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Clockenflap Music Festival

Clockenflap announces final line-up for biggest music event in Hong Kong history

New acts include US rapper A$AP Rocky, mainland star Leah Dou, British electronic act UNKLE Sounds and folk rockers Sun Kil Moon

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 November, 2015, 12:26pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 November, 2015, 2:58pm

Hong Kong festival fans are now preparing for the biggest music event to be held in the city’s history after this week’s announcement of the final line-up for the 2015 instalment of Clockenflap.

Added to the bill of the Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival, to be held at West Kowloon from November 27-29, are influential international artists including US rapper A$AP Rocky, mainland singer-songwriter Leah Dou (daughter of Mando-pop icon Faye Wong), British electronic act UNKLE Sounds, US folk rockers Sun Kil Moon, Italian electro-house DJ Crookers and US indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

These acts join a line-up that already includes legendary British dance-rock band New Order, 1970s disco icon Nile Rodgers, British garage rockers The Libertines, American alt-rock giants Mercury Rev, US hip-hop duo Blackalicious, Canadian turntablist Kid Koala, ironic French bossa nova collective Nouvelle Vague, and 1960s Jamaican ska pioneers The Skatallites.

Asked to comment on the calibre and scope of the acts, Clockenflap music director Justin Sweeting says: “I say this in all humility, but Hong Kong has never seen a line-up of this scale and quality before. In terms of sheer numbers and the variety of genres involved, we’ve gone larger and wider than ever.

“We’ve got exclusive Asian appearances by many high-profile international acts, and have snagged various coups in terms of hotly tipped new artists as well as surprise career debuts. From the names you know to the ones you don’t, our promise is that everyone on the bill’s a winner.”

Apart from Leah Dou, Asian music is represented by Japanese retro-rock act Love Psychedelico, Taiwanese indie singer-songwriter Crowd Lu and Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru. The main Hong Kong performers include outspoken Canto-pop singer Denise Ho Wan-see, folk singer Jing Wong, rocker Subyub Lee and hardcore band King Ly Chee.

However, the organisers have always stressed that Clockenflap is not just about the music, and the various arts activities and film programmes on offer round out the event into a full festival experience.

Sweeting adds: “The bar has not just been raised when it comes to music. Across the board – from our most ambitious arts programme to date, to enhanced family friendly entertainment, and improvements to the food offerings, site infrastructure and the all-round customer experience – Clockenflap 2015 is quite simply going to be the best yet.”

The South China Morning Post’s Clockenflap team will be reporting live from the festival all weekend. Look for our full festival guides – along with features on festival headliners New Order and The Libertines – in the lead-up to the festival.

For details of the full line-up and ticketing information, visit clockenflap.com.