HONG KONG’S largest outdoor festival has been cancelled due to anti-government protests continuing in the city, which have resulted in the deaths of two people with many more injured.
The 50,000-capacity Clockenflap, promoted by Magnetic Asia, was scheduled to take place on 22-24 November at Central Harbourfront Event Space, but will no longer go ahead.
“Due to the escalation of the crisis this week, and therefore the uncertainty this creates for the coming weeks, Clockenflap 2019 will be cancelled,” says a statement from the organisers.
“Until this week we were fully committed to delivering the festival. Unfortunately, the situation has now made this impossible.”
Among artistes booked to perform were Halsey, Mumford & Sons and Babymetal.
Phase 2 tickets ranged from HK$995-1,560 (US$125-196).
The festival is offering full refunds on tickets purchased through official ticketing channels.
Magnetic Asia were unavailable for further comment.
Among the other music events cancelled is six shows from Jay Chou, due to perform at Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, on 6–8 and 13–15 December.
“This is not an easy decision to make, but after consulting the relevant parties, we see this is the best in the interest of public safety,” says promoter Best Shine Entertainment.
Fans can opt for a refund or get first priority to rescheduled shows, which are expected to be announced in late January.