Hong Kong’s super-chill indie music festival Wow and Flutter Weekend will return for a second edition this August, in what promises to be another triumphant celebration of local sounds.
Around 50 acts have been announced so far for the two-day event, and at least another 20 will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Weekend is staying at its original West Kowloon Harbourfront space, and bands will play over four stages, Hong Kong, New Territories, Kowloon, and the new Island stage.
Some of the biggest names on the bill include 80s duo Tat Ming Pair, four-piece Supper Moment and pop-punks Dear Jane and Chochukmo. The line-up will also feature the reunion of 80s synth-pop group Minimal, who’ll be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a special show at the Weekend.
Festival organiser Hong Ka-chun can already tell it’ll be a show to remember. “There are not that many electronic bands in Hong Kong, especially with so much history, so I am definitely looking forward to it,” he said.
Hong, who also founded music label 89268, started Wow and Flutter Weekend as a way to promote and celebrate the city’s indie music scene. “Britain’s got Glastonbury, Japan’s got Fuji Rock, Taiwan has its own festivals, but we don’t have one that’s truly Hong Kong,” Hong told Young Post ahead of last year’s festival.
Pop rockers Nowhere Boys, metal squad NiLiu, shoegaze groups More Reverb and Thud, reggae gang Sensi Lion, post-rockers ANWIYCTI, alt-rock noise-makers David Boring, and folk bands Stranded Whale and The Interzone Collective will all return to the festival this year.
Wow and Flutter Weekend will be held from August 11 to 13 at the West Kowloon Cultural District. Head to theweekend.hk to see the full line-up. Purchase tickets in-store at any Hong Kong branch of HMV, or online at putyourself.in.
Here are some other acts to look out for:
Sounds like: Intricate instrumental post-rock building to a cacophony of sound.
Sea Island and Ferry
Sounds like: Emotive, neo-classical ensemble featuring piano, Chinese flute, saxophone and cello.
Sounds like: Uplifting, acoustic singalong folk-pop by a heavenly-voiced soloist singing in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Sounds like: Indie-pop group influenced by the sounds of Mogwai, Arcade Fire, Yuck and Dinosaur Jr.
New Youth Barbershop
Sounds like: Dreamy acoustic folk interspersed with Hong Kong-inspired rap verses.
Andy Is Typing…
Sounds like: Energetic and tight pop-rock with falsetto vocals and similarities to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse.