The countdown to Hong Kong’s biggest annual music and arts festival kicked up a gear today as Clockenflap announced the first wave of artists for its upcoming edition. Among the big-name acts confirmed to appear at the three-day festival, which takes place at Central Harbourfront from Friday, 22 November to Sunday, 24 November 2019, are US electropop sensation HALSEY, British indie giants MUMFORD & SONS and controversial Miami rap star LIL PUMP, with many more names to be announced.
Featuring an eclectic array of established artists, festival favourites and thrilling breakthrough acts from around the world, the supremely diverse first-phase lineup includes 21 Hong Kong live debuts. Tickets for the festival are on sale now, and fans can take advantage of the great-value Early Bird discount prices until 21 August 2019.
London-based indie-folk superstars MUMFORD & SONS will be making their long-awaited Hong Kong debut on the back of their acclaimed fourth album, Delta. The festival will also welcome one of the world’s hottest – and most provocative – hip-hop artists, 18-year-old Florida rapper LIL PUMP, the talent behind 2018 smash hit Gucci Gang. And electropop-lovers can look forward to a pair of acts driving the new generation of female vocalists in the genre, platinum-selling US singer-songwriter HALSEY, who holds the record on the longest running Billboard 100 Top 10 hit by a female this century and Norwegian synth-pop chanteuse AURORA.
ASIA’S NEW ICONS
Continuing Clockenflap’s mission to bring Asia’s most compelling musical talents to Hong Kong, this year’s edition will welcome a variety of top acts from around the region. Demonstrating the strength and diversity of Taiwan’s music scene are a trio of distinctive artists at the forefront of two very different genres: acclaimed singer-songwriters CROWD LU and WAA WEI, as well as rapper LEO 王, the first ever hip-hop artist to win the best male award at the Golden Melody Awards. Fans of Japanese girl groups can look forward to irrepressible kawaii metal duo BABYMETAL and offbeat electronic rock band CHAI. Korea, meanwhile, is well represented by indie rockers SAY SUE ME and rapper COLDE from Seoul- based hip-hop duo OFF ON OFF.
INDIE & ALT-ROCK MAVERICKS
Every festival needs a dose of loud guitars, and Clockenflap has a treat in store for indie and alt-rock fans. English indie-rock heroes THE KOOKS return to Hong Kong for the first time in more than a decade. Sure to be among the weekend’s highlights, meanwhile, are
Melbourne psychedelic rockers KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD and visceral Bristol post-punks IDLES, playing an exclusive Asian set, only at Clockenflap.
RED-HOT BREAKTHROUGH STARS
With a finger firmly on the pulse of the global zeitgeist, Clockenflap is once again the best place to see today’s hottest music and tomorrow’s biggest stars, from Grammy award- winning British future bass producer MURA MASA, London-based electronic duo
HONNE and globe-spanning indie-pop collective SUPERORGANISM to rising North American bedroom pop stars CUCO and GUS DAPPERTON, and Norwegian indie-rockers BOY PABLO.
Spanning a wide range of styles and genres, the festival’s exceptionally eclectic lineup also includes bass-loving DJ/producer WHAT SO NOT, Californian post-metal band DEAFHEAVEN, Australian electronic R&B act COSMO’S MIDNIGHT, Fleetwood Mac- channelling DJ duo FLEETMAC WOOD, Philippine indie-folksters BEN&BEN, Arkansas indie- pop pair JOAN and Hong Kong singer-songwriter OLIVIER CONG.
Tickets are available now at www.clockenflap.com