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C3AFA I Love Anisong Interview: Rising Rock Star, Shiena Nishizawa

C3AFA I Love Anisong Interview: Rising Rock Star, Shiena Nishizawa

Shiena Nishizawa is a Japanese pop-rock singer and guitarist who performed at C3AFA Singapore’s 3-night concert “I Love Anisong” on 30 November 2018. Shiena’s love for music began in middle school when she tried her hands on her father’s old guitar. In 2014, she won the grand prize at the Flying Dog Audition, a singing contest in Japan organised by record label “flying DOG”. In 2015, Shiena’s debut song “Fubuki” was used as the ending theme for the anime “Fleet Girls Collection (KanColle)” and was released as a single that same year. On March 15th, 2017, Shiena released her first…
C3AFA I Love Anisong Interview: SPYAIR Is One of the Hottest Rock Bands in Japan!

C3AFA I Love Anisong Interview: SPYAIR Is One of the Hottest Rock Bands in Japan!

One of the biggest hits at C3AFA Singapore’s I Love Anisong 3-night concert was SPYAIR, a Japanese rock band from Nagoya, Japan. Formed in 2005, SPYAIR consists of Ike on vocals, guitarist and programmer UZ, bassist Momiken and Kenta on Drums. Holding the simple, pure feeling of “Going to the people that do not know of us, rather than waiting for fans at a live house”, they started performing on the streets of Nagoya in 2006. In August of 2010, they received their major label debut with “LIAR”, under Sony Music. SPYAIR held their first solo outdoor live concert at…
C3AFA 2018: Celebrating 10 Years And A First-Ever Celebrity Red Carpet Event

C3AFA 2018: Celebrating 10 Years And A First-Ever Celebrity Red Carpet Event

South East Asia’s biggest and most prestigious Japanese Pop Culture event – C3 Anime Festival Asia (C3AFA) – celebrated its 10-year anniversary with an exclusive line-up of activities, notably its very first Celebrity Red Carpet Event held exclusively in Singapore! Held from Friday, 30 November till Sunday, 2 December 2018, local and overseas fans of Japanese popular culture immersed themselves in a weekend of heart-pumping, non-stop premium content and entertainment across two levels of Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. In addition to the anime showcases merchandise booths and stage activities, C3AFA Singapore included special guests from Japan, guest cosplayers and…
DBS’ Buskers by the Bay: Local Buskers Provide Insight On Singapore’s Busking Scene

DBS’ Buskers by the Bay: Local Buskers Provide Insight On Singapore’s Busking Scene

One of the highlights at DBS Marina Regatta, DBS’ Busking by the Bay will showcase a captivating line-up of local buskers livening the event up with their knack for entertainment. Held at The Promontory at Marina Bay from Friday, 31 May to Sunday, 2 June 2019, visitors can expect four hours of non-stop entertainment — from some of the best local buskers Singapore has to offer. In addition to Busking by the Bay, the DBS Marina Regatta will also play host to various activities, including free sailing lessons, craft workshops and Singapore’s largest eco-maze. Some of the buskers who will…
Ed Sheeran Charmed A Stadium Full Of Fans With Just His Guitar And Loop Pedal

Ed Sheeran Charmed A Stadium Full Of Fans With Just His Guitar And Loop Pedal

On Friday, 26 April 2019, Ed Sheeran performed his sold-out show at the mammoth National Stadium — one of many performances of his Divide World Tour. Ed delightfully entertained some 51,000 fans that night, armed with nothing but his guitar and loop pedal. The show also saw Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK performing as a special guest prior to Ed’s set. ONE OK ROCK started off their set at 7pm, and I was disappointed to find out that this information was not disseminated to concert-goers. The concert was slated to begin at 8pm and was promoted as so across…
Local Singer-Songwriter Lincoln Lim Drops “Alive” Single

Local Singer-Songwriter Lincoln Lim Drops “Alive” Single

Less than a year after his last single ‘Lift Your Eyes’, local folk-rock musician Lincoln Lim dropped his latest one ‘Alive’ at the beginning of the new year. Working hard on music for his new EP — which will be targeted to release in the second half of 2019 — he has released “Alive” which will be its first song. Lincoln is also a part of Cross Ratio Entertainment, a local integrated music entertainment label; this may be his first step into expanding regionally. “Alive” deals with the familiar affliction of unrequited love and of holding on to what has…
Ultra Singapore 2019: Second Phase Acts Reveals Headliners Axwell & Knife Party

Ultra Singapore 2019: Second Phase Acts Reveals Headliners Axwell & Knife Party

Back for its fifth edition, Ultra Singapore 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best in its history. Debuted in 2015, Ultra Singapore is an outdoor electronic music festival as part of Ultra Music Festival‘s worldwide expansion, which has now spread to twenty countries. Held at Ultra Park (open field near Marina Bay Sands), 8 to 9 June 2019, this year’s edition will be packed with world-class acts suited for every type of electronic music lover, and is sure to set the bar higher than ever before. Mainstage headliners Skrillex, Martin Garrix, and Porter Robinson – who were…
Metal Titans LOUDNESS March To Its “Rise To Glory” With A World Tour!

Metal Titans LOUDNESS March To Its “Rise To Glory” With A World Tour!

Japanese Heavy Metal Legends LOUDNESS returns to Singapore on 16 June 2019! Held at The Pavilion at Far East Square, the band will be performing in Singapore as part of their Rise to Glory World Tour – named after their album of the same name. ‘Rise to Glory’ was released worldwide on 26 January 2018 – via Ward Records in Japan and via earMusic Records throughout Europe and the USA. Akira Takasaki Guitarist Akira Takasaki describes Rise to Glory as the culmination of everything LOUDNESS has done throughout the years: “we still have the heaviness and progressive elements we had…
Dru Chen Performs His Most Intimate Concert Yet At “Spaces Between Us”

Dru Chen Performs His Most Intimate Concert Yet At “Spaces Between Us”

On Friday, March 8 2019, Singapore based singer-songwriter Dru Chen dropped his much-anticipated debut album, Mirror Work, a magnum opus spanning five years and three continents. In the first week alone, Mirror Work featured on over 500 playlists, amassing 15,000 streams in the process. To celebrate the album’s release, Dru staged an intimate show (Dru Chen Spaces Between Us) backed by his 5-piece band on Friday, April 12 2019, at the Aliwal Arts Centre. Billed as Spaces Between Us, Dru shared his wish to “break down the walls that separate us in the digital age; to create some old-school magic…
Sabrina Carpenter Got Fans Screaming All Night Long

Sabrina Carpenter Got Fans Screaming All Night Long

11 April 2019 marked singer-songwriter Sabrina Carpenter’s first-ever live performance in Singapore. Held at the Kallang Theatre, her debut concert in Singapore was part of her Singular Tour – titled after her third studio album Singular Act: I. Sabrina’s show started only slightly later from its stipulated timing – which is rather rare for concerts. As her band took to the stage, they were met with resounding screams from the fans gathered at the theatre. The screams peaked once Sabrina and her dancers were in full view, and it stayed that way for most of Almost Love, the first song…
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