ZoukOut woos thousands of partygoers out to the beach each year-end, but although it gets the most media spotlight, there are actually plenty of other music festivals in Singapore. As a bustling metropolis where opportunities are endless, it also offers a plethora of choices for entertainment that caters to every genre preference. From dance parties aboard a cruise to summer music festivals, the city offers an eclectic array of events that are guaranteed to engage music enthusiasts from all walks of life. To help you figure out the best fests in town while you are staying here on this island, here are 7 of Singapore’s top music events that you just need to check out.
An immersive and engaging music festival, Neon Lights offers an exciting 3-day lineup that is packed with impressive acts – both local and international — as well as bespoke dining and arts experiences. Guaranteed to help you let go of your inhibitions and embrace a more vibrant, spiritual version of yourself, this festival promises nothing other than a magic-filled weekend in the lush atmosphere of Fort Canning Park. Last year’s edition even featured a stunning bill of artists and bands such as The Vaccines, Interpol, Phum Viphurit, Yuna, and Sobs to name a few. Event-goers can expect to have a ball of time chilling on the grassy knolls to good tunes and taking part in the creative workshops in between acts.
As Singapore’s only eco-friendly music festival, Garden Beats offers only the best indie and electro acts within an oasis that celebrates wellness as well as going-green initiatives. Held at Fort Canning Green, this annual picnic festival serves up a multi-sensory experience of music, food and workshops that promise to be both immersive as well as soul-searching. Kick back, relax, and groove to the freshest electronic, jazzy tunes from the likes of Yung Bae and Masego. Need to take a break from the hyped-up crowd at the stage? Fret not! Just head on over to the zen patio for a quick pick-me-up at the wellness workshops or learn more about the importance of being environmentally conscious through featured speakers from esteemed sustainability organisations.
Singapore International Jazz Festival
The perfect festival for jazz enthusiasts searching for a rhythmic night filled with smooth tunes and soulful crooning, Singapore International Jazz Festival never fails to disappoint with their exciting annual lineup of R&B as well as jazz legends. Held over 3 days at Marina Bay Sands, event-goers are definitely in for a treat. Besides celebrating arts and culture, festival guests will also have the opportunity to contribute to the trade as a portion of the proceeds for this event will be donated to the foundation for Arts and Social Enterprise, which helps up-and-coming jazz musicians of Singapore Jazz Academy to achieve their dreams.
An event that rivals the annual ZoukOut, the Miami-based Ultra event has made a huge impact in Singapore’s entertainment scene and has been a must-go of local rave fans ever since its launch. Taking place at the spacious fields of Marina Bay, the event features an impressive collection of international headliners and veteran DJs who perform across 3 themed stages. Previous acts have included the likes of The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, and Afrojack, so guests can definitely expect an equally spectacular lineup in the upcoming editions of Ultra Singapore to come.
It’s The Ship
As Asia’s largest at-sea music festival, It’s The Ship offers a unique, unparalleled experience that partygoers will not forget. Guests will embark on a tantalising 3-night journey starting in the docks at Singapore, then through the regional waters to Phuket and back. Boasting a lineup that features renowned EDM, house, and trap DJs, this intense cruise festival is every rave fan’s biggest dream come true. On top of that, complimentary dining, fun-filled activities like themed pop-up parties and spa sessions will certainly keep guests entertained between acts.
Originating from Australia, the annual St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is every hipster’s music haven. Bringing together an eclectic mix of international and local appearances such as Mac DeMarco, The Internet, Anderson Paak, and Obedient Wives Club, the indie music festival invites all free-spirited individuals to dance the night away at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay. The one-day music event is the perfect embodiment of festival and summer fashion, so do not be afraid to put on your boho dress and add some glitter to your face!
A festival that prides itself in highlighting the buzzworthy local musical scene, BayBeats was established in 2002 as a platform for homegrown musicians to showcase their talents. Organised and held at Esplanade’s Theatres on the Bay, the 3-day festival features an assorted array of bands and solo artists from various genres, such as folk, pop, post-hardcore, and indie. It is also worth mentioning that the event is free admission for all, so feel free to just grab a seat along the bay and rock out to our local talents.