Clockenflap Festival announced this year’s final acts this week as UK rockers Kaiser Chiefs have been confirmed to headline Friday night at this year’s event, with UK grime MC Stormzy, LA rapper Kid Ink, French hip hop beatmaker Onra, Californian DJ/producer Tokimonsta, Taiwanese funk-pop trio Cosmos People and Hong Kong indie heroes Chochukmo completing the line-up.
Young Post is on hand to give a rundown on this year’s must-see performances.
The annual festival, celebrating its 10th year, will kick off on November 17 at Central Harbourfront, with performances from Canadian folk artist Feist, who blew up after her hit song 1234 took the world by storm a decade ago, and American DJ Matthew Dear who is renowned for his electrifying live sets.
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Australian electro duo HVOB will be collaborating with Mumford and Sons’ guitarist Winston Marshall, while Chinese rap group (who Young Post spoke to earlier this month), Higher Brothers will showcase some new material to the 60,000-capacity crowd.
Saturday will be topped by music legends The Prodigy, a band responsible for countless dance floor anthems, and who will be returning to Hong Kong for the first time since 1998. The remainder of the day comprises of a diverse range of acts.
Fans of world music should check out Tinariwen from North Africa, who have performed around the globe with some of the biggest names in the business. Electronica artist Cashmere Cat hails from Norway, while Japan’s Wednesday Campanella will fuse EDM, J-Pop and hip hop during the trio’s Hong Kong debut. Korean R&B star Dean will also be performing.
Closing Sunday night will be influential music giants Massive Attack, alongside psychedelic rock groups Temples and Pond, both performing for the first time in the city. Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers will bring their own unique take on alternative hip hop, while neo-soulsters Jungle will provide a set full of new material from their highly-anticipated second album.
Fast-rising Danish electro-pop singer songwriter MØ is also scheduled to play, as are early 00s indie champions The Dandy Warhols, Canadian house duo Bob Moses, and dubstep royalty Skream, who last performed at Hong Kong in 2014 to a sold-out crowd.
Ibibio Sound Machine are set to wow with their British-Nigerian Afro-infused electronica, singer-songwriters Mitski from Japan and Lewis Capaldi from Scotland offer a more chilled set of songs, while local pop-rockers Supper Moment grace the Main Stage, Hong Kong’s Per Se provide a tranquil escape with their poetic and introspective tunes, and Young Post favourites So It Goes and Phoon are also set to play their biggest shows to date.
Tickets for students are available from Clockenflap at HK$640 for either Saturday or Sunday day tickets, with Friday tickets selling for HK$570. Weekend tickets cost HK$1,080. Anyone aged 12 and under can attend the festival for free.