The Temper Trap to set foot in Singapore, 10 March 2017

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Brace yourself fans! March is going to be a sweet disposition!

Live Nation Lushington will be bringing down the award-winning indie-rock band The Temper Trap, and the band will be performing live in Singapore on 10 March 2017 (Friday) at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa.

Tickets at S$118 will go on sale on 16 January 2017 (Monday), 10am onwards via www.sistic.com.sg, hotline +65 6348 5555 and at all SISTIC outlets.

Neon Lights 2016: Day 1

UPDATED: I’ve finally included some soundbytes from Yannis of Foals too, so be sure to scroll and read it at the end of the post.

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The weather hadn’t been kind the past few days since I’ve returned from Seoul, and this weekend was no exception; it started pounding late noon onwards, and I curled up in bed and only woke up at 5pm. Which means by the time I got to the park, I had missed Gentle Bones, and Chairlift. Bummer.

Nevertheless, the crowd started to trickle in about 7pm onwards, and Shura’s show was the first I caught for the evening.

The British singer who coos electropop tunes that sound like from the 80s, mixed with a tinge of millennium lustre, shot to greater heights with her debut album this year, ‘Nothings’ Real’. I first heard of her on Discover Weekly on Spotify, a pretty nifty way of sussing out new artistes, so was quite interested to hear her live. It was charming to watch Alexandra Lilah Denton messing about her mane, throwing back a few swings in the air with the mic in her hand and hammering the synthesizer, much to the crowd’s excitement. Pretty electrical, yet groovy at the same time.

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Shura

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Foals

Caught Foals for the second time, after watching them at KL Live a while back.

Ah, the charming guitar riffs and drums on ‘Cassius’, to slowing the crowd down with the pleaser ‘Spanish Sahara’; the fans were lapping every moment of it all. You could sense the energy on-ground, with the band just taking everything in stride and belting out without missing any keys. It was quite an electric affair and it felt too short for that matter, to end. So when I had a quick chat with the lead singer Yannis, who said the band flew straight in from London to play, I couldn’t believe how much energy they had conjured on stage. That’s dedication, I tell ya!

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The very jet-lagged Yannis

FIVE MINUTES WITH YANNIS PHILIPPAKIS, FOALS.

On playing music gigs and festival in Asia

“I remember the first time we came out to do our first few shows in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, we really didn’t know what to expect; there were lots of people and the vibe was really good so, it always felt really good here. I expected the weather to be the way it was, which was fun and I really didn’t mind it but we haven’t played a show in a few weeks, and we felt out of shape and very jet-lagged as we flew straight from London, so we definitely felt like we had to put in a lot of work, just to combat those elements.”

On Neon Lights’ crowd and energy

“I like the site as it is vertical and you can look at different people, so it feels like a wall of marshmellows. I didn’t mean it in a rude way; it felt really intimate, and it felt like a festival, like home. The crowd was great and it was nice to feel people were coming out to see us, because sometimes you could feel anonymous, not like you’re just there, to fill out the valve, you know?”

How the band choose songs for their setlist

“We just fight about it (laughs) all the time; we never agree! Even when we want to just change one song, we end up fighting about it, which is ridiculous, really, because we should just be able to change the set a lot better, but we’ve become a lot attached to the shape of the set, like it has an energy flow coming through it and it’s hard to change it, once you get used to it. I used to be the bossy one but I got tired of being the bossy one, so like, I just choose whatever you want.”

On whether they’d write a political song like how Death Cab For Cutie did on ‘Million Dollar Loan’

“Well, I think a lot of our songs are political but it can be a bit more vale than distinctively, a political song. I feel like, ‘A Knife In The Ocean,’ for example, it’s to do about the environment, future and our position as a species; but I don’t want to come out and say  (pauses) when that song came out, if you read the lyrics, you can tell (pauses) I don’t feel the need to say it. I feel angry, probably more so about Trump than Brexit because I think Brexit was like the wrong decision to make, but it’s more understandable in a way because people were manipulated. But people have genuine reasons, or they feel they have genuine reasons to vote that way, but when you look at Trump, and what he has said, I think it’s kinda inexcusable. We were in America during the elections, and it was very dark. We played a very large show there, and it was just like, I wanted to just go home.”

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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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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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