After weeks of nail-biting competition and musical battles, one lucky Singaporean band has been given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open for American hitmakers The Fray at their 2013 Guinness Arthur’s Day Singapore concert on Friday 27 September.
Young psychedelic rockers Ellipsis has been personally handpicked by the Arthur’s Day headliners, besting 40 other bands in the ‘Play on the Day’ contest.
The news of the contest winners were announced by The Fray themselves
The news was announced on 26 September at a press conference, where the secret location of the concert was revealed.
It will be held at the Marina Promontory near the Marina Bay Financial Centre, with the band projected to be playing to close to 1,800 people.
Tickets to the event were not for sale and could be won by posting pictures on the Guinness Singapore Facebook page or taking part in three 'Acts of Boldness'.
Ellipsis is Soh Zhengping, Jowell Tan, Japheth Ng, and Teng Yen Hui, their female drummer who caught the attention of The Fray.
Besides this display of girl power, The Fray was also impressed with the uniqueness of the budding band’s sound, something frontman Zhengping calls “a psychedelic post-rock dreamscape”.
Ellipsis with their psychedelic first single 'Padawan', and yes, they are fans of the 'Star Wars' franchise
The Singapore band remained awe-struck and humbled by the good news. “We really didn’t expect to win,” bassist Ng said, “All the other bands were really great, so we thought we had no chance at all.”
Ellipsis has not only won the chance to do a 30-minute opening set for The Fray, they also get cash prize of $3,000, an incentive that will help them offset substantial costs for recording and publicity purposes.
Drummer Teng couldn’t contain her excitement: “This is pretty incredible and surreal, and The Fray picking us personally just makes it even more shiok (of a kick).”
Guinness Arthur’s Day Singapore 2013 | Date: 27 September 2013 | Venue: Marina Promontory | Log on to the Guinness Singapore FaceBook page for details