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GenreMultimedia, music, Indie rock, film, installation art, Electronic music,
Dates25–27 November 2016
Location(s)Cyberport, Hong Kong; West Kowloon, Hong Kong; Central, Hong Kong
Years activeSince 2008
Founded byJay Forster, Mike Hill, Justin Sweeting

Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival, commonly abbreviated to "Clockenflap", is an annual music and arts festival held in Hong Kong. It incorporates international, regional and local live music, film, art installations, street, and kids' area. 60,000 people attended the 2015 event and was widely considered HK's marquee music event of the year.


Clockenflap was founded in 2008 and is organized by Jay Forster, Mike Hill and Justin Sweeting. Their stated goals for the festival are to nurture the Hong Kong arts, music and film scene[1] and "put the city on Asia's contemporary media-arts circuit".[2] The NME credits Clockenflap for the "pioneering role it has played in nurturing the Hongkong indie and alternative music scenes, as well as bringing International talent to Hongkong audiences".[3]

The first Clockenflap festival was held in a concrete public space in an empty housing development called "Cyberport", in front of 1500 attendees.[4] It later expanded to the West Kowloon Cultural District.


Clockenflap 2019[edit]

Clockenflap 2019 was scheduled to be held from 22 to 24 November 2019 in Central Harbourfront Event Space. The organizers cancelled the event due to the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests.[5] The performing lineup would have included:

Clockenflap 2018[edit]

Clockenflap 2018 was held from 9 to 11 November 2018 (3 days) in Central Harbourfront Event Space. The performing lineup included: 

Clockenflap 2017[edit]

  • The Prodigy (UK)
  • Stormzy (UK)
  • Massive Attack (UK)

Clockenflap 2016[edit]

Clockenflap 2016 is held from 25 to 27 November 2016 in Central Harbourfront Event Space.

Clockenflap 2015[edit]

Clockenflap 2015 is held from 27 to 29 November 2015 in West Kowloon Cultural District.

Clockenflap 2014[edit]


Clockenflap 2013[edit]

2013's festival extended to a 3-day event and grew to over 30,000 people attending with 7 music stages with new additions of a Cabaret Tent and an Arts Village. The festival was held from 29 November to 1 December. With headliners such as Cui Jian (CN) Chic (US), Franz Ferdinand (UK), and many more.


and much much more

Art Village was curated by a Hong Kong Artist Aiden Li, the area also included the Film Tent and installations from:

  • Wenu (DE)
  • UsedPencil (HK)
  • Stickyline (HK)
  • Start From Zero (HK)
  • Panda Mei (HK)


  • Projection Mapping by IdN (HK)
  • International Space Orchestra (FR)
  • Future Shorts Autumn Season (UK)
  • Future Motions by PauseFest (AU)
  • 16 Years of HK Animations by ifva (HK)

Clockenflap 2012[edit]

Held once more on the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, the festival site expanded to allow for six performance stages, a dedicated children's entertainment area. Over 25,000 people attended the festival over the weekend of Dec 1-2.


and many more


  • Arts Republic
  • Salon De Pigeon
  • Aeroporto
  • Marc & Chantal
  • Outsign Lab
  • Start from Zero


  • Mustard (HK)
  • G.E.M (HK)
  • Hidden Agenda (HK)

Clockenflap 2011[edit]

Clockenflap 2011 took place on Saturday-Sunday, 10–11 December 2011 and was the first to be held at the festival's iconic new location, the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade. Unlike previous (and preceding) years, it was completely free to the public when late stage venue restrictions prevented the sale of tickets. Incorporating five different stages, the line-up included:


  • Santigold (US)
  • Bombay Bicycle Club (UK)
  • The Cribs (UK)
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (US)
  • Benjamin Francis Leftwich (UK)
  • Bank Job (HK)

Film and animation

  • Vincent Moon (FR)
  • Future Shorts (UK)
  • British Council (UK)

Clockenflap 2010[edit]

Due to various restrictions, the third Clockenflap was a one-night festival held in a warehouse on Saturday, 20 November 2010. The line-up included:


Clockenflap 2009[edit]

The second Clockenflap festival was a two-day festival held on Saturday-Sunday, 7–8 November 2009 at Cyberport. The line-up included:

Film and animation

Clockenflap 2008[edit]

Clockenflap in 2008

The first Clockenflap festival was held on Saturday 12 January 2008 at Cyberport. Some 1,500 people attended.[6] The line-up included:

Film and animation


  1. ^ Clockenflap Multimedia & Arts Festival
  2. ^ HK Magazine 7 Dec 2007 pp44
  3. ^ NME 4 Dec 2012
  4. ^ Marshall, William (12 November 2016). "Clockenflap & the story of how Hong Kong learned to rock". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Top Hong Kong music festival Clockenflap cancelled as protests intensify". South China Morning Post. 2019-11-15. Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  6. ^ Beat Magazine Hong Kong, Feb 2008

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