It’s time to break out those wellies and picnic mats. Widely touted as Singapore’s very own version of Coachella, SINGfest 2010 returns to Fort Canning Park for the third time with a whole slew of music bigwigs in tow. Come August 3- 5, music junkies will be blown away by headliners like America’s pop darling Katy Perry (whom we hope will appear with her famed whipped-cream bra) , rapper Kanye West, alternative rock gods Smashing Pumpkins, indie cult band Tokio Hotel, the Jared Leto-led Thirty Seconds to Mars and more.
Well, if you’re still not jumping up and down on your couch, you may also want to know that 70s legends Kool & The Gang will be entertaining the crowd with their unique blend of soul, funk and jazz while guitar rock-gods The Vines will also be on hand to put on an exhilarating showcase with their signature compositions. K-pop fans can also throw their hands in the air with the addition of the girl-band, The Wonder Girls, who have taken the world by storm with their catchy tune, Nobody.
And for those feeling footloose and want a little something more, check out the Silent Disco corner, the latest craze from Europe. The quirky trend is the brainchild of two Dutch DJs who will see merrymakers party in an eclectic soundless party. Music will be delivered via wireless headphones where partygoers will be blasted with tunes to boogie with. The headphones, equipped with bass and treble controls will be handed out where the crowd can individually decide their preferred volume intensity. Dance your night away in a premier-night entertainment setting with the standard club elements; complete with hypnotic light displays, laser and fog machine to set the vibe.
With such an impressive list, it’s no wonder that this year’s festival has been extended to three nights instead of the usual two. Ready to party yet? We break down the acts coming your way at SINGFest 2010!
Tuesday, August 3
Katy Perry, Tokio Hotel, Orianthi, Wonder Girls, The Like
Must-watch: Katy Perry
Probably the most-anticipated act of the festival, Russell Brand’s fiancée is all ready to set our shores ablaze with her OTT costume changes and catchy tunes (Madonna once told Ryan Seacrest that Ur So Gay was her favourite song). Her radio-friendly songs are a sure bet to get the crowd going.
Look out for: Orianthi
This 24-year old guitar prodigy has not only performed with the King of Pop Michael Jackson, she has also rocked the stage at the Grammys with Carrie Underwood and traded solos with legend Carlos Santana. Her tunes pack modern-girl power with killer guitar solos that will leave you in awe.
Wednesday, August 4
Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Kool & The Gang, Diane Birch, Jully Black
Must-watch: Kanye West
Known for his motor-mouth (and sometimes, unwanted interruptions at award ceremonies), all eyes will be on this talented rap superstar to see if he pulls out all the stops to wow us with his music.
Lookout for: Lupe Fiasco
Having sung and produced for his punk band Japanese Cartoon, cult favourite Lupe Fiasco was also a three-time Grammy Award nominee including Best Rap Album for Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor. Plus, his album is produced by none other than the hottest name in the business, Jay-Z.
Thursday, August 5
Smashing Pumpkins, Thirty Seconds To Mars, The Vines, Ian Brown, Hail The Villain
Must-watch: Smashing Pumpkins
With one of the most acclaimed bodies of work, and having sold over 30 million albums, the Pumpkins has not only defined the alternative music era, they have continued to resonate on modern rock radio. ‘Nuff said.
Lookout for: Thirty Seconds To Mars
Hollywood heartthrob Jared Leto aside, the band has been described as a “world-class arena-crushing rock band. “ With their new album in tow and a cult following, they are definitely a set away from blowing our minds.
SINGfestwill be held at Fort Canning Park from August 3-5. Doors open at 5 pm with the first act starting at 6 pm each day. Tickets are priced at S$175 per day and can be bought via SISTIC.