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Just when you’ve collected yourself from the hysteria that was the release of the Singapore Laneway Festival lineup, a whole slew of artists are also flocking to our shores next year in a series of festivals, DJ sets, and concerts. Get ready to empty your piggy banks… ActuallyMAG selects some of the gigs that we would definitely be attending.


THE PEOPLE’S PARTY: 14th Janurary, 15th January

You’ve probably already heard about this but here’s a reminder. Metronomy, Bombay Bicycle Club, the Jezebels, The Naked and Famous, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, as well as local bands Plainsunset, The Analog Girl, and In Each Hand a Cutlass—all in one place? It’s just plain good sense to attend. Originally from Hong Kong, the People’s Party music festival has decided to expand to Singapore after garnering favorable responses in Hong Kong in 2009 and 2010. Not to be confused with the Singapore People’s Party… Music transcends all political affiliations.


SBTRKT: 25th January

Pronounced Subtract, London based producer and DJ Aaron Jerome who was previously known for his remixes of bands such as Radiohead, Basement Jaxx and Mark Ronson has recently released his own album titled ‘Young Turks’ this year. With his distinctive brand of earnest and melodic electronic music, his DJ set at the Home Club is bound to be a pretty exciting one. Plus, we would like to see him spinning while wearing his trademark native ceremonial mask.



Another part of the Mosaic Music Festival line-up, this (ironically) Australian band made up of multi-instrumentalists are finally introducing their own brand of twee to Singapore. Four years after their last album, their newest effort Moment Bends is an album of cinematic proportions, which definitely highlights their maturity and sophistication while still maintaining that touch of airiness that would have you bopping along.


TOE: 15th March, 16th March

Following this year’s visit by Japanese post-rock bands Mono and Envy, another of their peers Toe will also be playing in Singapore for the Mosaic Music Festival. This instrumental band specializes in creating powerfully raw and emotional soundscapes that will leave listeners spellbound. Their latest album, For Long Tomorrow features collaborations with various different singers—however, to get a feel of Toe at their best, check out their debut album, The Book About My Idle Plot On A Vague Anxiety.


-Yi Shu


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