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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…
LOUDNESS performed a vigorous set, but may be way past their prime

LOUDNESS performed a vigorous set, but may be way past their prime

Japanese Heavy Metal Legends LOUDNESS took to The Pavilion at Far East Square on Sunday, 16 June 2019, for a powerful performance. The band’s performance in Singapore was held as part of their Rise to Glory World Tour – named after their album of the same name. Singaporean fans were probably the envy of fans in Japan due to the choice of venue. The Pavilion was a relatively small space with an intimate setting, which contrasted with LOUDNESS’ stadium shows in Japan. AC/DC music played before the concert, and at just before 8pm, Minoru Niihara, Akira Takasaki, Masayoshi Yamashita and…
Ultra Music Festival Singapore 2019 In Pictures: Powering Through Despite Adversities

Ultra Music Festival Singapore 2019 In Pictures: Powering Through Despite Adversities

Despite a last-minute change in venue, removal of a stage and the withdrawal of headliner Martin Garrix, Ultra Music Festival Singapore 2019 still managed to power through the weekend from Saturday, 8 June 2019 to Sunday, 9 June 2019. In the days leading up to Ultra Singapore 2019, the organizers announced that the festival would be moved indoors due to “expected severe weather”. This year saw a change in venue from Ultra Park to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Albeit its smaller venue and downscaled stage designs and pyrotechnics, the festival was still able to rile the crowd with…
Ultra Singapore 2019: Marred by the Lack of World Class Acts, Not by the Change in Venue or Controversies

Ultra Singapore 2019: Marred by the Lack of World Class Acts, Not by the Change in Venue or Controversies

In the weeks leading up to Ultra Singapore 2019, the festival had been torn to shreds because of speculations of legal issues, the withdrawal of headliner Martin Garrix, and the change in location. A day before Ultra Singapore 2019 was set to take place, it was reported that a winding-up application for Ultra Singapore Pte Ltd had been filed. Led by serial entrepreneurs Alex Chew and Raj Datwani, the famous dance music festival held in Singapore was faced with at least eight lawsuits for sums ranging from $3,745 to $74,686. To add fuel to the fire, it was also announced…
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…
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