Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Neon Lights: More Than Just Music

Bourgeois & Maurice

With a phenomenal music line-up already announced, the second edition of Singapore’s premier music and arts festival reveals its raucous, robust and reflective Neon Lights Arts strand – taking over four stages and illuminating the nooks and crannies of the beautiful Fort Canning Park during the two-day festival weekend.
This year, Neon Lights Arts sees the return of both the much-loved parlour of cabaret Club Minky and celebration of all things street at Easy Street, with new exciting additions: house of spoken word The Rocking Horse; carnival of Singaporean alternative culture The Nest; and Neon Nooks – an activation of the hidden alcoves and stunning architecture of the festival site. 
Neon Lights Arts 2016 presents an immersive and engaging adventure for all festival-goers, incorporating dance, theatre, comedy, sideshow, cabaret, workshops, literary, live art, installations, exhibitions and more by over 150 renowned local and international artists. 
Club Minky, Neon Lights’ ultra-sumptuous parlour of circus, comedy and cabaret, returns to the festival with a sizzling lineup of international stars and local heroes.
London’s neo-cabaret darlings Bourgeois & Maurice make their Singaporean debut with their ultra-theatrical kaleidoscope of eye-boggling fashion, hilarious take on world affairs and unforgettable tunes. Other Singapore debuts include Ireland’s top comedy hip-hop improv team, Abandoman, who has won major awards and stirred audiences around the world with their inventive and enormously fun blend of crowd interaction and razor-sharp improvisation.
Bringing more thrills and spills to Minky are Australian superstars The Rusty Nails Sideshow. Hailed as the freshest sideshow ensemble in the world – with escape artists, contortionists, stuntmen and more – this is a quirky, thrilling, gasp-inducing, side-splitting show for all the family.

Singapore’s legendary drag queen Becca D’Bus and her merry band of Queens return to Club Minky with AlterCation! a brand new, royal revue that will see you dancing into the night while Comedy Masala Cream promises the best in Asia standup comedy featuring the award-winning Jim Brewsky (Stand Up Asia!) Ben Quinlan and Umar Rana.
A feast of ideas and a temple of the word, The Rocking Horse brings together local literary giants to sooth, exhilarate and inspire. Curated by Marc Nair and topped off with electro disco beats from revered collective Darker than Wax, the venue presents Singapore’s award-winning multidisciplinary writer Ng Yi-Sheng, who will perform his maddest and queerest works spanning over two decades, while comedian and poet Kok Wei Liang brings on a cheeky take on pop culture, social media and fairy tales, and twice-winning Singapore National Poetry slam champion Shivram Gopinath dances in the rain with nunchucks!
Homegrown songwriter Shak (Shak’thiya) will come up close and personal with original songs influenced by Blues, Boss Nova, Hip Hop and Folk that capture specific moments in his life. He is joined by an electric one-woman poetry show by TEDx speaker and author of ‘Rebel Rites’ Deborah Emmanuel and poetry slams champion Stephanie Dogfoot with her feisty take on life. Jennifer Anne Champion reads from her critically-acclaimed collection of poetry about children ‘Caterwaul’, while curator of The Rocking Horse, the illustrious photographer and poet Marc Nair will present his latest collection of a series of poems and photographs from the Balkans.
Curated by Substation’s former artistic director Noor Effendy Ibrahim, The Nest presents a glorious carnival of alternative Singapore culture for everybody’s participation. 
Family workshops activate The Nest by Day: Children will love the Superhero Budget Cut Workshop presented by the Busybodies (Sat 26 Nov), where they will create superhero characters and their costumes on a budget, while the Cut & Paste Mayhem Workshop, (Sun 27 Nov) by Cap Merah, teaches the lost-art of hand-made flyers, pictures and zines.
Festival goers of all ages will also enjoy The Barter Market by Indigoism – a creative marketplace where no cash is involved. The Barter Market is a collective effort between local makers, craftsmen, artists, musicians, skilled individuals in the community, and you! So what will you bring to barter?
Scene Conversations by NIL is a fun and inspiring performance lecture series about the underground scenes of Singapore, coupled with a turntable performances and special guest appearances.
As we head into The Nest by Night , The Scene Kids bring their acclaimed punk theatre show Holding The Fort to the festival, while one of the hits of the Neon Lights 2015, UFO Project  (Sat 26 Nov) present an unmissable harmony of anime-like Zentai dancers and futuristic sounds.  Singapore’s very own prominent drum and percussion ensemble Nadi Singapura headline The Nest on Sun, 27 November, bringing the vibrant sounds of the Malay Archipelago.
Neon Nooks is a programme of visual and performance art dotted throughout the festival grounds, activating the hidden alcoves and enhancing the stunning architecture. Radiance by Brandon Tay and Safuan Johari is a transformative digital mapping and sound installation commission that will wow. Singapore’s first ever New Orleans style brass band, the New Stream Bass Band, blend Jazz, Latin and Hip Hop styles with brass sounds as they rove around the park. 

Look out for the stunning and evocative performance installation by National Arts Council’s Young Artist awardee Diskodanny, as well as the music-triggered LED wooden sculpture :Samara by German computer scientist Max Pagel and artist Jonathan Hwang.

Esteemed performance artist Daniela Beltrani joins forces with Ezzam Rahman and Sophia Natasha Wei to bring thoughtful performance and live art pieces to Neon Lights, and do not miss Neon Dance, a playful dance dialogue between Jacquelyn Soo, Kai Eng and Vincent Chia 
inspired by the ancient Indian epic poem, the Ramayana, against a video projection backdrop created by Empyreal. 

The Sculpture Society of Singapore will showcase a mini-exhibition of artworks created during their recent Woodcarving Symposium, and will host two woodcarving workshops: “Creating Wearable Art” and “Experience Woodcarving”.

Curated by local impresarios Recognize Studios and Sideshow, Easy Street is a celebration of all things street from live graf to breakdancing battles; turntablism to beatboxing; funk to reggae; and jungle to jazz.
Located in the secret alleyways of the festival, different elements of street culture come to life as self- professed visual anarchists ANTZ, DEM, ROAK, SLAC and SPAZ hit the walls with live graffiti, murals and graf workshops; Dharni – recognized as one of the best beatboxers in the world, mixes it up with K-leah on vocals; Dancehall Nation – the first and only community of dancehall/reggae dancers in Singapore, join DJ Jean Reiki on stage; while beatmakers RAH & SenjaLion Steppaz SoundFZPZ and Scorcher Hi-Fi warm up the Street for headliners Gold Panda (Sat 26 Nov) and The Mad Professor (Sun 27 Nov).
With such a diverse and broad arts programme added to the already super hot lineup of 25 diverse music acts such as Sigur RosFoalsYuna and 2manydjs, Neon Lights promises an exhilarating and unmissable weekend. 
Neon Lights 2016 takes place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November throughout Fort Canning Park in Singapore. Neon Lights Festival is an all-ages event, and tickets are available from SG$135 (Adult)/ SG$25 (Under 12s) for a single day pass at 
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fort Canning Park, Singapore
2 p.m. – late

Saturday, 26 November, 2016                                               
Foals, 2manydjs (live), SBTRKT, Chairlift, Crystal Castles, Gentle Bones, Neon Indian, Lucy Rose, Shura, The Sugarhill Gang, Gold Panda, Cashew Chemist, Disco Hue and Silent Disco.

Saturday, 27 November, 2016
Sigur Rós, Yuna, Jose Gonzalez, Blood Orange, George Clinton & Parliament/ Funkadelic, The Tallest Man on Earth, 65daysofstatic, BADBADNOTGOOD, Mad Professor, Pumarosa, Linying, .gif and Silent Disco.

$230 (+ booking fees) for a weekend pass
$135 (+ booking fees) for a single day pass 
$1150 (+ booking fees) for a 6-pax group deal weekend pass

Under 12s*
$40 (+booking fees) for a two-day weekend pass
$25 (+booking fees) for a single day pass
*Must be accompanied by an adult

Friday, July 1, 2016

Latest Music Videos

TOMGIRL - "Darker Now"

Narelle - "Some They Lie"

Heir Of Hounds - "Skin" (featuring Gentle Bones)

Knightingale - "Bangkit"

Check out these music videos!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Deon Releases Free Remix EP

Deon has just released 'Oceans Remix', a free to download EP, available at this link: 

Songs were taken from Deon's sophomore album 'Oceans', re-arranged/re-worked/re-mixed, and 9 different tracks were produced. This is a gift from Deonand 9 other Singaporean musician.

If you wish to support this effort, you can purchase and own the music on iTunes:
'Oceans Remix':

'Oceans Deluxe' (inclusive of 'Oceans'): 

Alternatively, you can also stream it off SoundCloud:

Sign Of Five Launching New EP

Sign Of Five will be releasing their self titled EP on 2nd July 2016 on All digital platforms including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Rdio. Pre Orders for the EP will be available exclusively on iTunes on 20th June 2016.

Sign Of Five’s EP comprises 5 original songs written by the band. Their first two singles ‘Here We Go’ and ‘Closer to The Sun Ft. Narelle Kheng’. Both have received positive reviews and radio airplay. Get a sample of the EP here:

The music video for the 2nd single even garnered more than 17,000 views since its release.

To celebrate the launch of the EP, the quintet will be holding a launch show at Aliwal Arts Centre on Saturday, 9th July at 7pm.

Ticketing details can be found on their event page at: Early Bird Tickets are now on sale.

Sign Of Five - 'Closer To The Sun' (ft. Narelle Kheng)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Leon Markcus To Launch Debut EP At Hood

Singer-songwriter Leon Markcus released his debut EP, "Mannequin", on iTunes on 20 April 2016. Come 11 June, the EP will be available on all digital platforms, including Spotify and Deezer.

Leon Markcus has released two music videos so far with a third coming out this month.

To commemorate the release of the EP, Leon Markcus will be holding a launch party at Hood Bar and Café on Saturday, 11 June at 7pm. The gig will not only feature all 5 tracks off the debut EP but also some bonus materials.

Tickets available from: at $15 each.

Leon Markcus - "Mannequin"

Leon Markcus - "Circles"

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Releases

We're only 3 months into 2016 but have already seen a slew of awesome releases by Singaporean artists. Check them out if you haven't already:

Long Live The Empire - "Ten Thousand Years EP"

Forests - "Sun Eat Moon Grave Party"

Knightingale - "God Damn Youth"

 The Observatory - "August Is The Cruellest"

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Grizzle Grind Crew Celebrating 3rd Anniversary at Zouk

Singapore’s biggest hip-hop collective, Grizzle Grind Crew (GGC) turns three on 26 March 2016. To mark this occasion, the Crew is throwing its annual anniversary party in partnership with Academy of Rock. Expect crowd favorites from the Grizzle Grind Crew, unreleased tracks, surprise guests and more, all in one evening!

Malaysia’s Hip-Hop royalty SonaOne will perform songs off his freshly released debut album Growing Up Sucks at the show too.

Venue: Zouk (17 Jiak Kim Street, Singapore 169420)
Date: Saturday 26 March 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Entry: Free admission, all-ages

For more details, log onto:

Knightingale Releases Debut Album

Garage rock trio Knightingale released their full-length debut album on 17 March 2016. Comprising of Ashwin Rao (Guitars/ Lead Vocals), Deon Chan (Drums) and Faiz Lattif (Guitars/Vocals), the band was formed in late 2013 influenced by Nirvana, Ty Segall and Bass Drum Of Death.

These Brittle Bones Releases New Single From Upcoming New EP

These Brittle Bones have released the first single from his forthcoming EP, which will be released via Believe Recordings on 15th of April.

These Brittle Bones is 16-year-old Chris Jones. Originally from Wales, his family moved out to Singapore 7 years ago. His new material sees a more grown up, experimental side to his music, exploring a more electronic avenue while still keeping the melodic and haunting sentiments that feature in his earlier releases.

"Instinct" is the first single from his upcoming EP, "Effects", which will be released this Spring through Believe Digital.

Chris says about the song “To me, the song is about the fear/acceptance of being independent, and the innate quality I have of being too reliant on other people; an instinctual feeling of not wanting to let other people down. It's one of the main tracks on the EP as it stays true to my piano-based sound, whilst also incorporating a new electronic style”.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Gabriel Lynch And Juny Brothers At SingJazz

Australian singer-songwriter Gabriel Lynch will be performing at SingJazz on 4 February 2016.

Singapore was first wowed by Lynch when he made his debut in 2011 at The Esplanade's Outdoor Theatre. The energetic and captivating independent artist had his audience at times singing along boisterously and, at others, utterly silent as he regaled them.
Several records and many tours later, Lynch once again returns to Singapore to present songs from his latest album, "All of Us", as well as a catalog of old favourites and some songs that have not yet been performed on a stage.

Described by Iceland National Radio as "Australia's Damien Rice, minus the cheese", Lynch makes his debut at SingJazz on February 4th.

Joining him on stage on the night are the multi-talented and acclaimed Juny Brothers (Anthony 'Fatboy Tony' Parker on drums and Jupiter 7 on keys/key bass).

The one night only show is a must for any lovers of original songs and live music.

Date: 4 February 2016
Time: 9pm
Venue: SingJazz (101 Jalan Sultan, #02-00, Singapore 199591)
Entry: Early Bird S$25.00 + booking fee (at / Door S$30.00