As the frenzy of Art Month reaches a fever pitch in the upcoming weeks — from the city’s biggest art festivals to art-centric menus, not to mention all the champagne parties and food festivals — you’ll want to save a spot on your social calendar for one more big bash highlighting the cross-section of art, music and food. Together with champagne house Perrier Jouët, Potato Head Hong Kong (PTT) is presenting the ‘Art of the Wild’ from March 21–23 (tickets available here), set to be an invigorating 3-day festival of bubbles and beats.
A unique synthesis of Indonesian hospitality, Balinese fare and jungle vibes, PTT Hong Kong (sister restaurant to the famed Bali beach club) has established itself not just as a mecca of food, but a strong proponent of music and the arts, frequently collaborating with both international and local artists and DJs. In fact, PTT boasts its own specially built Music Room, an intimate hideaway and listening space for Hong Kong’s hardcore audiophiles; wood-panelled and sound-insulated, it boasts a vintage high fidelity sound system to maximise sound quality. With a library of more than 8,000 vintage records, the music room is open to the public nightly, with specially curated music nights ranging from disco to house to more experimental genres such as Ethiopian jazz — the experience supplemented by Potato Head’s delicious bar bites and expertly crafted cocktails.
This month, Potato Head is moving its Music Room to a temporary space overlooking Victoria Harbour, where partygoers can soak in the sunset in a pop-up nightclub referencing art and music from 1980s New York. A fascinating collective of artists is set to pay homage to club culture in the city’s iconic Watermark building, with sets ranging from house music to African funk and soul. Notable highlights of the festival include Tony Humphries, the resident DJ at Club Zanzibar (credited for creating the sub-genre of house music and US Garage sound); African vinyl and tribal drum machine-inspired funk from Berlin-based Africaine 808; as well as Balearic disco re-mixers Pete Herbert, Eric Duncan and Downtown Party network.
The 3-day programme is further enhanced with contributions from PTT Music Room sound and light directors Roy Malig, Yunus and Zepa Records, along with resident artistic director, Johnny Hiller.
Coinciding with Hong Kong Art Week, ‘Art of the Wild’ also celebrates the medium du jour with a smattering of artworks from Berlin-based graffiti artist, Nomad, known for his eye-popping urban street art. With the festival running until 3am on all three days, revellers can kick off the sunset sessions with bar bites and cocktails from Potato Head, with plenty of Perrier Jouët champagne to follow. Find the full schedule below: