Happy New Year from ActuallyMAG!
A few days after the jingle of Christmas bells are over, just as we’re starting to fall back in step to the normal life, we are once again blessed with another occasion to let our hair down and celebrate – the new year! December is a month of holidays and festivities, always making everyone half as fast and twice as happy. With Christmas and New Year so close to each other, who wants to be productive? Certainly not us; We kicked off our power heels and polished shoes, reclined in our wicker chairs and took some time in this blissful month to stroll down memory lane!
2013 saw quite a number of our favourite artistes gracing our sunny shores! Legendary Britpop group Suede was in town to perform for their fans who have been waiting patiently all this time. Good music is timeless, and Suede certainly showed us that! After 10 long years, Ronan Keating finally returned to Singapore, mesmerizing all of us with his charm and songs that we know word-for-word! Carl Barat, members of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things had us under their spell when they performed earlier this year, and yearly music festival Laneway was good music all around, with throngs of indie kids (us being some of them) flocking to the concert at The Meadow at Gardens by The Bay.
J-rock fans were treated to an endless barrage of music during Music Matters, with groups like Flumpool, SID and Weaver rocking it out. K-pop idols came streaming in as well, with big names like Super Junior, Girls Generation and Infinite having concerts here while Big Bang opened F1 Grand Prix. We even scored an interview with Peter Hyun of One Way (which is a must-listen for all of you who swear you’ll never listen to K-pop: no flashy choreography and autotune, just great R&B and hip hop songs). And then there were the artistes who came to fame purely through their own efforts – a number of YouTube artistes came to Singapore this year, emphasizing on how social media is changing these days. Megan Nicole, Boyce Avenue, Kurt Schneider and Sam Tsui satisfied their fans here by finally giving them the chance to hear their music live instead of from behind a screen!
The arts scene was pretty active this year too, with the Singapore Biennale 2013 coming back for the fourth time with the theme “If the World Changed”, featuring works from artists all over Southeast Asia and bringing tons of other exhibitions and workshops running parallel to it. We were also excited when legendary musicals Starlight Express and Notre Dame de Paris came to Singapore. Who doesn’t like exciting stunts, impressive sets and stunning vocals?
Yes, 2013 certainly was a year full of events to rejoice about, but there sure were some surprising, eyebrow-raising incidents. A particular child-star-turned-twerking-singer swinging on a ball, perhaps? Kanye West and Kim Kardashian naming their daughter North West was also a topic that had us sniggering for the day. And then there were the upsetting events that we wish never happened. Nelson Mandela’s passing was easily one of the most tragic, as the world mourned over the loss of an international symbol of racial conciliation.Who knows what 2014 has in store for us?
Needless to say, it is with your continued support over the past few years that ActuallyMAG lives on! Whether you just heard about us yesterday, or have been persistently coming back again and again, the team here at ActuallyMAG has a bottomless bucket of love for you! Come what may, we hope that 2013 was as great a year for you as it was for us. Here’s to a great 2014!
Text by: Arynah Aminuddin
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