Don’t like crowded malls, bad caroling, and the same old seasonal playlist played in departmental stores this time of the year? Yeah, neither do we. That's why we've put together a guide to a few choice gigs that we hope will bring back some festive cheer in a non-wintery Singapore. Whether you want a traditional good 'ole Christmas or one with a lot of dancing, there's something for everyone here!
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THE PIGEONHOLE BENEFIT GIG
Friday, Dec 21, 7.30pm
Tis' the season to give, give, give. And may we direct you to a worthy place – The Pigeonhole. Putting the 'fun' back in fundraiser, do your bit to keep this place around. Some notable acts: ANECHOIS, Pleasantry, MUON, These Brittle Bones, Jonathan Meur and more! Best thing, you can also jump in and perform your own thing.
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS ON ORCHARD
Dec 17 - Dec 23
Besides the Christmas lights, the streets of Orchard turn into an arena of song and Christmas festivities during the holidays. You just simply take a stroll down the sidewalk for some exciting and traditional communal cheer!
Saturday, Dec 22, 8pm
The lady and her glorious piano, this one is not to be missed. It sure ain't going to be a silent night with Regina Spektor. And because it is near Christmas, the folks at Greenhorn Productions have some tickets to give away! Head on HERE to find out how to get passes.
T'ANG QUARTET'S UPSIZED CHRISTMAS
Saturday, Dec 22, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
Christmas won't be Christmas without the classics. 'Let It Snow', a sort-of Christmas pantomime, some eggnog - you'll get it all here with the T'ang Quartet as they bring you an Upsized Christmas of yuletide favourites and merriment. I was kidding about the eggnog though (but you can BYO).
OCCUPATION (A CHRISTMAS EVE SPECIAL)
Monday, Dec 24, 8pm
An all night long Christmas party at Home Club with the likes of local music pioneers, I Am David Sparkle, Plain Sunset, Tiramisu and so much more. So on Christmas Eve, go get yourself occupied with some good music and company. Be prepared to have a very late night!
Dec 8 - Dec 25
Catch local artists perform original music and timeless Christmas tunes at *SCAPE! The likes of Nick Chim, Rachael Teo, Natalie Hiong, Maricelle Wong and Brave Paper will be performing on different dates.
WHITE NOISE LIVE ALBUM LAUNCH
Friday & Saturday, Dec 14 & 15, 7.30pm
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Singer-songwriter Juliet Pang teams up with her jazz quarter White Noise in this self-titled debut album. The launch will showcase original music compositions that have been selected to celebrate the festive cheer. Join them for two nights of music under the stars!
Saturday, Dec 15, 10pm
The Butter Factory
Don't like tradition, just want to dance? All you want for Christmas is some real hip-hop? Here's something for you - Uptown Originals at Butter Factory promises all of that and probably, a very late night.
CHRISTMAS IN SINGAPORE WITH ANOTHER SUNDAY AFTERNOON & SHELVES
Thursday, Dec 20, 7.30pm
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Enjoy two great bands on the same night, at the same scenic venue; it's Another Sunday Afternoon and Shelves live at The Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. They'll be performing a special show to promote the latest 'Christmas In Singapore' CD compilation, so you know you'll be in for some yuletide tunes with an indie rock twist.