Guide to Clockenflap December 2023: Lineup, Arts, & More
WHAT'S ON

Clockenflap 2023, Dec. 1-3: Guide to Line-up, Tickets, Food & Drink, & More

While it's not the first edition of the Clockenflap Arts & Music Festival in 2023, the winter stage is set to stun, rounding off the year with world-class acts from overseas and Hong Kong’s finest. While single-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday are still available at HK$1,280, they are selling quickly. Children under three years old can attend for free, while tickets for children aged three to 17 are priced at HK$880.

Are you ready? Check out our full guide on what to know before heading to Clockenflap in December 2023!

Clockenflap December 2023 festival map
Festival map

Arts and Entertainment

Among the highlights of Instagram-worthy attractions are the towering feline-themed Anne Cubberly’s Giant Puppets – be sure to catch them on the roam! Another featured art attraction is "Heart to Heart," the Clockenflap Open Call winning project, conceived by multimedia artist Heart White. This interactive, mobile confessional booth offers an intimate space for festivalgoers to anonymously share personal thoughts or secrets.

For a glimpse of some art films, catch the "Relentless Melt No. 30" collection of abstract and psychedelic works curated by Clockenflap’s artistic director Jay Forster and video artist Max Hattler. Videotage will also be presenting (RE)HABITATION to the festival, a new media reconstruction of collective spatial memories using advanced imaging techniques by local artists.

Fashionistas can head to the Levi’s®️ Tailor Shop to try on jackets and enjoy custom tailoring to showcase their festival style. Additionally, there's a 360-degree GIF photo op at the Street Style Runway, a trucker jacket-themed carnival game, and a denim belt bag customization workshop.

Adding a wellness dimension to the festival is King Plum’s Sound Emporium x Om Peace, curated by Ambikha Devi. This two-day wellness program includes gong baths, meditation, 'Silent Disco Ecstatic Dance', and shamanic drumming sound journeys, all housed within a five-meter-diameter inflatable dome. Perfect for those who want a little break from the noise and surrounding buzz.

Family Activities at Clockenflap

Clockenflap consistently offers a wide array of activities perfect for families and children, opening a world of arts and crafts with workshops organized by the Children's Discovery Museum. These hands-on activities are designed to spark creativity and learning through fun.

Treasure Chest Theatre will captivate young audiences with their enchanting puppet performances, while the tranquil I Is One presents soothing sonic soundscapes. The festival also brings back the ever-popular Drum Jam, a perfect opportunity for attendees of all ages to express their passion for percussion. These diverse offerings ensure that families and children have plenty of choices for entertainment and exploration throughout the Clockenflap experience.

Clockenflap Festival 2023

What to Eat and Drink at Clockenflap

Festivalgoers this December are spoilt for choice with an array of tempting food outlets scattered across Clockenflap’s venue, with several local favourites making an appearance. Renowned for their creative fusion of Hong Kong classics with American comfort food and Chinese street fare, Little Bao is making a return to Clockenflap with goodies from their 10-year anniversary. Savour some of their iconic “baos”, a reimagined version of the classic Chinese steamed bun, transformed into a burger packed with irresistible fillings!

Making its festival debut, Eggslut is set to entice fans with their wildly popular scrambled egg sandwiches. Meanwhile, the vegan lifestyle concept restaurant Years, with five locations in Hong Kong, will showcase its plant-based cuisine wonders to both meat eaters and those who abstain. Also gracing Clockenflap is BrewDog, the craft beer brand that has recently brought their brews to Lan Kwai Fong. Quench your thirst with their drafts, while also tapping into some fun festival perks like temporary tattoos and exclusive merch at their Kuuchi Café & Bar by BrewDog pop-up. These are just a few of the options, as more delectable dining outlets and drinks await!

Clockenflap Checklist

B.Y.O. Bottle – While filtered drinking water is available on a free-flow basis for no charge, there will be no bottled water on sale. The festival maintains the goal to promote sustainability through encouraging attendees to bring their own reusable bottles. Vendors will be providing recyclable cups for all beverages on sale, with special return bins being stationed all around the venue for festival goers to trade their used cups for fresh ones. Please note that glass bottles are banned for safety reasons.

No Cash, No problem - Clockenflap is a cashless festival. Come with your phone charged, your credit card ready, and your Octopus topped up! Accepted payments include Visa, Mastercard, Octopus, Alipay, WeChat Pay, Union Pay, JCB, Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay. The admissions wristband also includes a card that can be loaded with spending credit for on-site purchases.

Festival Essential(s) - To make sure your entry is a smooth process, be sure to have your ticket ready for scanning, and a valid photo ID to present to staff at admissions.

How to Get to Clockenflap

Conveniently located along the Central Harbourfront, Clockenflap is easily accessible via public transport. The festival entrance is within walking distance of all the Central ferry piers, and around a 7-to-10-minute journey from ifc shopping mall. The festival entrance is situated next to the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and Central Pier No. 10. Due to potential congestion and queues to entry, public transport is the recommended option for reaching Clockenflap.

Going by Bus: You can take a bus to the Central Piers bus stop, and then enjoy a short walk to the festival site. Servicing routes include: KMB 101 / 914, Citibus 6 / 6X / 90B / 930X

Going by Ferry: Ferry services that dock at Central include departures from Park Island (Pier 2), Discovery Bay (Pier 3), Lamma Island (Pier 4), Cheung Chau Island (Pier 5), Peng Chau Island & Mui Po (Pier 6), and Tsim Sha Tsui via Star Ferry (Pier 7).

Going by MTR: The closest MTR stations are Hong Kong Station and Central Station. These stations serve as terminus stops for the Tung Chung Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Island Line, and Airport Express.

From Hong Kong Station, use Exit A2. From Central Station, use Exit A. Follow the walkway signs towards the Central Star Ferry Pier. The festival is visible to your right as you reach the Ferry Pier, and you can follow the promenade around the harbour to the festival entrance, located just beyond the observation wheel.

Going by Taxi: If arriving by taxi, alight at the Star Ferry taxi drop-off point. From here, the festival is a brief 2 to 4-minute walk.

Clockenflap December 2023

Full Line-up for Clockenflap December 2023 Performances

Friday Dec. 1

Chaotic Pavillion takeover

Kofi Beam

JVSY

Uchu Yurei

Biting Eye & VJ VSLZR

Wang Wen 惘闻

Alex G

HRD.EPT b2b FRY UP (Slimefest)

Gong Gong Gong 工工工

Souk Le Soleil

Idles

Grace

Lexie Liu

Envy

Tripple Happiness Club Takeover: Ft. Shelhiel, Tedman Lee, Bright, Yatlong

Bad Bambino

Peking Duk

Yaosobi

BBNO$

Idiotape

Saturday Dec. 2

Barnaby Bruce

Mansonvibes

Bad Math

Whizz

Surl

Subyup Lee 李拾壹

Willer vs Alex Nude

Steve Yau b2b Steve Ellul

Science Noodles

Atarashii Gakko!

Tones and I

GIA

Homeshake

D4vd

Caroline Polachek

Xiaolin

Misty Penguin

Novo Amor

Daryll Griggs & Ubby-Ibby

Finsent C, Marco Yu, Mill H

CInthie

De La Soul

Squid

Major Tom

Omnipotent Youth Society + The Fly

Pulp

Yack Studio

Darren Emerson

Totti

Sunday Dec. 3

P.Grant

Whitt’s End

Derek Dali

The Red Stripes All Ska Orchestra

Deer MX

Abel Rogers

Jason Kui, Ft. Special Guest Michael@MILL MILK

Tilly Birds

DJ Nipper

Running Youth 絕命青年

Kamaal Williams

Vibaholics aka Roy Malig

Changa

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls Otoboke Beaver

9M88

Mr. Sit

Tom Grennan

Immuno

Heidi Mak

The Beths

Wednesday Campanella

DJ Kulu b2b Suiki Lor

Robot

Deasy

Leah Dou 窦靖童

XSGACHA 小本生燈

250

Fufu Ft. Guido Balboa & MLCH

Junkle Cakes Takeover Ft. Deekline & Ed Solo

Caspian

No Party for Cao Dong

JOJI

Get the latest curated content with The Beat Asia's newsletters. Sign up now for a weekly dose of the best stories, events, and deals delivered straight to your inbox. Don't miss out! Click here to subscribe.