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February gigs are taking a back seat in the month of celebration and love.

But, don’t you worry because we still have 5 great events for your concert fix. February will see a diverse mix of gigs ranging from pop, rock and even musicals.

 

Shane Filan (4 Feb)

Beautiful In White singer Shane Filan first embarked on his solo career (after Westlife) in 2013 and he hasn’t turned back. Filan will be in Singapore for a one-night exclusive showcase to promote his 2017 album Love Always. By purchasing an invitation for the showcase also gets you a chance to win a meet and greet opportunity with him. So, what are you waiting for?

More details here

 

Incubus (9 Feb)

American alternative rock group Incubus will return to Singapore with their new album 8. Rock out to both new tunes like State Of The Art and Glitterbomb as well as good ole oldies like Love Hurts and Drive. Just last week, the quintet released the video for their latest single Loneliest.

More details here

 

Glowbeat (9-11 Feb)

In collaboration with *SCAPE, Glowbeat will be held over the second weekend of February. They have got a whole range of activities ranging from carnival games, dance performances and of course live performances. Headliners of the event include popular locals acts like Jasmine Sokko, Inch Chua, M1LDL1FE and TheLionCityBoy. Time to change up your weekend plans?

More details here.

 

Evita (From 23 Feb)

With music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics from Tim Rice, Evita is an award winning musical depicting the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron. The musical features classic tracks including Don't Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, Oh What A Circus and many more. Check out the trailer here.

More details here

 

Jacky Cheung (24-26 Feb)

Singapore is definitely in for a treat this month! Deemed as one of the four heavenly kings (of Cantopop and Mandopop), Jacky Cheung will be performing over three nights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. As the name of his tour suggests, he will be bringing all things classic to his shows including his signature four-sided stage. Get ready for a spectacle!

More details here.


Picture credit: The Telegraph, Live Nation, tpimagazine, Hype Malaysia, Glowbeat Singapore on Facebook, Nookmag, Today Online & M1LDL1FE on Instagram.

Imagine a world without live music?

The past few years have seen Singapore hit some serious highs and disastrous lows in our music scene - We have had a growing number of indie artists including Mew gracing our shores and the unfortunate issues with scalpers trying to make a quick buck on popular concerts. But as much as we love live music, we still prefer some venues over others in terms of  accessibility, comfort, sound, and availability of amenities.

Here’s the top five concert venues to keep an eye (or an ear) on in 2018:

 

1. The Star Theatre

One of the best venues out there that can house bands of any genre - whether its indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club or girl group Fifth Harmony. It's conveniently located at a walking distance from Buona Vista station and on top of Star Vista, which leaves you a plethora of food options for pre or post-show treats. 

The 5,000 capacity offers great intimacy with the artiste, however the seats on the first level aren't as staggered. Shorties like us will find it a struggle to see the performance if we are at the back of the section. There are also no TV screens at the first level.  

 

2. Singapore Indoor Stadium

Accessible location, solid sound quality, while being able to host more conceptually ambitious concerts that have higher production values.

 

3. Singapore National Stadium

It goes without saying that the smaller the venue, the more memorable one’s concert experience tends to be if we are in the standing pit. Sure, we managed to catch an amazing set by the legendary Foo Fighters but the fact that we were well and truly “watching” a live performance rather than actively participating in one still annoyed us a little. The best way to enjoy a gig might just actually be the one in which you’re struggling to stand your ground while narrowly avoiding a stray stage-diver.

 

4. Suntec Convention Centre

We love air-conditioned gig venues especially when we know we are going to be in the pit or if we are queuing for hours before a show. Suntec is easily accessible and has good amenities, it remains one of our top venues despite it being a second venue of choice amongst concert promoters. Having seated tickets is also not too shabby as you get a cinematic view of both the stage and the mosh pit.   

 

5. Zepp@BIGBOX

 This new place might look dodgy from the outside, but don't be deceived as its pretty spacious compared to older venues. The sound system and lighting also went beyond our expectations. Think of Hard Rock Coliseum, but bigger and less expensive (food, transport etc).

 

P/S:.Don't get us wrong. We love outdoor concerts. We would fly to Coachella in a heart beat if we have the chance. But standing pits at outdoor concerts are just too uncomfortable especially under Singapore's sweltering heat.

Photo credits: The Straits Times, The Star Performing Arts Centre, Sports Hub, Zepp@BigBox, CEI Asia

We've been looking for a new boyband to fill the massive One Direction-shaped hole in our hearts and one of the brightest contender is definitely New Hope Club.

The British pop rock trio released their EP, Welcome to the Club, in May 2017 which showed off their knack for crafting sing-along-ready melody and richly textured guitar parts. Featuring all three members on vocals and guitar—with Reece playing bass as well—the EP builds off the bright and breezy pop of Perfume and brings in elements of electronic music and R&B. 

The boys are our latest crush and they are heading to Singapore in 2 weeks to meet fans! We can't keep them a secret any longer!

Fan Session Details:

Date               : 25 January 2018, Thursday
Venue/ Time: TBA
Ticket            : First 60 fans to upload proof of purchase of New Hope Club's EP 'Welcome To The Club' on iTunes with a valid entry. More deets here.

Keep stalking us on Twitter as we will be meeting them in person and will be sharing some behind-the-scenes!

Photo credit: Universal Music Singapore

There’s no better way than to start off 2018 with a couple of gigs.

Just before you get back to the grind of things, take the chance to step back and indulge in some live performances. January celebrates the epitome of Mandopop; arguably the most popular Japanese rock band and a ton of indie performances. Here are 15 gigs you can catch in January!

 

Kelvin Chen (Jan 6)

Chen won the first ever season of Project SuperStar back in 2005 and that catapulted him onto the Asia stage. He also got fans to put in their song dedications via his Facebook page. 

More info here

 

Jay Chou (Jan 6)

Known as the king of Mandopop, Chou will be back in Singapore for part 2 of his “The Invincible” tour. Tickets for his one-night show sold out almost instantly, that definitely speaks for itself!

More info here

 

Imagine Dragons (Jan 7)

The alternative rock quartet will be back in Singapore for their show to promote their third and latest album Evolve. They previously graced Singapore as part of the 2015 Formula 1 event, if you enjoyed that then this is for you!

More info here

 

Vienna Boys Choir (Jan 13)

The Vienna Boys Choir started singing way back in 1296, till today they are still being loved and known as one of the most beautiful and purest voices on earth. If you just want to sit back, relax and enjoy some classic music – then this is for you.

More info here

 

Fleet Foxes (Jan 14)

The indie folk quintet will make their Singapore debut this January. They are set to bring their unique blend of lush instrumentation and sweeping harmonies to our stage.

More info here

 

007 In Concert (Jan 19-20)

The name is Bond. James Bond. Directly from London, 28 world-class musicians from the United Kingdom will join Singapore’s Base Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the iconic hits from the blockbuster movie.

More info here

 

HARRY POTTER and the Chamber of Secrets in CONCERT (Jan 19-20)

The Metropolitan Festival Orchestra will be back for the second installment of the Harry Potter series! After the huge success of the first, they will take on the second installment for two nights in Singapore. If you are a potterhead, then you cannot miss this!

More info here

 

One Ok Rock (Jan 20)

The Japanese rock band have got their biggest stage (yet) in Singapore set up for them. The band previously played three times in here – at SCAPE, Hard Rock Coliseum and Fort Canning Park.

More info here

 

Wild Kard (Jan 21)

Co-ed group is one of the most popular rookie groups of 2017 to have come out of KPOP. The quartet made their debut in July this year and quickly gained the affection of many around the world.

More info here

 

Clean Bandit (Jan 22)

Did you know that the band was formed at Cambridge University back in 2008? The quartet will make their return to Singapore this January and perform hit songs like Rather Be, Rockabye, Symphony and I Miss You

More info here

 

Akim & The Majistret (Jan 26)

Our friends from across the pond will be in Singapore for one night only! They are a pop rock band that rose to fame after the release of  'Mewangi' in 2014. Take a sneak peek to their music here

More info here.

 

A-Lin (Jan 27)

January is truly the month of Mandopop! Taiwanese popstar A-Lin will make her first stop of the world tour on sunny Singapore.

More info here

 

Laneway Festival (Jan 27)

The most anticipated festival of the year. Get ready to feast your eyes (and ears) on the best indie acts from all over the world, including our local favorites Tim De Cotta, TheLionCityBoy and many more.

More info here

 

Super Junior (Jan 27)

The KPOP supergroup recently made their long-awaited comeback by releasing their eighth album Play. With that, they are ready to take on the world with their seventh world tour "SUPER SHOW 7".  Be prepared to scream your hearts out!

More info here

 

Foster The People (Jan 30)

No one can deny that Pumped Up Kicks is immensely catchy and infectious! The guys behind that song will return to Singapore for their second show, almost 6 years after their first (in 2012 at Fort Canning Park).

More info here


Picture Credits: Starline for Freepik, Esplande, SportsHubTix, beyondthestagemagazine, Sistic, Teenage, (x)clusive & Laneway Festival

Organised by a group of local SHINee fans (better known as Shawols) led by @majidarou on Twitter, the memorial service at Hong Lim Park saw thousands of Shawols coming together to mourn the death of their beloved idol Jonghyun.

Jonghyun was most popularly known as a vocalist of K-pop boy group SHINee. The group made their debut in 2008 and quickly gained the affection of fans from all over the world. In 2015, Jonghyun made his solo debut with an EP titled Base that also saw great success.

On Monday, fans all over the world went into distraught after news broke that Jonghyun had committed suicide and later pronounced dead in the hospital. According to a note the singer left behind, he had been overwhelmed by depression.

Fans of both SHINee and K-pop in general had the chance to leave heartfelt farewell messages and flowers at a shrine that was set up by the organising team.

During the memorial service, fans observed a minute of silence and also paid tribute to the singer by singing Replay.

A “candlelight” vigil was held with the group’s iconic pearl aqua light sticks.

The memorial service was intended to bring local Shawols together to pay respects to the beloved idol, pay tribute to what a great influence he had been on them and also for them to lean onto each other during this grieving time. The passing of Jonghyun has also sparked greater conversation about mental wellness and the immense pressure put on K-pop stars.


Picture credits: @Shinee, @forjongin94,@sooniesmiles, @daegubears, @pearline94 & @majidarou on Twitter, @xblhz & @ladyaeria on Instagram