ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL SINGAPORE 2015

News about the lineup for Laneway Festival 2015 came out yesterday. There was the usual hand-wringing and whining about why so-and-so wasn’t coming etc but overall, I believe that the response has been fairly positive. For me personally, having endured the dark days of the 70s, 80s & 90s when rock music events were far and between, I never take these things for granted. Sure, none of these bands compare to Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath or Deep Purple in their prime but in the context of rock & pop music circa 2015, this lineup looks intriguing. Apart from St. Vincent, Lykke Li and our very own .gif and Hanging Up the Moon, I am not too familiar with most of the names but that’s the joy of discovery, I guess. So expect more information about the above bands/artists in the weeks leading up to the festival, from our typical critically objective perspective!

… still there’s more …

LANEWAY SINGAPORE 2014 [NEWS]

Here’s the schedule for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore on 25th January. It’s heartening to see that Singapore acts have been given due respect and equal treatment as they should be.  Apart from The Observatory, Vandetta and Gema, I am looking forward to The Jezabels, Kurt Vile, Frightened Rabbit and Savages.

Get your tickets at http://bit.ly/GABVu4 or http://bit.ly/16ECcIQ before its too late!

LANEWAY SINGAPORE 2014 [NEWS]

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It’s 1st Jan 2014, PoPies (yes just made that up!) — which means that the first big music event viz. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore is 24 days away! I’ve got my media pass all sorted out so I guess it’s just a question of counting down the days and hopefully being able to do a couple more interviews – Savages? Kurt Vile? So far, I have interviewed Frightened Rabbit, Haim and The Jezabels for TODAY and it’s been really fun! Fingers crossed?

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LANEWAY SINGAPORE 2014 [NEWS]

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SINGAPORE: SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY | THE MEADOW, GARDENS BY THE BAY

(Press release)

Mark this date – Saturday 25th January – the idyllic tranquility of Gardens by the Bay will be rocked by one of the biggest and most anticipated music event on this day – Laneway Festival returns to Singapore! Bound to keep the New Year celebrations going, the 2014 edition of the Australasia’s most forward-thinking festival will roll into Singapore in its fourth year running.

With more than 9,000 music-lovers thronging the 2013’s festival, an even bigger number is expected to make a beeline for the 2014 gathering of indie’s rising stars. Nestled somewhere in between the lakes and the greenery of Singapore’s premier garden, with the stunning skyline of the city as the backdrop, The Meadow proves to be the perfect outdoor spot for this occasion so keep your calendars marked.

News on the mega-lineup will be announced on 1st October 2013. Stay tuned!

MUM, WAVVES & SHELVES – LIVE AT ZOUK [REVIEW]

Picture by Dawn CHUA
Mum by Dawn CHUA

It ain’t rock n’ roll. 

Well, for most part (two-thirds) this oddly curated gig featured the loud, brash, melody-driven indie rock that I personally get my rocks off to completely. And whereas the likes of Shelves and Wavves had whipped up the crowd into a frenzy of sorts, Icelandic experimental outfit Mum duly engineered a totally different mood and tone. Minimalist, arty-farty, esoteric and pretentious, it left some members of the audience scratching their heads (figuratively, of course) though for the diehards, it was manna from heaven.

Wavves by Dawn Chua
Wavves by Dawn CHUA

Now, believe me, I have sufficient knowledge to be able to understand where Mum was coming from, artistically and creatively but that merely reaches out to my head and not my groin. No such problem with Wavves who plunged headlong into punky no-wave feedback-drenched bubblegum ditties with a vengeance that compelled many a audience member to mosh and headbang. Short, sharp and sweet songs that needed no artful explanation to comprehend.

Shelves by Dawn CHUA
Shelves by Dawn CHUA

Shelves, as always, ever dependable to provide the sugar and the beat, Noel Yeo animated as usual, fronting the band with geeky abandon and it is indeed encouraging to see new lead guitarist Daryl Peh getting into the groove, whilst the reliable rhythm section of Robin Chua and Brian Leery lock down the ever important pulse.

A curiously eclectic lineup that challenged the usual conventions well enough to just about… work. Kudos goes to the organizers (Chugg/19SIXTYFIVE) accordingly. MORE!

 

 

MYSTERY JETS – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [REVIEW]

To be honest, prior to the announcement of the Mystery Jets performance in Singapore at the Hard Rock Cafe, I must confess that I’d never heard of them before! Which goes to show how incredibly massive the modern rock scene is nowadays. Then I was given to understand that this was actually the band’s SECOND show in Singapore, the band having played at Zouk previously.

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MYSTERY JETS – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

Touted by Geoff Travis, co-founder of Rough Trade Records, as “the 
best 
British 
group
 since 
the
 Libertines”, Mystery Jets channel a mix of Pink
 Floyd,
 
Syd
 Barrett, Neil Young 
and
 Hall 
& 
Oates,
 an old-school rock n roll sensibility updated to appeal to modern day hipster kids. Naturally, the band will be performing in Singapore, the hipster capital of Asia, soon.

Details:

Date:





 FRIDAY,
 14 
SEPTEMBER 
2012

Venue:


 HARD
 ROCK 
CAFÉ
–
SINGAPORE

Tickets: 

$60 
includes 
1
 drink 
&
 $70 
at 
the 
Door 
on 
show
 day.

Tickets
at:

 www.eventclique.com

Promoter: 



Chugg
 Entertainment

FOSTER THE PEOPLE

Latest alt-pop sensations Foster the People play on our little island in little more than a month. Promising vibrant sounds & infectious melodies, this one’s for all the indie kids out there. You know who you are.

Not convinced? Check out the video of the catchy Houdini below and try not to smile…

Tickets available at SISTIC.

LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2012

 

Confirmed dates and venues

BRISBANE – SATURDAY 28th JANUARY 2012
Alexandria Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

AUCKLAND – MONDAY 30th JANUARY 2012
Silo Park, Beaumont Street. Auckland

MELBOURNE – SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2012
Footscray Community Arts Centre – 45 Moreland Street, Footscray VIC 3011

SYDNEY – SUNDAY 5th FEBRUARY 2012
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) – Balmain Road, Rozelle NSW 2039

ADELAIDE – FRIDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2012
Fowler’s Live – 68-70 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

PERTH – SATURDAY 11th FEBRUARY 2012
Perth Cultural Centre – Beaufort Street, Perth WA 6000

SINGAPORE – SUNDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2012
Fort Canning, Canning Rise, Singapore

More information to come. Stay tuned.

ALICE COOPER – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

(Press Release)

This will be Alice Cooper’s inaugural show in Singapore and we are in for quite a treat. As an artist, he has both been influenced by and then influenced horror movies and garage rock to pioneer a spectacular theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock and Alice Cooper is the master of the genre.

His fans range from Salvador Dali to Bob Dylan to Foo Fighters – Dave Grohl and Johnny Depp, who took the stage with Alice Cooper and his Band at the legendary “100 Club” in London last month. Without Alice Cooper the world would never have seen Bands like the New York Dolls, Kiss, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Slipnot or Rob Zombie, all of whom have been considerably influenced by the legendary Alice Cooper.

There has been much take place in his ever evolving life since his last World Tour, among which have been many awards and accolades, with one of the most memorable being his induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at an unforgettable event in New York City, which saw Alice arrive with a giant albino boa constrictor wrapped around his neck.

Much more than just a successful rock star, musician and performing artiste, he is a visionary trail blazer whose influence persists today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theatre, television and film. He is among the revered few who are invited to play the finale shows of American Idol, which Alice did in 2010.

As an interesting side bar, he is a prolific golfer who plays daily and is considered quite a master of the game, helming his own celebrity golf tournament annually.

The beginning of the Tour coincides with the long awaited and very much overdue release of his latest album “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” which is the sequel to his multi-platinum classic “Welcome to My Nightmare”. The release will be through Universal Music Singapore, island-wide this September 20th.

Details –

WEDNESDAY 5 OCT 2011

THE COLISEUMHARD ROCK HOTEL ® SINGAPORE RESORTS WORLDSENTOSA

Doors: 7pm Show Time: 8pm

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY! TUESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

General Admission $120 Standing Tickets Only

(Sistic $3 Booking fee applies)

www.sistic.com.sg

Tel Bookings: (65) 6348 5555

 

WARPAINT – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

TUESDAY 2 AUGUST 2011 POWERHOUSE @ St James Power Station

Doors: 7pm Show Time: 8pm

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 16 JUNE

Standard Admission $65 – includes 1 Drink (Sistic $3 Booking fee applies)

www.sistic.com.sg

Tel Bookings: (65) 6348 5555

**SHOW YOUR TICKET AFTER THE SHOW FOR FREE ADMISSION TO ALL ST JAMES POWER STATION CLUBS TO CONTINUE THE PARTY ** NO ENTRY FOR UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE**

THE DRUMS – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

(Press release)

Chugg Entertainment who bought you the phenomenal Laneway Festival in January are programming a Series of great acts with St James Power Station, that will become must attend events. Kicking off next month, the first Band in the Series is a superb choice.

The Brooklyn Trio – The Drums, will be making their debut visit to Asia this May! Fresh from their US tour & SOLD OUT dates across Australia, they will be performing in Singapore for the first time on Monday 16 May. What better way to party hard on the eve of a public holiday with no work the next day!

Details:

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LANEWAY FESTIVAL SINGAPORE 2011

Laneway Festival, one of the foremost indie rock festivals in the Asia-Pacific region will make its debut appearance in Asia in 2011. And in Singapore as well. The press con was held yesterday afternoon at the New Asia Bar where organizers Chugg Entertainment announced that bands like !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Beach House, Deerhunter, Foals, Holy Fuck, Ladyhawke, Warpaint and Yeasayer will be performing at the Fort Canning Park on 29 January 2011.

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