BASTILLE – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

No exaggeration to describe Bastille as one of the biggest new acts coming out of the UK and fans will be thrilled to learn that – courtesy of Now/Live – they will be in town on Friday 9 January 2015 at The Coliseum, Hard rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa. Tickets will be available from SISTIC from 22nd September.

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ELLIE GOULDING – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [NEWS]

British songstress Ellie Goulding returns to Singapore on Friday 13 June at The Star Theatre. Read Melissa Ng’s review last time out. Tickets available from SISTIC – Friday 7th Feb.

Mark your calendars!

Listen to Goulding’s best selling 2013 album Halcyon Days at Spotify.

PHOENIX – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [NEWS]

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(Press release)

Now/Live are proud to present Grammy Award winning and critically acclaimed indie rock act, PHOENIX, performing their debut headline show in Singapore. Performing hits from their extensive back catalogue including ‘Lisztomania’, ‘1901’ and ‘If I ever feel better’ along with tracks from their latest release ‘Bankrupt!’, this show will be one of the most enthralling of 2014!

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THE XX – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [REVIEW]

The xx
2 August 2013
The Star Performing Arts Centre
by Melissa Ng

The xx played to a very enthusiastic crowd last Friday at The Star Theatre at The Star Vista, which was packed to the brim. Besides playing to 5000 fans, there was also an additional show on Thursday because of the demand. This response just goes to show how popular indie is growing as a genre. This is a remarkable feat for the band, whose last performance in Singapore in 2010 saw them open for Florence + The Machine. Having released two albums, xx and Coexist, the band certainly had more to play around with this time.

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TEGAN & SARA – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [REVIEW]

Courtesy of Dominic Phua and Now/Live

Part of their promotional tour for their latest album Heartthrob, Canadian sisters Tegan and Sara performed at the Esplanade Concert Hall on the 13th of May.

Apparently handpicked by Tegan and Sara themselves, homegrown singer-songwriter Weish delivered a memorable opening act that featured her signature searing vocals and electric looping shenanigans. Continually layering, looping, and effecting her voice into rich tapestries of songs, this reviewer thinks Weish is an act to watch, and a breath of creative fresh air in a local scene crowded with too many plaintive guitar-based songs from singer-songwriters.

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THE XX – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [NEWS]

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This is a big one for the hip and cool kids in Singapore. Most may be unaware that the British trio actually performed at the Esplanade in 2010. Here’s a portion of my review back then –

“…there is an intriguing method in the xx’s sound, with electro beats and minimal guitar-bass interplay, I was impressed by the simplicity of the music and also how they incorporated some of my own favourite influences into catchy yet intelligent material.”

Little need to oversell this one, I’d imagine. Fans will be champing at the bit.

Details: –

Now/Live Presents

Title: The xx
Venue: The Star Theatre
Date: Friday 2nd August 2013
Time: 8pm
Organizer: Now/Live – www.facebook.com/nowlivesgwww.twitter.com/nowlivesg
Tickets: $148, $128, $108, $88, $68 (+ $3 SISTIC Fee)
Ticket Sales Launch Date: Wednesday 17th April
Tickets available via SISTIC
– Online (9am): www.sistic.com.sg
– Tel (10am): +65 6348 5555
– In person (10am): At all authorized SISTIC agents & box offices

ELLIE GOULDING – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [REVIEWS]

Courtesy of Dominic Phua & Now/Live
Courtesy of Dominic Phua & Now/Live

Judging by the response at the Esplanade Concert Hall on Tuesday night, Ellie Goulding’s first performance in Singapore was an undisputed success.

The full house consisted of a good mix of young tweens and older hipsters, who eagerly lapped up her every word and note. Even Goulding herself repeatedly remarked at her awe and surprise with the number of people at her first show here.

Starting off the night with songs mainly from her recently released sophomore album, Halcyon, such as “Figure 8” and “My Blood”, Ellie Goulding blew us away from the very start with her beautiful voice. It was amazing to hear the entire audience sing along to the chorus of “Guns and Horses”. However, it took some time for the sound engineer to get the mixing right, as it was difficult to hear her voice over her backing track in the beginning.

Also, it appeared that she took a while to adjust to the stage, only moving around to interact with the inviting audience after taking awhile to get used to the venue.

Goulding was not fazed for too long though, and one of the most memorable segments of the concert was when she slowed things down with tracks like “I Know You Care” (she admitted it was about her father) and “Joy”. The audience was also in for a special treat as she sang a wonderful cover of Elton John’s “Your Song”.

Picking things back up with harder hitting songs “Only You” and “Salt Skin”, Goulding gamely danced in her sheer dress through these songs, eliciting more cheers from her fans. During other parts of the show, she also treated the audience to performances of “Hanging On” and “I Need Your Love”, which she wrote with Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris respectively.

Most of all, it was impressive to see how she took her music to a whole new level with her live show. Her music sounded so much bigger, expansive, richer and complex live than on her studio albums. Moreover, her live energy was explosive, even reminiscent of Hayley Williams (of Paramore fame).

All in all, Eliie Goulding had great charm and clearly enjoyed performing, and her infectious energy in turn made it especially fun and enjoyable for all present. With “Lights” as her final euphoric song, she left everyone without a doubt that she could just very well be the reigning queen of the current crop of synth rock songstresses.

(Melissa Ng)

Thanks to Dan Gordon (Now/Live) for making this review possible.

 

 

BLOC PARTY – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [NEWS]

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There’s little doubt that UK band Bloc Party is one of the biggest indie outfits of the last decade. With four best selling albums under its belt (to the tune of two million), the band has also sold-out gigs and has played in large scale music festivals such as Glastonbury and Lollapalooza. With a reputation for live shows that are even more inciting than their records, Singapore fans will finally find out what all the fuss is about when Bloc Party makes its full band debut at Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park on Monday, 18th March. Tickets are available from SISTIC.

Official Site

Presented by Untitled Entertainment and Now/Live.

ELLIE GOULDING – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [NEWS]

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British songstress Ellie Goulding makes her first appearance in Singapore on Tuesday 26th February at 7.30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets are $148, $128, $108, $88, $68 and are available via SISTIC.

Goulding has two well-received albums thus far – Lights (2010) and Halcoyn (2012) – and her electro-pop style has brought her commercial and critical acclaim, not to mention several awards along the way. Check out the video for “Anything Could Happen” below.

Official Site

Presented by Now/Live.