If you are still reveling from your Halloween hangover, then it's time to snap out of it!
November is shaping out to be a month that is jam packed with gigs that scream for your attention. Even after picking the crème de la crème, we are still left with 18 gigs on our plate.
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Some notably gigs that you cannot miss includes the inaugural arts and music festival, Neon Lights, everybody's favourite female pop superstar Taylor Swift and the new EP launch by local songstress iNCH.
London indie-rock outfit are certainly no strangers to Singapore, but their 2015 show marks their first headlining stint here, and it's about time. Early on in their careers, the band had to ask What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? These days though, they know expectations are always high, and the boys have once again delivered with a terrific third album entitled English Graffiti, released just a couple months back. Expect some raucous rock ‘n’ roll from this one.
For Fans Of (FFO): Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, The Libertines
Other Sounds continues their winning streak of acclaimed alternative acts, repackaging their forward-thinking ethos into a new series called Sleepwalker. This November, they present a surreal and hypnagogic brand psychedelic rock all the way from Greece, with Acid Baby Jesus. Support comes from Middle Eastern garage rock band The Shabbab, an Australian-based band that also comprises of members from Israel and Lebanon.
FFO: Tame Impala (early), The Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees
The Powder Room are once again teaming up with No Party Here to heat up their swanky dancefloors! This time, they’re bringing in French house music connoisseur Darius to provide the tunes. The Roche Musique standout has recently been making waves with his remixes for the likes Bondax, The Magician, MØ and Jessie Ware (amongst others), and we’ll finally get a chance to experience infectious touch in-person. Be sure to come early to catch Tyler Made strut his disco-funk stuff as well.
FFO: Zimmer, FKJ, Cherokee
Presented in conjunction with this year’s Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), Dimensions & Demons seeks to create a dream world of words and music through three collaborations between local writers and musicians. In Rain City, Ferry aka Giants Must fall guitarist/vocalist Jean Low and The Billion Shop author Stephanie Ye reflects on parallel existences. While Heartland writer Daren Shiau and indie band Riot !n Magenta presents Lucid Dreams, a surreal terrain of beats and words. Finally, A Carnival of Confessions sees prolific writer Dave Chua team up with .gif’s weish to explore the link between guilt and imagination. For more SWF info, click here.
FFO: Björk, Patti Smith and Iggy Pop
With an exhaustive line-up of the best newer Singaporean acts in the underground, along with some choice overseas picks, Then & Now Fest promises nothing more than good communal vibes and great alternative music. The line-up ranges from hardcore punk to doom metal, hip-hop, psych rock, crustcore, and more. For only $40 for a weekend pass, with close to 40 acts, we don’t think you should miss this out.
FFO: punk rock and sweaty moshpits
We had the chance to catch Filipino indie rock sensation Up Dharma Down a few months back, and now they’ve returned as headliners for Sundown Beats. Taking place at Wave House Sentosa, it’s a celebration of the Philippines’ hottest pop acts, with appearances by personalities Glaiza de Castro and Rhian Ramos, along with DJs Patty Tiu (of Deuce Manila fame) and Joyce Pring. Top it all off with beer pong, delicious food and more, it’s one beach party that’s sure to liven up any dull weekend.
FFO: Urbandub, Eraserheads and Sugarfree
The reigning queen of pop music returns to Singapore with her all-conquering 1989 World Tour, and judging by how quickly tickets for both her Singapore Indoor Stadium shows got snapped up, you Swifties are just as excited as we are! Her new live concert experience looks to be even more impressive than her Red Tour set-up, so we full expect you guys to get our money’s worth. More importantly, we’re also wondering if Tay-Tay will be inviting local musicians into her travelling #Squad! If she does, we have our hopes pinned on a Charlie Lim duet.
FFO: Ellie Goulding, Carly Rae Jepsen and Katy Perry
Darker Than Wax have unearthed an amazing 21 year-old beatsmith out of Drachten, The Netherlands called Jaël and they’re eager to showcase his talent to the local masses during their upcoming label night at kyō. Expect lots of house, disco and boogie vibes from the Dutch wunderkind alongside sets from DTW stalwarts like Kaye, Funk B*stard and a special back-to-back set by vanilla-chocolate duo William J and RAH.
FFO: Mr. Carmack, Go Yama and Starro
A no-brainer for EDM fans, Showtek blesses the Zouk dancefloor once again with their euphoric and energetic brand of dance music. Doesn’t take much convincing to go if you’ve been an EDM faithful all this while, but we think their new single ‘Sun Goes Down’ should be able to rile up even the most casual radio pop fan.
FFO: David Guetta, Headhunterz and Avicii
Taking place at Velvet Underground, Dance and Moonbeats Asia is proud to welcome techno DJ Apparat for their fifth edition. As part of the monthly Deep End series, don't miss the chance to hear his defining track 'Goodbye' - which has been featured in trailers for movies such as Rust and Bone and Prisoners as well as the groundbreaking tv series Breaking Bad.
FFO: Moderat, Modeselektor and Four Tet
The closest thing to a local music supergroup à la The Dead Weather and Them Crooked Vultures; the Dru Chen Trio will be making their debut at swanky ‘20s themed cocktail bar, The Powder Room. Led by pop, funk and soul singer-songwriter Dru Chen, the trio is rounded off by local musician Charlie Lim and The Mothership’s Euntaek Kim. The “free-form, intimate show” promises to be a mixture funky originals and select ‘90s tunes such as Jeff Buckley, D’Angelo and Maxwell.
FFO: Dru Chen, Charlie Lim and The Mothership
After a successful debut last year, Asia’s largest international (EDM) music festival at sea is back! This year, the four days, three nights event will feature renowned international headliners such as Kaskade, Ferry Corsten, Showtek and etc on board the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship. Don’t miss your chance to rub shoulders with your favourite DJs through the numerous periphery activities. Check out our top five acts to catch here.
FFO: Alesso, Tiesto and Swedish House Mafia
Singaporean bands take centre stage at this year’s Skechers Sundown Festival with eminent post-hardcore band Caracal, indie rock band Cashew Chemists, pop-rock outfit Farrago and singer-songwriter Cheryl Loon. Rounding off the line up are, Japan’s INKT, Thailand’s Potato and Indonesia’s J-Rocks to give the festival that distinctly Asian flavour which they so desire.
FFO: The Great Spy Experiment, A Vacant Affair and The Pinholes
Having sold than 100 million records worldwide, legendary English band Def Leppard will be in Singapore for one night. The five-piece outfit, previously here in 1996, has been a mainstay in the hard rock circuit since the ‘80s. Expect old favourites such as ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ and ‘Love Bites’! For more details, click here.
FFO: Poison, Whitesnake and Journey
Quickly garnering themselves as one of indie pop’s quirkier acts in recent times, Clean Bandit make no apologies with their love of classical music, finding a room for it in their pop-centric songwriting that also takes cues from dance music. Their single ‘Rather Be’ featuring singer Jess Glynne has been their real winner so far, but by the looks of it, the band is aiming high. Their upcoming live debut in Singapore will likely show audiences a glimpse into a possible future where Clean Bandit could reign as electro-pop masters.
FFO: Years & Years, AlunaGeorge and Disclosure
Birthed out of a four-month residency in Pulau Ubin, Singaporean singer-songwriter iNCH Chua conceived Letters to Ubin with the help of producer Evan Low. The EP finds her reflecting on the juxtaposition between city life and the countryside, deflecting back and forth between the mechanical and analog worlds. A unique concept driven by Inch’s vision, we’re expecting a great show later this month.
FFO: Priscilla Ahn, Rachael Yamagata and Esther Lowless
Neon Lights may have come out of nowhere, but the festival has certainly become the talk of the town ever since they announced their epic two-day lineup. The festival’s impressively eclectic programming as something for everybody, headlined by CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers, Damien Rice, Ride, Kiasmos, Ratatat, Kid Koala and lots more! And even if you aren’t into music, Neon Lights has also prepared a wonderful lineup of comedy, performances, workshops and visual artists on several side stages. Read our comprehensive guide to Neon Lights here.
FFO: Music, Art, Comedy
Packing out the Zouk mainroom is a mean feat for any band. But to do it twice in a row is incredible! That’s exactly what happened with Japanese math-rock legends toe when promoters Symmetry Entertainment had to add a second show into the mix due to overwhelming demand. And in a deft piece of programming, both shows will also be supported by very apt, very talented Singaporean bands in the form of ANECHOIS and Sphaeras.
FFO: LITE, mouse on the keys and Pele