Press Release From Clockenflap/Magnetic Asia
Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest international outdoor music and arts festival, today revealed the festival map as well as a complete list of attractions and experiences for this year’s event, which takes place at Central Harbourfront from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 March 2023 and features around 100 live acts.
The much-loved event, which is completely sold out for the first time in its 15-year history, is returning to the city more than four years since its last edition, and will feature the same world-class festival experience that has wowed fans in previous years. This includes a spectacular outdoor environment featuring multiple stages; an eclectic array of top F&B outlets; and a wide-ranging lineup of must-see international, regional and local acts. As before, it will also be a free-standing event, with festivalgoers able to move easily and without restriction between the various stages and attractions throughout the weekend.
Six stages of music
The Harbourflap Stage is Clockenflap’s mighty main stage. Find the highest profile artists with the broadest fan bases here alongside acts that you can count on to deliver those spine-tingling singalong moments. Harbourflap highlights this year include closing sets by ARCTIC MONKEYS, WU-TANG CLAN and THE CARDIGANS plus an Asia exclusive set from BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB.
Showcasing artists from a wide spectrum of styles, genres and countries, the FWD Stage celebrates the depth, breadth and diversity of Clockenflap’s lineup, from acclaimed Taiwanese soul singer-songwriter YELLOW and local rock kings KOLOR to German electronic supergroup MODERAT and English jazz innovators EZRA COLLECTIVE.
Set within the festival site’s grassy lawns, the Park Stage is a firm fan favourite, and the best place to catch edgy, emerging talent. Broaden your musical horizons with BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD, N.Y.P.D. and HITSUJIBUNGAKU, to name but three.
The festival’s dedicated electronic stage, Electriq is where you’ll find international names such as HAAI, SERUM and the legend that is SISTER NANCY, alongside the very best DJ talent Hong Kong has to offer. In short, this is the place where you can sample the finest in dancefloor energy from day into night.
With two distinct personalities, the Robot Stage features family-friendly, kids-focused content by day, before turning its attention to Hong Kong DJs and party crews once the sun sets. With stage takeovers from the likes of YETI OUT and MINH CLUB alongside respected local acts such as ANTHONY2 and MENGZY, there’s sure to be an incredible atmosphere—and great memories to be made—at the Robot Stage.
New for 2023, the Topper Stage will keep the vibes flowing in between the live sets at the Harbourflap Stage. With a focus on edgy yet accessible electronic music from across the globe, and a lineup featuring DJ EL TORO, HELEN TING, DRAFUS and more, there will be good times in store at Topper all weekend long.
Clockenflap is about much more than music, and the festival’s arts programme serves up a spectacular selection of Instagrammable attractions and audiovisual adventures. Open call winner Pause.Rec.Play gives everyone a chance to jam together using a collection of special sound effects; VIDEOTAGE curates a visually astonishing journey into artists’ mental imagery of local cityscapes; RELENTLESS MELT presents a special selection of abstract and psychedelic films; MEMORABILIA MOBILE invites audience members to become a model, with Clockenflap as the backdrop; while street art by CARATOES and PARENTS PARENTS, plus the ever-popular, otherworldly BIRDMEN, will provide photo ops galore. Other highlights including SOLAR SOUND SYSTEM.
FWD VIP Lounge & FWD MAX Zone
As well as showcasing a dazzling array of cutting-edge artists on the FWD Stage, FWD Insurance is also hosting its own VIP Lounge, the FWD MAX Zone and the FWD Food Bar, where attendees can enjoy a wide range of tasty cuisines amid comfy picnic vibes. Festivalgoers can also register as an FWD MAX member to get a complimentary voucher to spend on food and drinks.
Cathay x Clockenflap Lifestyle Space
Clockenflap’s top-tier sponsor Cathay is bringing their lifestyle experience to the heart of the festival, as the airline ventures further into lifestyle territory. Visit Cathay’s lifestyle space to enjoy a series of extra-rewarding experiences—beat the high score and win miles at the arcade rhythm game, or take a selfie in front of Cathay’s bespoke wall art. Cathay is also hosting the festival’s ever-so-coveted VIP lounge, a feather wearable craft workshop, and a temporary glowing tattoo workshop. Festival goers are welcome to drop by and glam up before catching their favourite headliners.
Hoegaarden The Beer Gaarden
Clockenflap’s Official Beer Partner HOEGAARDEN offers Clockenflappers the chance to slow down and relax at a spacious beer garden complete with beanbags, picnic tables and parasols while enjoying authentic Belgian wheat beers, fruit-flavoured brews and refreshing sorbets. The Gaarden will also feature a variety of fun photo opportunities, with staff on hand to help create slow-motion gifs that can be shared on social media. Guests can create their own unique headpieces to wear at the festival at a special Flower Crown workshop . Last but not least, popular Hong Kong artists Kaho Hung and Renci Yeung will make a special appearance on the 3rd of March to greets fans.
Foodpanda Food Bar
Located right next to the Harbourflap Stage, foodpanda’s eye-catching pink area presents a special Food Bar where hungry festivalgoers can enjoy a variety of great eats as well as the chance to chill out, snap unique photos and win limited edition foodpanda x Clockenflap goodies. Don’t forget to sign up to pandapro at the event to enjoy exclusive perks!
As in previous years, families and children of all ages are well catered for at the festival, from puppet-based performances at TREASURE CHEST THEATRE, to demonstrating a passion for percussion at the DRUM JAM, to soothing sonic explorations with I IS ONE. Other highlights including WEST ISLAND SCHOOL, OM PEACE and CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM (CDM).
With a variety of food suppliers cross the site, fans can chow down on an extensive selection of delicious cuisines from around the world, including a special stall by THE CHILLI LAB, which will be recreating the famous chilli sauce from the recent hit Hong Kong comedy film Chilli Laugh Story, as well as serving up local street food classics such as shumai, goose oil soy sauce lo mein noodles and chicken wings. And KUUCHI CAFÉ IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE offers a laidback setting where festivalgoers can enjoy coffee, coffee cocktail, signature Liège Waffle or other light refreshments.
Handmade Hong Kong returns to host the popular CRAFT MARKET, which will feature around 30 different stalls selling all manner of festival-friendly items.
From the very beginning, Clockenflap has strived to consider the planet and invested in ways of properly managing—and, wherever possible—recycling its waste. This year, Clockenflap will run an effective recycling programme based on keeping waste material types to a bare minimum in the public space and encouraging attendees to take ownership of their litter.
Recycling stations will feature across the site, with clear signage and dedicated staff to separate waste into the correct bins. Every container used at Clockenflap will be 100% recyclable or compostable, and the festival does not allow plastic packaging, straws, cutlery, stirrers or landfill-generating gimmicks.
You must bring your ticket and photo ID, and the name on the ID must match the name on the ticket. Failure to bring ID could significantly slow or even prevent your entry.
Our staff will be checking tickets and IDs at the entrance. If the name on your ticket doesn’t match the name on your photo ID, you will be refused entry. Please make sure you’ve updated the name on your ticket if you need to! One ticket is valid for one entry only.
If you have a student ticket, you must bring full time Hong Kong student ID. Festivalgoers with student tickets who fail to produce valid ID to prove their eligibility will need to pay the difference in price to a General Admission ticket in order to enter the festival.
You can either print your ticket or if you have a phone with a big screen transfer the PDF to it.
If you have a weekend ticket, do not take your wristband off overnight, you will need it to gain entry on the following days
All tickets for the festival are now sold out. There will be no additional tickets available on the door.
Image Credits : Clockenflap