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St Jerome's Laneway Festival has been a staple in Singapore since 2011. Previous years have played host to a wide array of acts, from lesser known acts like Gotye, Of Monsters and Men and Tame Impala to renowned acts like CHVRCHES and HAIM, this year has a lot to live up to.

The lineup for the coming edition certainly does not disappoint, especially if you've been keeping tabs on fresh new acts!

Yes, we know your friends have been trying to convince you to attend Laneway with them but the main problem is, you don’t know who’s who. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You might even impress them with a fact or two!

Without further ado, here are 5 acts you would certainly want to catch on January 24.

 

1) FKA Twigs

The 26-year-old experimental electronic pop singer has taken the world by storm this year with the universally acclaimed LP1, which is at #87 on Pitchfork’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade so far. From the hypnotizing Two Weeks to the viral Water Me, she is sure to garner many new fans with her debut performance in Singapore next year!

 

2) BANKS

After garnering mainstream attention when Victoria’s Secret featured Waiting Game from her debut album Goddess, BANKS has been touring all around the world. From opening for The Weeknd to playing at Coachella and Bonnaroo, it seems like she isn’t stopping anytime soon.

 

3) St. Vincent

St. Vincent has been hailed as the female Ziggy Stardust as seen from the pretty weird Digital Witness video. You’ll know what all the buzz is about when she performs at Laneway, and why she’s been specially requested by legendary rock band Nirvana to perform with them at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

4) Lykke Li

Swedish indie pop singer Lykke Li has had her song covered on Glee, played on The Vampire Diaries and even featured on a Palme d’Or winning film. Surely you have heard of her, no? Once the I Follow Rivers songstress starts singing at Laneway, you wish she’d never stop. 

 

5) Royal Blood

The still-growing gnarly hard rock band has made progress from nobodies in November 2013, to mega stars in 2014. Opening for the Arctic Monkeys? Check. Debuting on the top of the charts in the UK? Check. Royal Blood is only celebrating their anniversary this month and they’ve achieved what people have been trying to for years. Don’t you dare miss the Little Monster rock stars at Laneway.

 

Need help dressing up? Maybe you could check this out. Everything else doesn’t matter! Oh wait, always remember to have fun!

Get tickets to St Jerome's Laneway Festival Singapore 2015 here.

Photo Credit: Laneway, Amazon, Salon, Vice, Saintheron, Telegraph

Hollywood, please cast Taylor Swift as a psycho in your movies. She's nailed the looks.

If you've ever been to a Taylor Swift concert, you'd know exactly what I'm talking about. If not, fret not! I'd be happy to break it down to you why the American Music Awards should just be renamed to Taylor Swift's mini concert.

Out of all her Blank Space performances, this one takes the cake. Nevermind the gorgeous gown, but whoa, the set designers for Taylor's stage must be so proud.

It's an incarnation of her latest single's music video, only that this is waaay cooler. Why?

Suspended opening set piece, bursts of fire, a slew of back-up dancers, I could go on and on - oops, spoilers! There's no denying Taylor Swift is bigger than the next big thing.

Personally, I enjoyed the stage and choreography more than the song itself - it was really the point of her AMA performance. At some parts, she even just lets the backing track do the vocals for her.

Taylor does sound slightly out of breath (and out of tune), but she manages to keep it all together like a superstar. I mean, when you're breaking up and breaking down in front of a live audience, you're a real champ.

So wait no longer - feast your eyes on Blank Space!

 

Do you prefer this act to her music video? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Lady Gaga has teamed up with her tour promoter Live Nation and search engine Yahoo! to stream the last EVER show of artRave: The ARTPOP Ball World Tour LIVE! From the 16,000 capacity Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy in Paris, France.

Lady Gaga has brought the artRave to over 24 countries in 78 shows, and will end the 7-month tour in Paris, her shortest tour ever. Nevertheless, the tour has been witnessed by over a million fans all over the world. With the livestream, Little Monsters from all over the world who isn’t lucky enough to attend the artRave will finally witness it in its HD glory on Yahoo!

The arena has played host to Kanye West & Jay-Z in 2012, in which they performed N*ggas in Paris a record 11 times in a row to end the show. With Lady Gaga playing the very same arena, we can expect something special, different and possibly out of this world from her.

With Gaga not playing a single artRave show in Singapore this time round, this is the only chance we can witness her perform this era.

Catch the bittersweet farewell to ARTPOP on Tuesday, 25h November, 2:45am (GMT +8) here!

 

Photo Credit: GagaDaily

As two of the most talked-about bands on this year’s Warped Tour bill, a collaboration between Issues and Neck Deep is sure to turn heads. The former is on the cusp of releasing Diamond Dreams, a new acoustic EP as part of the deluxe reissue of their Billboard-charting self-titled debut record.

Roping in their Wrexham counterparts, Ben Barlow takes the place of Michael Bohn next to Tyler Carter in a reworked version of Never Lose Your Flames. ND’s Lloyd Roberts also manages to get in on the action, contributing to the track’s sanguine guitar-play.

We had a lot of fun making this record, being able to reimagine songs and show that we aren't just metalcore kids, or whatever you wanna call us. We are multitalented, and we aren't set on one taste of music; we respect and appreciate all variations. Sorry it took so long to put this out, guys!”

Upon first inspection, it’s an unorthodox, trans-genre match. Absent is DJ Scout’s now signature glittery production and synths, leaving behind nothing but Carter’s velvet tones. Barlow - a seasoned veteran when it comes to sentimental acoustic ballads - then weighs in with some Welsh grit, providing the track with emotional gravitas that mirrors its deep connection with the ex-Woe Is Me frontman.

For a band that prides itself on musical versatility, Issues definitely picked wisely for their all-acoustic effort. Listen to NLYF x Neck Deep below!

 

Photo credit: Mimi Hong

"Like the cool kids..." Oh wait. They are!

Indie pop quartet Echosmith finally got the recognition they deserved on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. What's more, the band only released their debut album Talking Dreams last year. 

And trust me, every song is as good as their last. No skips, more replays. But before I launch into their performance, here's a fun fact. 

The band is made up of four Sierota siblings. Sydney (the lead singer), Graham (drums), Noah (bass & back-up) and Jamie (guitar). It's like their parents hit the gene pool jackpot - not just one, but four musically talented children!

The oldest is Jamie - 21, and the youngest is Graham who's only 15. At such young ages, Echosmith managed to make more than a name for themselves. 

They also produced a refreshing pop album with beautiful lyrics (re: Bright) and subtle social statements (re: Cool kids). 

So I hope I've convinced you - let them blow you away with a performance of their single Cool Kids

Psst.. time for a visit to Asia, don't ya think?

 

Photo credit: Iammusicblog.com