So long, Leonard Cohen.

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A musical maverick, a boudoir poet, a lover to lovers and most of all, a legend – Leonard Cohen, 82, had passed away in his home in Los Angeles and the world is dimmer today.

‘You Want It Darker’ is Leonard’s final album to the world before he took he last breath, and the world will forever remember him for ‘Hallelujah’, ‘So long, Marriane’, ‘Suzanne’ and more.

Reading his last letter to Marianne, his muse, before she passed away this July, brought tears to my eyes. It was a beautiful letter nonetheless, and I urge readers to read this beautiful tribute by The New Yorker.

Goodnight Leonard, thank you for the music.

“Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine. And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”

 

The XX releases new single ‘On Hold’, and I’m in love

It’s been ages since the magical duo of The XX  came out with something new; so after they teased us with some supposed song title names, they dropped this new single on 10th November, making it an early birthday present for me!

I absolutely love how slightly different the take on the song is, with a sampler from Hall & Oates. I truly cannot wait for their new album to peek on 13th January, entitled ‘I See You’. I hope there’ll be a world tour accompanying this too; it’s been too long since I caught them in Singapore!

“On Hold”

I don’t blame you

We got carried away
I can’t hold on
To an empty space

Now you’ve found a new star to orbit
It could be love
I think you’re too soon to call us old
When and where did we go cold?
I thought I had you on hold

And every time I let you leave
I always saw you coming back to me
When and where did we go cold?
I thought I had you on hold

Where does it stop, where does it stop
Where do you dare me to
You’ve got the body, you’ve got the body
Dare me to, dare me to
Where does it stop, where does it stop
Where do you dare me to
You’ve got the body, you’ve got the body

I thought I had you on hold

Where does it stop, where does it stop
Where do you dare me to
You’ve got the body, you’ve got the body
Dare me to, dare me to
Where does it stop, where does it stop
Where do you dare me to
You’ve got the body, you’ve got the body
Dare me to, dare me to

My young heart
Chance to believe
We were destined
Young hearts
All need love
Call it a lesson

The stars and the charts and the cards make sense
Only when we want them to
When I lie awake staring in to space
I see a different view

Now you’ve found a new star to orbit
It could be love
I think you’re too soon to call us old
When and where did we go cold?
I thought I had you on hold

And every time I let you leave
I always saw you coming back to me
When and where did we go cold?
I thought I had you on hold
I thought I had you on hold
I thought I had you on hold

Where does it stop, where does it stop
Where do you dare me to
You’ve got the body, you’ve got the body
Where do you dare me to, dare me to
Where does it stop, where does it stop
Where do you dare me to
You’ve got the body, you’ve got the body
You’ve got the body, you’ve got the body
Where does it stop, where does it stop
Where do you dare me to
You’ve got the body, you’ve got the body
Where do you dare me to, dare me to
Where does it stop, where does it stop
Where do you dare me to
You’ve got the body, you’ve got the body
Dare me to, dare me to

And every time I let you leave
I always saw you coming back to me
When and where did we all go cold?
I thought I had you on hold
I thought I had you on hold
I thought I had you on hold
And every time I let you leave
I always saw you coming back to me
When and where did we all go cold?
I thought I had you on hold
I thought I had you on hold
I thought I had you on hold

Update: Coldplay confirmed to play in Singapore come 2017

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It’s real!

HOT OFF THE PRESS!

Coldplay is DEFINITELY coming to Singapore – woot! Their tour page has just been updated and tickets go on sale come 21 November!

Don’t forget to check back for more updates ❤

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Rumours from the music grapevine has it that the Brit band might bring their ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ tour to Singapore.

Mothership first reported the goss that Sportshub had their page with info up, so I’m pretty stoked to see the band live again, after my last concert with them in 2009.

Damien Rice live at The Star Theatre, Singapore 2016: “Fuck romance”

Here’s a peek at some photos from where we seated! We got some pretty sweet spot, front row to the left of the stage, so everything feels so raw and clear to witness Damien pull of his best artistry form. A short review later!

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Queen + Adam Lambert, Kylie Minogue and more to perform at Singapore F1 GP 2016!

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Credit: Singapore F1 GP 2016

It’s a star-studded list for sure, no doubt about it!

The list has been revealed and legendary band Queen will perform with Grammy-nominated artiste Adam Lambert at Singapore F1 GP 2016 on 17 September! Other artistes performing on the same day are Bastille from UK and Pentatonix.

Not only that, songstress Kylie Minogue is set to warm the stage on 16 September together with KC and the Sunshine Band.

Note the map below, for more information, head on to the official site for Singapore F1 GP 2016! 

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LAMC Productions is bringing Weezer to Singapore

And to be sure us folks who want party on the island in the sun, check back LAMC’s website for more ticketing details! Can’t wait!

  

“Thank you very kind” – Death Cab For Cutie shakes off Monday Blues at Coliseum, Singapore 2016

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So the last time I watched Seattle band Death Cab for Cutie was eight years ago in Singapore, and I had the pleasure of meeting Ben Gibbard himself in the flesh. The interview was featured in celebrity magazine hot and I had also posted it on music site Mog, which unfortunately had ceased (it was such a great site!).

Forward to Monday 7th March 2016, having played in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, the four-member band comprising Ben, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr and guest guitarist Dave Depper (or #DapperDepper as Hanger Magazine Editor puts it) gave their all, pleasing fans with their mix of favourites and new tracks from the ‘Kintsugi’ album. Also to note, with the departure of long-time friend and producer Chris Walla on stage; could Dave add a new flavour to the 19-year-old band?

Opening on the dot at 9pm after local band Take Two warmed up the stage (and what a great job they did!), screams filled the air as Ben sauntered on stage, followed by the rest, and opened with ‘No Room in Frame’ track. This led in to ‘Photobooth’, and ‘Black Sun’, which further amplified fans’ hunger for more. To satiate their love for ol’ favourites, the band kicked in ‘New Year’ and you could immediately fill the intense energy in the air – Dave even threw in some cool moves (see the GIF) that got my eyes locked on him the whole time. I also got into a conversation about him on my Instagram, commenting that the guitar pick I got was from the “hot teacher” Dave, to which the latter commented “Haha, good catch!” That was really funny. And how good does Ben look? All that running and new relationship with photographer Rachel really show him in a different light – I love it!

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After ‘What Sarah Said’, Ben, whilst wiping off his sweat and hobbling in this tropical climate, quipped: “I’d declare this part to be Republic of Death Cab for Cutie and it won’t take long, just two hours”, much to the delight of fans.

I swayed, I shimmied, I got transported to a time back when everything was so free, devoid of anxiety, wants, needs, instructions, ratrace – you name it.

My favourite part of the show was when everybody was singing along to the words of ‘When Soul Meets Body’ – the words, gently echoing around for what seemed like hours..

“You guys have been a treat…” Ben echoed the same thought in my head, “no you guys are, don’t you know every song of yours are chapters to our lives, whether it’s about love, heartbreak, moving, traveling, friendship…”

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Of course the band wouldn’t leave without encore, and they played crowd favourites “Passenger Seat”, ‘A Movie Script Ending’ and lastly, the one song that brought everyone from a high back to ground zero, ‘Transatlanticism’.

“I need you so much closer, I need you so much closer, I…”

It pains me to think about a love lost as this soundtrack played in my head over and over again. But that’s what the beauty of music does to you; sometimes they make a temporary therapy session whilst you conjure thoughts of a loved one, a file you stored at the back of your head that you open to remember once a while.

“So come on, so come on, so come on…”

As the music trailed, the night came to an end. Lingering on, I got my friends to the front of the stage and we managed to get some mementos to remember for a while now (look Dave’s pick!).

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So Death Cab, 20 years is not too far away; perhaps we’ll see more of you soon. If you pledge to stay on, I’m sure your legion of fans would do the same too.

Great stuff Woah Fest! But perhaps posters or standees of the band would make a better indication of where the reception area is?