From satellites of global giants through to festivals with more of a homegrown feel, in recent years Hong Kong has increasingly become a site for exciting cultural events. Here are five to look out for.
Festival lineup (2018): Interpol, Khalid, David Byrne, Erykah Badu, Cigarettes After Sex, Wolf Alice, The Vaccines
The biggest festival that Hong Kong has to offer, for the last decade Clockenflap has managed to balance its goals of showcasing local artistic talent with offering lineups that include international stars from diverse musical backgrounds.
In that space of time, the festival has earned praise for their work in nurturing the nation's alternative and underground music scene and bringing Hong Kong to the world's attention as a cultural player.
When & where: 22-24 November 2019, Central Harbourfront
Shi Fu Miz Festival
Festival lineup: Levon Vincent, Kuniyuki, Orpheu The Wizard, La Mamie's, Kamma & Masalo
When most people think of Hong Kong, the first image that comes to mind is a densely packed metropolis with its impressive skyline. In reality, the natural beauty of the islands are equally spectacular, and Shi Fu Miz makes the most of its idyllic setting to throw a scenic party soundtracked by some of underground electronic music's most respected figures.
When & where: 4-5 May 2019, Sai Wan
Sónar Hong Kong
Festival lineup: Bonobo, Thundercat, MØ, John Talabot, AlunaGeorge, Art Department, Benjamin Damage, Alexmalism
Blessed with artistic creativity, technological curiosity and left-field sensibilities of its Barcelona parent festival, Sónar Hong Kong condenses its varied music programme into just one day. And where better to host proceedings than a Science Park?
When & where: 13 April 2019, Hong Kong Science Park
Creamfields Hong Kong
Festival lineup (2018): Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Diplo, Firebeatz, Holy Goof, Martin Garrix, Maurice West
Another European export to Asian shores, the Hong Kong outing for the iconic British dance music festival is obviously scaled-down slightly from the flagship event. But that doesn't change the fact that some of the scene's biggest names appear on the lineup for the indoor spectacular.
When & where: TBA December 2019, AsiaWorld Expo
Road To Ultra: Hong Kong
Festival lineup (2018): Axwell Λ Ingrosso, David Guetta, Galantis, Andrew Rayel, Fedde Legrand
These days it is becoming increasingly difficult to find anywhere that doesn't get in on the Ultra Music Festival action, with countless events across the globe. But that shouldn't detract from the fact that Hong Kong welcomes the top tier of the EDM world for this chapter of the festival's global domination story.
When & where: 2019 Date & Location TBA