Hostess Club Weekender returns for second show

Following a successful debut in February, Hostess Entertainment has announced a second edition of the Hostess Club Weekender on our shores.

This time slated to be held at Infinite Studios, the line-up boasts indie darling Cat Power as headliner, along with an intriguing selection of acts which include Blonde Redhead, Perfume Genius, Sohn and Toy from the label’s expansive repertoire.

The first Weekender, which brought us the National and Mogwai along with rising up-starts King Krule, Asgeir, and Buke & Gase, launched to a massive crowd at Fort Canning Park earlier this year.

The adventurous line-up adds to what is becoming an increasingly saturated year for shows, with many fans likely to still be recovering financially from Laneway and the first Hostess Club Weekender and preparing for the slew of shows to hit us in July including Slowdive, The 1975, and Bombay Bicycle Club.

This latest announcement comes as part of Hostess Entertainment’s regional expansion, with shows also announced in Manila and Taipei. The Japanese independent music company opened its first Southeast Asian office in Singapore last year.

By Andrew Koay

The Cairos return to Asia

Brisbane boys The Cairos will once again be gracing the shores of Singapore when they play Home Club this May as the first stop of their six-date tour of Asia.

The Cairos

The last time the band were in the region, they were set to play CAMA Festival in Hanoi back in 2013. And athough the festival was cancelled, they still made their way over and played alongside Singapore’s own The Pinholes.

Now, not so long after playing the same venue back in October last year, the boys have decided to return, this time with an upcoming new album to showcase.

Dream of Reason features the band’s airy new track ‘Desire’ and last year’s saccharine, laced single ‘Obsession’.

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The band has really been putting in the hard-yards as of late and are touring extensively throughout Australia and Asia in the coming months, including dates in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. 

Vocalist Alistar Richardson doesn’t like sitting still, and says that a few weeks after a tour, the band “start getting that niggle [to tour again] and just want to jump in the car and go for a drive.”

It’s good to see bands like this returning to play in the region so quickly. Let’s keep building this culture and seeing bands come back time and time again. Definitely get out and see the lads when they tour in a city near you!

The Cairos ‘Good Days‘ Asia tour

7/5 Singapore – Home Club
9/5 Hong Kong (Kowloon) – Hidden Agenda
10/5 Hong Kong – HK Brew House
15/5 Shanghai – Yuyintang
16/5 Bangkok – Cosmic Cafe
17/5 Ho Chi Minh City – Cargo Bar

By Ale Launech

Hostess Club Weekender Japan sparks rumours for a second Singapore edition

This afternoon, Hostess Entertainment announced Perfume Genius as the latest addition to the Hostess Club Weekender that will be happening in Tokyo on 21 and 22 June.

For the eighth instalment of the festival, one-man-band Mike Hadreas will be joining HighasaKite, SOHN, The Bohicas, Cloud Nothings, and Joan As Police Woman as part of a 10-band line up.

The last four acts will be announced in the coming weeks, the next being a duo, as indicated by the cartoon silhouettes on the poster.

HCW8_poster_Joan[spacer height=”10px”] The Hostess Club Weekender, presented by Ynos, a sister company of Hostess Entertainment (which set up shop in Southeast Asia in October last year), typically happens three times a year in Tokyo.

The most recent Weekender, held back in February, saw selected artists headed on the Hostess Club tour throughout Southeast Asia, and ended in our sunny island earlier this February.

The debut Singapore edition included five (The National, Mogwai, King Krule, Buke and Gase, Asgeir) out the the ten artists that played on the Japanese line-up, and drew a pretty massive crowd at Fort Canning Park.

With the exception of Perfume Genius and Cloud Nothings who have played here before, the rest of this upcoming June Weekender’s line-up is made up of a bunch of relatively new and unknown acts. Given the huge success of the inaugural Hostess Club Weekender in Singapore, could there be a possibility that there will be another festival in store for us? 

Any guesses who the last four mystery artists may be? 

By Maria Clare Khoo

Waterfall Records celebrates launch with Hong Kong’s Fantastic Day

Waterfall Records will celebrate its launch this March with a debut gig featuring Hong Kong indiepop group Fantastic Day and Singapore’s Lost Weekend.

The night will finish up with label founder Collin Chen‘s longstanding DJ night POPKISS!, which will feature synth-heavy 80s classics amongst modern dreampop tunes and jangly guitars for any indiepop enthusiast.

Waterfall Records celebrates launch with HK's Fantastic Day

Fantastic Day, who caused a buzz on the indiepop scene when they first emerged in 2007, are touring on the back of the release of their new album titled Innocent (Imagine Imagine Imagine Records), released in December last year.

The event will be the first of a series of shows from Waterfall Records, who promise quarterly gigs showcasing the local and regional indiepop acts that Asia has to offer.

Fantastic Day
with Lost Weekend
BluJaz Café (third floor)
Saturday, 1 March 2014

By Melissa Yong

Japanese post-rock band tricot to perform in Singapore

Singapore-based record label/concert promoter KittyWu has announced that Japanese alternative rock band tricot will be performing at Home Club on 14 March.

The band consists of its 3 female founding members, Ikkyu Nakajima (vocals/guitar), Motoko “Motifour” Kida (guitar/backing vocals), and Hiromi “hirohiro” Sagane (bass/backing vocals); soon after its formation, the current drummer and only male band member Kazutaka Komaki joined in May 2011.

Known for championing post-rock in Singapore and following the recent announcement of an And So I Watch You From Afar show, KittyWu has presented bands such as Envy, Toe, Mono, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, as well as I Am David Sparkle and Amateur Takes Control, who are both are part of the label’s artist management roster.

tricot’s experimental music fits perfectly within the label’s specialized roster, consisting of melodic post-rock-inspired sounds and complex rhythm reminiscent of math rock with perfectly mixed elements of pure, fragile, but strong vocals and unpredictable song transitions.

And yep, you can be guaranteed their live show is just as intense as their description:

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Home Club
Friday, 14 March 2014
$20 at the door

Limited advance tickets may also be purchased online here.

By Cindy Tan

Baths announce debut Singapore show

Electronic mastermind Will Wiesenfeld, more commonly known as Baths, will be heading to Singapore to play a show this March.

Having released three albums over the last four years, Baths music has always transformed. His most recent release, 2013’s Obsidian, was released to critical acclaim and the album was praised for it’s “darker and more expansive sound”.


Now, having extensively toured Australia, Europe and the US, Wiesenfeld will head to Asia for the first time with shows in Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Manila, and Shanghai and Beijing.

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Home Club
Sunday, 9 March 2014
$35 standard ($40 at the door)

Tickets are available here.

Singapore added to Foals’ 5-date Asian tour

Singapore has stepped in as a replacement date for English indie rock band Foals this March, upon the cancellation of Bangkok’s Silverlake Music Festival.

This follows the announcement of the band’s KL show as part of the launch of a new series of live shows in Malaysia called Upfront Arena. It is certainly shaping up to be an exciting month, with a slew of gigs including the Mosaic Music Festival, Baths, Fantastic Day, Future Music Festival Asia, and Au Revoire Simone occurring within the month.

Singapore added to Foals' 5-date Asian tour

Following the success of their second album, Total Life Forever, Foals has gone on to win NME’s Best Track Award for ‘Spanish Sahara’, before bagging the award again in 2013 for ‘Inhaler’, the lead single off their third and most recent album, Holy Fire — but they don’t stop there.

In 2012, the band released Tapes, a dancefloor oriented mixtape as part of the K7! series, showcasing their taste in electronic music. As some might know, keyboardist Edwin Congreave DJs and releases house music under a record label that he runs with Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires.

Foals will tour Asia on the back of their UK dates, with three shows in Japan before heading to Singapore and KL. It will be the band’s second time in Singapore since their performance at the inaugural Laneway Festival Singapore in 2011.

The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel
Saturday, 1 March 2014
$88 (early bird (limited release)), $98 (standard), $110 (at the door), $260 (VIP)

Tickets will be available at 10am on Wednesday 12 February here.

By Cindy Tan

Future Music Festival Asia promises its “biggest line-up to date”

Future Music Festival Asia is set to return in 2014 for its biggest year yet, moving to a brand new location in Kuala Lumpur to accommodate for a bigger crowd.

Now in its third year, the festival, which has so far attracted over 100,000 fans, will be held at the iconic Bukit Jalil Stadium Showgrounds.

Playing host to the dance music festival over three days, the festival will bring fans from all over the region together for a long weekend of trance, dubstep, electro house, hip hop, pop, and much more across the showgrounds’ multiple stages.

Future Music Festival Asia promises its "biggest line-up to date"

Originating in Australia in 2006, FMFA expanded to Malaysia in 2012 in partnership with local promoters Livescape Asia. Growing year on year since headliners The Chemical Brothers inaugurated the festival in KL, this year’s move to the much larger site and the addition of an extra day are a mark of its growth in the region.

Iqbal Ameer, Director of Livescape Asia, says, “Future Music Festival 2014 has grown to incredible heights. The evolution of the festival and the magnitude of it is a vision that has become a reality. We are just as excited as the fans, and this has all been made possible with the partnerships and support from some of the best brands in the industry.”

He adds that that they aim to bring in 85,000 music fans from around the world to the festival this year, and promises that this year’s is its “biggest line-up to date,” with the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Deadmau5 and Pharrell Williams set to headline.

They will be joined by hip-hop royalty, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz and Grammy favourite’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Future Music Festival Asia 2014 full line-up:

Day 1:
Adventure Club
Will Sparks
Deniz Koyu
Breaking Diamonds
Double E
Victor Trixter

Day 2:
Armin Van Buuren
Andrew Rayel
Markus Schulz
Paul Van Dyk
DJ Rosh
DJ Faith
Jee Hoe & Hype Em Beats
Ramsey Westwood
Trimix (LIVE)

Day 3:
Chase & Status (LIVE)
Eric Prydz
Gesaffelstein (LIVE)
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan
Knife Party (presenting the Haunted House Arena)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Martin Garrix
Naughty Boy
Pharrell Williams
Porter Robinson
Sub Focus (LIVE)
Tinie Tempah
Axel Groove
Bassment Syndicate
Dangerdisko ft. Sheila Majid
Deer Society
Godwin P
Goldfish & Blink
Jungle Jerry & Tablamaniam
Mr. Nasty & GuruGuru
Raising The Bar
Sound Love Affair
Sona One & Biggie
Tubby vs Anowl
Xu vs Terence C (We <3 Techno)

Future Music Festival Asia 2014
Bukit Jalil Stadium Showgrounds
13 – 15 March 2014

First and second release tickets are sold out; third release tickets are available now.

Tickets are also available for walk-in purchase at selected Rock Corner and Victoria Music outlets. For exclusive VIP packages, contact Livescape Asia at +60 3 7772 6272.

By Ale Launech

White Lies announce full show in Singapore following cancellations and teasers

One of Britain’s most popular indie rock bands in recent years will finally be performing their full live show in Singapore this year.

Following a short gig at the private launch of Burberry’s Brit Rhythm in October last year and the cancellation of a concert in Singapore back in 2011, fans will finally be able to see White Lies live in action at The Coliseum on 22 March.

Hailed as the next Great White Indie Hope, White Lies’ musical style has been described by the media as dark yet uplifting, drawing comparisons to Joy Division, Editors, The Bravery and Interpol.

Their debut album To Lose My Life (2009) and darkly irresistible singles ‘Unfinished Business’ and ‘Death’ quickly led the band to play tours and festival appearances in the United Kingdom and North America. And now with the release of Big TV, they are back, this time set to play further from home in Singapore to eager fans.

White Lies
Saturday, 22 March 2014
$78 (standard) and $98 (door)

Tickets are now available via TAB.

By Cindy Tan

Taking Back Sunday announces new album and first ever Singapore show

Scene kids across the island collectively wet their pants today when Upsurge Productions announced Taking Back Sunday’s first ever show in Singapore. For a band that was formed nearly 15 years ago, it is long overdue  — but better late than never right?

The tour also coincides with the Long Island band’s release of their latest album, Happiness Is, due for release on 18 March.

Taking Back Sunday announces new album and first ever Singapore show

The band will be playing on 2 March at SCAPE’s Ground Theatre. The venue is a slight surprise, but one must give Upsurge a thumbs up for continuing to keep costs low for concert go-ers. A $58 price tag for a ticket to see an international hit is pretty much unheard of in Singapore.

“There are quite a number of fans who have been waiting a long time for the band to play here, and we’re happy to have made that dream come true”, say promoters Mae Ng and Lizanne Teo.

Fans can likely expect old favourites as well as tracks off their fresh unreleased album, an exciting prospect, since this is the first album since 2002’s Tell All Your Friends with no involvement from a record label. With their reputation for breath-taking performances, it is a night not to be missed, for fans both old and new.

Taking Back Sunday
SCAPE – The Ground Theatre
Sunday, 2 March 2014
$58 (early bird), $68 (standard)
$98 (‘Happiness Is Fans’ package: includes Happiness Is album, poster, and access to an autograph session)

Tickets available now at ApeSnap. ‘Happiness Is Fans’ package available at Inokii (Far East Plaza #03-30).

By Joel Teo