#43 Building Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest music festival


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Meet Justin Sweeting, Hong Kong’s ultimate party organizer. Over the last decade, he has elevated Hong Kong’s music scene as a co-founder of the Clockenflap music and arts festival. Clockenflap has come a long way from its humble beginnings back in 2008 to become the city’s biggest festival, with over 30,000 participants per day during peak hours. Justin explains how Hong Kong, his hometown, became a hub for music and examines the rise of Asia as a market in the music industry.

The interview was conducted by Philipp Grefer for the 2020 WISE festival, a media partner with Middle Earth. 

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With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design and Sean Calvo for music support.


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