The Fantastic Gig | Garden of Youth
Saturday, the 16th of March, saw the launch of Garden of Youth, a festival geared towards young people, proudly brought to us by Gardens by the Bay. The festival’s first event, The Fantastic Gig, was a five-hour long showcase of homegrown bands under the stars. It featured local acts: Cashew Chemists, Pleasantry, ANECHOIS, Tiramisu and MONSTER CAT.
The performances were scheduled to be about an hour each, just enough time for each band to give their fans a well-deserved performance and giving those unfamiliar with their music a taste of their work, leaving them wanting more.
Cashew Chemists opened the show with a medley of songs from their debut EP and despite the absence of guitarist Brian, gave a great performance. Following up was the otherworldly sounds of girl-fronted quintet, Pleasantry.
Tiramisu was probably our favourite act of the night. What seemed like a distant asian cousin of Queen’s frontman, Freddie Mercury, took to the stage, accompanied by members dressed in Bowie-esque outfits! The eclectic combination of rock n’ roll, disco, and theatrical performance art was brought forth by the five distinctly different musicians, drawing raving laughs and applause from the crowd.
MONSTER CAT was the last to take the stage, bringing the night to a close with their sombre, soulful stage presence.
Being able to enjoy these acts was in part due to the weather being on our side. The backdrop of The Fantastic Gig proved to be a sunny evening that transitioned into a beautiful night atmosphere. Transfixing the audience in matters other than music were two separate light shows, presented by OCBC and conducted in-between sets.
Each act started on time, with there being no long-periods of waiting in-between sets. Technical problems were kept minimal, consisting mainly of feedback from the speakers and microphones. Clear audio was the case otherwise, with the vocals and instruments molding perfectly in each set.
Those who have missed this inaugural launch of Garden of Youth will have to wait for next year, where we hope to once again experience the level of showmanship and musical prowess in our homegrown musicians that we have seen in this fantastic gig!
Text by: Nishanthini Ganesan
*Images courtesy of Garden of Youth Singapore
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