Stop anyone from the streets and ask them what they are listening to. Singaporeans are big about their music and chances are you are going to get a wide variety of answers that might just shock you in the most pleasant of manners. In sunny Singapore, their love for music has been matched with a relentless number of concerts and music festivals for them to let their hair down at. Before you make the move to Singapore, get acquainted with these five major music festivals and start planning ahead!
Laneway Festival Singapore
Originating from Melbourne, Australia, Laneway Festival has made waves down under as a boutique festival that provides fans of indie and alternative music a full sensory experience. You will expect to see a few established and budding artists in their jam-packed lineup so there is always something for you to get excited about and to discover as well. The 2018 edition brought along rock veterans like Slowdive and hard-hitters Wolf Alice alongside promising acts like Amy Shark to whet everyone’s appetite. The Australian festival will be taking a year off in 2019 but will return subsequently to deliver yet another diverse lineup for us to go wild over.
If there is any music festival that Singaporeans feel an immense sense of pride, it will definitely be this event here! Watch their eyes sparkle when they bring up ZoukOut in conversation with other global citizens of the world. To Singaporeans, Zouk, at its old residence at Jiak Kim Street, holds a special place in our hearts for being that rite of ritual for those who arrive at the right age for partying. That applies similarly to ZoukOut since it is Singapore’s longest-running music festival for the past 18 years. From dusk to dawn, go wild with the hard-hitting electronic music from around the globe. 2018’s ZoukOut took 30,000 revellers out to party on the beaches of Sentosa Island and this year would undoubtedly see that number increase. With its elaborate stage production and hair-raising entertainment acts, there is a reason why they have gone 18 years strong. This homegrown festival is here to stay.
Singapore International Jazz Festival (Sing Jazz)
Music in Singapore doesn’t all have to be all hard-hitting electronic music and it takes up different shapes and forms like jazz for starters. Join other jazz and blues enthusiasts in Singapore for an annual weekend of rhythm and soul. Held at different stages at the Marina Bay Sands, the 2018 edition of the festival include big names like Lauryn Hill from the Fugees, singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum and British acid jazz band, Incognito. If that doesn’t sway you, previous alumni of Sing Jazz like Lalah Hathaway, Raul Midon and Gregory Porter have gone onto be nominated in the Grammys for 2019. At the same time, your presence does more than just throwing support behind these international artists — proceeds from your tickets actually go a long way in supporting up-and-coming jazz talents and that maintains the excellent standards of Singapore’s art and culture.
It’s The Ship
Ahoy mates! This wet and wild soiree doesn’t exactly happen in Singapore but the party ship sets sail from the docks of Singapore, making it the perfect weekend getaway for ravers. In the day, unwind with the unique yoga workouts and spa sessions, but come nightfall, the party begins and extends from the lowest deck of the cruise to the rooftop pool. Since the partying never stops, part of the fun lies in the lively drinking parties and the different musical acts from EDM, trap to house going on at the same time. If foam parties are your thing, be sure to be on deck when the foam machine kickstarts and covers the dancefloor with some bubbly fun.
International musicians aren’t the only ones that get all the love. Singapore has equal love to share for our own local artists and Baybeats has been that festival to allow Singapore’s best homegrown talents to strut their stuff on stage and entertain the crowd. Held annually at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in August, the genre-spanning festival will have something for every music fan, from folk, pop to post-rock and mental. As a way to allow upcoming independent acts to rise up the ranks, Baybeats also has their own initiative called the Budding Bands programme which allows new bands on the verge of breaking out to have their fair share of exposure. Ready to rock out with fellow music lovers, this is that one music festival where you can rock your heart out!