The month of August is going to be buzzing in this little red dot. Music aficionados will be in for a treat, with chart-topping artistes such as LANY, Westlife, and The Vamps making a rare stop here for their tours. For the hipsters, the organisers of Baybeats are bringing the new LiveWire stage to the festival.
Fun date night ideas are also all around the city, with thought-provoking exhibitions and festivals to celebrate local brilliance in the spirit of the bicentennial year; not forgetting the quintessential Films At the Fort, a premier open-air cinema for cliques and couples alike.
Can’t wait to kickstart this month? Here’s a list of events you can’t miss:
14 June to 15 September – Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s
Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s makes its Southeast Asian premiere at National Gallery Singapore, following successive showings in Japan and Korea. Awakenings features 142 provocative artworks by more than 100 artists from 12 countries in Asia, shedding light on a critical turning point in Asia’s post-war history that saw artists – and the public – assert their identity and become advocates for change through art.
Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s
Date: 14 June (Friday) to 15 September 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Ticket prices start at SG$15. For more information, visit https://www.nationalgallery.sg/see-do/programme-detail/28983113/awakenings-art-in-society-in-asia-1960s-1990s
15 June to 15 September – Guo Pei: Chinese Art & Couture
Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture presents a dialogue between historical and contemporary Chinese design, juxtaposing embroidered masterworks by China’s foremost couturière with Chinese artworks from the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). Guo Pei’s dramatic, sculptural gowns reflect influences from growing up in Beijing surrounded by Chinese imperial art and mythology and expresses her personal take on contemporary fashion and aesthetics. Serving as points of encounter and departure, the ACM artworks invite contemplation on how Guo Pei references and reimagines Chinese art and tradition for China and the world today.
Guo Pei: Chinese Art & Couture
Date: 15 June (Saturday) to 15 September 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Ticket prices start at SG$12. For more information, visit https://www.acm.org.sg/whats-on/exhibitions/guo-pei
1 to 18 August – Films At The Fort
From the creators of Peroni Sunset Cinema, Films At The Fort celebrates its 7th anniversary in the natural amphitheatre of Fort Canning Park on August 2019. Experience Singapore’s premier open-air cinema event with friends – unwind over a glass of wine and a picnic before enjoying an award-winning film under the stars. Films that will be screened at Films At The Fort include Long Shot, Bohemian Rhapsody and The Hustle – just to name a few.
Films At The Fort
Date: 1 August (Thursday) to 18 August 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: Fort Canning Green, Fort Canning Park, River Valley Road, Singapore 179037
Tickets are priced at SG$31.80 each. For more information, visit https://www.filmsatthefort.com.sg
InstaKindness with Singa Exhibition
Curated by Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM), InstaKindness with Singa – an interactive event at Level 3 of Raffles City Shopping Centre – will be held in commemoration of Singapore’s 54th birthday, as well as the Singapore Bicentennial this year. In addition to family-friendly activities – such as the ‘Make a Splash with Kindness!’ ball pit and ‘Come Together. Be Greater.’ wall mural – InstaKindness with Singa will also feature past SKM campaigns that struck a chord with Singaporeans in the Singapore Kindness Movement exhibition cubes.
Date: 1 August (Thursday) to 18 August 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Venue: Raffles City Shopping Centre, Level 3, 252 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179103
Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.kindness.sg/
3 to 4 August – Music For A Cause 2019
Music For A Cause 2019 (MFAC19) returns for its fourth year – this time, as part of YOUTHx weekend. With a stellar all-local line-up of 13 bands and artistes, this year’s MFAC promises to be bigger and better. MFAC19 will also feature a collective of F&B vendors, entrepreneurs, organisations and sponsors coming together to raise awareness for 16 social causes. Visitors may embark on an exciting learning journey through art and interactive set-ups by social causes and partners at the Interactive Zone, support local businesses and organisations in the Entrepreneur / Social Causes Zone and dance to Singapore’s best pop and indie acts in the Music Zone at MFAC19.
Music For A Cause 2019
Date: 3 August (Saturday) to 4 August 2019 (Sunday)
Saturday: 12:30pm – 10:00pm
Sunday: 2:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: OCBC Arena Park, Singapore Sports Hub, 5 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397631
Admission is free. For more information, visit http://mfac.sg
4 August – American Football Live in Singapore
Emo legends American Football will be playing their first-ever show in Singapore this August! Despite the band’s break up in 2000, the members of Ameican Football – Mike Kinsella, Steve Lamos and Steve Holmes – reunited in 2014 and saw the addition of a fourth member, Nate Kinsella. American Football’s third album LP3 was released on March 2019 and has since met with widespread critical acclaim.
American Football Live in Singapore
Date: 4 August 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Venue: The Pavilion, 28 China Street, Far East Square, #01-01, Singapore 049570
Tickets are priced at SG$85 each. For more information, visit tickets.igo.events/americanfootball
10 August – Westlife ‘The Twenty’ Tour Live in Singapore
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Westlife – one of pop music’s most influential boybands – will make their grand return to Singapore, performing for one night only at the National Stadium. Titled The Twenty Tour, it is the band’s fastest-selling tour by far, selling an incredible 400,000 tickets in just 48 hours in the UK. Fans can expect to witness new songs, as well as the band’s greatest hits; including ‘Swear It Again‘, ‘If I Let You Go‘, ‘Uptown Girl‘, ‘Flying Without Wings‘ and ‘World of Our Own‘.
Westlife ‘The Twenty’ Tour Live in Singapore
Date: 10 August 2019 (Saturday)
Venue: National Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629
Ticket prices start at SG$108. For more information, visit https://www.sportshub.com.sg/Westlife2019
10 August – LANY ‘Malibu Nights’ World Tour Live in Singapore
LANY returns to Singapore once again – this time, as part of their 2019 Malibu Nights World Tour. The tour is in support of their sophomore album, Malibu Nights, which released on 5 October 2018 via Interscope Records. The Los Angeles-based trio – comprised of Paul Klein on piano and guitar, Les Priest on keyboards and guitar, and drummer Jake Goss – formed in Nashville in 2014 and have since performed in Singapore twice in 2017 and 2018. Their latest release, Malibu Nights, is filled with euphoric, epic anthems, a captivating coming together of joyous pop hooks and tender ballads, true to their distinguishing musical style.
LANY ‘Malibu Nights’ World Tour Live in Singapore
Date: 10 August 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue: ZEPP@BIGBOX, 1 Venture Avenue, Singapore 608521
Tickets are priced at SG$108 each. For more information, visit https://www.livenation.sg/show/1250666/lany-malibu-nights-world-tour-in-singapore/singapore/2019-08-10/en
15 August – The Vamps ‘Four Corners 2019’ Tour Live in Singapore
British pop-rock band The Vamps will be returning to Singapore for a one-night-only performance. Held at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa, the quartet’s performance will be part of their Four Corners 2019 Tour – their biggest tour yet! Fans can look forward to being serenaded by The Vamps up-close and personal at their upcoming performance, featuring tracks such as All Night, Just My Type and Middle of the Night – along with crowd favourites Can We Dance and Wild Heart.
The Vamps ‘Four Corners 2019’ Tour Live in Singapore
Date: 15 August 2019 (Thursday)
Venue: The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Tickets are priced at SG$128 each. For more information, visit https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cvamps0819
16 to 18 August – Carouselland
Homegrown classifieds brand Carousell turns seven this year! Be part of the celebration at Carouselland, an annual physical marketplace event that brings buyers, sellers and the public together! This year, Carouselland will up the ante with an array of sensory and participatory activities that highlight the shared connections and possibilities that Carousell brings to all users and the public – beyond mere transactions.
Date: 16 August (Friday) to 18 August 2019 (Sunday)
Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Halls A & B, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971
Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.carouselland.sg/
16 to 18 August – LumiNation 2019
Held in conjunction with National Day, LumiNation takes centre stage in The Arts House to explore the Singaporean identity through performances, talks and more. Delve into the relationship between our individual identities and our collective one as Singapore, and reconnect with the quieter parts of the Singaporean conversation through the event’s thoughtfully curated programmes.
Date: 16 August (Friday) to 18 August 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.theartshouse.sg/programmes/lumination/
19 August – Trevor Noah ‘Loud and Clear’ Asia Tour Live in Singapore
Renowned South African comedian and US TV show host, Trevor Noah, is coming to Singapore for the first time ever with his new stand-up show ‘Loud and Clear’! Host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning program The Daily Show, Trevor has won multiple awards and has toured sold-out shows around the world. His sharp wit, intelligent commentary, unmistakable charm and clinical delivery have established him as an extremely popular performer with world-class potential. Moreover, his ability to improv is what makes every one of his shows memorable and one-of-its-kind!
Trevor Noah ‘Loud and Clear’ Asia Tour Live in Singapore
Date: 19 August 2019 (Monday)
Time: 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Venue: The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Tickets for the event are sold out. For more information, visit https://www.la-comedylive.com/trevornoah
23 to 25 August – Baybeats 2019
Gear yourselves for a weekend of music mayhem – Baybeats, Singapore’s largest free alternative music festival, returns for its 18th edition at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. This year, Baybeats invites you to rock out to an eclectic array of sounds from folk to post-rock, from metal to hip hop and more at the new LiveWire stage at the Esplanade Forecourt Garden. Sharing the same space but on the opposite end is Open Stage, featuring unplugged sets, so that new musicians have an opportunity to be a part of Baybeats. Those who mourned the loss of the Baybeats Powerhouse stage along the Esplanade Waterfront last year have nothing to fear as the edgy and heavier sounds it’s known for will still be heard at the Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre).
Date: 23 August (Friday) to 15 August 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/baybeats/2019
23 to 31 August – Singapore Night Festival 2019
Re-imagine the night at Singapore Night Festival 2019 as the Bras Basah and Bugis districts transform into an ethereal wonderland over two weekends this August. Watch the façade of iconic landmarks spring to life in brilliance, familiar spaces surprise with artistic expressions, and animated storytellers enchant the crowd. Visitors may look forward to an exciting line-up of arts, heritage and cultural experiences brought together by partners and stakeholders in the district – there’s something for everyone!
Singapore Night Festival 2019
Date: 23 August (Friday) to 31 August 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30pm – 12:00am
Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.nightfestival.sg/
24 August – NU’EST Concert <Segno> in Singapore
The long-awaited K-Pop boy band NU’EST is set to perform their first-ever solo concert in Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium! Debuted in 2012, NU’EST – comprising of Jr, Aron, Baekho, Minhyun and Ren – recently made their comeback with their 6th mini-album ‘Happily Ever After’. The mini-album dominated a number of music charts in Korea – including Bugs, Mnet, Soribada and Naver – and clinched the top spot on iTunes top album chart in 13 other countries. Happily Ever After also made its way into the Billboard World Album Chart, ranking at no.8 – this marks NU’EST first album chart entry in this renowned world music chart. Fans can expect tracks from Happily Ever After, as well as hits like ‘Hello’ and ‘Love Paint’, during NU’EST’s concert in Singapore.
NU’EST Concert <Segno> in Singapore
Date: 24 August 2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
Ticket prices start at SG$148. For more information, visit https://www.sportshub.com.sg/NUEST
Photo of Awakenings exhibition by Goh Jing Wen of the DANAMIC team. Other visuals courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum, Films At The Fort, Singapore Kindness Movement, Music For A Cause, Symmetry Entertainment, UnUsUaL Entertainment, Emman Montalvan, CK Star Entertainment, Carousell, Arts House Limited, LA Comedy Live, Singapore Night Festival and Live Nation Singapore.