So Clockenflap is almost upon us – woohoo! The festival is returning to its new home at the West Kowloon Cultural District for the second year in a row & is on this weekend, December 1st & 2nd.

And what a home it is!

There cannot be many more spectacular locations for a festival.

For Clockenflap virgins(!) the site occupies the green space in front of the ICC right on the waterfront of Victoria Harbour with Hong Kong Island as the backdrop.

As day turns to night the backdrop gets better and better.

This year looks like it’s going to be more like a British festival than ever before given the rain we’ve been having all week – wellies at the ready!

The festival is bigger and better than ever in 2012 with the best line-up for an event in my 4 years in Hong Kong.

Highlights for me are definitely Primal Scream (Harbour Flap Stage, Saturday, 9pm) – Mani played at supersonic when he was still in the band – and De La Soul (Your Mum Stage, Sunday 8pm)– I have never seen either live so to see both in one weekend is a real treat.

Of course the festival isn’t just about the international acts – this is an event for Hong Kong and this is reflected in the diverse range of local acts represented across the weekend.

From the local band scene one’s to catch live are Poubelle International (Your Mum Stage, Saturday, 2.45pm) – I’ve heard these boys loads of times and they always put on a top show. Also keep an eye out for 9 Maps(Pigeon stage, sunday) , I’ve seen these guys at Kila bar on Pottinger street,  Sunday sessions.

Also check out DP (Harbour Flap Stage, Sunday, 4pm) – appropriate name for a band at Clockenflap – probably the most noise you’ll hear 2 people make in Hong Kong.

This year also sees a much larger focus on electronic music with many of Hong Kongs finest dance nights and DJ’s represented.

Miko Van Chong’s (New Era Stage, Saturday 6.15pm) sunset set last year was one of personal highlights.

There is also a much broader Arts & Culture element for 2012 with a movie tent, art installations, Clockenflap market, live skate-boarding and much more.

This is an event not to be missed – come and support it.

Oh yeah, I’ll be spinning the best of British Rock n Roll on Sunday at 2.45pm on the New Era Stage – see you down the front!

Author : Iain Brand – Founder of Supersonic, a British Rock n Roll night here in Hong Kong.