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The biggest Clockenflap yet! The line-up so far: Damien Rice, The Libertines and Blackalicious

Hong Kong's King Ly Chee and Taiwan's Crowd Lu also playing at the music festival

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 September, 2015, 1:22pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 September, 2016, 3:21pm

This year’s Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with the first round of artists announced, including notorious rockers The Libertines and singer-songwriter Damien Rice.

Founding Libertines members Pete Doherty and Carl Barat will be a part of the line-up coming to Hong Kong for the festival, to be held on the West Kowloon waterfront from November 27-29, according to organisers.

After forming in 1997, The Libertines saw huge success by spearheading the garage-rock revival in the UK and were never far from the headlines due to Doherty’s drug problems. The band imploded in 2004, but reformed last year and will be releasing their third album on September 11. 

Meanwhile, Rice is a multiplatinum-selling performer from Ireland who has appeared at some of the world’s biggest music festivals, including Glastonbury, and has been a vocal supporter of the campaigns for Tibetan independence and democracy in Myanmar.

Asian music is so far being represented by Taiwanese indie singer-songwriter Crowd Lu, Japanese retro-rock act Love Psychedelico and Hong Kong hardcore band King Ly Chee.

For fans of electronic music, the biggest name announced so far is experimental Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus, who will be appearing alongside New York duo Ratatat, British trip-hop DJ Mr Skruff, and Irish indie-dance duo Bicep.

The other acts announced so far are influential US hip-hop outfit Blackalicious and the Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, led by Al Mckay, a former member of 1970s funk band Earth, Wind & Fire. 

Now in its eighth year, Clockenflap has evolved from humble beginnings into Hong Kong’s biggest annual celebration of music and arts, last year attracting a record turnout of 45,000 people.

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