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Irish outfit The Script have been on Singapore soil for their sold-out concert last year.

And it looks like fans of Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power will get to experience it live again next year!

Midas Promotions has just announced that The Script will return in April next year for their Asia tour.

Famous for their hits Breakeven, Before The Worst and Hall Of Fame and their recent hit Heroes, fans will get to see the Irish rockers live in Singapore as they take over the Singapore Indoor Stadium for one night in April 2015. We are so thrilled to get another opportunity to see one of the finest bands take to the stage as they bring their tour to our sunny shores!

       Date    : April 21, 2015
       Time   : 8pm
       Venue : Singapore Indoor Stadium
       Tickets: TBA

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Photo credit: Midas Promotions

I’ll be on my suit and tie shit/ Let me show you a few things. Decked in a fine suit with a slicked back hair, look no further as the Singapore version of Justin Timberlake is making a solid mark for himself. Known as the Gareth Fernandez Band which comprises of Gareth, James, Titus, Sikai and Anson, there isn’t much room for criticism for this local band.

Possessing a formidable voice which proves a thrilling listen, the intensity of Gareth's vocals swoop in to lock on one note, only to glide gracefully to the next, resembling a feather caught in the breeze. Charming listeners with his goofy self, he has easily won a pool of fans during his gigs including Music Matters 2014. Nailing it each time he reaches the climax of a song with his well-trained falsetto, the audience gasps as he works his magic.

Gareth will be holding his EP launch on the 22nd of October 2014, from 7pm-11pm at The Barber Shop by Timbre which features a 10 piece band. Tickets are going on sale at Peatix ($30- Standard and Physical EP/ $25- Standard).  His latest EP unfolds a mid-tempo exploration of passion and heartbreak which airs his grievance in a song. His art is the nexus of nuanced interpretation, charisma and the virtuosic control which channels that emotion to breathtaking effect. 

Giving us a sneak preview of what we should anticipate at the EP Launch, Subliminal Love MV was recently launched and clinched the seventh spot on Singapore’s iTunes Chart. Evoking a jazzy feel, trumpets and guitar riffs ringing within the song accompanied with atender falsetto that sustains the muscular force even at the top of its register. To top it off, the track has been played on Power 98, Lush 99.5 (Singapore) and 88.3 Southern FM (Australia).

So without further ado let’s show our support to The Gareth Fernandez Band for their first EP Launch! 


Photo Credits: Gareth Fernandez

Having launched their third album Synapses at the Esplanade Recital Studios in August, Pleasantry is a local band which stands out from a bunch of other local bands due to their psychedelic voices. Establishing themselves since 2010, the Indie-Pop band has performed at places such as The BluJaz Café, Home Club, Artistry Café and even at annual music festival such as The Mosiac Music Festival.

Pleasantry has the abilities to yoke together the various instruments with vocals being binded by an invisible thread that evokes a form of tranquillity - leading listeners down a memory lane. Proving to be ambling and entrancing with the lush string instrumental arrangements as they bloom at the start of their tracks. Also gelling together in terms of harmonies, the enchanting works of Samantha, Isa and Haziq while Daniaal, Adel and Ahmad provides the robust instrumental support. I love the incorporation of the Ukulele and the subtle thumping beats of the Drum that backs the vocals!

My two personal favourites from Synpases will be False Realities and Channels. I love the rawness of False Realities which is not being over powered by the heavy usage of instruments, showing that simplicity is the best. Basics such as the shaker, ukulele and tambourine were all they needed to amalgam with the vocals. Exuding a mythical feel within a forest which fits in with the theme of the song: being blinded by reverie. False realities concocted by childhood fantasies/ Swallowed expectations and invented by their calculations.

Stone walls they divide the silence to forget it all again/ Who you’ve been forms a road. The delicate voice and breathy vocals resonates within one’s head and reflects the brittleness of that moment. In my opinion Channels encapsulates the different paths which we may take in life and the bulk of fear within us as we embark on this journey.

Honing the abilities to channel their thoughts about love and struggles into lyrics which are not “in your face” makes the band formidable. Well Pleasantry has certainly grown stronger as a band and I can’t wait for their next work!



Photo credit: Pleasantry

Remember the good old days when Boys Like Girls were the talk in town? College girls swooning over them for their pervasive charisma? Well JJ and The Paperplanes are taking the lead in Singapore as the next “High School” band where female fans clamor with post fan syndrome. Euphorically hypnotic is the way JJ and The Paperplanes translate their itinerant, hyperkinetic tendencies into songs.

Hemming accomplishments under their belts such as Yamaha Asian Beatband Competition 2013, Youth Jammerz Battle of the Bands 2014 and Hard Rock Rising 2014. This is the band to look out for within the local scene. To top it all, Converse Singapore is the official Sponsor for JJ and The Paperplanes.

With time to come the band desires to be a part of wider scaled events such as Music Matters and Baybeats. Putting them in the lead will be the latest single entitled A Simple Hello which will be launched on the 11 November 2014 and they will be having their launch at Hard Rock Café. The track will be on sale via platforms such as Deezer, Spotify and Artistry Café.

Garnering over 15 000 views for their cover of Catch Your Wave by The Click 5, this seals most of the doubts for the band. Being associated with Pop Punk, the band imbues a form of uniqueness through “Dub-Step”/ Bridges/ Synthesizers for lead lines.


Photo credit: JJ and The Paperplanes

Keeping Up With The Ciao Turtle

By Nikita Sep 23, 2014

Not your average type of Boy Band on the block, inspired by the 80s - Ciao Turtle has emerged and appeals to a different age group within Singapore. Dennis and Jared were formerly from the band Sennett Estate where covers were their main focus for 8 years and found that it was time to work on some original compositions. Having performed at Wala Wala, Harry’s Bar and Esplanade Waterfront, Ciao Turtle infuses a variety of genres into their performances such as Funk, Pop Rock and Acoustic Pop.

Produced by Sync Studios, When The Stars is their first single and has been supported by local radio stations such as 987 Home, Lush 99.5, Class 95 and Power 98. Purveying the concept of love behind two lovers at opposite ends of a spectrum and navigating a great emotional divide.

Aspiration For The Band:

When we started out with compositions in April 2014, never did we expect that we would be launching our first single in August 2014. So you can imagine how excited we were when we heard When The Stars being played on the radio for the first time.

Thoughts About Local Music:

A multi- genre melting pot, the local music scene is unconstrained and undefined, allowing us musicians to push the boundaries of our creative expression.

Upcoming Plans For The Band:

An EP will be launched, exploring the quality of music across disciplines such as Funk, Rock, Electronic Pop and Acoustic Pop. Through this EP, we question if being unconstrained is a dilution of identity or is an identity itself.


Photo Credit: Ciao Turtle