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CLOCKENFLAP (HONG KONG)

Clockenflap Festival in Hong Kong Begins to Unveil 2015 Festival Line-Up

Hong Kong’s Music & Arts Festival Clockenflap, which takes place annually, has begun to unveil their line-up for 2015’s festival in West Kowloon Cultural District. Clockenflap, which takes place from 27th-29th November, is a festival about art, music and community, and features a range of performances from around the world. Recently announced is Californian DJ, producer and rapper, Steven Ellison, also known as Flying Lotus, who has become a distinctive talent in the electronic music scene.

Watch Hong Kong band Noughts and Exes perform their track "Seasons" for the AU sessions!

the AU review presents Hong Kong band Noughts and Exes performing their track "Seasons" for the AU sessions. The track is taken from their album And So It Goes.... The band is made up of members from around the world: Joshua Wong, Guitar/Vocals (Australia), Gideon So, Keyboard (Canada), Alex Bedwell, Drums (UK) and Alix Farquhar, Vocals/Percussion/Glockenspiel (UK). The session was filmed in December 2014 in Hong Kong after their appearance at the Clockenflap Music Festival. Watch the exclusive performance here:

Why is the Indie Music scene in Hong Kong struggling?

If you read my review of Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong last week, you may remember I mentioned that there were quite a few bands saying that this was the first time they'd played together on a stage... in front of a crowd. Coming from Australia, you can't help but think that this is the sort of thing that maybe you'd want to do before playing the stage of a major festival.

the AU interview at Clockenflap: Jagwar Ma (Sydney) talk about their year on the road.

Larry caught up with the Jagwar Ma boys in Hong Kong, which the boys said was “a perfect day for me playing a show with the band and then DJing at a party afterwards”. They’re winding out a massive year where they’ve played every notable festival in the world. When asked what was their highlight, they said “obviously playing Glastonbury and Coachella, but we were saying that Lollapalooza was the first festival I ever knew existed cause of the Simpsons”.

the AU interview at Clockenflap: CHVRCHES (Scotland) talk "Drive" and recording "Dead Air" for the Hunger Games Soundtrack

While we were in Hong Kong covering a festival called Clockenflap, we sat down with the Scottish trio Chvrches. You may have already watched some of our chat - now read on as we talk to the band about Hong Kong, plans for their Winter and their work on the Hunger Games and Drive soundtracks.

Hello Asia! Festival Review: Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival - Hong Kong (28-30.11.14)

Over the course of its seven years, the uniquely named Clockenflap has become Hong Kong's premiere contemporary music and arts festival, presenting a mix of local Hong Kong indie bands with the finest artists from around the world. This year, with music spread over 3 days and 9 stages, the event proved bigger than ever, and I had the opportunity to check out the event for the first time. For 2014, the festival was headlined by The Flaming Lips, Travis and Mogwai and featured Australia's own Jagwar Ma and Jess Ribeiro.

the AU interview at Clockenflap: Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai (Scotland) talk Australia, their 20th anniversary and the year of "Rave Tapes"

Larry Heath talks to Stuart Braithwaite of iconic Scottish band Mogwai backstage at Clockenflap in Hong Kong to talk about their upcoming 20th anniversary, their experiences touring Asia, their year of touring Rave Tapes and their 2015 return to Australia - their first headline tour of our country in some six years...

the AU interview at Clockenflap: Raul Pacheco from Ozomatli (Los Angeles) on their year of touring "Place In the Sun"

Larry Heath talks to Raul Pacheco from Ozomatli about coming to Hong Kong for the first time and we reflect on their year of touring Place In the Sun, which included a jaunt in Australia that included the iconic Byron Bay Bluesfest.

the AU interview at Clockenflap: The Raveonettes (Denmark via LA) talk about LA, Hong Kong and their latest album "Pe'Ahi"

Larry Heath interviews The Raveonettes backstage at Clockenflap in Hong Kong to talk about their latest album PE'AHI, its "surprise release", recording the album (and living) in Los Angeles and we find out if they have any plans to come to Australia on this album cycle.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Clockenflap Day 3 - West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong (30.11.14)

It's the third and final day of Johnny Au's photos from the Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival in Hong Kong - and boy did it go off with a bang. On their way to Australia, The Lemonheads rocked it, Hong Kong's Noughts and Exes impressed, The Stray Katz Big Band covered the classics and Dan Deacon created beautiful, beautiful mayhem. But it was up to Tenacious D and The Flaming Lips to close out the festival...

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Clockenflap Day 2 - West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong (29.11.14)

Johnny Au returns us to Hong Kong for day two of Clockenflap, featuring headliners Travis (pictured), who pulled a MASSIVE crowd ready to singalong to all their hits. Also pictured in Johnny's exclusive AU gallery are Kool & The Gang, Sydney's own Jagwar Ma, Melbourne based Jess Ribeiro, Nightmares on Wax, Ozomatli and many more...

the AU interview at Clockenflap: CHVRCHES (Scotland) talk Social Media, the Business and the End of the Tour


Photo: Perri Cassie

the AU review sits down with CHVRCHES backstage at Clockenflap in Hong Kong, they talk about Social Media management, the business of the band and the long running tour for their debut record coming to an end as they look ahead to writing and recording record number three.

The Five Best Performances at Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival in Hong Kong

The three day Music and Arts Festival Clockenflap just wrapped up its seventh edition in Hong Kong and we were there to bring you exclusive Australian coverage! Throughout the week you'll read more reviews, see more photo galleries and watch more interviews from the event - but to kick things off, I've picked my five favourite performances from the festival, including a bit of a Hong Kong discovery...

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Clockenflap Day 1 - West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong (28.11.14)

Helping kick off the 7th annual Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival in Hong Kong, Johnny Au captures headliners of the day, Mogwai, alongside The Raveonettes, the return of The Vaccines alongside local Hong Kong acts Fad, Thud, Salvaje and a special Movember performance:

The Vaccines preview three new tracks off their upcoming record at Clockenflap in Hong Kong.

The Vaccines have been previewing new tracks off their yet-to-be-titled third record (due out in May 2015) as they return to the road, playing their first shows in over a year. In our exclusive interview with the band at Clockenflap (Hong Kong), they promised they'd preview three tracks from the next record, and indeed they delivered.