Keep them coming! More acts announced for Music Matters

Last week we got our first taste of who to expect at this year’s instalment of Music Matters Live with HP. Now we can confirm the second batch of artists to be added to the already globe-spanning line-up.

Singapore locals wyd:syd and sub:shaman will be joining the line-up, as well as UK alt-rockers The Boxer Rebellion. They will be joined by a whole bunch of other bands from Singapore, Japan, Korea, Canada, Australia and many more.


Also announced, is the return of the festival’s country specific showcases including:
Korea’s K-Pop Night Out, Canadian Blast, The Aussie BBQ, JAPAN NIGHT, Bravo Taiwan and Singapore’s very own Made In Singapore featuring at six of the city’s finest. Sounds Australia will also be debuting Sound Gallery for the first time in Asia at Music Matters Live with HP, following success in SXSW (USA) and Canadian Music Week (Canada).

Check out the extended line-up and venue details below:

Music Matters Live with HP 2014:

Afgan (ID)
Art of Fresh (CA)*
Ash Grunwald (AUS)
Asian Chairshot (KR)*
Bamboo Star (HK)*
Bec Laughton (AUS)*
Buffalo Sunn (IR)
Bunkface (MY)
Cream (JP)*
Daybreak (KR)*
Dualist Inquiry (IN)
Dune Rats (AUS)
Empra (AUS)
Endah N Rhesa (ID)
Gareth Fernandez (SG)*
Gentle Bones (SG)
Hogan (IR)*
Jaurim (KR)*
Jeremy Neale (AUS)
Juveniles (FR)
Kyoto Protocol (MY)
Lim Kim (KR)*
Love X Stereo (KR)*
Lyon Apprentice (AUS)
Mad August (MY)
Mark Bonafide (SG)*
MC HotDog (TW)
Ming Bridges (SG)
Naoto Inti Rayami (JP)*
Oral Cigarettes (JP)*
Quarterback (TW)
Quest (PH)
Sezairi (SG)
Shining Bird (AUS)*
Sidney York (CA)*
Slapshock (PH)
Sophie Koh (AUS)*
Stars and Rabbit (ID)
sub:shaman (SG)*
Sultan of the Disco (KR)*
Take Two (SG)*
The 13 Band (TW)
The Boxer Rebellion (UK)*
The Family Cheese (IN)*
The Love Junkies (AUS)*
The Pinholes (SG)*
The StoneWolf Band (PT)
Tired Lion (AUS)*
Trick (SG)
Tully on Tully (AUS)
wyd:syd (SG)*
Ying Hao (SG)*

(* indicates new addition)

Music Matters Live with HP festival,
Wednesday to Saturday, 21-24 May 2014 Venues:

  • Aquanova, Beer Market, China One, Crazy Elephant, Fern & Kiwi, Kuro, Paulaner, Shuffle, Fountain Stage @Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road, S179024
  • Switch, 73 Bras Basah Rd, NTUC Trade Union House #01-01, S 189556
  • Barber Shop, 1 Old Parliament Lane #01-03, Singapore, S 179429
  • Timbré @ Substation, 45 Armenian Street, S 179936


By Ale Launech

Music Matters Live is back and looking for acts for 2014

Music Matters Live is set to return in May 2014 and applications for artists to perform at the festival are now open.

Music Matters Live is the music festival component of the Music Matters conference — a combination dubbed by Jason Mraz as “TED meets SXSW”, where the industry meets the punters for a week-long showcase of the newest talent, ideas, and technology. 

Jasper Donat, CEO of Branded Asia, the company responsible for the festival, said of the upcoming event: “We see tremendous value in what Music Matters Live can do for new and breakout artists by providing a unique gateway into the Asian market and Asian audiences.”

In the eight years since its inception, Music Matters has become a global platform representing the Asia Pacific music industry. Moreover, the conference acts as a gateway for artists looking to break into the world’s most populated region: for three nights, over 60 bands from 20 countries will play more than 160 shows in venues across Singapore. 

The festival has previously hosted acts like Electrico (Singapore), Simple Plan (Canada), The Jezabels (Australia), Little Boots (UK), flumpool (Japan), Kreva (Japan), Drunken Tiger (Korea), Indus Creed (India) and Nidji (Indonesia), and now, artists have a chance to participate in the festival next year, with applications open until 17 January 2014.

Submit your online application here.

Music Matters Live
22 – 24 May 2014
Venues TBC

By Katherine Pollock

Second round of acts announced for Music Matters Live 2013

Music Matters Live has announced its second round of acts for this year’s international music industry conference, Music Matters.

New additions to the previously announced line-up include acts from Korea, India, USA, and England. And straying from its previous inclination to rock music, the 2013 festival now boasts a line-up that is both musically and culturally diverse, with acts like established English electro-pop musician Little Boots, Korean RnB singer Lena Park, and hard rock band Indus Creed from India, to perform over the festival’s three nights.

Music Matters: ‘Make it Matter’ will be held from 22-24 May 2013 all over Clarke Quay, with over 50 bands from 20 countries performing over 160 shows.

Second round of ‘Music Matters: Make it Matter’ line-up:

Dub FX (AU)
Vaudeville Smash (AU)
Little Boots (UK)
Indus Creed (IND)
Eastern Sidekick (KR)
Jeon Jeduk (KR)
Lena Park (KR)
M.I.B. (KR)
Park Juwon (KR)
Joseph Vincent (USA)

[EDIT (8/05/13): New Cassettes and Guba have been removed from the line-up and the following bands have been added:

At Sunset (AU)
flumpool (JP)
Fluorescent Hearts (SCT)
Deon (SG)
Sarah Cheng-De Winne (SG)] 

By Cindy Tan

Music Matters Live announces international line-up with surprising choice of local acts

Music Matters Live will return to Singapore this May as part of the annual international music industry conference, Music Matters.

Titled ‘Make It Matter‘, this year’s installment will be held from 22-24 May, showcasing emerging and established bands from Asia and the world alongside some of Singapore’s best and most-loved talents.

In 2012, the festival saw over forty bands from 18 countries play 150 shows in eight venues over three nights, with over 5,000 fans in attendance and a live broadcast  to over 1 million viewers on YouTube.

This year, the festival will feature sixty bands from more than fifteen countries, traveling from Australia, France, Hong Kong, Latvia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA to take to the stage for three jam-packed nights at Clarke Quay.

While previous years acts have leaned towards rock, Music Matters Live 2013 will showcase a more diverse line-up of acts, including award-winning indigenous folk singer Gurrumul from Australia, and Prata Vetra (also known as Brainstorm) who were the very first act to represent Latvia in the Eurovision competition.

Singaporean bands who performed last year include The Auditory Effect, Dropbeat Heartbeat, The Great Spy Experiment, The Guilt, Inch Chua, LGF, ShiGGa Shay, Shimona and SIXX, a solid balance of both current and established bands.

This year’s line-up however, reveals a somewhat surprising choice of bands — a host of currently relatively inactive bands with no new releases in recent years.

Instead of being curated by the Music Matters team, interested bands looking to perform at the festival were required to apply via SonicBids in February this year. And while it remains unclear whether or not younger, more active bands applied for the opportunity, it seems like a shame that the range of exciting new acts that the country has to offer will not be given the chance to perform, in lieu of veteran bands to take the stage.

‘Music Matters: Make It Matter’ line-up:

Cub Scouts (AU)
Gurrumul (AU)
Katie Noonan (AU)
Monks of Mellonwah (AU)
New Cassettes (UK)
Prata Vetra (Brainstorm) (Latvia)
An Honest Mistake (MY)
Guba (MY)
Salammusik (MY)
Me N Ma Girls (MY)
SWISS (New Zealand)
Carlos Castaño (PH)
Caracal (SG)
Electrico (SG)
Kevin Lester (SG)
Natalie Hiong (SG)
Plainsunset (SG)
The Observatory (SG)
The Sam Willows (SG)
The Summer State (SG)
These Brittle Bones (SG)
The Chairman (TW)
Guntzepaula (TW)
The London Souls (US)
+ more TBA

[EDIT: New Cassettes and Guba have been removed from the line-up (8/05/13)]

By Izzan Haziq

Who will be discovered? Applications to perform at Music Matters Live now open

Music Matters, Asia’s annual music industry conference now in its third year in Singapore, has just opened applications to bands hoping to perform at Music Matters Live, the event’s live showcase festival dubbed Asia’s #1 celebration of music discovery.

Last year’s event was broadcast live on YouTube over three nights and featured Singapore bands The Auditory Effect, Dropbeat Heartbeat, The Great Spy Experiment, The Guilt, Inch Chua, LGF, ShiGGa Shay, Shimona and SIXX.  42 bands from 15 countries performed over 150 shows in eight venues, giving the bands the opportunity to be discovered by industry big wigs and fans alike both online and at the festival.

All applicants applying through Sonicbids receive a free, one month trial to the online music marketing platform’s industry portal which connects bands to over 26,000 promoters, consumer brands and music fans.

Register now with Sonicbids and get heard both online and at Music Matters Live 2013.

Applications close Monday, 18 February 2013.

Who will be discovered?

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