped as did the remarkable venue. Can’t beat that view of the Hong Kong harbour!

I landed straight from a Bangkok wedding to catch one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve yet seen in Hong Kong, sharing it with the thousands of picnicking music lovers who came on Sunday to hear bands like Danish folk-electro trio Efterklang; Canadian ‘slacker rock’ rocker Mac deMarco; Toronto New Wave group Metric; synth pop twins, Tegan and Sara; and 2manydjs. The three day line up also included Aussie electro pop veterans, Regurgitator; Berlin’s dance punk outfit, Bonaparte; American blues rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; and of course headlining act Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand who pulled in a huge crowd.

With my musical partner-in-crime, Ernie, I belted out a set of Kurt Weil, jazz, and blues numbers later that night to a packed Bearded Lady sideshow tent, organised by the boys at Hong Kong’s cult menswear shop, Moustache.

Check out the Clockenflap video from RTHK’s ‘The Works’ which includes footage and interviews of many of the event’s artists, including yours truly (about 9 minutes in). Enjoy!

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Almost ready for the stage

Almost ready for the stage

Catching up with Clockenflappers and designers, Jackie Fitzpatrick (left), and Paola Sinisterra (centre).

Catching up with Clockenflappers and designers, Jackie Fitzpatrick (left), and Paola Sinisterra (centre).

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Hong Kong artist Adrian Wong performing 'Rainbow Connection' at the Bearded Lady tent

Hong Kong artist Adrian Wong performing ‘Rainbow Connection’ at the Bearded Lady tent

Me on stage at the Bearded Lady Sideshow tent

Me on stage at the Bearded Lady Sideshow tent

Japanese tattoo artist at work in the Bearded Lady tent

Japanese tattoo artist at work in the Bearded Lady tent

Adrian Wong and his new ink

Adrian Wong and his new ink

With HK musicians, The Head Clowns, and new baby

With HK musicians, The Head Clowns, and new baby

Sunset on the Hong Kong harbour doesn't get much more glorious than this

Sunset on the Hong Kong harbour doesn’t get much more glorious than this

© Diana d’Arenberg and post-ism, 2014.

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