If the first quarter of gigs, concerts and festivals in 2014 is anything to go by, we’re spoilt for choice, and/or will be very broke by the end of the year.
2013 was a knockout year for concerts in Singapore. With the likes of legends (oh hello Nile Rodgers!) descending upon our shores after 20 years (Metallica, anyone?) to cutting edge acts who combine performance art with music (Mykki Blanco), Singapore hosted everyone from Rihanna, Justin Bieber and The Killers, to Hardwell, The XX and Tame Impala.
2014 is going to be even bigger, with more acts heading our way that you can tick off your ‘To see live in concert’ bucket list.
These are a diverse bunch, with something for every music fan. Each genre is represented by a fine stable of acts. Indie music in particular is getting some major representation.
Read on for a round-up of who’s heading our way this year.
15 January: Phoenix
It will be ‘Lisztomania’ when these synth-pop /new-wave revivalists from France hit the Star Vista. While they’ve been racking up festival appearances (Coachella, Austin City Limits), their Singapore gig seems to be more of an intimate set-up. The quartet released their fifth album ‘Bankrupt!’ in 2013, so expect plenty of new material in the set.
24 January: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
If you loved ‘Jersey Boys’ and all the songs during it’s run in Singapore, hear the originals live, complete with the distinct falsetto of the legendary Frankie Valli. ‘Oh what a night’ it will be!
25 January: St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (featuring CHVRCHES, Haim, The Jezabels, Savages, James Blake, Daughter, Jagwar Ma, Youth Lagoon, Vandetta, among others)
Back for it’s fourth year, the juggernaut festival returns with an even bigger line-up featuring indie music stalwarts and fresh faces. Along with the 15 international acts, the first-time addition of three Singapore acts (Vandetta, GEMA and The Observatory) makes it a landmark Laneway. This one’s a must-go
Read also: 3 Singapore acts for Laneway Festival 2014
15 February: Avril Lavigne
The punk-pop Canadian returns to Singapore, armed with new material off her eponymous fifth album. But with her older tunes, it will surely be like secondary school all over again. As the song goes, “here’s to to never growing up!”
Avril Lavigne On Tour - Live in Singapore | Time: 8pm| Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium| Tickets: $189, $159, $139, $99 via www.sistic.com.sg
21 February: Empire of the Sun
The Aussie electronic duo play their first headline concert in Singapore. If their large-scale production music videos and elaborate costumes are anything to go by, the show will be a strobe light-filled rave.
Empire of the Sun | Time: 7pm| Venue: Fort Canning Green | Tickets: $85 (earlybird), $98 (standard), $120 (at the door) via Eventclique
22 February: The Hostess Club Weekender (featuring The National, Mogwai, King Krule, Asgeir and Buke & Gase)
While the ‘Hostess’ series is already a mainstay of the Japanese concert calendar, the festival makes its inaugural debut here. Indie darlings The National, post-rockers Mogwai and fresh faces in the form of King Krule, Asgeir and Buke & Gase feature in the Singapore edition.
Hostess Club Weekender | Venue: Fort Canning Park | Time: 3pm onwards | $118 for advance tickets, $150 at the door. Available at EventClique.com
22 February: Michael Learns to Rock
The Danish trio has been in the business for more than 25 years now. While their songs have become karaoke staples, they're still touring the world with hits like 'Take Me To Your Heart' and 'Sleepling Child'. You won't be able to stop yourself from singing along.
Michael Learns To Rock Live in Singapore 2014| Time: 7.30pm| Venue: The Max Pavillion @ Singapore Expo, Hall 10| Tickets at $158, $128, $108, $78 via www.sistic.com.sg
24 February: Yuna
The dreamy Malaysian has been making waves in the music world, conquering the elusive American market bit by bit. Her album ‘Nocturnal’, which she is currently touring on, features a who’s who list of producers, including Chad Hugo of the Neptunes and Michael Einziger from Incubus. Let her cast her spell on you.
Yuna NOCTURNAL Live In Singapore | Time: 7.30pm| Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall| Tickets: $68, $88, $118 via www.sistic.com.sg
27 February - March 2: Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014 (featuring Natalie Cole, Jamie Cullum, James Taylor, Jeremy Monteiro among others)
This is one festival we’re hoping becomes a permanent fixture in the Singapore concert calendar. The inaugural ‘Sing Jazz’ festival, as it’s become affectionately known, promises to showcases the best of international jazz music, alongside regional and local talent. The three-day event is pulling all the stops, featuring luminaries such as Natalie Cole, Gregory Porter and James Taylor, alongside the piano-pounding entertainer Jamie Cullum and crooner India Arie.
Singapore International Jazz Festival | Time: From 6.30pm | Venue: Various venues at Marina Bay Sands | Address: 1 Bayfront Ave. | Tickets: $88-280 (advanced, 2 Jan-27 Feb); $106-280 (gate sales)
1 March: Foals
After their remarkable show at the Laneway Festival in 2011, the Oxford quintet return with their luscious indie sound. The band have gone from Mercury Prize nominations to playing at Glastonbury. Other than the chance to hear 'Spanish Sahara' and 'Inhaler' live, lead singer Yannis Philippakis is known for his stage dives and crowdsurfing antics. Expect a hell of a show.
Foals | Time: 8pm | Venue: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore| Tickets: $88 (earlybird), $98 (standard), $110 (at the door), VIP ($260) via https://tickets.eventclique.com
2 March: Taking Back Sunday
Back to their original lineup, New York post-hardcore band Taking Back Sunday are coming to Singapore for the first time. While their album ‘Tell All Your Friends’ defined a generation for angsty teenagers all over the world, they’ll hopefully play new material off their new album due out in April 2014.
Taking Back Sunday | Time: To be announced | Venue: SCAPE -The Ground Theatre | Tickets: $58 (early bird), $68 (standard) go on sale on 15 January
4 March: Eric Clapton
‘Slow hand’ returns to Singapore for one night only. While a decorated artiste, he’s still touring the world. His latest studio album (his 20th) features collaborations with Paul McCartney and Aretha Franklin, but expect to hear the classics on the night.
Eric Clapton | Time: 8pm | Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium | Tickets: $108, $188, $228, $248, $298 from www.sportshubtix.sg
5 & 6 March: Singapore Rock Festival (Rob Zombie, Alice in Chains, Korn, Alterbridge, Five Finger Death Punch, among others)
Get ready for some hard and heavy rock. Billed as “Southeast Asia’s rock event of the year”, the concert initially started off as a triple-bill with horror legend Rob Zombie headlining. Then nu-metal band Korn was added to the lineup. It has since evolved into a two-day festival with grunge goliaths, Alice in Chains headling on day 2, alongside hard rockers Alterbridge. Also present will be newly-formed Newsted, fronted by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted at the helm. It's going to be rock'n'roll mayhem.
Singapore Rock Festival | Time: To be announced | Venue: Fort Canning Park| Tickets: $118 (early bird), $128 (standard), $148 (at the door). Get your tickets from Sistic; tickets go on sale at 9am on 25 November.
March 7 -16: Mosaic Music Festival
The 10th edition of this annual festival is going to be the last. Featuring music and bands from an eclectic mix of genres, with everything from funk to electronica, jazz and world music, the festival at the Esplanade is held over 10 days. There are plenty of options with both first-time performers and returning acts among which are British alternative rockers The Big Pink, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Aussie ska and jazz collective, The Cat Empire.
14 March: tricot
Japanese 'math rock' never looked so good. The alternative rock band from Kyoto are known for their complex chord progressions and post-rock-inspired. Just check out their stellar track, 'THE'. Other than dates in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and The Philippines, this will be their first time in Singapore.
What is Ochansensu-su? tricot Asia Tour 2014 Live In Singapore | Time: 8pm| Venue: Home Club, 20 Circular Road| Tickets: $20 at the door (includes one drink), or limited advance tickets available via smarturl.it/tricotSG
22 March: White Lies
These West Londoners ooze cool Britannia with their post-punk indie rock. They're finally giving Singapore a go with their first full-length concert here. Expect arena anthems like 'Bigger Than Us' and their massive debut single 'Death', alongside new offerings from their latest album 'To Lose My Life'.
White Lies Live in Singapore| Time: 8pm| Venue: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa| Tickets: $85 (early bird), $98 (standard) and $118 (at the door) via www.sistic.com.sg
26 March: Bruno Mars
Finally. The swoon-worthy singer is bringing his brand of catchy doo-wop, funk and R&B vibes to Singapore, complete with his backing band, ‘The Hooligans’. Get on your dancing shoes as he delivers his biggest hits.
Bruno Mars The Moonshine Jungle Tour - Live in Singapore | Time: 8pm| Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium| Tickets: Standing - $168, $188, Seated - $128, $188, $268, $328 via www.sistic.com.sg
13 June: Ellie Goulding
Pop pixie Ellie Goulding returns to Singapore after only a year. A global chart-topper with hits like 'Burn' and 'I Need Your Love', the 27-year-old Brit has been on an unstoppable climb to the heights of pop stardom. She will next be heard on the track 'Beating Heart' for the much anticpated film, 'Divergent'.
Ellie Goulding| Time: 8pm| Venue: The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green| Tickets: $68, $88, $108, $128, $148 (excluding $3 booking fee) via www.sistic.com.sg
(Update: Concert has been postponed to 28 June): 2NE1
Blackjacks, nolza! (let's play!) All eyes will be on the ladies of 2NE1 as they kick off their 'All or Nothing' world tour in Korea this March. They will also be making a stop in Singapore. The last time they were here for the 'New Evolution' tour, there was live DJing, high-octane dances and even an extra encore song. Make sure to get your tickets fast.
2NE1 All or Nothing World Tour 2014| Details TBA
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