Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest annual music and arts festival, today announced the long-awaited first round of its 2018 lineup, with New York indie legends INTERPOL, US R&B sensation KHALID, former Talking Heads frontman DAVID BYRNE and Taiwanese singer-songwriter anpu among the many highlights slated to appear at Central Harbourfront from Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 11, 2018.

One of the most diverse and cutting-edge lineups Hong Kong has ever seen, the festival’s first phase announcement features an eclectic array of established artists, festival favourites and thrilling breakthrough acts from Hong Kong, Asia and around the world, including 13 Hong Kong live debuts and 2 Asian festival exclusive performances. Tickets for the festival are on sale now, and fans can take advantage of the great-value Early Bird discount prices until August 21, 2018. Tickets are available at clockenflap.com.

INTERPOL make their long-awaited Hong Kong debut on the back of their sixth album, Marauder, showing they’ve lost none of the presence and power from their 2002 debut, the classic Turn on the Bright Lights. Nominated for five Grammys following his 2017 album American Teen, KHALID is one of the most in-demand names in R&B right now and will make his Hong Kong debut at Clockenflap. Best known as the frontman of legendary new wave band Talking Heads, as well as a bestselling solo artist and author, DAVID BYRNE is quite simply one of the most absorbing performers on the planet and plays Hong Kong for the first time since 2009 on the back of the release of his 11th solo album, American Utopia. Formerly known as Deserts Chang, Taiwanese singer/songwriter anpu is a formidable talent and Clockenflap favourite who delivered a mesmerising performance at the festival in 2014.

Clockenflap will also welcome electronic innovator CARIBOU, drum n’ bass pioneer RONI SIZE, and Mercury Prize-nominated alt-rockers WOLF ALICE for the first time, while UK indie rabble-rousers THE VACCINES are back by popular demand four years after their last appearance at the festival. They’ll be joined by a collection of the hottest up-and-coming bands on the planet for fans to discover, including Brooklyn neo-psychedelic indie rockers SUNFLOWER BEAN, London post-punk provocateurs SHAME, Toronto-based dream-pop darlings ALVVAYS and New York art-punks BODEGA.

Once more, the festival will showcase some of the world's finest acts from across the electronic music spectrum, including anarchic Australian electro-house duo PEKING DUK, UK industrial techno trailblazer BLAWAN and heavyweight British house DJ/producer EATS EVERYTHING. Other acts announced include genre-splicing US DJ MIJA, French electronic artist RONE and Argentinean DJ/producer CHANCHA VÍA CIRCUITO.

Championing the finest Asian musical talent once again, Clockenflap welcomes genre-bending Taiwanese jazz/R&B chanteuse 9M88, local math rock heroes GDJYB, Korean electronic artist-producer CIFIKA, China’s indie rapper BOHAN PHOENIX, maverick multi-instrumentalist­ CORNELIUS – who has been described as “the Japanese Beck” – and electrifying Tokyo alt-dance trio D.A.N.

Encompassing a wide range of genres, the supremely eclectic lineup also features Grammy-nominated Malian duo AMADOU & MARIAM, Canadian alternative R&B outfit RHYE, Danish electronic chanteuse LYDMOR, UK grime DJ SWINDLE, Canadian electronic duo BLUE HAWAII, Manchester pop hero YOUNGR, and Hong Kong beatmaker COCOONICS.

Tickets are available now at clockenflap.com.

Ticket information

Early Bird tickets are on sale now until August 21.

Early Bird ticket prices:

General admission 3-Day weekend tickets are $1,410
General admission Friday tickets are $820
General admission Saturday and Sunday tickets are $890
Student 3-Day weekend tickets are $1,080
Student Friday tickets are $570
Student Saturday and Sunday tickets are $640

Clockenflap offers free entry for children aged 12 and under (maximum two per one paying adult).

About Clockenflap

Clockenflap 2018 takes place over Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Central Harbourfront. Clockenflap is Asia’s premier outdoor music and arts festival, and a major highlight of Hong Kong's annual cultural calendar. Cultivating and celebrating creativity, the festival is an unrivalled cultural mix of local and worldwide talent with a mission to inspire individuals through a journey of music and arts. With a dazzling and diverse selection of activities, Clockenflap is a world-class festival that encourages people to come together with openness and imagination.

Clockenflap 2018 lineup to date (as of August 8 2018)

INTERPOL

KHALID

DAVID BYRNE

anpu

CARIBOU

THE VACCINES

WOLF ALICE

AMADOU & MARIAM

CORNELIUS

RHYE

ALVVAYS

EATS EVERYTHING

PEKING DUK

MIJA

BLAWAN

GDJYB

RONI SIZE

RONE

SWINDLE

SUNFLOWER BEAN

YOUNGR

SHAME

D.A.N.

9M88

CHANCHA VÍA CIRCUITO

BODEGA

BLUE HAWAII

LYDMOR

BOHAN PHOENIX

CIFIKA

COCOONICS 

and many more to come.