Singapore’s premier outdoor music and arts festival, Neon Lights, returns to Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park from 9 to 11 November 2018. Expanding to a three-day event, the festival will present a stellar line-up of international and local music acts with an eclectic array of arts programmes and activities.
August 24, 2018
By Sherlyn Seah
Singapore’s premier outdoor music and arts festival, Neon Lights, returns to Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park from 9 to 11 November 2018. Expanding to a three-day event, the family-friendly festival will present a stellar line-up of international and local music acts with an eclectic array of arts programmes and activities available for all ages. The full multi-stage festival schedule will be released later.
With activities taking place across three areas within the intimate confines of the Fort Gate area, a smaller number of tickets will be available for sale and fans are advised to get tickets early to avoid disappointment. Limited early bird tickets, including single-day and multi-day tickets, will go on sale from 9am on 24 August, Friday at www.neonlights.sg and SISTIC.
Headlining Neon Lights is New York indie legends, Interpol. They have chosen the Festival to make their long awaited Southeast Asian debut in Singapore and their full set on the Saturday (10 November) will be the band’s only gig in the region this year.
Crowd-favourite YUNA makes her return to the Neon Lights stage and has earmarked the Festival as her first public performance in Southeast Asia in two years. Other acts featured over the three-day family friendly festival include electronic innovator Caribou with his band, and local indie-darlings Riot !n Magenta and Sobs. All acts will perform full sets at the Festival, ensuring fans will not be left wanting.
Friday, 9 November
Performing in the region for her first public performance in over two years is iconic Los Angeles-based R&B superstar YUNA. The singer-songwriter, who counts Usher and Pharrell Williams, among her list of mentors, will open Neon Lights with her lithe vocals on Friday night and showcase tracks from her new album, her first in nearly three years. Joining her on Friday is Thailand’s Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band. The band wowed at Glastonbury and while they have previously played DJ sets to sell-out crowds in Singapore, this will be the first time the full band will perform a live show here in the city.
Saturday, 10 November
Interpol takes to the stage on Saturday for the first time ever in Singapore and the region, and will give faithful local and regional fans a treat with tracks from hit albums Turn On The Bright Lights, Antics as well as their latest album, Marauder, which is expected to chart on the UK and US top 10 following its release later this week. Making their long-awaited debut on this side of the globe and known for their dynamic stage presence, this is one act fans will not want to miss.
Interpol will be joined by ethereal dream-pop maestros Cigarettes After Sex whose acclaimed ambient-pop melodies have gone viral since hitting the airwaves in 2012. The Texan group returns after playing a sold-out show at Capitol Theatre last year, and fans will want to lock in their tickets early in order not to not miss out on this opportunity to see them ‘live’ again.
Also taking to the stage on Saturday is English rock band The Vaccines with their infectious high energy, and post-punk provocateurs Shame, who will further add ruggedness to the stage with their raw showmanship. Singapore sextet Riot !n Magenta, fronted by vocal powerhouse Eugenia Yip, will also play on Saturday and promises a soulful yet edgy performance that epitomises the eclectic spirit of the festival.
Sunday, 11 November
Sunday’s acts include enchanting and innovative Canadian composer Caribou and his band. Fans can expect a spectacular live band show, complete with Caribou’s known use of innovative visuals to engage audience for a mesmerising and immersive set. R&B enigma Rhye continues their sell-out Asian tour with a full set at Neon Lights. Their second album, Blood, was released to wide acclaim and fans will celebrate their return to Singapore after an absence of nearly four years.
Additional bands making their debut in Singapore are Australian multi-platinum-selling reggae group Sticky Fingers, who re-grouped this year and released comeback single Kick On; and Brooklyn based innovative art-punk, Bodega, who has been labelled by NME as “the best band you will see anywhere at SXSW 2018. Hands Down”. The punk-rock song lyrics are witty, satirical and even political – simply an act not to be missed.
Rounding up the regional offerings at Neon Lights are Thai artist Phum Viphurit, who clocked 15 million views collectively on upbeat tracks Lover Boy and Long Gone earlier this year, and Singapore’s very own pop trio Sobs. The two up-and-coming acts will bring their sprightly anthems to the stage that should surely help to wrap up the rhapsodic weekend and chase the Monday blues away.
Neon Lights’ festival director Declan Forde commented, “We’re thrilled to return this November for the third edition of Neon Lights. We’ve put a lot of thought into the line-up to ensure quality and range for everyone. This includes international and regional acts playing in Singapore for the first time, as well as musicians from Singapore with new releases. We look forward to sharing the full festival schedule next month and seeing everyone come down to enjoy a weekend of music, entertainment and the arts.”
Limited Early Bird tickets to the Festival will go on sale from 9am on Friday, 24 August. More information and tickets are available at www.neonlights.sg and SISTIC. More acts are being lined up for across the weekend and details will be shared at a later date.
|Friday, 9 November 2018||YUNA (MY), Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band (TH)|
|Saturday, 10 November 2018||Interpol (US), Cigarettes After Sex (US), The Vaccines (UK), Shame (UK), Riot !n Magenta (SG)|
|Sunday, 11 November 2018||Caribou (CA), Rhye (CA), Sticky Fingers (AU), Phum Viphurit (TH), Bodega (US), Sobs (SG)|
Fort Gate, Canning Park, Singapore
|Friday, 9 November 2018||6pm – 10:30pm|
|Saturday, 10 November 2018||2pm – 10:30pm|
|Sunday, 11 November 2018||2pm – 10:30pm|
Tickets are available at www.neonlights.sg and SISTIC
Early Bird tickets (Limited Stocks) available from 9am, Friday 24 August 2018. Tickets start from $99.