4 Nov 2019 | Theodore

When people first hear of Hong Kong, they associate it with finances, feng shui, Bruce Lee, or shopping. In 2008, Jay Forster, Mike Hill and Justin Sweeting wanted to change that. They wanted to make Hong Kong the premier indie music scene in Asia.

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From a venue in Cyberport with 1500 people in attendance to their semi-permanent stage near Tamar Park with more than 60,000 people over their three day and night event with big names like Earth Wind and Fire, Khalid, London Grammar, CHVRCHES, and so many more–it can be argued that those dreams are becoming actualised.

Clockenflap is the largest musical festival in Hong Kong history and it started as a random word generated from thin air. In 2005 when the ideas for Clockenflap began to formulate, most were hesitant on an outdoor music scene being able to take place due to the low morale from the failure of the 2003 $100 million HKD government music program created to boost the economy. It wasn’t until three years later after their first show (2010) when the government (after making it a non-ticketed event) recognised the value of the event.

So this yearbe part of a Hong Kong’s history and check out Clockenflap from Nov 22-24. Who knows, they say those who go to concerts regularly live happier lives. What do you think?