Asia’s premier music and arts festival, Clockenflap, has released their much-anticipated full lineup and a complete list of attractions for its 11th edition on November 9 to 11 at Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong.
Among the new acts to be announced in recent weeks have been the legend that is Erykah Badu, British indie legend Jarvis Cocker, ambient pop collective Cigarettes After Sex, and Trainspotting-author-turned DJ Irvine Welsh. Australian DJ Nina Las Vegas is also set to perform, as are Peking Duk.
In total, around 100 top international, regional and local acts will perform across 6 stages, while the festival will also feature a cornucopia of Instagram-worthy installations, outlandish interactive experiences, and lively family-oriented entertainment.
Interested yet? Here are five Asian artists to pique your interest even further:
Cornelius is the brainchild of Japanese multi-instrumentalist Keigo Oyamada and penned the name for himself as a homage to Planet of the Apes. He’s often referred to as the “Japanese Beck” and his sound could be described as experimental and exploratory. Cornelius’ live show will be a must see as they are known around the world for spectacular visuals (all perfectly synchronised to the performance), custom lighting that complements the performance, and becomes another instrument within it, with a full band of equally talented and diverse players.
“If you are here”
Suchmos is a breakout Japanese rock band whose sound is influenced by African American music like 1970’s soul and funk, acid jazz, and 1990’s R&B. The six-member group’s 2016 video for the swaggering “Stay Tune” served as its breakout, currently sitting at over 42 million views on YouTube. Suchmos was one of the biggest musical acts of 2017 in Japan, paving a new way forward for Japanese bands.
Wu Tiao Ren
On a completely different end of the spectrum, we have Wu Tiao Ren, an indie folk band from Haifeng, China. Wu Tiao Ren means “Five People,” but the group has only two members: the earnest Amao and the evasively playful Renke. Both Amao and Renke sing in the Haifeng dialect and play guitar, while Renke doubles on the accordion, an instrument Chinese folk musicians rarely use. One would expect this to limit the band’s audience but they have also gained critical acclaim in Hong Kong and Taiwan
CIFIKA’s seductive falsetto and stylish electronic productions has quickly allowed her to become one of the most promising acts in the Korean music scene. Only two years into her burgeoning music career, CIFIKA has already earned massive media attention (including features with Vice, Hypebeast, and Dazed) and performed at multiple major festivals including Reeperbahn in Germany. While still relatively underground, there is no doubt that CIFIKA will soon gain a massive mainstream following.
Anpu is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter who started composing when she was 13 and began to perform on stage at 16. Her music is profound, having a great impact on her audience, and continues to be a voice her generation. Anpu is considered one of the most influential alternative musical artists of this generation, in the music scene of her own town.
“Love, new year”
Click here to find more artists who’ll be at this year’s Clockenflap in Hong Kong.