Hong Kong’s Clockenflap Festival announces full line up


Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival, today revealed the eagerly awaited full lineup and complete list of attractions for this year’s event, which takes place from November 9 to 11 at Central Harbourfront. Among the 51 new acts to be announced were British indie legend JARVIS COCKER, ambient pop collective CIGARETTES AFTER SEX, Breakout Japanese stars SUCHMOS and Trainspotting-author-turned DJ IRVINE WELSH.

In total around 100 top international, regional and local acts will perform across 6 stages, while the festival will also feature a cornucopia of Instagram-worthy installations, outlandish interactive experiences and lively family-oriented entertainment.

Other new acts just added to the lineup include BIG SHAQ, 黃玠瑋ZOOEY WONDER, THE LOW MAYS, INSTINCT OF SIGHT, GTB, 五條人WU TIAO REN and many more.

With six distinctive stages to choose from – including the HARBOURFLAP STAGE, FWD STAGE, YOURMUM STAGE BY RED BULL, ACORN/ROBOT STAGE, SILENT DISCO POWERED BY FWD MAX, and CLUB MAX BY FWD – and a deeply diverse array of genres, music legends and cutting-edge acts from around the world, Clockenflap has something to delight the music lover in everyone. This year’s supremely eclectic lineup includes 29 acts making their Hong Kong debuts, 6 Asia-exclusives and 7 Clockenflap-exclusive sets.

This year’s Clockenflap features four legendary acts who are renowned for their incredible live performances: iconic New York indie band INTERPOL; the incomparable former Talking Heads frontman DAVID BYRNE; former Pulp lead singer and his new band JARVIS COCKER INTRODUCING JARV IS.; and Grammy-nominated Malian duo AMADOU & MARIAM.

Clockenflap Festival 2018 line up poster
Back by popular demand following their raucous 2014 Clockenflap debut, London-based garage rockers THE VACCINES lead the indie invasion at this year’s festival, closely followed by 2018 Mercury Prize-winning genre-benders WOLF ALICE. Fans of dreampop can look forward to atmospheric sets from Brooklyn-based trio CIGARETTES AFTER SEX and Toronto indie darlings ALVVAYS, as well as the neo-psychedelia of Brooklyn’s SUNFLOWER BEAN. At the noisier end of the spectrum are Phoenix metalcore hellraisers THE WORD ALIVE and London post-punk provocateurs SHAME, while Manchester indie-pop hero YOUNGR and New York art-punks BODEGA are among the year’s most hotly tipped breakout acts.

The prodigious talent behind the brilliant ‘American Teen’, US R&B sensation KHALID leads a cutting-edge collection of hypnotic MCs and hip-hop beatmakers at this year’s festival. Also flying the flag for contemporary urban music are Canadian alternative R&B outfit RHYE, tongue-in-cheek UK grime star BIG SHAQ, Washington, D.C.-based hip-hoppers ODDISEE & GOOD COMPNY and reggae-influenced South London grime DJ/producer SWINDLE.

Committed to showcasing the finest musical talent from around Asia, Clockenflap welcomes a host of trailblazers from the region. Taiwan is represented by 吳青峰, the frontman of veteran indie rockers sodagreen and renowned solo artist; sultry jazz/R&B chanteuse 9M88; acclaimed singer-songwriter 安溥ANPU (formerly known as Deserts Chang); and folk songstress 黃玠瑋ZOOEY WONDER. From Japan, there’s maverick multi-instrumentalist CORNELIUS, who has been described as “the Japanese Beck”; jazz-and-funk-inspired indie outfit SUCHMOS; and electrifying Tokyo alt-dance trio D.A.N. Avant-garde electropop chanteuse CIFIKA is flying the flag for Korea, while Hubei-born, US-raised rapper BOHAN PHOENIX and Haifeng indie-folksters 五條人WU TIAO REN highlight the breadth of China’s musical spectrum.

Championing acts that have left an indelible mark on music or are pushing things forward, Clockenflap welcomes live electronic innovator CARIBOU back to Hong Kong for the first time since 2010, and veteran Chinese-Jamaican reggae star I KONG is performing alongside Chengdu reggae band JAHWAZOO. Danish electronic chanteuse LYDMOR will be giving fans a taste of her futuristic sound, while Argentinean DJ/producer CHANCHA VÍA CIRCUITO will be demonstrating why he’s been dubbed ‘South America’s answer to Massive Attack’.

When the sun goes down, Clockenflap turns up the beats: get ready for a dose of dancefloor dynamite from anarchic Australian electro-house outfit PEKING DUK, genre-splicing US DJ MIJA and UK industrial techno trailblazer BLAWAN. Also bringing the noise will be hugely influential drum’n’bass pioneer RONI SIZE, acclaimed French electronic artists RONE and ARNAUD REBOTINI, Australian house DJ/producer NINA LAS VEGAS, Trainspotting-author-turned DJ IRVINE WELSH who will be speaking at the Hong Kong Literary Festival and Canadian electronic duo BLUE HAWAII.

For more information check out the official Clockenflap Festival website