Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival, revealed the news fans have been waiting for with the announcement of the full lineup, schedule and complete list of attractions for this year’s event, which will take place from November 22 to 24 at Central Harbourfront. Among the new acts to be announced were British indie-rockers BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB, Australian singer-songwriter NICK MURPHY (formerly known as CHET FAKER), UK electronic-rock icons METRONOMY, psychedelic pop mavericksGLASS ANIMALS and experimental rockers THESE NEW PURITANS. In total, 100 TOP INTERNATIONAL, REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTS will perform across SIX STAGES at the Central Harbourfront site.
Much more than just a music festival, Clockenflap is a truly immersive experience that offers festival goers the opportunity to have fun and express themselves in a variety of compelling ways, from exploring an awe-inspiring array of interactive experiences, jaw-dropping Instagrammable installations and gloriously offbeat family-friendly entertainment, to showing off their fabulous fashion finds, discovering the latest lifestyle trends and partying the weekend away with likeminded new friends.
As part of the announcement, Mike Hill, co-founder and CEO of Magnetic Asia Ltd., the organisers of Clockenflap, reiterated the festival’s mission to inspire and entertain people through music and arts, and emphasised the company’s determination to host the festival as planned despite the current challenging circumstances in Hong Kong.
“It has always been our aim to bring Hongkongers together in positive ways, and this mission has never been more relevant,” said Hill. “With the ongoing situation in the city, and with many other events choosing to cancel, we felt that it was particularly important that people have a fun and inspiring homegrown event to look forward to.”
Hill also stressed that the safety of attendees is always one of Clockenflap’s prime concerns. “Every year we face different challenges with regard to security and audience safety. These are always diligently planned for, and lead to the implementation of specific protocols each year. This year’s situation has been fully assessed according to strict international guidelines as well as liaison with all relevant local and international parties, to ensure we can bring Hong Kong another great weekend of music, arts and fun in a safe environment.”
MUSIC: A DIVERSE BLEND OF TOP INTERNATIONAL, REGIONAL & LOCAL FAVOURITES ACROSS SIX STAGES
Clockenflap serves up a wide and varied selection of entertainment for people of all ages, but music is the festival’s heartbeat, and fans can look forward to a deeply diverse array of acts and genres from around the world. The festival’s six distinctive stages – HARBOURFLAP, ATUM, RED BULL STAGE, ROBOT, ACORN and SILENT DISCO – truly have something for everyone, with an eclectic lineup of established and cutting-edge live acts and DJs that includes 27artists making their Hong Kong debuts, and 10 Clockenflap-exclusive sets.
NEWLY ANNOUNCED ACTS
Returning to Hong Kong for the first time since their unforgettable headline slot against the backdrop of a lunar eclipse at Clockenflap 2013, British indie-rockers BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB will draw from their flawless back catalogue as well as giving fans a taste of their forthcoming fifth album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong.
Australian singer-songwriter NICK MURPHY (formerly known as CHET FAKER) makes his long-awaited Clockenflap debut. Since rising to fame with his viral 2011 cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity, Murphy has demonstrated his song-writing talent across a clutch of EPs and two full-length albums, including this year’s acclaimed Run Fast Sleep Naked.
Also newly added to the bill are three equally brilliant but completely different UK indie acts: fresh from the release of their sixth studio album, Metronomy Forever, English indietronica icons METRONOMY play Hong Kong for the first time since 2012; making their Hong Kong debut, celebrated UK-based psychedelic pop purveyors GLASS ANIMALS; and returning to Hong Kong for the first time in almost a decade in support of their new album Inside the Rose, fêted British experimental rockers THESE NEW PURITANS.
They will be joined by Canadian rapper BBNO$, whose recent track Lalala has clocked up close to 300 million plays on Spotify; Hong Kong dream-pop act ROOM307; South Korean electronic trio IDIOTAPE; Jamaican reggae/dancehall artist SKARRA MUCCI performing with JADO, MOUSEFX & HEAVY HK; and eclectic London-based DJ BAZZA RANKS.
DAY-BY-DAY MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS:
Getting the weekend started in style, Friday night is headlined by provocative American electropop goddess HALSEY, while English indie-rock heroes THE KOOKS and BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB are among the other big names slated to perform. There will also be mellifluous bedroom pop from US-based singer-songwriters GUS DAPPERTON, hip-hop from BBNO$ and Taiwan’s LEO 王, and ‘80s inspired synth-pop from Arkansas’s JOAN, as well as an utterly irresistible set from Fleetwood Mac-channelling DJ duo FLEETMAC WOOD.
Pumping up the volume on day two are Japanese kawaii metal band BABYMETAL and controversial Miami rap prodigy LIL PUMP, while there will also be dance floor-shaking sets from bass-loving DJ/producer WHAT SO NOT and fellow Australians COSMO’S MIDNIGHT. A supremely eclectic day of music will also see sets from NICK MURPHY, GLASS ANIMALS and THESE NEW PURITANS, as well as exclusive performances by acclaimed Taiwanese singer-songwriter CROWD LU, Norwegian synth-pop chanteuse AURORA, Japanese all-girl electronic rockers CHAI, laidback Korean rapper COLDE and a special DJ set from globe-spanning indie-pop collective SUPERORGANISM.
Bringing the weekend to a spectacular conclusion, Sunday will be headlined by British indie-folk giants MUMFORD & SONS, who are making their long-awaited Hong Kong debut, while METRONOMY, Bristol post-punk hellions IDLES and Grammy-winning future bass innovator MURA MASA are set to deliver unmissable performances. Fans can also look forward to psychedelic rock from Melbourne’s incomparable KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD, boundary-pushing post-metal from California’s DEAFHEAVEN, melodic indie-pop from Norway’s BOY PABLO, synth-drenched R&B from UK duo HONNE, indie-folk from the Philippines’ BEN&BEN, indie rock from Korea’s SAY SUE ME, and the triumphant return to the live arena of acclaimed Taiwanese singer-songwriter WAA WEI.
For more info & tickets, go to clockenflap.com.