Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival 2011
Clockenflap went off beautifully this weekend. Nobody – not even the organizers – predicted the huge scale of the event, and the thousands of Hongkongers in attendance show we’re beyond ready for the cultural void to be filled. After two years of slicing through red tape, that demand was more than met by the return of the city’s only outdoor music festival, with an overflowing supply of incredible performances by the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, The Cribs, French Horn Rebellion, and Luke Vibert. The five members of Stattus Soundsystem each had a go at the decks, sharing a stage in front of Hong Kong’s skyline with local favorites like DP, 9 Maps, and Poubelle International. Stattus’ own Paul Yip even rocked the festival twice, opening the acoustic stage with local folksters Milkteeth, and Simon Pang Washford also dusted off his Uptown Rockers gear to pump up the crowd before Santigold’s excellent closing performance on Sunday night. With so many fresh faces in attendance, and not a single frivolous noise complaint, we’re sure this is a major turning point in Hong Kong’s music scene.