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Neon Lights Festival 2019 review: No Halsey, No Problem

Neon Lights Festival 2019 review: No Halsey, No Problem

All those joyless souls lamenting the cancellation of Halsey’s set must have eaten their words after the two-day Neon Lights Festival has come to an end. Despite invariably being plagued by wet weather and technical difficulties, the enthusiasm for a weekend of indie music and dancing appears to be at an all-time high. Neon Lights kicked up quite a bit of controversy a few days before the festival when it was announced that the second-day headliner, Halsey, would no longer be performing due to “unforeseen circumstances” without giving further details. Halsey was also scheduled to perform at Hong Kong’s Clockenflap…
Soundbites with Yeo: Telling it like it is

Soundbites with Yeo: Telling it like it is

Malaysian-Australian artist Yeo is a bit of a mixed bag. A singer (although he still doesn’t really consider himself one), a songwriter, a producer, a DJ, a music director and an absolute legend on the bass and keytar… the list goes on. Yet amongst this wealth of identities, the artist still manages to find his own method to the madness; creating a unique, ever-evolving brand of sound that intersperses bleak pictures of reality with glimmers of the purest hope you’ll find. Coupled with his Asian diasporic background and his love for travel, there’s just something about his songwriting that pulls…
The Vamps ‘Four Corners’ Tour in Singapore: A night of surprises and celebrations with the Vamily

The Vamps ‘Four Corners’ Tour in Singapore: A night of surprises and celebrations with the Vamily

Back after three years, British pop-rock band The Vamps set base at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore once again. Held on 15 August 2019 as part of their Four Corners Tour 2019, The Vamps enthralled fans with their high-energy performance and electrifying setlist filled with songs both new and old.  The night also saw the quartet – consisting of vocalist Bradley Simpson, James McVey on guitars, Connor Ball on bass and drummer Tristan Evans – join the vamily for a night of celebrations, such as Tristan’s birthday and even a wedding proposal! At slightly after 8pm, The Vamps took…
IT’S THE SHIP 2019 releases full artiste lineup: Darren Styles, Hyo of Girls Generation, and more

IT’S THE SHIP 2019 releases full artiste lineup: Darren Styles, Hyo of Girls Generation, and more

For the sixth year running, IT’S THE SHIP takes the open waters by storm once again! Held from 13 November to 15 November 2019, IT’S THE SHIP 2019 boasts a high-octane, uninterrupted 3D2N experience onboard the award-winning Genting Dream, along with an electrifying roster of widely-acclaimed headliners and talented music artistes. Nervo IT’S THE SHIP’s larger-than-life headlining acts will see electronic dance music duo Nervo return to rule the dance decks, alongside modern UK dance music legend Darren Styles – best-known for blazing the path for hardstyle crossover to the mainstream. Joining the star-studded lineup are EDM artistes Brooklyn, Indigo Starlight,…
If rojak could sing, it’ll only sing local music

If rojak could sing, it’ll only sing local music

It’s absolutely mind-boggling how much local music has transcended over the years that it’s difficult to form opinions surrounding it since any conclusion gathered becomes obsolete quickly. I’ve been a fan for 15 years now, but *pfft*, it’s still not enough to scratch the surface of our music. So anyway, danamic. kick-jolted me from my slumber, hypnic jerk-style – requesting a write-up out of the Spotify playlist they created called ‘Local Delights’ (which sounds like a canteen tuckshop from your primary school days). However, a confession before I get into the meat of the article though: danamic. didn’t really specify…
Halsey to headline second night (24 Nov) of Singapore’s Neon Lights Festival!

Halsey to headline second night (24 Nov) of Singapore’s Neon Lights Festival!

Grammy nominee and multi-platinum American superstar Halsey joins Mumford & Sons and Honne as one of the headlining acts at Neon Lights Festival, held from 23 November (Saturday) to 24 November 2019 (Sunday).  Since her professional debut in 2014, Halsey had been nominated for multiple awards and won at Billboard Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and even set three Guinness World Records in April 2019 with ‘Boy with Luv’, a collaboration with K-Pop sensation BTS.  The 24-year-old has gained recognition for her efforts as an activist for various causes and is renowned for her unapologetic lyrics and multi-platinum hits such as…
Vamily rejoice: The Vamps are set to return to Singapore this August!

Vamily rejoice: The Vamps are set to return to Singapore this August!

British pop-rock band The Vamps will be returning to The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa for a one-night-only performance. Held on 15 August 2019 (Wednesday), the quartet’s performance will be part of their Four Corners 2019 Tour – their biggest tour yet!
PAUZA’s new track ‘Jungle Fever’ channels Afro-Cuban sounds with jungle-inspired melody

PAUZA’s new track ‘Jungle Fever’ channels Afro-Cuban sounds with jungle-inspired melody

Enchanting, electronic Cuban duo PAUZA released their fourth track for the year, ‘Jungle Fever’, on 19 July 2019 (Friday). The track sees the powerhouse duo fuse their signature Cuban grooves with a mesmerizing jungle-inspired melody. Paula and Zahira, who are also the first female duo of electronic music from La Habana, Cuba, have re-interpreted the cultural current of house music by adding Latin rhythms and Cuban folklore. This unique trait has given them an edge above the rest, as seen with their growing popularity.  “We channelled afro-Cuban sounds created from within the mountains that surround our island,” shared PAUZA. “Throughout…
Local singer-songwriter Niine tackles depression and insecurity in ‘don’t wanna sleep’

Local singer-songwriter Niine tackles depression and insecurity in ‘don’t wanna sleep’

Local singer-producer Niine will be releasing his new track, ‘don’t wanna sleep’, on 19 July 2019 (Friday) on Spotify and YouTube. A mellow tune with poppy sounds thrown into the mix, ‘don’t wanna sleep’ talks about the cycle of spiralling in one’s insecurities during the night, only to go back to being “normal” in the day. Talking with Niine Niine shares with us in a conversation on the song’s significance to him and how he tackles depression. Your songs tend to be a reflection of your own life experiences. What meaning does this song hold for you? Niine: It’s literally…
U2 adds a second show to their highly-anticipated Singapore Debut

U2 adds a second show to their highly-anticipated Singapore Debut

Following the announcement of sold out shows in New Zealand and Australia earlier this week, U2 has confirmed that the band will bring their acclaimed Joshua Tree Tour to Asia!  Hot on the heels of U2’s highly-successful 2017 tour in celebration of its seminal album, The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 will see the Irish rock band make a much-anticipated live return to Asia. U2 will also make a stop at Singapore and Seoul for the first time ever – with what promises to be very special concerts from one of the most renowned bands in the world.  Due to an…
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