Clockenflap 2016, Hong Kong's biggest music and arts festival, is bringing diversity and depth with the release of its lineup and schedule, and offers a unique experience with a kaleidoscope of music, arts, performances and fun attractions that unites the audience.
Taking place from November 25-27 at Central Harbourfront, running from the Central and Western District Promenade (Central Section) Park up to the IFC footbridge, the enormous site will include three main live band stages, two electronic music stages, two theatre venues, two immersive entertainment spaces and two expansive grassy areas.
Harbourflap stage, FWD stage and KEF stage will all feature full set performances to give festival goers the full experience of an eclectic music lineup that spans a wide variety of genres, ranging from rising stars to legendary headliners:
MISS OUT AT YOUR PERIL: CLOCKENFLAP'S MUST-SEE ARTISTS
Joining in the fun are Clockenflap's latest stunning additions: M.I.A. (UK), one of the most influential female rappers in the world, and London Grammar (UK) playing their exclusive Asian show of 2016 with us. Other must-see sets include The Chemical Brothers (UK), a leading force for over two decades in England's big beat and electronica scene, post-rock Icelandic heavyweights Sigur Rós (IS), Taiwanese ethereal superstar Cheer Chen (TW) and festival favourite Foals (UK).
THE BEST OF ASIA: REGIONAL FAVORITES FROM HONG KONG AND BEYOND
There will be a host of performers hailing from Hong Kong and across the region. New to the lineup is Taiwanese alternative rock band No Party For Cao Dong (TW), the most sought after emerging band fusing post-rock with indie and metal. Meanwhile, talented local singer-songwriter Ellen Loo (HK) will make her strong comeback to the Clockenflap stage. For those seeking regional talent, be sure to check out mid-1990s alternative rockers ....Huh!? (HK), blues-influenced five-piece Juicyning (HK), Seoul-based indie quartet hyukoh (KR) and J-Rock's rising star SEKAI NO OWARI (JP).
THE LEGENDS: FOREVER FAVORITES
Joining the lineup is pioneering hip hop group, The Sugarhill Gang (US), with "Rapper's Delight" as the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on Billboard. For those looking to be propelled to another era, make sure you also check out Jamaican folk mento masters The Jolly Boys (JM),
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (US) and genre-hopping indie rockers Yo La Tengo (US). Your mind is sure to be flooded with great memories!
THE FUTURE HEROES: UP AND COMING ACTS
The festival boasts a number of exciting up-and-coming acts. Check out Malaysian chanteuse Yuna (MA) as she serves up the perfect blend of dream-pop and R&B on her Hong Kong debut at Clockenflap, NME's '20th coolest man in music' Blood Orange (UK), post-dubstep mixer SBTRKT (DJ set) (UK), Shura (UK) with her unique blend of synthpop, R&B and indietronica, progressive jazztronica innovators badbadnotgood (CA), and hypnotic UK dance act Pumarosa (UK). With all these acts, and many more, Clockenflap 2016 is guaranteed to be a kaleidoscope of fun!
PARTY FROM DAY TO NIGHT: ELECTRONIC MUSIC STAGES
Electriq stage, and the Robot stage, which is sponsored by adidas Originals, provide a unique party vibe from day to night. Acts on these stages include Berlin techno savant Rødhåd (DE), electro DJ and producer Danny Daze (US), house and techno DJ Nick Höppner (DE) and British Tech House DJ and producer Terry Francis (UK). Also on the bill are American electronic musician Jimmy Edgar (US) and London's Shy FX (UK), best known for his drum and bass and jungle music.
BE AMAZED BY THE DELIGHTFULLY WONKY CLUB MINKY
Not just a music festival, Clockenflap has a world-class lineup of theatre, cabaret, comedy, acrobatics and offbeat live music performances that can be found at the exceptional Club Minky. Winners of the "Best Circus and Physical Theatre" award at the Adelaide Fringe this year, All Genius All Idiot (SE) will undoubtedly be a festival favorite.
MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE PERSONAL
Immerse yourself at the Silent Disco by CAMPER with our free-to-loan headphones, you can listen to top-class local DJs and dance like nobody's watching! Alternatively, enter an immersive world of audio-visual imagination at Cinema Silenzio and transport youself from the hustle and bustle of the festival to a world of our specifically curated film and animation programme and be the first to watch Lo and Behold, from Legendary Master Film Maker – Werner Herzog.
TREAT YOUR SENSES TO THE CORNUCOPIA OF ARTS
Above and beyond the music and live performances, Clockenflap will offer festival enthusiasts a cornucopia of arts to explore and a wealth of activities to enjoy. Visit WARP Black Box for In The Eyes Of The Animals (ITEOTA) - a groundbreaking 360° virtual reality experience that allows you to traverse from the forest floor to the treetops through the eyes of distinctive animals and experience the world as never before. Visitors are invited to meet Sophia, Hanson Robotics' latest and most advanced robot. She is an evolving genius machine that learns by experience. Every human interaction teaches her something more. Since her public unveiling, Sophia has become a celebrated media personality with her charm stemming from her incredible human likeness, unbelievable facial expressions, and verbal and nonverbal interactivity. Experience The Blind Robot as it touches your face delicately, unlike any machine you've experienced. Discover the many art installations across the festival site and keep your eyes peeled for surprise performances and mobile arts over the weekend! If you find your smartphone running out of juice taking photos of all these marvelous menageries of festival programmes, there will be recharge services available on-site, Recharge with GP, to get you back snapping great pictures throughout the festival.
This year's Phase 2 tickets are now on sale and will end November 10. For further information on single-day and weekend ticket prices, please visit clockenflap.com/tickets. Young Clockenflappers, who hold a valid full-time Hong Kong Student ID or are aged between 13-17 years old, can also enjoy discounts on all ticket types. For festival-loving families, Clockenflap offers free entry for children aged 12 and under (maximum two per one paying adult).
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