Clockenflap Music Festivali

Since being launched in 2008, Clockenflap has evolved from humble beginnings into Hong Kong's biggest annual celebration of music and the arts. The festival showcases world-famous musical acts as well as bands and DJs from Hong Kong and Asia.

  • Authorities say they are reinviting overseas and mainland artists to city in bid to bring life back to industry which has suffered heavily during pandemic
  • Push comes off back of major events including Clockenflap music festival earlier this month and Art Basel, which begins on Thursday

On their first visit to the city that inspired their name, the seminal 90s rap group talk John Woo, the movies that inspired debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) – and the OG MCs they really respect

Clockenflap returned with a bang this weekend – mask-free – with headliners Arctic Monkeys and indie talents like Hybs and Sasha Alex Sloan ruling the crowds


The Clockenflap 2023 festival features big-name bands including Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, FKJ, Wu-Tang Clan and the Cardigans. Find out how to get there, and more, in our extensive guide.

Music lovers missing out on Clockenflap this year shouldn’t worry – Asia has plenty of top-drawer music festivals coming up, featuring artists from Calvin Harris and Foo Fighters to The 1975

Forget the big Western headliners, East Asian pop culture is having a moment, and Clockenflap 2023 has a finger on the pulse in its stunning roster of regional acts – here’s who you shouldn’t miss


From bedroom R&B star Cehryl to rapper Luna Is A Bep and post-punk upstarts N.Y.P.D., the presence of all these acts on one bill is proof Hong Kong’s indie scene has come of age


Stifled by Covid restrictions, many of Hong Kong’s independent musicians have spent the past three years writing music, and jamming and recording together online.


Arctic Monkeys will play their first Hong Kong gig at Clockenflap festival, which returns in March 2023 after a four-year break. Phoenix, Tyson Yoshi and Men I Trust will also be in the line-up.

From the Rugby Sevens to Clockenflap, the return of major international events and reduced travel restrictions spell a rosier year ahead – but is it too soon to celebrate?

Clockenflap organisers admit defeat, citing recently tightened rules on running large-scale outdoor events and continuing restrictions on international travel to Hong Kong.

Sonar Hong Kong and Clockenflap Music Festival organisers demonstrate their new focus on Hong Kong acts in a day-long live concert, Long Time No See, at MacPherson Stadium in Mong Kok.

Tickets for the 2021 edition of Hong Kong’s biggest annual music festival went on sale on March 3. The 2019 and 2020 festivals were cancelled because of the city’s anti-government protests and the coronavirus outbreak.

The revised bill will allow male K-pop stars such as the members of BTS who represent South Korea globally to defer their mandatory service in the country’s military until the age of 30.


Covid-19 crisis makes it impossible to stage Hong Kong’s biggest annual music and arts festival this November, Clockenflap organisers say. Last year, anti-government protests forced a halt.

One week before the start of the three-day festival set to host Halsey, Babymetal and Mumford and Sons, organisers pull the plug and say ‘the situation has now made this impossible’

Established live favourites such as post-punk group David Boring and singer-songwriter Kevin Kaho Tsui will perform on Central Harbourfront, along with 50 other Hong Kong acts. These are the nine you shouldn’t miss.

Organisers say the cancellation of other events amid months of anti-government protest makes their mission to bring Hongkongers together more relevant than ever. Bombay Bicycle Club, Metronomy and Nick Murphy among names added to line-up.

They’ve supported Lady Gaga on tour and racked up 100 million YouTube views for one song. Babymetal will be bringing their unique show to Hong Kong at the Clockenflap festival in November.

Controversial rapper Lil Pump joins Halsey and UK folkers Mumford & Sons at Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival. Other acts include Babymetal, Deafheaven and The Kooks, with more to be announced.

Archie has already played Clockenflap and Boomtown festivals in Hong Kong and Britain. To qualify for the Guinness World Record, he played a one-hour unassisted DJ set at the Bungalow club in Hong Kong.

From sequinned suits to jumpsuits to the obligatory flannel shirts, music lovers’ style did not disappoint on the Central Harbourfront, where fans danced the weekend away to David Byrne, Khalid and Erykah Badu.

Hong Kong’s longest-running music festival finished its 11th year in style. More than 100 international and local artists presented on five stages over the three days.