Hong Kong might not be in the big leagues with Coachella but that’s not to say that it doesn’t have some amazing music festivals to enjoy. Set against the backdrop of the city skyline, you don’t have to worry about missing out on atmosphere. Here are some of the best music festivals in Hong Kong to go to at least once!
Held in November and bearing an embarrassingly strange name, Clockenflap is actually one of the best weekends you can hope to have in Hong Kong. The lineup features music across all genres, as well as food and art from local and internationally renowned names on the scene. Whilst the lineup has not yet been announced, previous performers were The Prodigy, Crystal Castles, Chemical Brothers and SBTRKT. Best of all, they have plenty of family friendly activities too.
Held in September and in the bustling Kowloon district, the Road to Ultra festival series brings some heavyweight electronic and EDM artists to Hong Kong. Featuring huge stages, some big name DJs and some excellent production, Road to Ultra is one of the best festivals in Asia for electronic music fans. Previous lineups have included David Guetta, Galantis and Axwell Ingrosso.
Held in February, Dragonland is unique in the fact that it combines EDM and pop in one festival. Their location on the harbourfront means you can’t beat this festival for a backdrop. Previous lineups have included Zedd, Iggy Azalea, Steve Aoki, Black Eyed Peas, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Mike Posner. Dragonland has also featured full-length concerts by popular Hong Kong musicians, such as Leon Lai.
One of the biggest music festivals in Hong Kong, this multi-stage concert takes place over three days in November. The stages stretch from Wyndham Street to Lang Kwai Fong, and you can expect to see up and coming as well as established electronic artists. They also have some excellent food stalls, offering up the best in Hong Kong cuisine. Previous performers have included Suki Wong, Mike Shinns and Wendy Wenn.
Along the same lines is the Sonar festival, who hold some of the biggest names in electronic music. Sonar is also one of the biggest names in promoting cross-community art development, linking music, the arts and technology together. The 2018 festival has already been and gone, but the organisers are in the process of putting together the lineup for 2019 so stay tuned for more. They are also at the forefront of organising some excellent artistic collaborations so if the music doesn’t interest you, the cultural side just might.