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Were you looking beautiful in white?

Shane Filan hosted an intimate showcase while in Singapore to promote his third (and latest) solo album Love Always. Best known as one-fifth of Westlife, Filan decided to go solo in 2013 after the band split in 2012.

The hour-long showcase consisted of a short Q&A session, a couple of performances, meet and greet for some lucky fans as well as an album-autograph session to end things off. Before going into the Q&A, Filan was hosted by KISS92’s Carol Smith. With Lunar New Year just next week, they chatted about the holiday and we learnt that Filan received a huge pineapple tart earlier that day. Filan also received his first ever Ang Bao (red packet) courtesy of Singapore. Check out the video below to see what really happened.

 

 

The Irish singer also spoke about his favourite memory of Singapore – playing a football match in Singapore with the other members of Westlife. Favourite Singaporean food – chicken rice and the satay he had earlier. His happiest moment(s) – his wedding day, birth of his three lovely children and the first time Westlife played at Croke Park.

Following that, Filan treated the crowd to four songs, a mix of solo material and tracks from his Westlife days. He kicked things off with his latest single, Unbreakable, before transitioning into a Westlife favourite, My Love. The next track is arguably one of the most used wedding songs today, Beautiful In White. In fact, Filan explained that he recorded the demo five years ago and only last year he decided to officially release it as part of Love Always. To end things off, Filan got the crowd on their feet for Uptown Girl.

If you are already missing him or missed out this time round, Filan will be back next month for a full concert at The Coliseum!


Picture credit: Spin or Bin Music, Shane Filan on Twitter.

It’s easy to judge a band by a single that wildly took off in 2010. But if there’s anything that reinforces Foster The People’s undeniable talent, it’s beyond that song’s existence. Yes, I’m talking about the indie-turned-mainstream hit Pumped Up Kicks.

The evening started with much apprehension for most who were not drawn to Zepp@BIGBOX’s ability to host bands of the genre. I, myself, wasn’t one of them. After all, a deafening sound system can be easily ignored with last night’s trippy visuals that could potentially transcend one’s soul to another dimension. I’m not even kidding.

The band opened with Pay The Man that welcomed the crowd to a kaleidoscopic stage set up and frontman Mark Foster’s dad dance moves (one of the highlights of the show, to be honest).

The set then took on a steady throttle of energy with Helena Beat, sending a surge of adrenaline to audience members who were just warming up. But there was this particular lady standing right beside me who did not move a single inch since the show started. Not even a head bob of approval. Was she just completely stunned by the fact that the band was playing music live right in front of her to express any emotions? Who knows? She did remain that way the entire show. To each his own, I guess. 

Though the lack of movement beside me was a bit of a concern, Foster The People delivered a variety of songs like Waste, Doing It For The Money, and Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls) that set just the right mood for an internal frenzy. Couple that with, again, the blend of multiple colored hues on stage and you’ve got yourself a cinematic moment.

The flawless transition from Lotus Eater to a cover of Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Bop also proved that the band is more than just their breakthrough hit.

Foster The People has always been criticized for their unclassified genre, almost being forced by critics to find a certain identifying sound. But that would be unfounded for a band that has the talented multi-instrumentalist Isom Innis who calls himself “Jack of all trades” and Mark Foster whose vocals captivatingly reverberated off the room – even making an audience member shout, “WHO BROKE YOUR HEART, BRO?” after belting out the ballad Ruby.

With incarnations like Torches and Sacred Hearts Club, Foster The People continuously reclaim their position as a band that can’t be defined by a single genre. We’ve got moments of raving and aggressive headbanging for “avant-garde” songs like Pseugologia Fantastica and several slow dancing bits with Sit Next To Me.

One would quickly expect the band’s infectious energy to last until after the encore, but the set didn’t exactly end with a bang despite the sing-along that was during Pumped Up Kicks. Is it perhaps time to retire the song as part of the encore? Maybe.

While the show undoubtedly lifted the crowd’s spirits, it’s inevitable not to gain mad respect for the quartet who took the time to meet everyone behind the barrier after the show. This is in addition to Mark Foster’s inspirational speech prior to the encore, leaving everyone with the words, “Love should be our mantra.”

 

 

Setlist

Pay the Man
Helena Beat
Life On The Nickel
Doing It for the Money
Waste
Are You What You Want to Be?
Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)
Lotus Eater
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
Pseudologia Fantastica
Houdini
Call It What You Want
Coming of Age
Ruby
Sit Next To Me
Miss You

Encore:

Loyal Like Sid & Nancy
Pumped Up Kicks

 

Photo credit: Alvin Ho and Aloysius Lim for LAMC Productions

Ask and you shall receive, eh?

Just a year after introducing New Hope Club as a rising boyband to watch out for, we’ve already got to experience an exclusive fan session with the pop rock trio!

Comprising of George Smith, Blake Richardson, and Reese Bibby, the band treated 60 lucky fans to an intimate showcase in Singapore.

Prior to the show, the British lads delved into a light-hearted conversation about not being a fan of durian and their respective Hogwarts houses (they’re all Gryffindors except for George who’s a Slytherin).

Aside from their comedic antics, the band also opened up about having Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Harry Styles as their dream collaborations. This, of course, triggered an instant scream fest from the audience that didn’t die down until the end of their set.

The trio gave an authentic performance of songs like Perfume, Good Day, and Fixed. While there might have been a few stumbles here and there, NHC proved that they’re more than just their apparent charm with their swoon-worthy harmonies.

Watch some of the highlights from New Hope Club’s exclusive fan session below:

 

Setlist

Medicine
Perfume
Good Day
Water
Two Ghosts (Harry Styles cover)
Fixed

 

Photo credit: Last.fm, Spin or Bin Music

Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons graced Singapore with a thunderous 105 minutes set at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last night as part of their Evolve World Tour. This would mark the group’s third visit to Singapore – after 2015’s Smoke + Mirrors Tour at the same venue and 2016’s Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix gig.

The spectacle of strobe lights, multi-coloured lasers and LED screen panels at the main stage illuminated frontman Dan Reynolds’s powerful voice so well. No doubt, the spotlight was cast primarily on him but his backing band didn’t seem to mind. However, Reynolds did take some time to appreciate his backing band amidst acoustic songs played at Stage B.

The sold-out strong crowd went through a rollercoaster of emotions, with feel-good tracks like On Top Of The World, empowering tracks like It’s Time and Demons and also sombre tracks like Bleeding Out.  

Here are our 5 standout moments of the night!

 

1.     Dan Reynolds’s Empowering Speeches

In between tracks, Reynolds took the time to shine a light on topics that have in recent years come up for discussion. For a start, he emphasised the importance of equality, spreading peace and love. Before going into Yesterday, he urged everyone to just live in the moment and that’s the most important. Just before Demons, Reynolds shared with the audience his personal experience with depression and empowered the crowd to not be afraid of judgement.

 

 

2.     Yesterday

This track brought the audience closer to the guys of Imagine Dragons. Sometimes, we get caught up with everything that’s happening or we worry too much about our future that we forget to live in the moment. The crowd roared after each line and it was almost like we’re all putting our past behind and only looking straight ahead.

 

3.     Demons

This track was magical for two reasons – what the song stood for and how the crowd lit up the entire arena. In light of recent tragic incidents, raising awareness about depression has become a hot topic. Demons does exactly that, it empowered everyone to not be afraid of judgement and to always speak out. Amidst the performance, the sold-out strong crowd lit up the entire arena with their phones. That was a sight to remember!

 

 

4.     The acoustic set at Stage B

A little bit of a shift from lasers and thumping tunes, the Las Vegas rock band toned things down for a couple of acoustic songs. First of all, they set everyone’s heart racing when they went through the standing pen to get to and fro Stage B. This gave concertgoers at the back a good glimpse of the band as they belted out tunes like Bleeding Out and Amsterdam.

 

5.     Radioactive

Close to eight minutes of a percussion masterpiece. The track begins with the band along with Reynolds playing on various percussion instruments, before the vocals actually start. Of course, the classic deep breath after “breathing in the chemicals” happens and the crowd erupts. Towards the end of the track, the band goes in for another percussion interlude and that marked the end of their third show in Singapore.

 

 

Picture Credits: Live Nation SG, Yasminedennis on Instagram and Ashok Kumar.

It’s not everyday that you get to experience flashbacks of your childhood together with 20,000 people in a stadium, all screaming in unison for the best-selling boy band in history.

But the 21st of October proved to be an evening filled with nostalgia as the Backstreet Boys (BSB) played a one-night show in Singapore.

Camouflaging amongst a crowd of fangirls in their 30s and 40s, I found myself unconsciously joining their piercing squeals as AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell opened with the banging hit, Larger Than Life.

“Somebody should’ve warned the Backstreet Boys that it was this hot here in Singapore. We are sweating up here!” Carter exclaimed succeeding the first few numbers, which were already filled with their much-anticipated synchronized dance choreography that boy bands nowadays are devoid of.

The youngest member of the band then showed his expertise in triggering immediate screams from the audience, “But you guys like to see the Backstreet Boys sweat, don’t you?”

It was an evening not deprived of audience interaction, but also pseudo-karaoke sessions with performances of songs like Drowning, Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), and As Long As You Love Me – all reminiscent of everyone’s innocent days.

Jam-packed with astounding visuals comprising of blinding laser lights and pyrotechnics, BSB delighted us with their flawless harmonies accompanied by matching sequined suits that undoubtedly made every performance more “swoon-worthy.” These are all in addition to their signature boy band pose that concluded every song.

Being the only stop in Asia, you would expect the rest of the Singapore crowd to at least reverberate the same energy as fans in the floor section. But to my disappointment, it seemed like the band’s energy only reached the first half of the stadium, leaving barely a handful of people on their feet at the grandstand.

Perhaps it was the distance from the stage that explains the lack of enthusiasm or the tiny screens that the rest of us were left with. But the sight of a minuscule Kevin Richardson aggressively headbanging during Get Down was enough for me.

Finally unable to contain themselves, the rest of the crowd got up for the fan-favorite I Want It That Way and the encore Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) that manifested the band’s undying fervor.

Swooning over cheesy love songs was cathartic in itself, but being serenaded by one of the world’s most popular boy bands made the moment even more special.

It might have been almost 25 years since BSB formed, but the quintet’s nostalgic hits are definitely going to be repeatedly played by generations of fangirls for a long time.

 

Setlist

Larger Than Life
The One
Get Down (You’re The One For Me)
Drowning
Incomplete
Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely
I’ll Never Break Your Heart
Anywhere For You + Darlin + Undone
As Long As You Love Me
The Call
We’ve Got It Goin On
Get Another Boyfriend
More Than That
Shape Of My Heart
I Want It That Way
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

 

Photo Credit: Unusual Entertainment