Global entertainment company Live Nation has acquired a controlling
interest in Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival, including Clockenflap
Presents, its live touring arm, with the exception of the ticket
The acquisition comes after the festival’s first-ever sold-out event
this month, following a years-long hiatus. Clockenflap, founded by Jay
Forster, Mike Hill, and Justin Sweeting in 2008, has become Hong Kong’s
premier arts and music event, expanding from its origins at Cyberport to
accommodate tens of thousands of festivalgoers at West Kowloon Cultural
In 2016, the festival moved to Central Harbourfront to make way for
the development of West Kowloon but was cancelled in November 2019 due
to ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The festival remained off the city’s
calendar due to Covid-19 restrictions, emerging in early March, days
after Hong Kong’s universal mask mandate, the last of the city’s major
social distancing restrictions, was lifted.
Live Nation has brought K-pop stars Blackpink and BTS to Hong Kong,
as well as dance music festival series, Creamfields, which will return
to Central Harbourfront in early April, with Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and
The Chainsmokers headlining.
Clockenflap will return for a second 2023 edition in December, with
ticketing and lineup details yet to be announced. Sweeting, the
festival’s music director, said it would retain its mix of international
and local acts, with a diverse balance of Western and Asian acts.
The partnership between Live Nation and Clockenflap comes as events
across Asia, particularly in Hong Kong, are seeing a bloom in activity.
Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival made its much-anticipated return
over 3 to 5 March after a four-year hiatus, with a sold-out event that
featured world-class live performances from a diverse array of artists,
including Arctic Monkeys (UK), Balming Tiger (Korea), Bombay Bicycle
Club (UK), The Cardigans (Sweden), Chai (Japan), HYBS (Thailand),
Leenalchi (Korea), Milet (Japan), N.Y.P.D (Hong Kong), Wu-Tang Clan (US)
and Yellow (Taiwan).
The Clockenflap team will continue to curate, manage and produce its
festivals and events, now with access to Live Nation’s unparalleled
festival portfolio and resources.
Justin Sweeting, co-founder, and music director of Clockenflap said
the support and resources Live Nation brings will help Clockenflap Music
and Arts Festival cement its position as one of the best city festivals
in the world.
Mike Hill, co-founder and managing director of Clockenflap said by
joining forces with Live Nation, Clockenflap can continue to grow its
activities in Hong Kong and regionally. Roger Field, president of Live
Nation Asia Pacific said Clockenflap’s festival delivery and expertise
is an invaluable asset across the Asia region.
“Partnering with Clockenflap further demonstrates that Live Nation is
committed to bringing world-class festivals and live entertainment
experiences to Hong Kong fans," says Field. "Through Live Nation’s
global network, we will enhance and grow the Clockenflap brand and
deliver new and exciting live opportunities to the region."