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Hong Kong music aficionados’ most anticipated annual event – Clockenflap – is fast approaching once again, set for November 9–11. Here, the festival’s Music Director Justin Sweeting gives The Style Sheet his top tips for making the most of the Hong Kong festival. We’re taking notes.
Clockenflap Music Director Justin Sweeting

1. See the unknowns

‘For me, the beauty of festivals is in discovering something new. I think acts like Shame, D.A.N. & Oddisee are sure to be on many people’s “best of” lists after their weekend sets. Take a chance on them or another artist you’ve not heard before, or something you wouldn’t usually try. You’ll be rewarded.’

2. Come hungry

‘We’ll have popular favourites, new F&B vendors and a dedicated Food Bazaar. New for this year, Max Levy from Okra will be launching his new concept “Sausage Commitment” at the festival, featuring artisanal sausages in a variety of refined and thoughtful presentations. Also, new for 2018 is the HSBC PayMe Cha Chaan Teng where festival goers can get their fix of quality, traditional and local comfort food. Food is big for us – in the past we’ve been a launch pad for Little Bao and others.’

3. Pre-load your wristband

‘You can now pre-load credit onto your wristband through PayMe before the event. Which means the moment you enter the festival gates, you’ll be all set, ready and raring to go!’

4. Bring your kids – or someone else’s!

‘Clockenflap is family friendly and under 12’s come for free. Our Future Fields area of the festival features performances, workshops and much more - created to give kids of all ages, a tailor-made Clockenflap experience they can call their own.’

5. Dress for the weather

‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. It’s an outdoor festival, so use your common sense and invest in some good shoes for marauding around the site.’