Singapore F1 revs in with a new stellar artist line-up featuring Macy Gray, Coolio and Pixie Geldof

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Yep, you heard it right; just as the news of Malaysian F1 to shutter its operations dies down, the Singapore leg is ramping up efforts to boost its branding here, considering it’s the only Asian circuit to host the sport (there are talks of opening up in Vietnam or Cambodia).

According to a press release, it states that the Podium Lounge Singapore is in “its 9th consecutive year and is returning to The Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, which undergoes a dramatic transformation into a glamorous ultra lounge featuring a dizzying overhead catwalk and VIP balconies offering a magical party experience with the Racing Community for up to 3,000 guests per night. The Podium Lounge Singapore follows star-studded events around the globe in Abu Dhabi, Monaco and Melbourne.”

The event will be hosted by Ferrari F1 Driver Giancarlo Fisichella alongside E! News Asia host Raymond Gutierrez.

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To book your spot head on to: www.podiumlounge.com/sg

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Love, light to Chester Bennington and his family, Linkin Park

This morning I woke up to news that lead singer Chester had taken his life, from a friend who was still holidaying in Scotland. And it was disheartening, because it hit home, and the news of his passing mirrored Soundgarden’s lead singer Chris Cornell’s death. Two extremely talented singer, clouded by depression, coupled by suicidal behaviour that should not just be interpreted as normal responders to stress.

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I shot Chester at a press conference for hot magazine in 2007.

You see, Linkin Park was the first rock nu-metal hip-hop band I really took a liking to; their lyrics and song-smith cut through my childhood, and helped me come to terms with my own anger growing up then. Their 2003 concert in Kuala Lumpur, was everything but bland: I experienced my first mosh pit, and had passed out a brief moment, only to be awoken by hordes of fans carrying me over (and I like to believe I actually skydived, not fainted), and tossed me over the fence. I gained consciousness as a security guard walked towards me, and I had looked up to see Chester screaming out his lungs over the mic. But of course, I was escorted out to fresh air. That was my briefest, closest moment to Chester.

Then I had started working for hot magazine, an entertainment, lifestyle magazine, and was assigned to covering Chester’s press conference back in 2007, for the band’s listening session to their album ‘Minutes to Midnight’. I couldn’t remember what exactly I asked Chester that evening, but he took my questions graciously, flashed me a smile, and was poignant.

MTV and Channel [V] were my escapism, and ‘Papercut’ blazed through the TV screen that one day, and his voice control just tugged something in me. Followed on, there were ‘Crawling’ and ‘Numb’, strong songs that stood their own ground, that gave me an outlet to understand my anger amidst volatile family times. I’ve never really mentioned this to anyone before, but somehow that numbness melt away, and I was able to run with the times, and pursue what I love most: entertainment writing.

Goodnight Chester, your family, Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Rob Bourbon, Brad Delson, and extended family will miss you dearly. So does your fans.

“I’ve become so numb, I can’t feel you there
Become so tired, so much more aware
I’m becoming this, all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you”

For real, Foo Fighters will play Singapore at National Indoor Stadium on 26 August 2017

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Unusual Entertainment Pte Ltd just released this info on their Facebook page about an hour ago:

“FOO FIGHTERS will make their grand return to Singapore after more than two decades!

Catch international stadium/arena headliners FOO FIGHTERS at the National Stadium on 26 August 2017. Tickets priced at $238* (Standing), $168* (Standing), $238*, $198*, $168*, $128* (yet to include $4 booking fee) will be available for sale on 23 May 2017, 10am onwards.

To book, log onto http://www.sportshub.com.sg/sports…/…/Foo-Fighters-2017.aspx or call 3158 7888. Also available at Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets.”

Start flexing those air guitars and pipes, folks. We’re in for a ride.

We’re feeling Good Vibes from this 2017 line-up!

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Kodaline, Shura, The Kooks, Phoenix! How cool is this line-up already? Friends at Good Vibes just shared the latest announcement for the annual festival to be taken place at  The Ranch @ Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands from 12th to 13th August 2017.

Stoked? You bet!

Tickets go on sale at www.goodvibesfestival.com on Friday, 5th May 2017.

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Singapore GP 2017: First wave of line-up announced!

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Now that Malaysian GP will be shut, more fans would trickle down to the little red dot city to catch the Formula 1 race, and be entertained by top-notch artistes as well!

We’re pretty excited to hear OneRepublic, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, Duran Duran, George The Poet, Lianne La Havas, and Seal will be performing.

According to the official Singapore GP site: “Access to all the headlining concerts in Zone 1 is included with any three-day Zone 1 ticket (from S$448), whilst access to all the concerts in Zone 4 is included with any three-day Zone 4 ticket (from S$248). See Annex A for ticketing information.”

Tickets for the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore GP are available for sale at www.singaporegp.sg, via the ticketing hotline +65 6738 6738 as well as all authorised ticketing agents.

Fuji Rock Festival 2017 line-up features LCD Soundsystem, Bjork, The XX, Bonobo and more!

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UPDATED: Gorillaz has been added to the line-up, which makes me even more fidgety in my seat.

Seriously, this line-up kills Summer Sonic (at least for me!)

Lorde, Bonobo, The XX (first watched them in Singapore when they opened for Florence & The Machine), Bjork, Father John Misty, LCD Soundsystem, Queens of The Stone Age (whom I’ve listened life at V Festival, Gold Coast) – some of my must-watch!

Tune in to www.fujirockfestival.com for more updates. We can’t wait!

Summer Sonic 2017, Japan reveals major line-up

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After a glitch to which led to the delay of the announcement, Summer Sonic organisers have just announced the major line-up: Kasabian, Liam Gallagher and Justice to helm the festival.

Excited? Tune in to their site for more details later!