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Rain or shine, you’ll be able to wager that plenty of indie music followers will probably be congregating at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, for 12 hours of continuous gigs on the eighth Singapore version of the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2018 right now.

The annual open air event, which originated in Melbourne, Australia, in 2005, has persistently confirmed that good stay music is weather-resistant.

Its first Singapore version at Fort Canning Park in 2011 will at all times be remembered as a lot for the sensible performances because it was for the torrential rain.

Instances of blistering afternoon warmth have additionally not stopped the competition, which moved to Gardens by the Bay in 2013, from drawing crowds of as much as 13,000.

This yr options one other class act of 23 bands, singer-songwriters and digital acts.

They embody famend names comparable to American indie rock band The War On Drugs, British digital act Bonobo and American singer-songwriter Father John Misty.

They will play over three phases – the Garden and Bay phases, that are aspect by aspect, and the Cloud Stage, which has been expanded this yr.


  • WHERE: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive

    WHEN: Today, from 10am

    ADMISSION: From $158 for single tickets at Apactix (, $200 on the door

    INFO: For full line-up, set occasions and particulars, go to

The Straits Times speaks to 2 Grammy-nominated bands, British alt-rock quartet Wolf Alice and American hip-hop/R&B group The Internet, in addition to the 5 Singapore acts performing right now – Amateur Takes Control, Obedient Wives Club, THELIONCITYBOY, MAS1A and Tim De Cotta.

Wolf Alice

Line-up: Singer, guitarist and keyboardist Ellie Rowsell, guitarist Joff Oddie, bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey Genre: Indie rock and various rock Stage: Garden Stage Set time: 6.45pm

British band Wolf Alice have toured the world, launched two acclaimed albums and scored a Grammy nomination.

Yet, founding member and guitarist Joff Oddie nonetheless can’t wrap his head round how far the band have come since he began it with frontwoman Ellie Rowsell in 2010.

“Right at the beginning, filling a little pub or a bar, or something like that would have been a huge success,” the 26-year-old recollects in a latest cellphone interview from London.

In November, the band performed their largest headlining present up to now to 10,000 followers at London venue Alexandra Palace. Compared to the previous, when “it took us three years to fill up a room of maybe a hundred people”, he says, the massive turnout is “completely bizarre”.

The band launched their debut single, Leaving You, in 2012 and by the next yr, had constructed up vital buzz amongst music bloggers in addition to BBC Radio and British music retailers comparable to NME for his or her model of music, which is a discerning mixture of genres together with grunge, shoegaze and electronica.

After releasing two EPs (2013’s Blush and 2014’s Creature Songs), the band put out debut album My Love Is Cool in 2015.

Critics love their work. My Love Is Cool was nominated for a Mercury Prize whereas 2014 single Moaning Lisa Smile was nominated for Best Rock Performance on the 2016 Grammys. Their different accolades embody Best Live Band and Best Track (for Giant Peach from My Love Is Cool) on the NME Awards in 2016.

Sophomore album Visions Of A Life, launched final yr, has additionally been garnering rave critiques – it made the annual finest albums checklist in retailers such because the NME, Drowned In Sound in addition to The Straits Times. The band are additionally one of many finalists within the British Group class on the upcoming Brit Awards.

Critical acclaim for his or her recordings apart, Oddie says that the band are additionally devoted to placing on memorable exhibits.

“The set will be loads of fun,” he says of their Laneway gig, their first in Singapore. “We put a number of vitality into the set, particularly competition units, we prefer to maintain them thrilling.

“We know people are at a festival all day, we want to put an effort so when people go home, they remember those guys who were jumping around with guitars and throwing their instruments about and having a good time.”

The Internet

Line-up: Singer and songwriter Syd Bennett, keyboardist and singer Matt Martians, bassist Patrick Paige II, drummer Christopher Allan Smith and guitarist Steve Lacy Genre: Hip-hop and soul Stage: Garden Stage Set time: 5.05pm

The title of this band began out as a joke.

Singer, songwriter and producer Syd Bennett, often known as Syd Tha Kyd, didn’t prefer to be requested by interviewers the place she hailed from, so she would reply “the Internet”.

The 25-year-old determined to make use of the title when she shaped the band with keyboardist and singer Matt Martians, 29, in 2011. Back then, each had been members of Los Angeles hip-hop collective Odd Future, though Bennett left in 2016.

The band’s musical output is not any laughing matter although they usually have been making waves with their distinctive model of R&B that mixes each classic soul and fashionable digital sounds.

Their most up-to-date release and third album, Ego Death (2015), was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album on the Grammy Awards. Their discography additionally contains debut album Purple Naked Ladies (2011) and sophomore release Feel Good (2013).

A shocking stay band, they’re additionally one of many few acts that get invited again to play touring indie music competition Laneway, which has stops in cities comparable to Singapore, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. They final gigged in Singapore at Laneway in 2016 and can play in tonight’s version.

For Bennett and bass participant Patrick Paige II, taking part in a competition like Laneway can also be a strategy to let their hair down.

Paige II, 27, says: “It’s like summer camp. It’s the most fun kind of tour.”

True to the band’s title, each answered through e-mail.

Last yr was an particularly busy one for all of the members of the band, as every of them launched solo albums.

Bennett, for instance, put out her debut solo album, Fin.

Making music each on her personal and with The Internet have its ups and downs, she says.

“It’s extra collaborative after we make music as a bunch.

“When I’m working on solo music, I have the final say-so on everything, and there’s added pressure in that.”

Amateur Takes Control

Line-up: Guitarists Adel Rashid, Ahmad Ariff and Field Teo, bassist Isa Ong and drummer Martin Kong Genre: Post-rock, progressive rock Stage: Cloud Stage Set time: 1.35pm

In the final dozen years, home-grown band Amateur Takes Control have advanced from a one-man-act to one of many native scene’s most outstanding post-rock outfits. Change has at all times been a part of their DNA, says founder, songwriter and guitarist Adel Rashid, 27.

After releasing two EPs, a debut album titled You, Me And The Things Unsaid (2008) and taking part in numerous exhibits, the band went on a hiatus in 2013 when Adel left Singapore to review within the United States.

After he returned to Singapore, the band bought collectively once more with new members in 2016 and carried out a string of exhibits. Late final yr, they launched a brand new EP, ATC EP2.

Adel says: “Back then, I used to write all the songs myself. But over the years, we’ve been writing together as a band, and the songs have gotten heavier and a lot more complex.”

The wide selection of sounds of their instrumental songs mirror the truth that the band members additionally play in different teams comparable to indie outfit Pleasantry and post-hardcore act Caracal.

“Everyone has equal say when it comes to contributing ideas,” he provides.

He hopes that taking part in at Laneway generally is a springboard to extra gigs abroad. “We’re planning a tour of Australia this year, but we’re also hoping that our set will help us be more visible to promoters who can get us more shows outside of Singapore.”

Tim De Cotta

Genre: Funk , soul and R&B Stage: Cloud Stage Set time: 5.15pm

Singer, bass participant and songwriter Tim De Cotta by no means anticipated to get the decision to carry out at Laneway this yr. In reality, he had already purchased tickets, anticipating to attend the competition as part of the viewers.

The line-up of acts this yr contains one of many Singaporean’s favorite artists, Grammy nominated hip-hop/R&B/soul singer, rapper and songwriter Anderson Paak.

“To be on the same roster is like validation of who you are and how far you have come as an artist,” says the 32-year-old. “If I’m playing Laneway, it must mean that I have some standard, it’s very flattering.”

While the upcoming set would be the first below his personal title, it won’t be his debut on the Laneway stage.

In the 2016 version of the competition, De Cotta was a featured visitor throughout home-grown digital music producer Intriguant’s efficiency.

De Cotta is lively within the native music scene and can also be a member of jazz, R&B, hip-hop and funk teams comparable to L.A.B, Neodominatrix and TAJ. He additionally commonly organises music occasions and tasks such because the Getai collection of stay exhibits held in locations together with rooftop venue Lepark and Pearl’s Hill City Park.

The focus will probably be largely on him at this yr’s Laneway although and his setlist will comprise tunes from his solo discography that features an album launched final yr, The Warrior.

“The journey that I’ve had as a solo musician in the last four to five years has made me really comfortable with who I am onstage.”

Obedient Wives Club

Line-up: Singer/synth participant YinQi Lee, guitarists Keith Tan, guitarist and singer Cherie Ko, bassist Sulaiman Supian and drummer Lennat Mak Genre: Indie pop Stage: Garden Stage Set time: 1.45pm

Home-grown band Obedient Wives Club are identified for his or her lush, melody-driven songs impressed by fashionable indie acts in addition to classic woman teams from the 1960s.

Their inclusion on this yr’s eclectic Laneway line-up may properly be the beginning of a brand new inventive journey for the band.

Guitarist Keith Tan, 37, says they hope to be impressed by different acts on the competition programme, comparable to American hip-hop and soul singer-rapper Anderson Paak, in addition to Malaysian digital artist Alextbh. “I’ve been listening to a lot of hip-hop and R&B recently,” he says.

Singer and synth participant YinQi Lee, 34, says that the band may incorporate the brand new influences into their future songs.

“We’re trying to see if it will work. After Laneway, we’re planning to go into hibernation and start writing new songs.”

Meanwhile, the quintet have been arduous at work rehearsing for his or her Laneway set, which is able to comprise songs from their self-titled debut EP launched in 2011, their 2013 EP, Murder Kill Baby, in addition to their latest EP, Cinematica, launched final yr.

Lee says: “We’ve chosen to play more of the upbeat sets, it’s better to keep the energy up for an outdoors festival like Laneway.”


Genre: Hip-hop Stage: Cloud Stage Set time: 10.40pm

For home-grown rapper THELIONCITYBOY, acting on the Laneway stage will probably be a dream come true.

“As a solo artist sometimes it’s hard to figure who you are, and the kind of music you want to do. But I knew what my goals, ambitions are, and playing in a festival such as Laneway is one of them,” says the hip-hop artist whose actual title is Kevin Lester.

Formerly a member of hip-hop acts comparable to Sixx and Bonafide Vintage Flav’r, the 34-year-old launched his first solo EP, Let’s Talk About Kevin Lester, in 2010.

He has since launched two extra EPs, Everything You Love, You Hate (2013) and Put Your City On (2014) in addition to a full album, Paradise, in 2016, which featured hit single Yaya.

When the Laneway organisers invited him to carry out on the competition late final yr, Lester was excited however determined to maintain the news to himself.

“I was superstitious about it. For a couple of days, I didn’t tell my manager and my wife and told them only when the confirmation e-mail came in.”

“Laneway has always had appeal to a certain type of music lover with its quirky mix of genres. I always saw it as one of my goals, that would be the place where I can show people who THELIONCITYBOY is.”


Genre: Hip-hop, dancehall and reggae Stage: Cloud Stage Set time: 9.25pm

Singapore-born singer, rapper and songwriter MAS1A constructed up her music profession within the United States and Jamaica, however she has by no means lost contact together with her roots.

Raised in Canada and having shuttled between New York and Jamaica for 5 years, she got here again to Singapore in 2014 and has been primarily based right here since then.

Her Laneway set will probably be a mirrored image of the cornucopia of cultures and sounds that make up her artistry.

Speaking of her music, she says: “The roots are hip-hop music, I fell in love with hip-hop once I was eight years previous.

“I also lived in Jamaica for a while, so there’s a little bit of dancehall and reggae flavour to the music.”

MAS1A, who has labored with a formidable checklist of collaborators that embody hip-hop luminaries comparable to Pharrell Williams, RZA from the Wu Tang Clan and Talib Kweli, in addition to former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, has been doing loads of exhibits in regional international locations, together with Japan and China, since coming again to Singapore.

“Being in South-east Asia, you study so many languages.

“My Bahasa is getting better, my Chinese is getting better, so I hope to begin releasing music in which I can explore these languages,” says the singer, who additionally organises reggae occasions because the inventive director of present promoters The Singapura Dub Club.

“In the end, I hope to spread music that makes people feel really brave, sometimes loud, but brave.”

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