Clockenflap canceled for third straight year amid COVID-19 restrictions

Hong Kong R&B pop band Mukzi & The Island. Photo by Tomas Wiik.
Hong Kong R&B pop band Mukzi & The Island. Photo by Tomas Wiik.

Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest outdoor music festival, has been scrapped due to ongoing pandemic restrictions.

Organizers announced the cancelation on social media Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, with further tightening of the Food and Health Bureau framework of pandemic restrictions concerning event licensing, in particular the requirement for a seated audience and no food or drink consumption on site, it is impossible to deliver a true Clockenflap festival experience,” a post on Facebook read.

The three-day event was slated to take place Nov. 26 to 28 at the Central Harborfront.

The cancelation marks the third straight year that the city’s homegrown festival has been called off. It was scrapped in 2019—when big names like Mumford & Sons and Halsey were part of the event line-up—amid the anti-government protests, and again last year due to COVID-19.

Read more: From Cyberport to Central: The History of Clockenflap

Those who bought tickets can choose to either receive full refunds or have them rolled over to 2022.

Clockenflap, which held its first event in 2008, is Hong Kong’s most anticipated music and arts festival. It has attracted well-known international artists including Damien Rice and Franz Ferdinand, while also promoting local favorites such as Denise Ho and My Little Airport.

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