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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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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    “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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    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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