Arguably one of the world’s more bizarrely named festivals, Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival has become something of a Hong Kong institution. The annual music and arts festival has drawn in some big named bands from around the world, including the Libertines, New Order and A$AP Rocky. This year’s line-up promises to rival those of previous years, with Kaiser Chiefs, The Dandy Warhols, Prodigy and Massive Attack set to grace the stage at the Central Harbourfront. Piqued your interest? We thought it might. Here’s everything you need to know to guarantee a weekend well spent…
This year’s events take place the weekend of the 17th-19th of November at the Central Harbourfront Events Space. It’s easily accessible from IFC and Star Ferry. While it spans from Central across Tamar towards Admiralty, the entrance is adjacent to the Ferris Wheel by Star Ferry and there are designated exits throughout, so be mindful of these early on in the weekend to avoid the extra leg work.
No matter what genre of music you’re into, you’re guaranteed to find a gig here to interest you. To say that the line-up is eclectic would be putting it mildly – the weekend will see everyone from trip-hop duo Massive Attack and alternative rockers the Dandy Warhols to the electro-pop singer-songwriter MØ, grime artist Stormzy and indie rock big-leagues the Kaiser Chiefs. And that’s just the international bands. Hong Kong has a thriving local music scene, and it is being represented by some of the city’s most prolific performers, from rockers Supper Moment and Chochukmo to reggae ska band The Red Stripes and local DJs Subcoat and Re:Flex.
Though sometimes overlooked, art is big business at Clockenflap – after all, they don’t call it a music and arts festival for nothing. This year, artists from Hong Kong, the US, Europe, New Zealand and China are set to produce installation pieces, sculptures, immersive artworks and more.
The family fun
With a number of children’s activities and designated play areas, Clockenflap can be a fun day for all. The FWD Passionland offers family-friendly fun and games throughout the weekend, while children’s entertainers Rumple & Friends take to the stage to entertain young festival-goers. Kids also have the chance to spin some tunes of their own at the Adidas Originals in the Mix area, where Sol Passion help budding DJs try their hand at spinning the decks.
The food & drink
Unlike most festivals back home, with over 20 vendors to choose from, the food and drink options abound. From beefy burgers and hearty meals to sweets and treats to end your day, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
One thing you’ll need to take note of is that Clockenflap is a cashless festival. Money is stored on a chip on your festival bracelet and operates in a similar way to Octopus cards. There are several cash points around IFC and Star Ferry as well as in nearby Admiralty, so it’s recommended you withdraw what you need for the day with you. If you don’t spend all the money on your card by the end of the weekend, full refunds can be issued on its website.
Tickets are available online via Ticketflap. Single days start from $980, while full weekend tickets cost $1,830 ($1,080 for students). On the door tickets cost $1,940 for the full weekend, $1,030 for Friday and $1,100 for Saturday and Sunday tickets. Children under 12 are eligible for free entry.
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