Mosaic Music Festival 2013 ticketed line-up revealed

The Mosaic Music Festival is returning once again in 2013 with an incredible line-up of artists as varied in genre as the countries they’re traveling from.

The festival, now in its ninth year, is perhaps Singapore’s largest music festival, with over two hundred local and international artists performing in over six venues over ten days.

Next year’s festival will be held from 8-17 March, and following from this year’s theme of ‘Peace’, the 2013 edition will celebrate the ‘World of Music’, an homage to the diversity of the festival’s international programme.

The festival’s full programme including its free, unticketed performances will be released in the next month.

Mosaic Music Festival 2013 ticketed line-up:

Esplanade Concert Hall
(from $40)
Friday, 8 March, 7pm – Joss Stone (UK)
Saturday, 9 March, 7:30pm – Grizzly Bear (USA)
Monday, 11 March, 7:30pm – Gilbert O’Sullivan (UK)
Tuesday, 12 March, 7:30pm – Salif Keita (Mali)
Wednesday, 13 March, 7:30pm – Esperanza Spalding (USA)
Friday, 15 March, 7:30pm – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (Japan)
Saturday, 16 March, 7:30pm – Mutemath (USA)

Mosaic Studio (Recital Studio)
(from $30)
Friday, 8 March, 7:30pm – mouse on the keys (Japan)
Saturday, 9 March, 7:30pm/9:30pm – Wouter Hamel (The Netherlands)
Friday, 15 March, 7:30pm/9:30pm – Gretchen Parlato (USA)
Saturday, 16 March, 7:30pm – Pablo Ziegler x Tokyo Jazz Tango Ensemble (Argentina/Japan)
Sunday, 17 March, 7:30pm/9:30pm – My Brightest Diamond (USA)

Mosaic Club (Theatre Studio)
(from $40)
Saturday, 9 March, 7:30pm/10pm – Grimes (Canada)
Friday, 15 March, 7:30pm/10pm – Tennis (USA)

Tickets will be available on 6 December 2012 at the Esplanade Box Office, all authorised SISTIC agents, or online at

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Big Night Out mini-festival to return in 2013

The beginning months of 2013 will be an exciting period for music lovers in Singapore, with a strong line-up of local and international performances and festivals set to take place.

And it looks like we have another show to add to the list, as LAMC Productions has just announced the line up for a triple-billed Big Night Out 2013, which will take place at Fort Canning Park on 30 January next year. The event will be in its fourth year, with past acts including MUSE, Slash and Stone Temple Pilots.

The 2013 edition features NYC trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who will headline the night as they perform in Singapore for the first time since their sold out show at the Esplanade Concert Hall two years ago. Four-man band Vampire Weekend will also be returning to Singapore for the second time, while Seattle-bred group Band of Horses, who have just released their fourth album, Mirage Rock, make their debut in Singapore as the third act of Big Night Out, which has turned into something of an indie rock mini-festival.

Big Night Out 2013
with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and Band of Horses
Fort Canning Park
30 January 2013

Tickets will be available at Sistic on 12 November 2012.

Ellie Goulding live in Singapore

Now/Live has just announced that English singer-songwriter and musician Ellie Goulding will be performing in Singapore in February next year.

The popular British artist is enjoying a string of success since her breakthrough in 2009, having performed at esteemed and popular venues such as the White House, Coachella Festival, and even the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace. And now the 25-year-old will be bringing her own brand of dance-able, indie/pop music to our tiny island!

Goulding’s debut concert here will take place at the Esplanade Concert Hall, and we can all look forward to her popular hits such as ‘Lights’, ‘Anything Can Happen’, as well as tracks fresh off her latest album, Halcyon.

Now/Live’s recent announcements of Ellie Goulding and Bloc Party’s shows in February and March 2013 respectively come off the back of Future Music Festival Asia, which has returned for its second year in Kuala Lumpur as an extension of a nationwide Australian touring festival of the same name.

Ellie Goulding
Esplanade Concert Hall
26 February 2013
$148, $128, $108, $88, $68

Tickets available at Sistic on 21 November.

Voilah! Festival and Zouk present The Plastiscines

Formed in the suburbs of Paris back in 2006, all-female band The Plastiscines will be making their Asian debut in Singapore this November as part of the Voilah! French Festival Singapore.

Consisting of Katty Besnard (singer, guitar), Louise Basilien (bass), and Ana Vandevyvere (drums), the band are regarded as leaders of a French movement of teenage rock n’ roll called ‘les bébés rockers’ that has been recently gaining momentum through the European punk scene, drawing influences from several iconic bands such as the White Stripes, the Strokes and the Kinks.

Their first album, LP1, which was released in 2007, brought them all over the world to places like the California’s famed Coachella Music Festival; and their second, About Love, was named the 100th Best French Rock Album in 2010 by Rolling Stone France.

In a nervous and extremely giggly video, The Plastiscines say ‘hi’ to Singapore in the lead up to their show at Zouk:

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The Plastiscines

Zouk Singapore
24 November 2012
$38 (tickets available at the door)

Bloc Party show announced

One of indie rock’s biggest bands of the decade, Bloc Party, will be performing in Singapore next year. Composed of Kele Okereke (lead singer), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths and glockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums), the four-man British band will be gracing the stage for the first time in Singapore at Fort Canning Park in March next year.

The band has certainly come a long way since their formation in 2003 when they got their big break by distributing a copy of their ‘She’s Hearing Voices’ demo to industry heavyweights and since releasing their debut album Silent Alarm in February 2005, the band has become one of the most widely known ‘indie rock’ bands of the decade.

After a two-year hiatus, the band reunited to release their fourth album, Four, one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2012, and are back with a world tour to boot.

Bloc Party
Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park
18 March 2012

Tickets available at Sistic on 12 November.

Regina Spektor live in Singapore

Russian-born, Bronx-bred songstress and pianist, Regina Spektor, is set to perform in Singapore for one night at the Esplanade Theatre with special guest and husband, Only Son (Jack Dishel). The 32-year-old has a strong cult following, going from small-scale performances at obscure cafes in New York City to selling out popular venues worldwide.

Described by Rolling Stone as “this generation’s Joni Mitchell”, Spektor has established herself as a unique talent and is known for her provocative and broad vocal range, prodigious piano skills (thanks to years of classical training), unusual musical techniques and eclectic lyrics.

Her two latest albums, Far (2009) and What We Saw From The Cheap Seats (2012) have received overwhelming critical acclaim and fan response and her music, which is largely associated with the ‘anti-folk’ scene, has also been featured in various television programmes and movies, such as CSI, Grey’s Anatomy, Love and Other Drugs, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Listen to one of her most popular tracks, ‘The Call’:
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Regina Spektor live in Singapore (with special guest, Only Son)
Esplanade Concert Hall
22 December 2012
$68 – $148

Tickets available from 3 Nov 2012 at Sistic.

Laneway Singapore 2013 tickets on sale now

The epic line-up for Laneway Festival Singapore 2013 was revealed just last night and ticketing information has just been released.

Pre-sale tickets will be available exclusively at the Laneway Festival Singapore Facebook page from 10am today until 11:59pm on Monday, 5 November.

Purchase your tickets during this exclusive pre-sale period and stand a chance to win a trip to catch Gotye live in concert in Sydney on 14 December, 2012.

General-sale tickets available from Tuesday, 6 November.

Standard Ticket: S$145
4-ticket Bundle: S$493 ($123.25 per ticket)
VIP Ticket: S$350

Event Day at the venue: S$160

*All ticket prices exclude $3 booking fee PER TICKET

Laneway Festival Singapore 2013 line-up announced

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival will return to Singapore in 2013 for its third year as the country’s only all-day, outdoor music festival.

The “mega dream” line-up has just been revealed via radio and will be headlined by folk/dub/pop outfit Alt-J, the “hauntingly beautiful” Bat For Lashes, and epic garage rockers Japandroids.

With a reputation to uphold as the leading tastemakers in what’s happening in music right now, the forward thinking line-up is packed with bands who represent the boutique festival’s emphasis on youthful talent, with many bands emerging only in the past twelve months.

Buzz-worthy acts to expect at Laneway Festival include surf rockers Real Estate and Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men, whose album My Head Is An Animal has been a top favourite of the year so far. Time-tested greats will also appear at the festival, with Kings of Convenience and Yeasayer also on the bill.

And if that’s not enough, Singapore has been graced with three exclusive acts who will be amongst the 14 bands in total playing at the festival. Quirky, sample-loving Gotye, who shot to a sudden and unexpected super-stardom with his pop ballad ‘Somebody I Used To Know’, will take the stage alongside Kimbra herself, his equally quirky counterpart in their number 1 hit song. Psych rockers Tame Impala make up the third exclusive act for the day, a highly anticipated and in fact, surprising, last addition to the line-up, considering that their ‘sister-band’ Pond will be playing the Australian string of festivals.

Perhaps just as important as a fresh and compelling line-up is the festival’s unique settings, an ethos originating literally from a tiny laneway in Melbourne where the festival has its roots. Next year’s event returns to us on 26 January at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay, an all-new setting to complement the festival’s increasing popularity and accommodate its improved facilities for the punters.

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore 2013 line-up
Tame Impala*
Bat for Lashes
Cloud Nothings
Divine Fits
Kings of Convenience
Nicolas Jaar
Of Monsters and Men
Real Estate

*Singapore-exclusive acts

Download a Laneway Festival sampler now to have a listen to some (unfortunately not all, as this is an Australian sampler!) of the festival’s highlight acts.

Congress of Weird Fools Part III: Gangly Youth and The Maharajah Commission

Prohibited Projects have announced that Gangly Youth (Louisville, Kentucky) and The Maharajah Commission (KL, Malaysia) will be playing a co-headline show in Singapore on Sunday, 11 November.

Details were vague for a long time but the show has finally been confirmed as just one leg of their ‘Straits Settlements Tour 2012‘ which will see both bands playing seven shows over nine days throughout Malaysia and Singapore.

The Maharajah Commission is an avant-garde, noise rock band who have been described as “mostly deconstructionist rock and exploratory instrumental jams” while Gangly Youth, who have played with lo-fi psych band Woods and psychedelic, flute-tootin’ MMOSS, play milder– but no less fuzzy– indie pop songs.

The two bands form an unlikely partnership in releasing a split 7″ EP and it is still a mystery to us how it all came together from opposite sides of the world.

The EP will be released in conjunction with the Straits Settlements Tour and will be made available for purchase at the shows from 9 November onwards.

The four hour programme will also feature Singapore bands I/D, Etc., and more to be confirmed.

Congress of Weird Fools Part III
“This time, its personal”

Sunday, 11 Nov 2012
5pm -9pm
L Cube Studios (145 Jalan Besar, top of Hindoo Road)
$10 at the door

Just announced: Hercules and Love Affair

Disco demigods Hercules and Love Affair have just announced a show at Esplanade’s Concert Hall as part of the Mosaic Series.

The brainchild of New York DJ Andrew Butler, the band have become quite the legend for their spectacular revival of 70’s and 80’s dance music, a hugely entertaining proposition on stage as varied and vibrant as the New York nightlife that nurtured them.

Since emerging out of New York in 2008 with their wildly successful eponymous debut album, the electro nu disco outfit has become one of the top dance acts in America. Probably their most widely-known track from the album that became an instant club anthem was the dance epic ‘Blind’, which starred Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons) on guest vocals.

As part of his plan to keep things fresh, Butler returned with a sophomore album Blue Songs in 2011 and a brand new line up. Apart from frontwoman Kim Ann Foxman who remained, the rest of group—Venezuelan singer Aerea Negrot, fan-turned-collaborator Shaun Wright, and Mark Pistel (Meat Beat Manifesto/Consolidated) including a guest appearance by Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)—were new.

Blue Songs not only features their signature heroic outbursts of modern pop-house bangers, but also softer, stranger compositions. Butler explains, “there’s definitely jacking house and there’s definitely even more full-blown disco, but there’s also more experimental, softer music”.

Here’s a taste of what to expect from the band’s live set:

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Hercules and Love Affair
Esplanade Concert Hall

$40*, $60**, $80***
(Concessions for students, NSF and senior citizens: $25*, $40**)