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  • Ed Sheeran Divide Tour - feature pic

    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…

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    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…

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    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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  • Taking Back Sunday Review - feature pic

    “Tell All Your Friends” About Taking Back Sunday

    You know a band is good when – apart from a small handful – the audience isn’t flipping out their phones for a picture or video. Taking Back Sunday performed in Singapore on January 19 2019, as part of their 20th Anniversary Tour. Back after five years, the band took to The Pavilion @ Far East Square and brought the house down for yet another show-stopping performance. Albeit the smaller venue – as compared to their previous concert at The Ground Theatre – the live house was packed with fans who were raring to go. Despite standing at the back…

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  • 4K&C concert review - feature pic

    for KING & Country: A Theatrical Performance Loved By Young And Old Alike

    Christian pop duo for KING & COUNTRY first performance in Singapore on February 11 2019 was nothing short of a spectacle! Held at the Gateway Theatre, brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone’s concert in Singapore was part of their ‘Burn The Ships’ World Tour – titled after their latest release. The concert – organized by The Assembly – garnered fans both young and old. Prior to the live for KING & COUNTRY first performance, VIP ticket holders had the opportunity to meet the Smallbone brothers, along with a photo and autograph session. Die-hard fans brought along vinyl, magazine cut-outs and other…

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    Skechers Sundown Festival Day 2: Festival Goers Danced The Night Away To Rap, Hip-Hop And Trance

    Day 2 of Skechers Sundown Festival saw the crowd more than tripled that from Day 1! The NC-16 event – organized by Red Spade Entertainment and presented by Skechers – presented a night filled with heart-pumping music across all three stages. In case you missed it, Day 1 of the festival saw the Nirvana Stage host an intense lineup of rock artistes from all over Asia. While Eden and Utopia stages continued to showcase indie artistes and DJs and EDM artistes respectively, Nirvana presented the best of rappers and hip-hop artistes Asia has to offer. Here were some of the…

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    Worth Every Nickel: Fans Relived The Best Of Nickelback At Their Concert In Singapore

    Canadian rock band Nickelback performed their first gig in Singapore on 20 February 2019 at [email protected], leaving fans both old and new wanting more! The band – consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake on guitars, Mike Kroeger on bass and drummer Daniel Adair – made a stop in Singapore as part of their Feed The Machine Tour, titled after their newest album. Fans started to queue for the free-standing event from as early as 2pm and filled the queues by the evening. Once the doors opened, fans started to enter in droves – many with a…

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  • Skechers Sundown 2019: Crossfaith

    Skechers Sundown Festival Day 1: Asian Rock Artistes Took the Stage By Storm

    Asia’s music and arts festival, Skechers Sundown Festival, opened to the public yesterday (19 April 2019). Organized by Red Spade Entertainment and presented by Skechers, the NC-16 festival presents an exhilarating lineup of music, food, art, and culture. Even though the doors were supposed to open at 3pm, festival-goers were only allowed entry slightly after 5pm as the festival grounds were not ready yet. As a result, festival-goers could not indulge in the festival’s happy hour, which was supposed to be from 3 to 5pm daily. The organizers did not extend the happy hour either, which was quite disappointing as…

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  • Definite Rat Pack Cover Photo

    Back To The Sixties With The Definitive Rat Pack

    The Definitive Rat Pack was a show that was set to impress. On a cool Tuesday night, the Grand Ballroom of One Farrer Hotel & Spa was buzzing with the hum of excited concertgoers, eager to have their fill of the iconic trio that is Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davies Junior. Starring Stephen Triffitt, Mark Adams and George Daniel Long, they put up a show that was at once wistful as it was nostalgic, with a lively repertoire that brought the audience back to the romance, jolliness and charisma of the sixties. Ushered into the ballroom, one was…

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  • PVRIS Concert Cover

    Concert Review: PVRIS Made Singaporeans Happy and Fortunate Souls

    Playing for the very first time in Singapore and at an intimate setting at Hard Rock Cafe at Cuscaden, I didn’t think I was ready for a night full of surprises and pure blithe. Upon receiving my complimentary choice of Cola as I entered the concert venue, I was glad that arriving 30 minutes before the expected starting time did not obstruct my view of the stage. By the time PVRIS came on stage, the crowd was expectantly raring to go with screams of exhilaration; comprised of teenagers and young adults, it is hardly surprising of the demographics of PVRIS’…

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