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Weekend Agenda: 3 Gigs To Check Out

Music fans, you’re totally spoilt for choice with the number of gigs lined up this week.

BY Jonathan Fong | Sep 15, 2016 | Music

Music fans, you’re totally spoilt for choice with the number of gigs lined up this week. Thanks to the industry schmooze fest that is Music Matters there are free showcase performances happening every night. From the launch of the 100 Bands festival (finally, after 2 previous postponed dates) to the glitzy race podium parties/douchefests to the curious case of DJ Sash Grey—we’re looking at nearly 50 shows baying for attendees. Possible oversaturation? Time will truly tell; till then—here are our picks from the lot.

1 | Halsey 

Because she’s the only headline F1 act who’s never played a show in Singapore before (Kylie, Pentatonix, Imagine Dragons, Bastille have rocked our sunny shores prior). Because her debut album is a stunning, fervent work of pop intensity. Because of her brief transition from support/opening act to selling out arena sized venues on her own. Because of that awesome Nardwaur interview where one Ashley Nicolette Frangipane comes across as an amazingly sweet and genuine human being. 

Because she is the rap game Winona Ryder.

Date: Sep 18
Venue: Padang Stage
Tickets available here.

2 | Dusk 

Too broke for the F1? Hey we feel you. How does $10 for 8 bands sound instead?

Pretty darn good if you’re down for discovering some fresh Singaporean bands in the unpretentious comforts of level 3 Blue Jaz. You’ll have some cash for beers and merch. NOISE mentees The Sally Suitcase and The Great White Lark are 2 bands to look out for that I’m familiar with; as are Subsonic Eye- a busy bunch that just played at Fred Perry’s Subsonic gig last month and opened for English band YUCK earlier this week.

Date: Sep 17
Venue: Blu Jaz Cafe
More event details available here.

3 | Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Thanks for ruining thrift shopping for us poor diggers Macklemore! No longer will we be able to pop into a Salvos and find first edition copies of Gaiman for a dollar and Munsingwear polos for five. No, we now have to jostle with blogger types and “vintage curators” who flip yellowed sunglasses and military jackets on Carouhell without a clue who Travis Bickle is.

Of course we’re kidding Mac—what’s there not to love about the man from Seattle who is the personification of the word “grind”? He’s also more than just that 1 hit, with earnest, introspective raps alongside uplifting, rallying anthems. Accompanied by comrade and creative ally Ryan Lewis, this has to be the biggest Hip Hop show of the year in Singapore. 

For a country generally starved of touring rap and hip hop international acts, Macklemore’s show at The Star will be talked about for a long while to come. Footwear choice for the evening? “Ah, he got the velcros” of course.

Date: Sep 20
Venue: The Star Performing Arts Centre
Tickets available here.