Concrete dates have been announced for a highlight of the Hong Kong cultural calendar, dubbed “Asia’s answer to Coachella.”
One of the most exciting contemporary music festivals in Asia will be making a comeback next spring. Following a three-year hiatus, organizers of Clockenflap have confirmed that the 2023 edition of the jamboree will take place on Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront from Friday, March 3, to Sunday, March 5. It reflects growing confidence that the city is gradually reopening for large-scale international events after successfully hosting the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens just a few weeks ago.
The annual arts and music festival was last held in 2018, when it featured performances by Manhattan–based rock band Interpol, R&B artist Khalid, Taiwanese singer-songwriter Anpu, Malian world music duo Amadou & Mariam, and Britpop legend Jarvis Cocker. The next one scheduled for November 2019 was cancelled amid an escalation in the territory’s widespread pro-democracy protests that year, and the subsequent two editions were nixed by the Covid-19 pandemic; event planners cited travel restrictions and a government-mandated ban on standing audiences and food and drink in concert venues.
A celebration of the indie and alternative music scenes, Clockenflap started out in 2008 on the lawns of the Cyberport development on Hong Kong Island’s west coast, drawing an audience of 1,500 in its inaugural run. As the festival continued to grow, it moved to the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade in 2011 before taking up residence on the Central Harbourfront from 2016.
Clockenflap’s upcoming 12th edition promises the full festival experience of years past: an outdoor environment featuring multiple stages, an array of F&B outlets, and an eclectic lineup of must-see international, regional, and local acts. The event will also be free standing, with festival-goers able to move easily between the various stages and attractions throughout the weekend. The first lineup announcement and early bird ticket details will be released soon.