The Clockenflap Team have officially unveiled this weekends line up which means it's time to start planning your schedule to maximise the music, minimise the drink runs and if adventurous enough, squeeze in a quick brunch or two.
I'll be the first to admit this isn't the jaw dropping line up you'd expect for a 10 year anniversary, but alas between the assorted list of random names (half of them barely pronounceable) there are a few gems in there worth the trip to the Harbourfront this weekend.
Friday November 17
We suggest telling your boss now you'll be out the door on the dot Friday. No faffing about. Get down to the (now defunct) wheel to get in the gates and get some money on your wriststap. Lines are so much smaller earlier on and if you put on enough for the weekend upfront, hopefully you don't have to go back again. Don't forget all money is completely refundable so any leftover you have after the weekend you'll get back.
Grab a drink and head over to see Feist kill it in her live set at the HARBOURFLAP Stage from 7:30-8:30pm. Known for her incredible voice and mad guitar skills, she is sure to draw a large crowd. Follow up with 2007 indie rock kids Kaiser Chiefs on the same stage at 9pm. Yes that's right you heard me, somewhere between scouring the clubs of Hong Kong for some fresh DJs and local acts, the Clockenflap Team managed to dive deep into the pits of the UK to pull out the Angry Mob themselves. Anything from 2005-2009 era will always get me pumped and I couldn't think of a more fitting Friday night band to kick off the rest of the weekend. If Kaiser Chiefs just aren't you're thing at all, then head over to YOURMUM Stage to catch TOKIMONSTA at 9:30pm.
Normally here is where I would suggest going home and calling it a night. I've been to enough festivals in my lifetime to know sustenance is key and it's a marathon not a sprint. This year however I'll break my rules and suggest you could even stay out for 2 or 3 night caps as Saturday won't kick off until a bit later.
Saturday November 18
Sleep in, have that brunch or get yo hair done because Saturday you can take it a bit easy. Suggest starting off after lunch at the Harbourflap Stage with local band The Red Stripes at 2:15-3:00pm then pop through to the silent disco while you wait for The Bootleg Beatles at Harbourflap at 3:45-5:00pm. You could then stop off at either FWD and YOURMUM stages, depending on your mood, or wander the craft markets and sit down with some drinks and food. The best time to catch all the art installations scattered around the grounds will be just before sunset, when you are bound to get some great shots with a Central or Kowloon backdrop. Stormzy will be (yes pre warning excuse the pun) dancing up a storm over on the Harbourflap stage from 7:15pm - sure to be huge. You could then catch a bit of Blossoms over at FWD stage from 8:00pm before heading to The Prodigy back at Harbourflap for 9:00pm or Cashmere Cat at YOURMUM stage at 9:10pm.
Sunday November 19
Sunday is easily the best of the three days. Suggest starting with Mitski at 3:30pm over at YOURMUM stage then head to catch Australian favourites Pond (aka the original Tame Impala minus Kevin Parker) at 4:15 at Harbourflap. Get ready for a dance with The Dandy Warhols at 5:45pm at Harbourflap, followed by UK group Jungle at 8:00pm at FWD Stage. The question then is how to finish the night off? UK legends Massive Attack will sure be amazing but the oh so energetic Dane, MO, will also be one not to miss. Suggest starting with MA and finish with a dance at MO.