Organisers of Hong Kong’s biggest music festival, Clockenflap, have confirmed the event will no longer take place due to the increasingly violent pro-democracy protests across the city.
“Until this week we were fully committed to delivering the festival. Unfortunately the situation has now made this impossible,” the Clockenflap website says.
IDLES, Metronomy and Mura Masa were set to play the festival and despite prior demonstrations happening, the event was still billed to go ahead.
“While it pains every one of us at Magnetic Asia to cancel Clockenflap 2019, we still believe in bringing together people in positive ways,” their statement reads.
Protests escalated over the last week with violent clashes between police and protestors ensuing throughout the city, leaving widespread travel chaos with metro and train lines targeted.
Increasing levels of violence have left two dead and with the clashes showing no signs of slowing down parts of Hong-Kong have become paralysed.
The festival promise that all tickets will be fully refunded and say they “will continue to unite people through the power of music and arts.”
Find out more information via the Clockenflap site here.