The final line-up for Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival was released last week, as the event’s organisers state the importance of bringing people together “in positive ways” amid continuing unrest.
Bombay Bicycle Club, Metronomy and Nick Murphy are among the final additions to the Clockenflap line-up, which features previously announced acts including Halsey, Baby Metal, Lil Pump and Mumford and Sons.
The final line-up release, confirmation that the festival will go ahead as planned from 22 to 24 November, comes after the cancellation of Live Nation’s inaugural Rolling Loud Hong Kong last month.
The hip-hop festival is one of an array of live music events to be cancelled or postponed since anti-government protests began in June, initiated by the introduction of a controversial extradition bill. The proposal has since been withdrawn but protests for democratic reform in the special administrative region (SAR) of China have continued.
Concert promoters in Barcelona, Spain, have noticed a decrease in ticket sales as the result of protests in the city, sparked by the jailing of nine Catalan politicians and activists two weeks ago.
Promoters including Live Nation and Barcelona-based The Project, as well as venues such as el Palau de la Música and el Gran Teatre del Liceu have seen a decline in sales since 14 October, when the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced the organisers of the 2017 Catalan independence referendum to 9 – 13 years in prison.
“Sales have fallen and we still haven’t recovered the rates that we had before,” Tito Ramoneda, co-founder of The Project and vice president of Spanish Promoters’ Association APMusicales told El Periódico. According to Ramoneda, sales have dropped by around 30% over the past two weeks.
Lopez is due to perform at her first concert in Egypt on Friday as part of her current world tour ‘It’s My Party’. The 50-year-old superstar has outraged many fans in Egypt and in the Arab world after she performermed at concert in Tel Aviv last week and visited the occupied city of Jerusalem. She appeared in images praying at a holy Islamic site in the city claimed by Jews.
Lopez has since come under heavy criticism in Egypt.
The strike is part of the protests that have rocked the city for more than two months, with protesters demanding the full withdrawal of the extradition bill, which has already been shelved, and an independent investigation into the government’s poor handling of the political crisis.
More than 1,000 passenger flights were scheduled to depart and arrive in Hong Kong on Monday, with 511 services departing the city, according to the airport authority’s website. By 8.30am, 117 departures and 98 arrivals had been cancelled.
The city’s airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, HK Express and Hong Kong Airlines, all advised passengers to check before they travelled to the airport on Monday. Cathay and Hong Kong Airlines both offered travel waivers to rebook or re-route, while Cathay Pacific “strongly” recommended against non-essential travel.
For some, just getting to the airport proved a challenge, with protesters in the city forcing the Airport Express train service to be briefly suspended.
Thetford Town Council made the decision at its June full council meeting.
Currently, if there is a terrorist incident in the town the government would not pay to repair the buildings or compensate families affected.
With the insurance, the risk of a terrorist threat is calculated and cover would be provided. An undisclosed company quoted the council a cost of £1,558.26.
The council likened the process of gaining the insurance to a health and safety check.
Thetford council owns £12m in assets including various medieval buildings.
Town clerk Tina Cunnell said the insurance is needed due to the amount of large-scale events. She said: "As a town we have some large events and if we had a terror incident the government would not give any money to help with repairs.
Il était 21 heures lorsque les premiers groupes de supporteurs algériens ont rejoint les Champs-Élysées puis la place Charles de Gaulle. Certains sont arrivés en voiture, d’autres à pied. Au total, ce sont plusieurs milliers de supporteurs qui se sont rendus sur place, créant des troubles de la circulation, dégradations et pillages.
Les forces de l’ordre se sont déployées et ont tenté de maintenir les supporteurs sur les trottoirs, en vain. Des feux d’artifice ont été tirés et les klaxons ont retenti sur la quasi totalité de la plus belle avenue du monde.
#BeSafeBeSound, backed by industry umbrella group UK Music, says attendees "have an important role to play in the wider security operation" at this summer's events
While there is no intelligence to indicate an increased threat to festivals and live music events, the Metropolitan police’s deputy assistant commissioner, Lucy D’Orsi, says she wants the public to familiarise themselves with the #BeSafeBeSound checklist so they can play their part in keeping people safe this summer.
Additionally, police will release a series on videos on social media “encouraging festival-goers to have an amazing time, but to report anything suspicious, however small.”
“There are some huge festivals taking place in the coming months, and we want everyone to have a fantastic time,” says D’Orsi, who gave the welcome address at the second Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S) last October.
“Whilst we want everyone to have fun watching their favourite artists, people’s safety and security remains the top priority for police and festival organisers.