Photo: Clockenflap’s Sunday line-up served a selection of loud and proud local and regional acts

Published by The Young Reporter online (November 30, 2015) and in print (Vol.48, Issue 3, December 2015)

Clockenflap’s Atum and Yourmum Stage was the stomping ground for acts from around the Asia region on the festival’s final day. The kaleidoscope of sounds on offer – from indie pop to death metal – was a much welcomed and balanced mix not normally seen on the schedules of many festivals around the world.

King Ly Chee 荔枝王
Hong Kong

Local hardcore act King Ly Chee came out waving the Hong Kong flag and followed with a hot-headed set drenched in local pride and anti-discrimination messages.

A combination of an already warmed up crowd (courtesy of previous act, Flesh Juicer) and strong patriotism paved the way for an energy packed set.

Lead singer Riz Farooqi asks Hong Kongers in the crowd to identify themselves with cheers. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
Lead singer Riz Farooqi asks Hong Kongers in the crowd to identify themselves with cheers. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
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The band was formed in 1999 and has released six albums, the latest in 2014. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)

Lead singer Riz Farooqi, a Hong Konger with Pakistani heritage celebrated Hong Kong’s cultural diversity during the set. “There is no other place in Hong Kong where you can see people of so many ethnicity,” Farooqi said, referring to Clockenflap’s audience, by adding “But this is Hong Kong. You guys have done something this government couldn’t do.”

Farooqi writes about social and political issues in Hong Kong such as activism and local attitudes to Mainlanders on the band’s website.

The band performed Unite Asia from their 2009 album 10 Years of King Ly Chee 十年. The lyrics read:

UNITE ASIA I see the desperation in your eyes,
UNITE ASIA When it feels like no one hears you your spirit dies
UNITE ASIA To those with no hope I sing to you
UNITE ASIA Look around this room, you’ll see that we stand with you.

WE STAND WITH YOU.

From the streets of Hong Kong
We hear your voices loud.
We know all about the struggles you face…
It’s this for which we’re bound.

Shugo Tokumaru
Japan

Japanese multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru brought an array of eclectic and indie sounds to a relaxed Atum Stage. Crowds bopped to Tokumaru’s speckled aural rainbow under a setting sun.

Shugo Tokumaru treated festival-goers to an array of indie tunes, complete with an xylophone. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
Shugo Tokumaru treated festival-goers to an array of indie tunes, complete with an xylophone. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
Tokumaru drew the Atum Stage’s first large crowd of the day. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
Tokumaru drew the Atum Stage’s first large crowd of the day. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
Tokumaru performs at the Atum Stage on day three of Clockenflap. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
Tokumaru performs at the Atum Stage on day three of Clockenflap. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)

Flesh Juicer 血肉果汁機
Taiwan

As darkness devoured the Yourmum Stage, Flesh Juicer’s dreadlocked pig head wearing lead singer emerged from the stage drapes, marking the start of an evening of hardcore – a contrast to Shugo Tokumaru’s earlier quirky act.

A violent whirling mosh pit formed throughout the band’s set. Head banging, elevated stomping and frenzied shoving ensued. Animalistic squeals and shrieks from the lead were echoed by the pit.

Flesh Juicer’s trademark dreadlocked pig head. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
Flesh Juicer’s trademark dreadlocked pig head. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
The band incorporates traditional Taiwanese mythology in their tracks. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
The band incorporates traditional Taiwanese mythology in their tracks. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
The Taiwanese band was formed in 2006 and has been credited with alighting China’s deathcore scene. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)
The Taiwanese band was formed in 2006 and has been credited with alighting China’s deathcore scene. (Photo: Tanya McGovern)

Published by Tanya McGovern

Journalist and Communication Professional Tweeting from @tanya_mcgovern