​​It has returned: a roundup of Hong Kong Clockenflap 2023

Hong Kong's biggest music and arts festival, Clockenflap, made its much-anticipated return to Central Harbourfront last Friday. The sold-out, three-day event opened with a memorable evening of world-class live performances from a diverse array of artists.

The Arctic Monkeys playing at Hong Kong 2023 Clockenflap on Friday
The Arctic Monkeys closing off Friday's festival lineup | Source:Clockenflap

The Harbourflap Stage was the main attraction, with UK rock icons Arctic Monkeys delivering a spellbinding performance on their first appearance in Hong Kong. They followed a scintillating set by French synth-rockers Phoenix.

Emmanuelle Proulx from Men I Trust performing at 2023 Clockenflap Hong Kong
Emmanuelle Proulx from Men I Trust performing on FWD Stage | Source:Clockenflap

Meanwhile, the FWD Stage got the weekend off to a sensational start with soulful Taiwanese singer-songwriter Yellow 黃宣 and Canadian indie darlings Men I Trust.

YoungQueenz performing at 2023 Clockenflap Hong Kong
YoungQueenz lighting it up at Park Stage | Source: Clockenflap

The Park Stage was also alive with the sound of music, with local post-punk mavericks David Boring and Hong Kong hip-hop don YoungQueenz lighting up the stage.

Swedish band The Cardigans performing at 2023 Hong Kong Clockenflap
Swedish band The Cardigans performing on Saturday night | Source: Clockenflap 

Saturday was packed with highlights, including performances by Swedish indie-pop icons The Cardigans, French New House pioneer FKJ, Norwegian folk-pop duo Kings of Convenience and American singer-songwriter Sasha Alex Sloan.

Wu-Tang Clan performing at Hong Kong Clockenflap 2023
The highly anticipated legends Wu-Tang Clan closing off Clockenflap 2023 | Source: Clockenflap

Sunday's lineup was equally impressive, featuring hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan, UK indie-rock innovators Bombay Bicycle Club, German electronic supergroup Moderat and British genre-hoppers Black Country, New Road.

Audience cheering at Hong Kong Clockenflap 2023
All vibes and happiness at Hong Kong Clockenflap 2023 | Source: Clockenflap

The festival was a resounding success and proved to be a much-needed boost for Hong Kong's cultural scene. We look forward to the next edition of Clockenflap and can't wait to see what's in store for us!