At last, the complete line-up (well, at least so far) for Baybeats 2016 is here, and they've packed in quite an eclectic bunch.
Among the most surprising selections for this year's variety of acts include Yllis, the mind-bending electronic music project of Monster Cat's Wang aka Hentai Cat (who has, so far, rarely performed live), Australia's The Dirt Radicals — whose future was up in the air after their last show here in November — veteran Malaysian punk rock band A.C.A.B., and producer Choi Sai-Ho, who hails all the way from Hong Kong.
Nonetheless, the line-up also presents a few familiar faces — Baybeats veterans Plainsunset, apocalyptic post-rock band I Am David Sparkle, celebrated percussion ensemble Wicked Aura, singer-songwriter Nicholas Chim, pop-punk band The Summer State, and recent Laneway alumni Cashew Chemists are some of the bigger names set to appear over the weekend.
The Great Spy Experiment's Saiful Idris will also make his first live appearance under his new project The E's since the indie rock band's demise last year. Tech-heads and prog nerds will be happy to know about the inclusion of math-rock band Sphaeras, Malaysia's Killeur Calculateur and T-Rex — the intense supergroup featuring ANECHOIS' Ahmad Khaliq, Sphaeras' Axel Ante and former Amateur Takes Control drummer Junaidi Kosnong.
Meanwhile, notable emerging names like Disco Hue, Bear Culture, False Plaintiff, The Little Giant, Hrvst and Taiwan's Sunset Rollercoaster amongst many others are slated to engage bigger crowds than ever before. Count us chuffed.
View the full line-up here, and stay tuned for more surprises from Singapore's longest-running indie music festival.