5 music festivals to catch in Singapore

Music fans in Singapore are in for a treat, with the blitz of music festivals coming up. We list the all-time favourites, as well as the newcomers to the festival circuit.

By Hong Xinying

The crowd at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore 2015. Image: Alvin Ho/ Laneway Festival Singapore

It’s The Ship
Date: 20-23 November, 2015
Where: Marina Bay Cruise Center, Singapore (MBCCS), 61 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018947
Prices: From $588 each for a 4-pax cabin at It’s The Ship website, excluding tips and gratuities

If electronica-filled party nights on board a leisurely cruise sound like a dream getaway to you, this is the music festival to go to. Sail away on Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas for a four-day, three-night journey accompanied by over 50 electronic dance music acts including Showtek, Far East Movement, Tiger Lily, Will Sparks as well as homegrown deejays Ya5th, Godwin P and Jade Rasif. The festival will culminate in a beach party headlined by Kascade at Langkawi before returning to Singapore shores.

Skechers Sundown Festival
Date: 21 November, 2015
Venue: Marina Promenade, Singapore Grand Prix F1 Pit Area (next to the Singapore Flyer)
Prices: From $88 at the Skechers Sundown Festival website, SISTIC

If Asian pop and rock hits are your preference, you’ll lap up the line-up headlined by Korean pop band Epik High at this music festival. Returning for the seventh year, the festival will also feature performances by rock bands INKT from Japan, Potato from Thailand and J-Rocks from Indonesia, as well as homegrown indie band Caracal and other local acts.  

Neon Lights
When: 28-29 November, 2015
Where: Fort Canning Green and Fort Canning Gate
Prices: From $40 (child) and $150 (adult) for single day pass via Neon Lights website, EventClique and SISTIC

Bring the whole family out for this music-meets-art festival which will feature comedic acts, and kid-friendly activities alongside live performances by international and local acts. Get nostalgic about disco tunes from headliner CHIC (featuring Nile Rodgers) and classic hits from the sixties with French cover band Nouvelle Vague. Other notable acts include indie folk band Daughter, electronic duo Flight Facilities, soulful folk-rock musicians Damien Rice and Rachael Yamagata, just to name a few.

When: 11-12 Dec, 2015
Where: Siloso Beach at Sentosa
Prices: From $168 for a one-day pass at the ZoukOut website and SISTIC.

Party from the evening to sunrise at this two-night dance music festival at Sentosa. In its 15th year, the beach festival features returning deejays Tiesto, Rehab, Kaskade as well as new acts such as Axwell and Ingrosso (from now-defunct dance music trio Swedish House Mafia), who will perform their first Singapore set at ZoukOut.

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore
When: 30 Jan, 2016
Where: The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay
Prices: $180 per person via SISTIC.

Get to hear over 20 acts in a single day at this indie music festival, which is back for the sixth year in Singapore come 2016. The line-up features a gamut of genres including electronic pop (CHRVCHES, Purity), rock (DIIV, METZ), dream pop (Beach House), soul (The Internet) and jazz (Thundercat). You might spot a few new favourites – the music festival has been known to include up-and-coming local and regional acts like GDJYB from Hong Kong, Cheats from the Philippines as well as local acts Riot !n Magenta, Intriguant and Cashew Chemists.