Singapore: The Music Festival Hub of Southeast Asia

For the longest time, Southeast Asia has been clamoring for major music events as prominent as California’s Coachella, Spain’s Primavera Sound, Berlin’s Fusion Festival, and Japan’s Fuji Rock Fest, just to name a few. Amazingly, big talents in the music industry for the past couple of years or so have been stopping over classy and metropolitan Singapore not only to play concerts, but to headline the many music festivals that have been becoming even mainstays, adding to this small city’s lively music scene.


Here are some of the most awaited music festivals worth flying over to Singapore for.


  1. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival – Hailing from Aussie prominence, this much-loved festival has been having a Singapore leg aside from its usual locations, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Laneway Festival highlights both popular independent international acts, as well as a few homegrown names in the indie music scene. This is usually held in January, at the beautiful, lush grounds of Gardens by the Bay.


  1. Baybeats – If you’d like to get a dose of the vibrant local music scene of Singapore, Baybeats Music Festival is an ideal choice. This festival showcases talents not only hailing from Singapore, but also from many nearby Asian countries. This festival spans 2 to 3 days and it isn’t genre-specific, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. It’s usually held mid-year at the Esplanade. If you enjoy discovering new names in music and prefer independent acts opposed to huge Western pop talents, then this festival will be perfect.


  1. Singapore International Jazz Festival – This jazz festival is fairly new, and follows the footsteps of prominent jazz festivals in Asia such as Jakarta’s Java Jazz fest but focuses more into fusing both older international and local jazz acts with more contemporary and newer names in the genre. This festival is far more fancier than Java Jazz, as it is located in the prestigious Marina Bay Sands.


  1. Zoukout – Singapore’s premiere and most popular dance club Zouk has been organizing this popular annual dance festival Zoukout. Since year 2000, this event has become Asia’s largest dance festival. They’ve brought in major sought-after DJ’s and other international electronic dance music acts. With crowds reaching over 40,000, you are in for an unforgettable experience. Zoukout is held at Siloso Beach in Sentosa.


  1. Neon Lights Festival – To add a promising newcomer to the list, Neon Lights Festival is just starting this year (2015). Featuring old 90’s shoegaze and alternative bands, Japanese experimental acts, and some pop acts, this festival’s lineup is quite difficult to put into a box, but it has definitely made quite an impression compared to the other international music festivals in Singapore (that aren’t mentioned here). The first festival will be held this November 2015 at the Fort Canning Green and Gate.


Good music definitely draws in crowds, and Singapore knows how to do it so well. Next time you’re looking for a music festival to attend to, give Singapore a try as you’re surely in for a treat.

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