Weekend Guide

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (2-4 Aug)

By Kevin HoEvents - 01 August 2013 6:57 PM | Updated 10:33 AM

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (2-4 Aug)

We know you’ve been counting down to the long National Day weekend, because frankly we are too. But that hasn’t stopped us from being diligent in bringing you the best happenings in Singapore this weekend. We’ve got a handful of music shows picked out, ways to explore your inner artist, and we even give you a reason to finally get that tan you’ve been longing for.

The xx is known for their minimal textures and musical intimacy

Feel like unleashing your inner hipster? Then you certainly won’t want to missindie minimalists The xxfor their return concert in Singapore. With a return so highly anticipated, their show was sold out so quickly that an additional show had to be organized. So if you’d like any luck on grabbing a ticket you’d best scour the Internet for a seller and pray he or she is not a scalper. But if you’ve already got your seats booked, then get ready to slow groove to these downtempo geniuses.

But if you’d rather dance to a more upbeat and campy tune, then you’ll be spoilt for choice with the grand theatrics of Pet Shop Boys. Being the influential veterans that they are for the last 33 years, the electronic duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have been moving audiences with anthems like ‘West End Girls’, ‘Domino Dancing’, and ‘Go West’. And with their recently released 12th album ‘Electric’, there seems to be no stopping these synth-shimmering showmen.  You won’t be sitting still for this one.

Pet Shop Boys have been around for a very, very long time

And sticking within the theme of music, what do you get when you mix a live looper with a thrash/progressive metal band?  If you can’t quite imagine it, well neither can we. So you can certainly expect something surprising to come out of the next Tribal Gathering of Tongue Tasters featuring Randalf Arriola and Sanity Obscure. Both identities have been experimenting and collaborating with their contrasting sounds within a two week residency at The Substation, all leading up to the culmination  of their joint efforts which will be revealed this weekend.

You will have your repertoire of songs here, but at Hossan Leong’s 20th anniversary show, music is just one of the many tricks up this local comedian’s sleeve.  Besides being a TV personality, theatre actor, and radio DJ, Hossan has become a celebrated household name for us Singaporeans, even though many of his witty antics involve poking fun at the Singaporean identity itself. Inject some humour into your listless week with Hossan, and watch the brilliance of his craft honed over “20 Leong years”.

Have a laugh with Hossan Leong's mash-ups and parody songs

Now here’s one for all you animators, or anyone who loves a good ol’ Pixar film regardless of whether you can draw or not. If you’ve ever wondered what goes behind the scenes in the making of Pixar magic, here’s your opportunity to get a closer look. Attend the Pixar Artists’ Masterclass where you’ll get to learn from Pixar’s Matthew Luhn (Head of Story) and Andrew Gordon (Directing Animator) over an interactive two-day class. Who knows, you might learn a secret or two, and go on to being part of the next big Pixar feature.

The Extremely Fast Food Factory by Victoria Moey

But if your artistic knacks lie elsewhere, then get inspired at the Noise Singapore 2013 Festival Showcase, a series of events and exhibits which display the best in rising local talent today. Head down to ION Orchard for the Showcase Exhibition, which features over 200 art, design, photography, and music creations from handpicked selectees. While over at SAM at 8Q, The Apprenticeship Programme Exhibition offers a platform for the creative works of visual artists, brought under the wing of esteemed mentors made up of industry professionals. Find out more about this event here.

And finally, for those of you who just wish to turn off that brain over the weekend and have some unadulterated fun, then grab your sexiest beachwear and show it all off at the FTV Beach Party 2013. The Fashion TV festival looks to be a luxurious event where who’s who in the party industry can be found clinking glasses and exchanging numbers. But of course everyone’s welcome to join in the festivities, as long as you’ve got your tickets. Bikinis, beaches, and booze, what more could you ask for a party?

A steamy preview of what's to come at the FTV Beach Party 2013

For more ideas on more things to do this weekend, don’t forget to check out our comprehensive events calendar. Have a great weekend everyone and see you back here next week.