The week is winding down and you’ve stepped out of a revolving door of work so quickly, you’re too dizzy to figure out what to do next. Luckily, we’re already steps ahead of you as we round up the best of this week’s parties, gigs, and gatherings to give your short break some sparkle.
Swing down the trusty road of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, folk and funk as Timbre Rock and Roots returns this year with another two nights worth of award-winning music veterans. Led Zeppelin fans will be holding their breath for Robert Plant, lead singer of the mighty rock band, who will be squeezing in a few classic hits along with newer material written with his roots-influenced band The Sensational Space Shifters. Other notable acts include Grammy-winning folk rock singer Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel), legendary Jamaican reggae guitarist Jimmy Cliff, tender American folk singer Rufus Wainwright (Read his interview with us here), and 11-piece American blues ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band.
After you’ve reacquainted yourself with the classics of contemporary music, keep in touch with some fresh dance sounds at Zouk. Rising American DJ Kid Vicious, who’s building a steady ladder to fame by remixing the likes of Sean Paul and Kelly Rowland, will be in town to give punters a taste of his euphoric, vocal-led electrohouse melodies.
Who wouldn’t be stoked about a free party – especially if it’s at Ku De Ta? The folks behind garage and dub night Good Times, which is usually held at BluJaz, will be bringing their best game to their Sky High party rooftop bar. Expect an eclectic mix of tunes, from drum ‘n’ bass to old school hip hop, with DJs Syafi G, Yadin and Kenneth Francis.
Go sleuthing around Tanjong Pagar in And Then There Was One, artist spell#7’s audio trail of mystery created for NUS Arts Festival. Based on a real incident, the crime of who shot Baba Tan will unfold through your earphones (you’re encouraged to bring your own) as you walk around NUS Baba House and the surrounding area of Neil Road to gather clues and zero in on the culprit. As you’ll be following the trail for an hour or so, remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
Explore the work of moviemakers from the region at the South East Asian Film Festival which starts this weekend. Scheduled screenings include ‘Hanyut’, a Malaysian film that examines change, the Malay identity and what happened when two cultures collide; ‘The Great North Korean Picture Show’, a documentary about the nation’s film industry and how it’s used as propaganda; and ‘What Isn’t There (Ang Nawawala)’, a love story set against the Phillippine’s local music scene. The directors of a few of the films will be in the house to answer questions and discuss their work.
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.