100 Bands has gone down in Singapore's indie rock history as one of the most ambitious Singaporean music festivals in recent memory. Now, they've taken that and dialed it up to 11 with 100+50 — bringing back old favourites and inviting new up-and-comers to perform on the stage in the scenic Bedok Reservoir Park, along with a second stage belonging to the mavericks in Singapore's electronic music scene.
Spanning over three weekends, 100+50 is operating with a wide, sizeable stage — allowing back-to-back sets that run from humid afternoons to breezy nights, just a few meters shy of the vast reservoir, which has itself been the subject of many minimalist photos on Instagram #youknowwhoyouare.
We were subject to the mighty but brief reunion of The Stoned Revivals, who've been playing sporadic appearances for a while now, along with the long-running experimental rock band The Observatory, who ran strong amidst power failures and unfortunate tech problems that permeated Friday night. They were followed by The Good Life Project, who themselves have been wonderfully consistent in their live performances after a brief hiatus.
Saturday allowed the first afternoon performances for the fest, with some daytime downtempo thanks to Intriguant on the floating platform stage with Natalie Pixeldub unleashing some smooth prime cuts despite the domineering weather. Not even a girl mindlessly practicing her trumpet on the platform could subdue her set. The venerable Syndicate collective were in full force that day while Phyla Digital dominated the platform the next day.
Two Seas made the most out of their situation by inviting guest vocalists onstage after initially deciding to perform an instrumental set, featuring frontmen from ANECHOIS and For Better Endings. There was also the return of psych-rock band Spacedays, along with a strong closing batch of sets with Riot !n Magenta, TAJ and Temasek Ska Dansa. Also, can we just say how amazing it is to listen to Hanging Up the Moon in a park? We need that to happen again.
Courtesy of video production collective Fhage, you can now relive that weekend — or find out what you missed if you weren't there because, trust us, you wouldn't want to forgo the next two weekends ahead.