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Clockenflap is Hong Kong’s largest and longest-running outdoor music and arts festival, and a major highlight of the city’s annual cultural calendar. Launched in 2008 by friends and co-founders Mike Hill (Festival Director), Justin Sweeting (Music Director) and Jay Forster (Artistic Director), Clockenflap has grown from an intimate one-day gathering of 1,500 local music-lovers at Cyberport to a three-day cultural extravaganza in front of 60,000+ visitors from Hong Kong and around the world at West Kowloon in 2015.
Clockenflap’s meteoric growth has been fuelled by a clear vision, authenticity, an unwavering desire for quality and the growing appetite of our audience. Clockenflap has evolved to become one of the most respected and innovative festivals in the region and each year we see increasing numbers of overseas visitors – after all, Hong Kong does have the best festival venue in the world!
Between 2008-2015, the festival has brought a spectacular and amazingly varied array of top-class talent to the city, including New Order, The Libertines, A$AP Rocky, Primal Scream, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, Damien Rice, 2manyDJs, De La Soul and hundreds of others, while also showcasing Hong Kong’s best and brightest musical talent. In addition to Clockenflap, Magnetic Asia – the festival’s promoter and organiser – also runs regular music shows throughout the year under the YourMum banner.
But while music is at the core of the festival, Clockenflap is about so much more, with stages and areas dedicated to film, visual art, performance art, arts & crafts and family fun. We also have pop-ups from some of the city's hottest bars and restaurants, interactive installations from art & design trailblazers and a cornucopia of curated experiences other curious
In short, it’s a unique assembly of all the things that make life worth living, and a celebration of Hong Kong at its creative, vibrant and ebullient best. And none of it would be possible without the people that make Clockenflap tick: the always-enthusiastic and ever-growing community of Hongkongers that are the beating heart of the festival.
Together we can do anything.