Clockenflap 2018 line-up: David Byrne, Interpol, Khalid to lead Hong Kong music festival
Clockenflap fans received a surprise on Tuesday night when an image of the initial line-up was leaked by one of the international acts. Here is the latest roster of performers
David Byrne, the former frontman of trailblazing new wave band the Talking Heads, and American indie rock giants Interpol lead the list of the first round of artists scheduled for the 2018 Clockenflap festival.
Clockenflap fans received a surprise on Tuesday night when an image of the initial line-up was leaked by one of the international acts ahead of the organisers’ planned announcement on Wednesday afternoon.
Other stand-out artists announced in the first wave include British alternative rock band Wolf Alice, American singer-songwriter Khalid, Canadian experimental electronic outfit Caribou and Japanese musical polymath Cornelius.
The 11th edition of Hong Kong’s biggest annual music and arts festival is scheduled from November 9-11 at the Central Harbourfront event space.
Clockenflap was launched in 2008 as a small-scale event but has since evolved into Hong Kong’s biggest annual music and arts festival, last year attracting more than 30,000 people to each of the three days of its 10th-anniversary edition.
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David Byrne blazed a trail though alternative rock in the 1970s and ’80s as frontman of the influential Talking Heads, another New York band who started life as a post-punk act but later dabbled in a kaleidoscope of genres such as funk and world music.
Byrne is now on the road for an 80-date tour in support of American Utopia, his first solo album in 14 years.
“They’ve long been an act that has resonated in Hong Kong and they have a huge fan base here, although they’ve never managed to play in the city until now. We’re really happy it’s come together, as we’ve been targeting them for a while. It’s great timing too as their new album is released later this month, so fans can expect the best of their full catalogue. “
Overall, it’s a typically diverse Clockenflap line-up. Sweeting says: “The depth, richness and quality of the line-up is something we always strive for, and we work hard to find the balance where the programme is both eclectic yet cohesive. There are no genre barriers for us – great music is great music.”
When asked about his tips for rising bands playing at the festival, Sweeting says: “On the newer end of the spectrum, we highly recommend Shame, who are the most vital new band in the UK in my opinion, and British band Bodega who gave great shows at recent festivals such as South by Southwest and The Great Escape. I’d also wager D.A.N. from Japan will be many people’s new favourite band after the festival.
Clockenflap tickets are now on sale, with an adult three-day pass priced at HK$1,410 and single-day tickets starting at HK$810.
Clockenflap 2018 first line-up:
David Byrne (US)
The Vaccines (UK)
Wolf Alice (UK)
Amadou & Mariam (ML)
Eats Everything (UK)
Peking Duk (AU)
Roni Size (UK)
Sunflower Bean (US)
Chancha Via Circuito (AR)
Blue Hawaii (CA)
Bohan Phoenix (CN/US)