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The Line-up For Laneway Singapore 2018 Expands With Regional Acts

Eight groups from four countries (including Singapore) to be exact.

BY Derrick Tan | Dec 11, 2017 | Music

Tim De Cotta. Image by Henzy David

Previously, we've revealed the musicians who are down for St. Jerome's Laneway Singapore 2018 (Anderson .Paak! Moses Sumney! Father John Misty!). The slew of international acts dominated that line-up and left us wondering whatever happened to the homegrown and regional representatives.

Fret not, the organisers behind this celebrated music festival recently announced the second wave of artists, consisting a mix of break-out bands and established entertainers, to perform at Laneway Singapore 2018. And they are all Asia-based. We overheard that some musicians will perform fresh and unreleased material, so go ahead and brag that you've heard them live first at the festival.

Now, let's welcome these impressive additions to Laneway Singapore 2018 (in alphabetical order):

ALEXTBH

Producing music since his early teens, 21-year-old ALEXTBH broke into Malaysia’s electronic music scene with his take on atmospheric music that merges both dance electronic and R&B genres. In August 2016, the engineering student by day, producer by night released 'alive', a four-track experimental, electronic-meets-R&B EP that racked up more than 20,000 plays on Spotify in less than two months.

AMATEUR TAKES CONTROL

AMATEUR TAKES CONTROL, a five-piece instrumental rock outfit, debuted with a full-length album, 'You, Me and the Things Unsaid', in 2008. The release was viewed as a landmark record, considering the short history of post-rock in Singapore. Fresh from a three-year hiatus, ATC will let loose ATC EP2 on 26 December 2017. Word has it that their sound will be noisier, darker and more aggressive.

HEALS

HEALS is an alternative rock-shoegaze-nu gaze band known for textured layers of distorted guitar riffs and streams of soft yet melodious vocals. The band's first single, “Void”, gained public attention in Indonesia upon its digital release in 2014. A year later, HEALS landed a record deal which led to the release of B-sides in cassette format on Record Store Day 2016. And on 9 April 2017, they released their debut full album, Spectrum, a collection of 10 tracks of imaginative perspectives on human life.

Image by Ren D'vila

MAS1A

MAS1A dabbles with complex hip-hop which flows and switches effortlessly to dancehall chanting, as showcased in her international underground hit, “Warriors Tongue”. She unabashedly celebrates her cultural mashup, and derives joy through expression in all forms; be it music, visual art or fashion design. MAS1A also went on a world tour in support of her album Bootleg Culture, produced by Che Pope (G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye West), which made a stop in Singapore back in 2013.

Image by Little Ong

OBEDIENT WIVES CLUB

Capturing the Spector-gaze genre of classic girl-group pop that highlights bittersweet tales of love and loss is Singapore’s OBEDIENT WIVES CLUB. The fuzz-pop quintet third EP release, Cinematica, a five-track EP, dropped on 14 July 2017. Remember Cherie Ko of TOMGIRL? She's one-fifth of this band and the half of TOMGIRL.

Image by Lenne Chai

THELIONCITYBOY

THELIONCITYBOY is a son of Singapore. The rapper, producer, and songwriter is famous for his hit “YAYA ft. Benjamin Kheng”, that received over a million online streams to date. After three EPs – Let’s Talk About Kevin Lester (2010), Everything You Love, You Hate (2013) and Put Your City On (2014) – he dropped his first full-length album, Paradise, on 26 August 2016. THELIONCITYBOY is ready for an explosive set at Laneway Festival Singapore. 

Image by Dianna Capco

THE RANSOM COLLECTIVE

Life has not been the same for THE RANSOM COLLECTIVE since they were crowned as the winner of Wanderband, a competition in the Philippines for rising acts. The six-piece indie folk band soon toured Manila to introduce their distinctive sound that merges unique percussive patterns, acoustic guitar-driven leads, melodic violin phases and full vocal. The Ransom Collective’s full-length album Traces was released in May 2017.

Image by Henzy Davud

TIM DE COTTA

Singaporean TIM DE COTTA makes no bones about being a purist. The R&B and hip-hop vocalist, bassist, songwriter and producer is influenced by Maxwell, John Legend, Common and Mos Def while his bass-playing is styled along the lines of Derrick Hodge and Stuart Zender. De Cotta is known for pushing the boundaries of music in both writing and production.

And here is the full line-up for Laneway Singapore 2018:

  • Aldous Harding (New Zealand)
  • ALEXTBH (Malaysia)
  • Amateur Takes Control (Singapore)
  • Amy Shark (Australia)
  • Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals (United States)
  • Billie Eilish (United States)
  • Bonobo (United Kingdom)
  • Father John Misty (United States)
  • HEALS (Indonesia)
  • Loyle Carner (United Kingdom)
  • Mac DeMarco (Canada)
  • MAS1A (Singapore)*
  • Moses Sumney (United States)
  • Obedient Wives Club (Singapore)
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Australia)
  • Slowdive (United Kingdom)
  • Sylvan Esso (United States)
  • The Internet (United States)
  • THELIONCITYBOY (Singapore)
  • The Ransom Collective (Philippines)
  • The War On Drugs (United States)
  • Tim De Cotta (Singapore)
  • Wolf Alice (United Kingdom)

St. Jerome Laneway Singapore Festival 2018 will return on January 27 at The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay. Tickets are available now at apactix.com.


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