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Clockenflap organisers confirm event will go ahead.

<div>Clockenflap organisers confirm event will go ahead.</div>
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 The proposal has since been withdrawn but protests for democratic reform in the special administrative region (SAR) of China have continued.

New Rolling Loud Fest called off amid HK protests

<div>New Rolling Loud Fest called off amid HK protests</div>
The festival, announced in July, would have become the city’s first two-day hip-hop festival and feature performances by US talent including Wiz Khalifa, Migos, Playboi Carti and Ski Mask the Slump God. A spin-off of the flagship Miami event, Rolling Loud Hong Kong was set to take place this weekend, 19 and 20 October, at the Art Park in West Kowloon Cultural District.

Organiser Live Nation Electronic Asia broke news of the cancellation this morning, announcing on social media that, “after consulting with security experts, it has been determined that it is not possible to organize [sic] the upcoming Rolling Loud Hong Kong edition as we had hoped without endangering the safety and well-being of our fans, artists and staff.”

Japan counts the cost of Typhoon Hagibis

<div>Japan counts the cost of Typhoon Hagibis</div>
When Hagibis made landfall it packed sustained maximum winds of around 167 km per hour, according to data from the U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center. However, some of its strength had dissipated over the ocean before reaching the coast of Japan. Maximum sustained wind speeds peaked at 259 km per hour two days before making landfall but this was still not as powerful as last year’s Typhoon Mangkhut or the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines in 2013.

Stabbing causes cancellation of BBC 1xtra Event

<div>Stabbing causes cancellation of BBC 1xtra Event</div>
A BBC Radio 1Xtra Live event at Arena Birmingham (15,800-cap.) was halted on Saturday night (5 October) after rapper Krept, real name Casyo Johnson, was the victim of a knife attack backstage.
The victim, one half of the duo Krept and Konan, was not billed to perform at the event, which is hosted each year by urban radio station BBC 1Xtra.
Wizkid, Ms Banks and French Montana were among those due to perform at the NEC Group-owned arena on Saturday. The concert was halted shortly after a surprise performance from London rapper AJ Tracey.

Police issued a statement saying the rapper had “sustained a slash wound during an assault at around 10 p.m.” Onsite medical staff attended to the injury, with no hospital treatment needed. The rapper tweeted on Sunday confirming his safety.

The climate is hugely unpredictable now: UK festival bosses sum up the 2019 season.

<div>The climate is hugely unpredictable now: UK festival bosses sum up the 2019 season.</div>
Robinson, who works on festivals such as Kendal Calling, Bluedot and Inner City Electronic, told Music Week: "I don’t think we can hide from the fact that the climate is hugely unpredictable now. Obviously there have been some big cancellations – shows that just didn’t go ahead – and for us a real focus is on how we plan for the worst in terms of weather.”

“The biggest negative has got to be the festivals that were cancelled because of the weather before they took place," agreed Elbourne. "I’ve been to events where they’ve had to close down for a day or have gone out through electrical storms, but to actually have it cancelled before you open the gates is really unusual and you wonder about the insurance implications.

"Boardmasters wasn’t that long before Reading & Leeds, which probably had their best weather ever, so that’s very hard to predict. I’d be interested to see how much people’s insurance goes up next year and what covers what.”

Climate change leading to insurance hikes

<div>Climate change leading to insurance hikes</div>
According to the Sunday Times newspaper, Reed said that climate change is “undeniably a factor” in the rise of festival cancellations in Britain, and that cancellations will become more common due to more extreme weather.

Boardmasters, the five-day surfing and music festival in Cornwall, scheduled for August 7 to 11, was cancelled a day before it was due to start due to a weather warning.

The promoter said it would reimburse the face value of tickets, which ranged from £59 ($71/€65) for a day-ticket to £1,388. Though it would not refund the typical £17 charged in fees per ticket, including two booking fees of £8 and £1.50, an optional £6.30 refund protection charge and a £1.50 transaction fee.
Houghton electronic music festival was also cancelled in August and has promised to refund people the face value of their ticket, plus half the cost of their booking fees.

Woodstock 50 Artists to Receive Millions Despite Festival Cancellation.

<div>Woodstock 50 Artists to Receive Millions Despite Festival Cancellation.</div>
A rep for the festival confirmed to Variety that every artist on the bill has been paid in full — that’s some 76 artists, not including the Black Keys (who pulled out shortly after being announced) and the “and more” listed for each day. Top artists included Jay-Z, Dead & Company, the Killers, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper, Halsey, the Raconteurs, Santana, John Fogerty and others.

The artists were paid in advance, with the money being held in escrow until the festival either took place or was cancelled, sources say. That money has been released, a source tells Variety, with all of it going to the artists or their representatives.

Boardmasters fans stranded in Newquay after travelling 350 miles and ‘spending £700’ only for festival to be cancelled at 11th hour

Boardmasters fans stranded in Newquay after travelling 350 miles and ‘spending £700’ only for festival to be cancelled at 11th hour
Around 50,000 revellers were set to attend the five-day event to see headliners the Wu-Tang Clan, Florence + The Machine, and Foals.

However organisers sensationally pulled the plug late on Tuesday night after the Met Office warned of wild weather, including heavy rain and high winds - leaving fans devastated.

Many music fans are now stuck in Newquay with nowhere to stay, with hotels and campsites booked up at the height of the Summer holidays.

Although the music acts were not due to start until Friday, the festival's gates were due to open today.


Rewind North festival cancelled over 'extreme weather' with 24 hours to go.

<div>Rewind North festival cancelled over 'extreme weather' with 24 hours to go.</div>
Organisers pulled the plug on the event held at Capesthorne Hall, near Macclesfield, after the site was 'battered' by the elements in recent weeks.

In a statement they said: "We are extremely disappointed to announce that we have had to take the decision to cancel this weekend's Rewind North Festival.

"This is due to the impact that the extreme weather experienced in recent weeks has had on the festival site.

"It is our belief that the safety and experience of our customers must always come first and as such we are unable to deliver the festival in these conditions."

Dublin’s Oktoberfest cancelled due to insurance ‘claim culture’

<div>Dublin’s Oktoberfest cancelled due to insurance ‘claim culture’</div>
The popular Oktoberfest festival that has taken place in Dublin’s docklands for the past 10 years has been cancelled this year due to “unprecedented increases” in the event’s insurance premium, organisers have said.
More than 120,000 people visited the three-week event last year. It involves a marquee similar to that of the Bavarian Oktoberfest, which is held in Munich each year. The German festival has been running for more than 200 years and attracts six million people each year.

The Dublin-based Oktoberfest on George’s Dock last year involved Bavarian beer, music and dancing. German speciality food producers, traders and dozens of Munich barmaids travelled to Dublin to take part in the event.