It has been revealed that British indie rockers The Kaiser Chiefs will be the Friday headliners at this year’s Clockenflap festival, kicking off a packed weekend of live music. The latest announcement also added acclaimed grime artist Stormzy, US DJ Tokimonsta and rapper Kid Ink to the glittering bill of international and Hong Kong acts.
The Kaiser Chiefs round off a triumvirate of British-based headliners this year – with rave legends The Prodigy set to top Saturday’s bill and trip-hoppers Massive Attack to close the festival on Sunday night. Also performing during the weekend will be Feist, MO, Pond, Temples, The Dandy Warhols and Jungle.
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One of the foremost bands to have risen to fame during the mid-noughties indie boom in Britain, The Kaiser Chiefs quickly established a reputation for their energetic and fun live shows. Formed in the city of Leeds in 2003, the five-piece drew inspiration from new wave and punk rock bands of the 70s and 80s. To date, they have released six studio albums, sparking singalong hits such as Every Day I Love You Less and Less, I Predict a Riot, Ruby, Everything is Average Nowadays, and Never Miss a Beat. They’ve opened for a string of stadium heroes, including Foo Fighters, The Who, U2 and Green Day, and their Hong Kong debut promises to be a treat for both long-standing fans and newcomers.
There will be more hip hop groups than ever before at this year’s Clockenflap, which will welcome the California-based Kid Ink alongside mainland Chinese rising stars Higher Brothers, Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat, Korean vocalist Dean, and Scottish collective Young Fathers. Representing Hong Kong’s local talent will be Chochukmo, punk rockers David Boring, acoustic group Per Se, electronica party-starters Shumking Mansion, local favourites Supper Moment, and reuniting indie stars Fan Hung A.
The festival was founded by three friends in the mid-noughties, and the first edition was attended by 1,500 people. The event grew quickly and is now one of the city’s most eagerly awaited music events, attracting about 60,000 revellers each year, many of whom fly in to Hong Kong from all over the globe.
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Last year, post-rockers Sigur Ros, hip hop star MIA, and rock group Foals headlined a weekend that also featured Hong Kong’s own tfvsjs, Michael Lai, CharmCharmChu and Ocean Lam. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual event, which was first based at Cyberport, before it moved to the West Kowloon Harbourfront, and is now held near the ferry piers in Central.
Clockenflap is a three-day music festival held from November 17 to 19. Early bird weekend tickets are still available for a reduced price of HK$1,080 for Hong Kong students with valid ID (HK$1,720 for adults, under-12s get in for free). Students day tickets available here from HK$570.