Every March I spend a small fortune on gigs thanks to the outstanding programming by the Esplanade team for the annual Mosaic Music Festival. This year is no different, even if it meant joining the kiasu hordes waking up early to book at 9am sharp on ticket release day.
On Thursday 18th March, I am thrilled to be catching two acts who are polar opposites on the tempo spectrum: the gossamer harmonies by the kings of downtempo- The Kings of Convenience (sold out, I’m afraid), followed by the youthfully exuberant 6 piece from Brighton, UK – the Go! Team at 10pm (limited tickets available, buy now!). It will mean missing Placebo playing at Fort Canning on the same night though so follow your ears and heart.
On Friday, another live performance worth catching is Zee Avi, the talented singer-songwriter whose self-titled debut was jointly released on Ian Montone's Monotone Label and Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records. Dreamy and honest, I’ve heard her single ‘Bitter Heart’ for weeks on the radio with no idea she heralded from so close, Malaysia to be exact, so international is her sound.
Following her performance, I’ll be getting into serious party mode at Stereolab with Mikael Nordgren aka Tiger Stripes who under his various aliases including D´Malicious and 12th Floor, releases tracks ranging from heavy tech house sounds to percussive afro house.
Also on Friday night, Zirca has a double event billing of their own- Cleo’s 50 Most Eligible Bachelors 2010 Finals Party (attended by at least 50 screaming ladies, one to each bachelor if past years are anything to go by) and long-running bass-fueled London club night, ‘Chew the Fat’ with DJ Lee Mortimer, touted by many as an act to watch.
Marketed as the most innovative party in town, head to the Singapore Art Museum on Saturday for the ‘Inside Out’ event. Hosted by Sweettalker Vijay, some of the highlights include Cosa Nostra’s take on contemporary funk, Singapore’s first 8-Bit music battle, digital interactive works with emerging artists Dawn Ng and Antz and late night Bazaar shopping. There’s loads more on, plus it’s free admission to the galleries on the night so take the opportunity.
Over at Home Club, Italian born, UK based DJ Solo performs. Hailed 'the next big DJ' by Diplo, his diverse influences result in tracks that combine tribal drums, ethnic samples and party basslines into a unique sound that is all him.
And if that doesn’t convince you maybe the free flow of beer and vodka between 11pm to 12am will.
Sunday is the last day to catch the ‘Wonder Women’ exhibition at The Post Museum in Rowell Road. In celebration of International Women’s Day, 10 female artists have produced art relating to the idea of role models. Curated by Jennifer Teo, the exhibition is free and all works are for sale, opening hours are 1pm-10pm (Sat+Sun).
With at least 4 new bars and clubs opening in the next few months alone, Singapore’s nightlife is set to get even more action-packed. Will keep you posted here on the new establishments worth checking out. Have a great weekend everyone.
About Tracy Phillips
An accomplished marketeer and trendspotter, Tracy Phillips has helped shape Singapore's nightlife, music and popular culture landscape for over a decade.
Instrumental in developing the local nightlife scene, she maintains a passionate soft spot for promoting artistic expression and channels this into new creative projects for institutions, brands and artists. Her interests span fashion, art, sociology, design, quantum physics and all good music.