Even before the strains of Auld Lang Syne have faded, I am already marking down dates in my 2013 calendar. The annual music festivals, such as Laneway and Mosaic Music Festival, have always been huge draws but the confirmed line-up for the New Year is nothing short of amazing. Top of my list is Timbre Rock And Roots 2013 with, in my opinion, its best line-up yet.
Danny Loong, Chief Creative Director, Timbre Group Pte Ltd, said, “We think that 2013's line-up is the best yet for Timbre Rock and Roots, and is really a music lover's dream line-up. We have music legends like Robert Plant, Paul Simon and Jimmy Cliff, guitar virtuoso and songstress Bonnie Raitt and to cap it off, the brightest younger generation of amazing musicians-songwriters with Tedeschi Trucks Band and Rufus Wainwright. It's a truly going to be a legendary festival experience.”
Then there are gigs by Two Door Cinema Club, Ellie Goulding, Norah Jones, The Ataris, Stars, Cliff Richard, The Script and Deep Purple to name a few. I haven’t even started on the Asian acts that are coming here in the first quarter of 2013. There’s definitely something for everyone.
“I'm spoilt for choice! I will definitely go for Laneway to catch Kings of Convenience and Bats for Lashes. I've gotten tickets for Grizzly Bear and Grimes at Mosaic Festival, but still undecided on Big Night Out,” enthused regular concert-goer Wee Shu Ting.
Here’s what music fans can expect in the first quarter of 2013:
The third edition of Laneway Festival in Singapore will be held at the The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay for the first time. The line-up includes Tame Impala, Of Monsters & Men, Gotye, Kings Of Convenience, Yeasayer, Japandroids and more.
26 January 2013 | The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay | Tickets: $145-$350 from Sistic
Big Night Out returns in 2013 with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and Seattle’s Band Of Horses at Fort Canning Park.
30 January 2013 | Fort Canning Park | Tickets: $125-$140 from Sistic
When Cliff Richard first performed in Singapore in 1961 with The Shadows, he inspired a generation of Singapore rock `n’ roll bands. Sir Cliff Richard OBE is celebrating 54 years in the music business with this tour.
25 & 26 February 2013 | MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands | Tickets:
Acclaimed UK singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding will be performing in Singapore for the first time at the Esplanade Concert Hall. The Brit Award winner has performed at the White House and at Will and Kate’s wedding reception.
26 February 2013 | Esplanade Concert Hall | Tickets $68-$148 from Sistic
Norah Jones has been here a few times but it’s been quite awhile since her last visit. The nine-time Grammy winner returns to perform at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre.
27 February 2013 | The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre | Tickets: $95-$195
I caught them in Japan in 2005 and it was just intense. The mosh pit was insane! Bloc Party’s first gig in Singapore will be at Fort Gate. It’s gonna be a party.
18 March 2013 | Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park | Tickets: $115, $135 from Sistic
Since its debut in 2005, the programming for Mosaic Music Festival has always been tantalising. The 2013 edition will feature Joss Stone, Gilbert O’Sullivan, MUTEMATH, Grizzly Bear, Grimes and many more.
Also read: A Sound Education: Mosaic 2013 must-sees
8 – 17 March 2013 | Esplanade, Theatres On The Bay | Tickets: $40-$120 from Sistic
Now in its fourth year, Timbre Rock And Roots have featured legends like Buddy Guy, Bob Dylan and The Specials in the past. The upcoming Festival bill has Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame, Paul Simon, Jimmy Cliff, Bonnie Raitt, Rufus Wainwright and the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Also read: Timbre Rock & Roots 2013 headliners
21 & 22 March 2013 | Fort Canning Park | Tickets: $125-$280