Hong Kong's Clockenflap Festival to return this year, tickets now available

Hong Kong's Clockenflap Festival to return this year, tickets now available

The annual Clockenflap Festival will return to Hong Kong this year after a two-year-long hiatus.

Taking to Twitter on 3 March, the Clockenflap's organisers confirmed that the event will be held at the Central Harbourfront Event Space from 26 November to 28 November this year released ticketing details for it. 

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Justin Sweeting, Clockenflap's co-founder, told Bandwagon: "It’s really all or nothing for us, and we’re only going ahead if we’re able to present the full-blown event the kind people have come to know and love.  It’s got to be fun, or there’s no point doing it."

Sweeting added that the festival's organisers are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of both guests and performers. 

He said: "Health and safety are always baked into Clockenflap at the very deepest level for all concerned. So whilst the pandemic may require additional measures to be taken, our approach of implementing worldwide best-practice standards remains the same."  

From now till 16 March, fans will be able to purchase their tickets from Ticketflap at super discounted "Blind Bird" prices. There are four ticket categories for fans to choose from — 3-Day Weekend General Admission (HK$1,188), Friday General Admission (HK$698), Saturday General Admission (HK$758), and Sunday General Admission (HK$758). Clockenflap's organisers have also announced that full cancellation refunds will be available for all tickets sold.

This comes as welcome news for music lovers who have been eagerly awaiting the festival's return. In 2019, Clockenflap was cancelled due to the Hong Kong protests. The festival's return was delayed by another year when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020.

Performers at the last edition of the festival in 2018 included Khalid, Cigarettes After Sex, anpu, Big Shaq, as well as a number of prominent figures from the international music scene. While the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for musicians to perform overseas, Sweeting is not discounting the possibility that some semblance of normalcy might be restored by November this year.  

"The reality is that these types of [COVID-19 travel] restrictions are ultimately out of our hands. Though there’s general industry optimism that international travel for artists will be possible come the end of the year, so we are curating the programme with that in mind, and lots of positive conversations are ongoing with artists from across the globe," he said.

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