This month is Hong Kong’s biggest musical weekender: Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival, over 17-19 November at the Central Harbour-front. As always, there are the headline acts (Massive Attack, The Prodigy), the acts with awesome names (Cashmere Cat) and the band with the hit that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day (The Dandy Warhols’ Bohemian Like You – you’re welcome).
Here’s how to get warmed up for Hong Kong’s most musical month…
For alfresco music: there’s a series of outdoor concerts in Quarry Bay’s Taikoo Place, including one on 4 November featuring local 10-piece funk band Groove Lee and Nashville duo 10 String Symphony.
For classical: Italy’s Mantua Chamber Orchestra makes its Hong Kong debut with performances on 23 and 26 November at Hong Kong City Hall as part of Musicus Fest’s fifth anniversary. The two concerts combine world-class conductors and local Hong Kong talent.
For something a bit different, there’s a series of African musical events (including Mandela Trilogy, an opera about Nelson Mandela; and a concert by Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo) in town for the Vibrant Africa festival, running until 19 November.
And lastly, the obscure. Over at the Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema during 1-2 November, Berlin DJ Jan Brauer adds a new (live!) electronic music score to Sergei Eisenstein’s classic silent movie Battleship Potemkin.
Other Hong Kong venues worth checking out for Clockenflap warm-ups include Central’s Orange Peel; live music den The Wanch in Wan Chai; and MO Bar, the sexy-stylish cocktail bar at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, which hosts regular live music nights.
If live music’s not to your taste, all is not lost.
The Hong Kong International Literary Festival (3-12 November) this year welcomes a cerebral group of speakers including writers Ian Rankin and Amy Tan. Or get lit with the dazzling Lumieres Hong Kong (23-25 November). Five international artists will light up a selection of Hong Kong’s landmarks with installations and theatre.
Which basically means the city will shine more brightly than ever this November.
19 Oct- 19 Nov: The Taste of Artistry, a Four Season Signature Showcase across China
At nine Four Seasons hotels in Greater China, top chefs and mixologists present sumptuous dishes alongside visual art works and performance pieces. fourseasons.com
3 Nov – 4 Nov: Jeju Olle Walking Festival, South Korea
Jeju organises walking tours of the island, incorporating cultural performances and local food along the way, when the weather is expected to be at its best. visitkorea.or.kr
23 Nov – 26 Nov: The 5th Musicus Fest, Hong Kong, China
The headliner at this year’s edition of this classical music festival is the Mantova Chamber Orchestra, which arrives from Italy to open and close the event. musicussociety.org
25 Nov: UFC Fight Night, Shanghai, Mainland China
Ultimate Fighting Championship, an American mixed martial arts competition, debuts in mainland China, with many of the night’s fighters coming from Asia. ufc.com