Live Nation invests in Hong Kong’s Clockenflap

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Live Nation has acquired a majority interest in Clockenflap, a Hong Kong-based event organiser specialising in music festivals and concerts, and its flagship Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival.

Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival made its much-anticipated return earlier this month after a four-year hiatus. Founded in 2008, the three-day, 30,000-per-day capacity festival takes place annually at Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront Event Space.

Clockenflap, led by Justin Sweeting and Mike Hill, also organises regular touring concerts in Hong Kong under the brand Clockenflap Presents, with recent sold-out shows announced for Cigarettes After Sex and Honne.

The Clockenflap team will continue to curate, manage and produce its festivals and events, now with access to Live Nation’s festival portfolio and resources.

Live Nation said the partnership with Clockenflap comes as events across Asia, particularly in Hong Kong, “are seeing a bloom in activity”.

Roger Field, president of Live Nation Asia Pacific, said: “Partnering with Clockenflap further demonstrates that Live Nation is committed to bringing world-class festivals and live entertainment experiences to Hong Kong fans.

“Our team is dedicated to supporting Mike, Justin and their team’s exceptional skills and capabilities, and through Live Nation’s global network we will enhance and grow the Clockenflap brand and deliver new and exciting live opportunities to the region.”

The recent Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival featured Arctic Monkeys, The Cardigans and Wu-Tang Clan. The next edition will take place in December 2023.

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 the best city festivals in the world.

He said: “It was a wonderful feeling seeing a capacity crowd at the festival last weekend – Clockenflap has one of the most positive and open-minded audiences in the world. The Live Nation team share our vision for Clockenflap being one of the best city festivals in the world, and with Live Nation’s support and resources, I’m excited for the future of the festival.”