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Clockenflap delighted music fans again this year, a Hong Kong based festival that has been running since 2008. The festival which is widely praised for having nurtured the Chinese alternative music scene, this year moved from the West Kowloon Harbourfront to Central Harbourfront – a spectacular location! Asia Pop 40 of course ran a ticket competition for 2 weekend passes and sent 2 lucky fans to enjoy the festival.


The festival opened on Friday night and the crowds were drawn in by Icelandic group Sigur Ros who proved they are an act like no other!


The Saturday line-up was also special, featuring London Grammar (their first ever Asian performance) and then M.I.A. who headlined the night and enjoyed a rapturous applause for her song Paper Planes, which became a global hit after being included on the soundtrack for the film Slumdog Millionaire.

Asia Pop 40 caught up with two other acts performing on the Saturday. Firstly Dom spoke to Japanese band Sekai No Owari, who told him about their plans for their English album and world domination.


Dom and the team then were lucky enough to speak to the guys from Slot Machine right after their energy pumped set!


Onto the Sunday, and fans were treated to an even more impressive line-up! Headline acts were British indie rockers Foals and dance music legends the Chemical Brothers and crowds were there in force to enjoy the incredible show that was put on.


Earlier on in the day, Asia Pop 40 got the chance to speak to Singaporean artist Gentle Bones who told us all about his festival experiences.

Dom & Gentle Bones

As the day turned into night, Asia Pop 40 got a great opportunity to speak to Jillionaire, who is of course 1/3rd of Major Lazer! The interview took place back stage as a packed house in the Electriq tent waited for one of the highlight performances of the weekend.


An amazing festival and Asia Pop 40 is already excited about next year! Make sure you tune into Asia Pop 40 in the coming weeks to hear all our artist interviews!