A myriad of arts and music, Neon Lights celebrates all that is artsy fartsy and quirky that the cultural arts has to offer us. The indie arts festival debuted last year in Fort Canning Park and will be making its return on 25 and 26 November boasting an even bigger line-up, as well as a whole slew of activities to boot.
Icelandic trio Sigur Ros and indie act Foals would be headlining the two day arts extravaganza, but here are some of the music acts that we are looking forward, some of which will be making their debut performance in Singapore.
Neon Indian, or aka Alan Palamo, will be stopping by Singapore as part of his tour for his new album, VEGA INTL. Night School, that was just released last month. Be prepared for a new sound as he re-develops his spontaneous writing style by incorporating dance elements and a cleaner sound. Swedish singe Jose Gonzalez will also be playing tunes from his newest album Vestiges and Claws, his first solo album in more than seven years. I’m looking forward to his set, because he is revisiting his early hushed and intricate acoustic style. If you like post-rock and experimental electronica music, check out British five-piece 65daysofstatic for some intense offbeat samples.
Gold Panda will be one to watch as well, with his electro sound packed to the brim with roots and influences from the past ten years of electronic music history. I love how he lets the music control him, drawing influences from his experiences and letting his style develop into his own. Badbadnotgood will be a refreshing act as well, returning again for the second time this year after their earlier performance at the SingJazz festival. They mix old school jaz with electronica and hip hop for some progressive jazztronica, and they’ve even collaborated with the likes of Frank Ocean and Ghostface Killah. Lucy Rose will be one to watch for highly emotive post-acoustic pop.
Not to forget our own local artists, of which I’ve got my eye on Cashew Chemists and Disco Hue. Cashew Chemists old school discotheque sound just brings me back to 60s Brit Pop, and Disco Hue has always been an amazing shoegaze pop act that never fails to draw me in. Linying will also be making an appearance, and check out our interview with her here just before she visited Australia (LINK)
Besides all these bands, Neon Lights also features stand up comedy shows, cabaret shows plus roaming acts, live art, and workshops. Neon Dance is one of the performances to look out for, which is a multimedia dance performance against a backdrop of video projection based on an Indian epic poem of love and harmony.
Head over to Neon Lights (www.neonlights.sg) to get the full lineup and also to see what else.
Neon Lights 2016 (Singapore)
25 – 26 November 2016
Fort Canning Park
Tickets are still available here.