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

Hostess Club Weekender to bring five international acts to Singapore

Following the announcement of the launch of its label in Singapore a month ago, Japanese independent label Hostess Entertainment Unlimited has just announced that it will be bringing their live series Hostess Club Weekender (HCW) to our shores.

HCW for the past two years has become a permanent and hugely popular fixture in the Japanese live calendar, and has so far presented Hostess artists established and new of the calibre of Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, Travis, Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Toro Y Moi, Youth Lagoon, Deap Valley and Perfume Genius.

Hostess Club Weekender to bring five international acts to Singapore

As part of Hostess’s continuing regional expansion, HCW will take place in Fort Canning Park on Saturday, 22 February next year. The inaugural show in Singapore will feature critics’ darlings The National, Mogwai, as well as up-and-comers King Krule, Asgeir, and Buke & Gase to make a compelling and relatively fresh line-up.

“It’s been amazing watching HCW grow with its audience and gradually start to matter in other countries as well, ” says Andrew Lazonby, Hostess Founder and CEO. “It’s made with us as fans of the music in mind, and we’re excited to be able to now properly introduce the unique Weekender vibes to Singapore.”

With the onslaught of events including Laneway and HCW hitting Singapore in January and February next year, indie music fans of the region have exciting times ahead and a big hole in their wallets to look forward to.

Ticketing details will be announced soon.

By Cindy Tan

Indie label Hostess Entertainment launches in Singapore

Japanese independent label Hostess Entertainment Unlimited announced today its launch in Singapore in a move that marks the inception of a progressive partnership with Sony Music in Singapore and Malaysia.

Formed in 2000 in Tokyo, the label has quietly grown over the years to become the largest western music label beneath the majors, and since 2011 has gradually expanded its operations over the Asian continent.

Headed up by label manager Nikki Mahmood-Chee, the company will now up its game in Southeast Asia, focussing its operations in the region from Singapore.

Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Singapore & Malaysia Julius Ng says, “We’ve waited some time to try to work with Hostess so we’re delighted it’s finally happening and we can start to help deliver the broad and diverse artists and music to the fans in Singapore and Malaysia.

“With a huge depth of artist roster and catalogue, Hostess really does represent the very best in indie music and it’s surprising just how many of your favourite artists and albums have actually released through Hostess in recent years. We can’t wait to enjoy the success of this music reaching the fans here.”

Representing some of the biggest alternative labels in Japan including XL4ADDominoJagjaguwar/Secretly CanadianRough Trade and Matador, Hostess is also notable for fostering relationships that have seen the likes of Radiohead, Beck, Sonic Youth, Four Tet and Bloc Party release their material with the label region-wide.

And in a time where companies are shifting their focus towards the East, Singaporean and Malaysian music fans have a lot to look forward to, including releases from The National, Vampire Weekend, Savages, Kurt Vile, Sigur Ros, The xx, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds becoming more readily available and serviced in the region.

The Hostess Club Weekender is also set to land in Singapore in the coming year, a hugely popular fixture in the Japanese live music calendar that has presented — once again — an impressive crop of artists live including Vampire Weekend, Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Spiritualized and Dinosaur Jr, and introduced a number of artists to Asian fans for the first time.

Hostess’ new operation has kicked off with the recent release of the Travis album Where You Stand, and has been promptly followed by releases from Four Tet and DARKSIDE, two highly-anticipated releases of late.

By Katherine Pollock