The Music Run™ by AIA 2017 hailed in other countries as the Ultimate 5k Running and Music Festival, is returning to Sentosa Island on 6th May 2017 –On April 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
The Music Run™ by AIA 2017 hailed in other countries as the Ultimate 5k Running and Music Festival, is returning to Sentosa Island on 6th May 2017 – bigger and bolder this year in its third year running.
A phenomenal and futuristic run, The Music Run™ is an award-winning event that offers a unique total music immersion experience and has been making waves all over the world, including multiple sold-out events in Asia in 2016 and new tour dates announced in India, Europe and South Africa this year.
This year’s edition of The Music Run™ by AIA is set to be an upgrade from 2016 – with a variety of fun activations and photo opportunities to ensure Music RunnersTM have a rocking good time.
The Music Village
Gates open at 3.30PM – and Music Runners™ will be treated to endless music and fitness- inspired entertainment in the Music Village.
Getting the party started will be home-grown singer-songwriter Nathan Hartono who will perform energetic pop jazz tunes on the main stage of The Music Run™ by AIA for the first time this year.
Runners can also treat themselves to a slew of fun and exciting activities including bubble football, giant slide and an inflatable climbing wall.
Presenting Sponsor AIA Singapore will host fun and challenging activities such as Plank Challenge, Blender Bikes and a Trampoline photo booth with cool prizes to be won at the AIA Vitality Get Active zone at the Music Village. Music Runners™ can also try their hands at being a 1-min DJ or get a hydro-tattoo for free! In addition, AIA is adding a future- focused touch this year with the introduction of an Augmented Reality (AR) APP which allows Music Runners™ to trigger AR filters by scanning special markers or signs in the [email protected] Village, AIA Rock Highway and AIA Electric Avenue.
More surprises and rewards await runners from event partners – Music Runs can take part in music-themed competitions at the AirAsia booth, enjoy attractive discounts at the PUMA pop-up store and quench their thirst with Gong Cha bubble tea. Lucky Music Runners™ can also stand a chance to win prizes sponsored by CREATIVE and PUMA!
Music Runners™ will have a chance to stretch their muscles before the run with a mass Warm-Up session before proceeding onto the 5KM Soundtrack.
The 5KM Sound Track
The Sound TrackTM is a five km running course lined with over 120 speakers that pump out the songs Music Runners™ voted for across five different music zones.
Each zone will feature cool activations and great photo opportunities for Music Runners™. The first KM begins with the AIA Rock Highway which will feature a gigantic rock band display where everyone can be a rock star for the day. .
In the Pop Street, Music Runners™ will be treated to a “red carpet experience” along to the latest pop tunes. In the third KM, runners will be invited to take selfies with old school doppelgangers along Memory Lane, which plays old-school music that often draw cheers from everyone.
AirAsia will provide surprises along the AirAsia Hip Hop Alley where only the smoothest R&B and hip hop beats reside. In the final KM, participants will be dancing along to electronic dance hits in the AIA Electric Avenue featuring a pop up disco tunnel and a live DJ in the air.
All the songs that will be pumped out across the 5KM route will be selected by the Music Runners™ themselves through a bespoke voting app developed by Spotify on the official Singapore website. Music Runners can continue running to Spotify after the race. Official sponsor, Singtel, is offering Spotify Premium to Music Runners at an exclusive rate of just SGD1 for the first 3 months without any data charges on Singtel Music when they sign up for the run.
The After Party
Participants returning from their run will join the After Party featuring returning radio house DJ Sam Withers (Aus) who was a big hit in last year’s after-run event, who will be performing the hottest tunes of 2017 at the Ultimate Music Festival.
The Music Run™ has been bringing the beat since 2014, winning fans the world over from Texas to Bangkok. Since then, it has drawn more than 100,000 runners across 12 events and nine countries. Tickets start from SGD60 and includes a T-shirt, Bag, Sticker, and Tattoos. Event pack collection is from 28-30 April between 10.30am-10.30pm at Capitol Piazza B2.
Chang, Thailand’s leading beer, partners with Artbox Singapore to bring the quintessential cosmopolitan Thai lifestyle to the shores of Singapore. As the Official Lager Beer Partner ofOn April 22, 2017 / By Nookmag
Ahoy-Amoy, again! The highly anticipated Amoy St. Bloc Party returns this month, bringing its unique brand of revelry back to the streets of Amoy. A festival curated byOn April 20, 2017 / By Nookmag
Ahoy-Amoy, again! The highly anticipated Amoy St. Bloc Party returns this month, bringing its unique brand of revelry back to the streets of Amoy. A festival curated by home-grown brand Spa Esprit Group (SEG), feast and celebrate together in style with well-loved establishments on the block, including Ding Dong, boCHINChe, Employees Only, Le Binchotan, Burger Joint and Birds of a Feather, whilst taking in the rich heritage of Amoy Street. Local music and lifestyle collective Sunshine Nation, together with Singapore music talents Chris D and Zig Zach have your merrymaking needs covered, with headline performer UK electronic duo Maribou State making their highly anticipated Singapore debut. Little tots from Citikids Academy will also join in the celebration with traditional Singaporean performance acts.
“Last year, we took a chance and organised a small party to welcome and celebrate the wonderful mix of prominent and award-winning F&B brands that recently moved into the area,” says Cynthia Chua, Founder & Managing Director, Spa Esprit Group. “The response was overwhelming, which led us in our decision to bring back the Amoy Street Bloc Party this year. We have created something extraordinary, and this event is a continuation of our efforts to celebrate and rejuvenate the unique heritage associated with this special part of town,” she adds.
Singing to a similar tune is 8M Real Estate, one of the festival’s key partners. “The Amoy Street Bloc Party is an initiative that is close to our hearts. It is centred around our first property along Amoy Street which is curated with the best F&B establishments in the city and showcases 8MRE’s vision in creating lifestyle destinations,” affirms Ashish Manchharam, Managing Director, 8M Real Estate.
The inaugural edition last year – New Kids on the Bloc – saw the streets of Amoy transformed in a celebration of food, drinks, play and music, with an attendance of over 3,000 guests. This year, from 3.00pm to 10.00pm on Sunday, 23 April 2017, the popular Amoy Street within the cultural epicentre of Singapore’s Chinatown and on the edge of the Central Business District, will be keeping it good in the hood, and once again be transformed into an invigorating car-free party zone filled with fun, food, drinks and activities for the entire community. The Amoy St. Bloc Party is a project under the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Streets For People programme, which provides support for community-initiated projects that transform Singapore’s streets into meaningful public spaces for everyone.
In line with the theme of keeping it good in the hood, the event this year features various activities suited for the whole community – from keeping the ‘kampung’ spirit alive through well-loved Singapore heritage games, to encouraging fit and healthy living through community multi-levelled yoga sessions by Yoga Movement and F45 athletic circuit sessions. For the musically inclined, don’t miss out the opportunity to Salsa down Amoy Street with Dee Gerodias, SEA Games medallist and professional dance athlete, who will be on-site giving pointers to perfect those dance moves.
Expect signature dishes and cocktails offered at discounted rates to satisfy the culinary and libation expectations of all festival-goers. Offerings range from playful modern Southeast Asian bites to hearty Argentine fare and local favourite wanton noodles, to stiff New York-style cocktails and frisky wines. Quench your thirst with Nakd Water, a super-soft artesian water drawn from one of the world’s deepest, oldest and purest water sources.
Adding to the festivities, 8M Real Estate will be giving away two weekend staycations to lucky festival-goers at their latest project, BASE Residences, a new city-living concept in one of their lovingly converted shophouses at 31 Hongkong Street.
Music, heritage games and exercises for all
In collaboration with Sunshine Nation, live performances and music acts, such as local selectors Chris D and Zig Zach, and headline performer UK electronic duo Maribou State, will take place throughout the day at the main stage outdoors. Well known for their unique style of compelling and deeply soulful sounds, Maribou State will perform a DJ set – a magical musical journey bound to be etched in the memories of all for time to come. Expect to also witness special performances by local hip-hop sensation ShiGGa Shay’s break-dancers, who’ll be strutting their stuff to traditional music.
Paying homage to the colloquial name of the street, Free School Street, indulge in a spot of nostalgic school games – traditional childhood games such as chapteh and five stones. Partygoers of all ages can take a breather with life-sized garden games, such as giant twister, giant jenga and connect four. For those looking to work up a sweat, partake in an athletic circuit by F45, one of the Singapore’s fastest growing fitness studios. Proponents of green living can learn to plant an edible garden of your own under the guidance of Singapore’s very own urban farming collective, Edible Garden City.
For the culture vultures, sign up for specially curated heritage trails by Geraldene’s Tours in the afternoon, or hop onto Singapore’s iconic rickshaw rides for sightseeing through the streets of Chinatown, and soak up the culture the city has to offer. Indulge in art and create your very own Amoy Street buntings to be put up along Amoy Street, with special colouring kits for both children and adults alike as part of the organiser’s efforts to encourage appreciation of the unique architecture along Amoy Street.
Amoy St. Bloc Party
23 April, Sunday
3.oopm to 10.oopm
Although his scientific achievements still inspire awe, few know the full story of the 20th century’s most brilliant icon Albert Einstein. National Geographic’s new 10-part series GENIUS –On April 17, 2017 / By Nookmag
Although his scientific achievements still inspire awe, few know the full story of the 20th century’s most brilliant icon Albert Einstein. National Geographic’s new 10-part series GENIUS – the channel’s first fully scripted series – explores Einstein’s extraordinary professional achievements along with his passionate and complex personal relationships. The mini-series arrives in Asia first, premiering on National Geographic on Sunday, 23 April, at 1900hrs – a full two days before the series’ global premiere.
With GENIUS, National Geographic is taking a revolutionary step to becoming an original content creator, ready for battle on the scripted TV landscape. GENIUS follows Einstein’s journey from an imaginative thinker of humble origins, to fleeing the Nazis during World War II, to attaining global celebrity status for his scientific endeavours. National Geographic’s first-ever fully scripted series reveals the untold story of the man behind the mind, delving into Einstein’s happiness and heartbreak as he struggles to be a husband, a father, and a man of principle. Entertaining as well as educational, GENIUS will help viewers learn more about how Einstein unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos in a significant historical era spanning two World Wars.
A start-studded cast and behind-the-camera team join GENIUS. The fully scripted series stars world-famous Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech, Pirates of the Caribbean) as Einstein, while prestigious English actress Emily Watson (War Horse, The Theory of Everything) plays Einstein’s second wife. The GENIUS executive production team includes the multi Oscar-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer; and Howard also makes his scripted television directorial debut with the first episode of GENIUS. Other GENIUS stars include familiar faces from Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men and more.
The series begins in Einstein’s teenage years, when he argues with his father and drops out of school in Germany to go to University in Switzerland. Einstein encounters romance, political drama and unexpected personal struggles, but he manages to make a name for himself as a rising scientific mind. As relief at the end of World War I turns to fear at Europe’s rising tide of anti-Semitism, Einstein seeks sanctuary in the United States. Here, he struggles to balance his identity as a lifelong pacifist and a remarkably talented scientist who is the only one in the world potentially capable of stopping the rise of Hitler.
Lucien Harrington, SVP of Marketing & Communications for FOX Networks Group in Asia, says, “GENIUS is an evolution of National Geographic programing. Already the global leader in premium science, adventure and exploration programing, National Geographic is now firmly establishing itself as an original content creator bringing the best in education and entertainment to audiences in Asia and around the globe. We are delivering on the National Geographic renewed vision to take people one step to the edge of impossible and then, further. GENIUS is not only a global mini-series entertainment event – it is also a brand new way for National Geographic audiences to explore the past and learn the truth behind the legend of famous historical figures like Albert Einstein.”
The “Everyday Genius” Contest
“I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
Are geniuses born or made? Was Einstein destined from birth to become a brilliant scientist, or was his genius all down to hard work? National Geographic is challenging viewers across Asia to harness the power of their minds and accelerate their genius.
Join the “Everyday Genius” contest by submitting your brilliant ideas – the ones that could solve an everyday problem, and the ones that could change the world – for your chance to win exclusive access to the National Geographic Explorers Festival in Washington D.C across 15-18 June 2017. This exciting annual event brings together the world’s most fascinating and innovative scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers together in one place to share their latest discoveries and ideas.
Find inspiration for your entry in the long history of innovation in Asia; from silk cloth, to the umbrella, to the magnetic compass, to gunpowder and more. Visit www.everydaygenius.asia for more information and to submit your ideas from now till 7 May. Vote on who you think should be named Asia’s “Everyday Genius” from 12 May.
GENIUS is a National Geographic original scripted series produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television and OddLot Entertainment. National Geographic is also partnering with the SNOW app, where users can use the face filter to look like Einstein.
In Singapore, the series will premiere at 1900hrs on Sunday, 23 April.
Doctor Who Series 10 will see Peter Capaldi embark on his thrilling final chapter as the Twelfth Doctor as well as the introduction of brand new companion PearlOn April 13, 2017 / By Nookmag
Doctor Who Series 10 will see Peter Capaldi embark on his thrilling final chapter as the Twelfth Doctor as well as the introduction of brand new companion Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole. Fantastic adventures and terrifying monsters await the team of heroes as they journey through space and time in this latest instalment of the globally-renowned drama. Expect laughter, danger and exhilarating escapades in this final series under the helm of lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.
Broadcast details: Premieres immediately after the UK telecast (on Saturday April 15th 7.20pm – 8.10pm GMT +1) – exclusively on BBC Player. Subsequently available on the BBC First set top box (Starhub channel 552) on Sunday at 1pm Singapore time.
Written by Steven Moffat
Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined. But who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission on Earth?
Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
The language of the future is emoji! The Doctor takes Bill to a spectacular city on a distant planet -but where are the colonists? A band of ‘cute’ droids hold the deadly answer.
After a taking a short hiatus, Vivienne’s verdict released their newest music video, Hurricane. Established in 2009, the local hard rock band has 10,500 over likes on FacebookOn April 8, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
After a taking a short hiatus, Vivienne’s verdict released their newest music video, Hurricane. Established in 2009, the local hard rock band has 10,500 over likes on Facebook currently. The band’s standout point is the focus on originals. With the addition of Kurenai on vocals, the band is back stronger and better.
Today, we speak to Vivienne’s verdict to find out their direction and new line-up for the year.
What is the inspiration behind hurricane? And the idea behind framing the music video in this way?
We debuted Monster with a music video, and it was very well received. We figured in order for us to top that, we have to come up with something stronger. This time, we added in a chasing murder scene. The idea was to create a storyline with suspense, creepy visuals, and scenes that would give you an adrenaline rush.
Is this song different from the others that the band has released? If so, what is the difference and how so?
Definitely! It is the first time we infused electronic soundscapes into a song, something which we actually wanted to do for some time but didn’t due to lack of experience. However, Jay’s expertise in electronic music allowed us to do that this time. On top of that, with Hurricane, we recorded 2 versions, English and Japanese. We love Japan in many ways and it’s one of our favourite countries, so it made sense to us to go in that direction.
How has the band’s journey been thus far since its first debut?
The debut kick started an amazing journey for us, and even though we had to take a short hiatus to restructure the band line-up, we’re happy to say that we are ready to continue making music that defines us. We’re back, and we’re here to stay!
If there’s any theme the band would want to explore in their choice of songs, what would it be and why?
With Depiction, we wanted to express ourselves in lyrical form, through heartfelt words carefully written to convey the struggles we faced. In the next EP, we are going to do this in a more musical way, combining our various influences to create a story-driven, darker sounding signature voice that is uniquely Vivienne’s Verdict. With Kurenai on board, this also means that the writing style and message behind the songs would be significantly different from before.
After the huge success of French Krautrock punk band, La Femme, Figure8 will now be presenting one of France’s top pop idols, Julien Doré, alongside Electropop band YelleOn April 4, 2017 / By Nookmag
After the huge success of French Krautrock punk band, La Femme, Figure8 will now be presenting one of France’s top pop idols, Julien Doré, alongside Electropop band Yelle this May. This is the brand’s second phase in unveiling a new realm of music exploration on this side of the world. Announced earlier this year that it would be bringing in a stellar lineup of the latest and most intriguing artists out of France, Figure8 adds some Electropop and French Pop music, to the mix.
Neon-Streaked and Gleefully Mad with Stylish Dance Pop Goddess, Yelle (12 & 13 May)
“Sunny French electro pop with clean lines and ice cream hooks”
– New York Times
Kicking off May’s performances is French Electropop group Yelle. Leading crooner Julie Budet leads the pack with impeccable style, oozing the vibrant electro spirit reminiscent of trendy early 2000s.
The French synth-pop band including producer Grand Marnier deliver a colourful myriad of keyboard sounds, addictive synth beats punctuation by Budet’s youthful, silky voice. Get ready for a rainbow display of playful, flirtatious and addictive tunes that will leave you thumping on the dancefloor.
Yelle came to prominence when they posted an early version of the song “Je veux te voir” on Myspace in September 2005. The song’s original title refers to Cuizinier of French alternative hip hop band TTC and charted at No. 4 in France. Yelle then began working on recording their debut album, Pop Up, in 2006. Arriving amid a flurry of 80’s inspired pop, with the likes of CSS and New Young Pony Club all revered for their take on brightly colored electro. Yelle’s first album stood out from the crowd with its wry, frothy and unashamedly fun outlook. This infectious appeal not only led to work with Robyn and Katy Perry, but gained them fans in fellow musicians such as M.I.A. and Mika.
Their second song “A Cause Des Garcons” was released by music tastemaker and fashion label Kitsune, and inspired the great Tecktonik dance movement which went viral in Europe and eventually, across the world. Since then, Yelle have produced three highly successful chart-topping albums and have enjoyed a significant following overseas. They toured internationally in support of each of their album releases and remain one of the very rare French acts to have performed three times at Coachella. On tour with their latest sweet and soothing 2016 track “Ici & Maintenant (Here & Now)”, the band embrace their new state of mind of being simply and fully in the moment.
Yelle will be performing for the very first time in Singapore on 12 & 13 May at the Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore (NMS). NMS will also present a free talk and Q&A session on 13 May with the French band on how their brand of French electropop has resonated across cultures. More details to come.
Connect with France’s Biggest Pop Artist, Julien Doré (21 MAY)
Julien Doré is one of France’s biggest pop stars. A recipient of the coveted Victoire de la Musique award for Artist of the Year (2015), he has won fans and critical acclaim for his four-time platinum album, LØVE. Julien rose to fame as the winner of the fifth season of Nouvelle Star (France’s answer to American Idol). Charming audiences with his genuine talent and trusty ukelele, he has never looked back since. The French Idol exudes a relaxed, beach boy vibe and returns recharged, after taking a hiatus from the scene to reconnect with nature. His new album “&” springs from this recent time off, where he crafted a new sound somewhere between electronica and chanson française. Confirming his talent as a songsmith, the album rose to the top of the French iTunes charts on its release in late 2016.
Performing at Kallang Theatre, Julien Doré will mark his debut in Singapore as part of his Asian tour to promote his new album “&”, as part of Voilah! French Festival Singapore.
“Voilah! French Festival Singapore aims to promote French culture. We are proud to welcome Julien Doré in this frame, as a symbol of a new generation of artists who cross the borders and styles to share universal values“ Laurence Lochu, Counsellor for Culture, Science and Education.
From 31 March to 2 April, music lovers can look forward to an unparalleled 30 hours of world class music at the fourth Singapore International Jazz Festival (SINGOn March 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
From 31 March to 2 April, music lovers can look forward to an unparalleled 30 hours of world class music at the fourth Singapore International Jazz Festival (SING JAZZ) at Asia’s leading entertainment destination, Marina Bay Sands. Already billing a star-studded line-up of multiple award-winning artists, SING JAZZ is set to add the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan, Gilles Peterson and Ray Parker Jr., as well as local favourites Aaron James Lee and Ernesto Enriquez.
Aaron James Lee, who has established a glowing reputation drumming with The Steve McQueens, and his trio will kick-off Friday’s festivities (31 March), to be followed by pioneering UK-based jazz DJ Gilles Peterson with the Zara McFarlane Band featuring Nubya Garcia and MC Earl Zinger. Multiple Grammy Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae rounds off the evening’s musical fiesta under the stars on the stunning outdoor Main Stage at the Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands.
The action then switches to SING JAZZ’S new indoor VIP party venue, the perfect setting for its ‘Late Show’, combining scintillating live performances played out in an intimate club atmosphere. Ernesto Enriquez and his jazz-infused Afro-Cuban sounds get the party going, ahead of Al McKay’s iconic Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, followed by an all-star jam session led by Incognito’s Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Citrus Sun. Another UK favourite, electronic duo Basement Jaxx, will complete a whole 12 hours of amazing music.
Saturday opens with Raw Earth presenting a tribute to blues icon BB King, setting the stage for R&B legend Ray Parker Jr. ahead of fellow new addition, virtuoso singer-songwriter and bassist Esperanza Spalding, making a welcome return to Singapore following previous sold-out concerts here. This four-time Grammy Award- winner, who famously eclipsed Justin Bieber in the “Best New Artist” category in 2011, brings her reinvented, fusion-influenced hybrid of rock, funk and jazz to the SING JAZZ stage.
World music icon Youssou N’dour will round off Saturday’s Main Stage programme, before another segue into The Late Show, featuring for the first time in Singapore multiple platinum and chart-topping Brit Award winners Rudimental (“Feel the Love” and “Waiting all Night”) with their dazzling DJ set. Setting the party vibe are SING JAZZ favourites Incognito, who will also head up another jam session of Festival artists and instrumentalists in one-off impromptu collaborations that are sure to live long in the memory.
Sunday’s Main Stage programme promises a fitting climax to one of the biggest weekends of live music that Singapore will have seen in a while. The exciting billing leads off with Adam Hall and The Velvet Playboys from Perth featuring local songstress Alemay Fernandez, with their fusion of up-tempo jump jive and rock and roll. The Sunday evening party continues with funky US bassist Nik West followed by singer songwriter Raúl Midón. HITMAN David Foster & Friends – a line-up of international stars including the multifaceted Brian McKnight, returning superstar Chaka Khan, YouTube sensation Thirdstory, Indonesia’s soul sweetheart Dira Sugandi and, from Singapore, Nick Zavior – will then bring the curtain down on this fourth, and largest ever, edition of the Singapore International Jazz Festival, SING JAZZ 2017.
Gilles Peterson is looking forward to introducing his all-star line-up of UK jazz artists to Singapore, ”This is such an unbelievably good time for British jazz! Not since my early years listening to the jazz funk of groups like Incognito and Level 42 have I felt such a sense of community around a music scene. We’re fortunate to have a very solid buzzing base for jazz and improvised music in the UK – both Nubya and Zara are two of the newer stars of recent times… I’m so excited to share this unique collaboration at SING JAZZ 2017.”
“SING JAZZ is fast becoming one of the most prominent and favoured music festivals in the region and this is reflected by the amazing and diverse talent that we are able to attract and present. This is very encouraging and we look forward to growing the Festival to even greater heights,” commented David Lyndon Smith, Co- founder and Artistic Director of SING JAZZ.
Sponsors & Partners
In addition to welcoming some of the biggest musical names to Singapore, SING JAZZ is also proud to announce partnerships with some of the most recognised brands in the world.
Returning for the fourth year as Official Venue Partner and strong supporter of the Festival is the iconic is Marina Bay Sands, while logistics giant DHL and Coca-Cola® comes on board for the first time as the Official Logistics Partner and the Official Beverage Partner respectively.
Attendees at this year’s SING JAZZ may also look forward to sipping on a richer range of spirits and liquors to complement the musical atmosphere.
At the inaugural Lanson Champagne Terrace, spectators can pamper themselves with a premium elevated view of the iconic outdoor stage while sipping on flutes of Lanson champagne.
Lanson’s winemaker, PengWine, a boutique wine from the Maipo Valley of Chile, comes on board as Official Wine of SING JAZZ with the launch of its very first vintage bubbly – Chinstrap Sparkling Brut. Made by the Méthode Traditionelle, and named after the famous penguins of South America, this Chilean bubbly is vivacious, festive and yet full of elegance, designed to inspire and celebrate life.
Those who prefer to cool off with lager and cider have a choice to make between Tiger Beer, Erdinger and Strongbow Cider.
Tickets for the Singapore International Jazz Festival 2017: Main Stage and The Late Show start from SGD108 and are available here. Also available is the Full Festival Pass (SGD288) which gives access to 30 hours of music at both The Main Stage & The Late Show on all days. For more information, please visit SING JAZZ.
Are you feeling sleepy 99% of the time but can’t find a place for a power nap? Join us at our much anticipated Zen Zone, relaunched in GoldOn March 22, 2017 / By Nookmag
Are you feeling sleepy 99% of the time but can’t find a place for a power nap? Join us at our much anticipated Zen Zone, relaunched in Gold Class®. Happening from now to 31 May, patrons get to recharge in luxurious comfort at only SGD10! For an additional SGD8, patrons can enjoy a main course with free- flow soft drink & juice at the lounge. Your lunch hours now can’t get any better than this!
1) SGD10 Nap Only (in cinema only)
Includes free flow water and eye mask (while stocks last)
2) Add – On Lunch Option @ SGD8 (lounge only)
– 4 choices with free flow soft drink & juice
– Angus Beef Burger
– Creamy Pesto Fettucine
– Thigh Grilled Chicken Thigh
– Smoked Salmon Salad
– Coke, Sprite, Iced Lemon Tea, Coke Zero and Pink Guava
3) Lunch Set Menus available at SGD12 NETT
Terms & Conditions
VivoCity GC 2 & Suntec City GC 3
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Monday to Friday: 2 March – 31 May
Block-out dates apply: All PHs (14 April Good Friday, 1 May Labour Day and 10 May Vesak Day)
Disney partners with Spotify to launch a new, interactive campaign. From today, Spotify users can step inside the magical world of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Castle andOn March 18, 2017 / By Nookmag
Users of Spotify’s free tier will see video advertising which will direct them to the Beauty and the Beast Castle, but anyone can visit the Castle from today.
Spotify users who visit the castle will first have their Spotify listening profile analysed. Once the musical analysis is complete, you will be directed to the room of the castle which best matches your musical taste. The rooms in the castle include The Rose Room, The Ballroom, Belle’s Bedroom, The Beast’s Bedroom, The Dining Room, The Library and The Dungeon. Each of the rooms has a bespoke, curated Spotify playlist and features beautiful photography from the film.
The Beauty and the Beast microsite also features exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ interviews with the cast and crew of the film, including interviews with vocal artists John Legend and Ariana Grande during the recording of the classic Beauty and the Beast theme song.
Marco Bertozzi, VP of Europe, Sales for Spotify, said: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of the most charming and beautifully-designed campaigns ever launched in partnership with Spotify. It takes music fans on a magical journey through an enchanted castle, linking music with every room and exploring the themes from the film through each of the rooms.
“These kinds of collaborations bring the very best of sound and vision together on the Spotify platform to deliver a beautiful and engaging experience for music and movie fans.”
Beauty and the beast launched in Singapore on 16 March.
SUMMERDAZE 2017 is back with a Block Party Series, starting with Vol. 1 – Back to the Old School. From a 2014 debut with a 2,000 strong crowdOn March 13, 2017 / By Nookmag
SUMMERDAZE 2017 is back with a Block Party Series, starting with Vol. 1 – Back to the Old School.
From a 2014 debut with a 2,000 strong crowd to 2015 headliners Arrested Development and Fat Joe, this year’s block party series brings Skratch Bastid (3-time Scribble Jam DJ Battle winner) and Shortkut (Beat Junkies, ISP) to the fore. Blaccsmith brings you 2 of the world’s top Scratch DJs.
Having rocked the bar many times, Skratch Bastid is now ready to raise it. In 2012, The Bastid has become one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs and respected producers but don’t think it happened overnight. From his humble beginnings a decade ago as a teenager in Halifax- pumping out mixtapes from his bedroom and earning a loyal following already back then- he slowly spread his skills first at DJ competitions like DMC, ITF, and Scribble Jam and now around Canada and the world as a widely recognised go-to guy for party-rocking. The illest redhead on turntables has since gone viral on Youtube.
A founding member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz and Triple Threat DJ crews, Shortkut is one of the West Coast’s most respected turntablists. At 18 he helped found the Invisibl Skratch Piklz with Mix Master Mike, Q-Bert, and DJ Disk. The Piklz went on to become one of the most influential DJ crews of the ’90s, leading Shortkut to a membership in highly acclaimed The Beat Junkies. Together with DJs Vinroc and Apollo, the Triple Threat crew won 2014’s Red Bull global event ‘Culture Clash’ in San Francisco, and they’ve graced the main stage at Summerdaze 2015. He also has an obsessive love for reggae music. Discover his sound on Mixcloud.
This block party edition is supported by Singapore’s DJ collective core Matteblacc, Darker Than Wax, Revision Music, Fat Fish, Pushin’ On and the Lionsteppers.
Located at The Great Escape, sitting deep in the Golden Mile Complex level 5 carpark SUMMERDAZE 2017 BLOCK PARTY SERIES VOL.1 – BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL is on 19 March from 12:00pm to 12 Midnight. Find out more here.
For the month of March, we’ve specially curated five books for those cozy times nestled under the covers with a cup of hot chocolate. From books catered toOn March 4, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
For the month of March, we’ve specially curated five books for those cozy times nestled under the covers with a cup of hot chocolate. From books catered to those filled with wanderlust, to poems centering on our innate desire for connection, these reads are sure to bring you on a journey through worlds too great to explore in a single seating.
1. We Were Always Eating Expired Things by Cheryl Julia Lee
Centered on our innate desire for connection, both physical and emotional. The poems deal with the impossibility of such an endeavor and celebrate our persistence in striving anyway.
At its core, the collection is built around a very wise line from a Beatles song: I want to hold your hand. I want to hold your hand with no further expectations. I want to hold your hand instead of telling you I understand when I don’t. I want to hold your hand although we don’t always get along. I want to hold your hand despite the calluses, scratches, and scars that get in the way. I want to hold your hand knowing I’ll have to let it go one day.
2. The Desire For Elsewhere by Agnes Chew
The Desire For Elsewhere takes you on an intimate journey to explore the interiors of the museum of the narrator’s being, where otherwise ordinary artefacts reveal the stories they contain within. Travelling to the past, parallel planets, and the future, it tells a story of stories that explores the universal themes of love and loss, time and transience, and travel and wanderlust.
3. Rain Tree by Mahita Vas
Centering on a spirited young woman, it a story about hopes, dreams and sacrifice. Ani goes through a series of hardships and many crossroads of life. With chronic unemployment, a housing shortage and impending Independence, Ani realises that without an education, life will be unbearable. With an illegitimate baby, life will be impossible. To alter her destiny, sacrifices must be made. But at what price? Rain tree weaves a story of loyalty and hope with lessons on love unlike what Ani has learnt from English novels.
4. Dreaming Cities by Eddie Tay
In this book, poems and street photographs dream of the modern city, laying a poetic geography over the urban landscapes of Hong Kong and Singapore. Born in Singapore, Eddie Tay is a long-time resident of Hong Kong. He is an associate professor at the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses on street photography, creative writing and poetry. He is also the reviews editor of Cha, an online literary journal based in Hong Kong. This is his fourth collection of poetry.
5. In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore On Airports and Air Travel
The city-state of Singapore is small enough to fly over in three minutes, yet is also home to two of the “world’s best”, Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines. In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel presents poetry, short stories and essays inspired by that distinctly modern experience of coming and going by air, written by some of the most exciting voices in Singapore literature today. This collection takes readers from the depths of Changi Airport up to cruising altitudes half a world away, in the process exploring questions about travel, aspiration, belonging and home.
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Adidas Originals collaborates with music visionaries Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO to release remixed tracks of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra in two new musicOn March 2, 2017 / By Nookmag
Adidas Originals collaborates with music visionaries Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO to release remixed tracks of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra in two new music videos on music’s biggest night. As a spinoff to the brand’s recent campaign film “Original Is Never Finished”, adidas Originals continues to push the boundaries of creativity by reimagining their very own work with three musical artists. To launch the two new videos, the brand turned to Twitter for a takeover teasing both the songs and videos, which officially led up to the final reveal on the social platform. Reaffirming the notion original is never finished, adidas Originals continues to turn to its creators, inspiring them to redefine the meaning of originality.
“As a brand we believe in creative freedom and are always challenging ourselves to push the bounds,” says Alegra O’Hare, VP of Global Communications adidas Originals & Core. “Open source lies at the core of Originals’ DNA and is integrated into everything we do; what we create, who we create with and how we communicate. The decision to recreate our very own campaign film, just weeks after it debuted, and launch two new re-imagined videos via social media just felt right.”
First launched back in January, “Original Is Never Finished”, delivers a visual representation bringing to life the idea that recreating in your own way will always be entirely original. The film explores the brand’s philosophy, the past empowers the future, through a montage of scenes exploring the rich creative past of all spheres of creativity, music, art, film and even sport. With the release of the two new “Originals Is Never Finished” music videos, adidas Originals hands over the reins of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, to the musical artists Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO for them to remix it and make it their own.
In one video featuring, Snoop Dogg, the rapper and songwriter is captured recording the track within his studio. “I’ve been doing things my way from day one – A1 to Day 1 – and doing things my way is the only way,” says Snoop Dogg. “You need to be connected to the record and give it a second life, and extend the music from its original form.” The result is an original soundtrack remixed by the artist himself.
In another video, award nominee for Best Rap Performance, Desiigner, depicts a recreation of the famous painting, St. Sebastian by Sandro Botticelli, giving this iconic work of art new meaning for today’s generation. In another scene, adidas Originals’ repurposed their very own NMD product into masks and MadeinTYO joins a company of masked dancers to perform his original remix of “My Way”. This collaborative video featuring the two artists reinforces the notion that if you push something far enough, it becomes original again.
To release the video and song, adidas Originals took to Twitter, with a take over on the social platform during music’s big night. The artists all contributed to the social chatter posting to their personal channels in support of the reveals. Simultaneously as social media was abuzz with the new video and song, adidas Originals broadcast its brand campaign film “Original Is Never Finished” during music’s big night, further strengthening the notion of what it means to be original.
BBC’s adaptation of Leigh Denton’s 1978 bestselling alternate history novel, SS-GB, is airing now exclusively on BBC First. Written by BAFTA-award winners Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, theOn February 24, 2017 / By Nookmag
BBC’s adaptation of Leigh Denton’s 1978 bestselling alternate history novel, SS-GB, is airing now exclusively on BBC First. Written by BAFTA-award winners Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, the screenwriters of SPECTRE, Skyfall and Casino Royale, and directed by multi-award winning director Philipp Kadelbach, SS-GB stars acclaimed British actor Sam Riley as Douglas Archer, and actress Kate Bosworth as Barbara Barga, the main characters in SS-GB.
Postulating the Battle of Britain ending in victory for Hitler’s Germany, renowned London detective Douglas Archer (Sam Riley) is caught between his brutal new SS bosses and a ruthless British resistance movement as he investigates what looks like a black market-related murder. Getting closer to the truth about the killing, Archer finds himself drawn into a treacherous plot as SS-GB rapidly merges crime drama with an intriguing spy tale, a compelling love story and a conspiracy thriller with global implications. With the world he once knew crumbling around him, Archer is determined to uphold the law and protect those he loves in the hope of a better future. But as he struggles between two sides prepared to go to any lengths to control the ultimate outcome of the war, which way will this decent man turn?
SS-GB is showing airing now on BBC First (StarHub Channel 522). It will be available for catch-up on BBC Player, available at BBCPlayer and as an authenticated app downloadable from the Apple App and Google Play stores.
Am I clinically insane or do I have powers unknown to the average human? That is the question at the heart of Legion, a brand new kind ofOn February 10, 2017 / By Nookmag
Am I clinically insane or do I have powers unknown to the average human? That is the question at the heart of Legion, a brand new kind of superhero story from FOX. A highly-anticipated drama series featuring a cast of standout stars from award-winning producers, Legion is a more psychological, cerebral take on the superhero genre that asks viewers to question everything they know. The eight-part series premiered on FOX on Thursday, 9 February.
Inspired by the Marvel Comics X-Men character, Legion is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change.
However, the pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller, Fargo). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. David escapes from the hospital and connects with a team of unconventional mental health specialists who open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities. The audience is left to question – what is my own reality?
Lucien Harrington, SVP of Marketing & Communications for FOX Networks Group in Asia, said, “Legion is a unique take on the superhero genre. The story explores universal human experiences that each of us can relate to, like second-guessing our thoughts and feelings or asking, is it just me? Even though Legion has a clear superhero thematic that Marvel fans will love, it’s a series with a rich, emotionally-charged subject matter that every viewer can connect with. Legion is another example of FOX bringing audiences the best stories, first.”
Produced by Hollywood’s Elite
Legion stars a cast of memorable talent; including Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast), Rachel Keller (Fargo) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Dirty Grandpa). Behind the scenes, the Legion team is no less star-studded. Legion’s executive producers include Noah Hawley and John Cameron, the pair responsible for FOX’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning series Fargo on FX. The Legion executive production team also includes the award-winning director, writer and producer Bryan Singer, who has directed big-budget superhero films including X-Men and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Legion is a FOX original series; produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television. In Singapore, the series will premiere at 9pm on Thursday, February 9, on FOX HD (Singtel TV CH 330, and StarHub TV CH 505).
Are you ready to question your reality, explore new possibilities and ask Is It Just Me? In Singapore, FOX invites you to visit “Project Legion” from now to 12 February, 11am to 9pm at Westgate, The Courtyard @ L1 (outside Samsung). There, you can see the world in a whole new way and question your perceptions – just as the character Legion must do in FOX’s newest television series.
To begin, visitors are invited to document their visit at a motion photo booth located outside the maze. Thereafter, they will go through a mirror maze designed to closely match the aesthetics of Legion, and will be challenged to rethink reality as they encounter the unexpected around every corner. Visitors who successfully complete the mirror maze will be presented with pill bottles filled with their ‘prescribed medication’, and those who pre-register their interest online will also receive a personalised wrist tag that that can be picked up at the event.
What exciting truths and unforgettable moments will you discover? Stop by the mirror maze to celebrate the launch of Legion and take part in this remarkable experience.
The wildly popular South Korean variety series Running Man has been revived for a continued run! Since news of the show’s impending cancellation broke late last year, brokenheartedOn February 8, 2017 / By Nookmag
The wildly popular South Korean variety series Running Man has been revived for a continued run! Since news of the show’s impending cancellation broke late last year, brokenhearted fans have petitioned against its end, with many leaving heartfelt messages about how Running Man has been an integral part of their lives over the past seven years. Buoyed by the immense amount of support streaming in from all corners of the world, it was announced on 24 January that the production team has decided to continue the show with its current cast. The current cast consists of six of the original members: Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Jong Kook, HaHa, Lee Kwang Soo, Ji Suk Jin, and Song Ji Hyo.
“In view of the overwhelming response by local and International fans, we have decided to continue the Running Man series with the original cast members,” said Creator of the hit variety show who is also the Chief Producer of Seoul Broadcasting System’s (SBS) Variety Team. “I sincerely thank the Running Man members who made the difficult decision to stay on the show. And in order to repay fans who have continuously showered us with love and support through the past seven years, we will continue to do my best to make Running Man even more enjoyable,” he added.
On ONE, Running Man has long been an anchor programme on the channel; in both Malaysia and Singapore, ONE is the top pay TV channel during Running Man’s premiere telecast slot on Fridays at 11pm. It is also the no.1 variety programme among the 4 Korean entertainment channels in Singapore. In Malaysia, the show has been and continues to be the top-rated programme not just on ONE, but also amongst the four Korean entertainment channels in the country.*
Fans can continue to watch the latest episodes of Running Man on ONE every Friday at 11pm (10pm JKT), within one week of its Korean telecast. ONE also airs classic episodes of Running Man in a throwback slot every Saturday night at 11pm (10pm).
ONE is available in Singapore on Singtel TV Ch 513 & 604, StarHub TV Ch 124, 820 & 823
This week, usher in the Year of the Rooster with the BBC’s festive line-up of Chinese New Year specials. BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) Enter theOn January 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
This week, usher in the Year of the Rooster with the BBC’s festive line-up of Chinese New Year specials.
BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407)
Enter the heart of the festivities in Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration on Earth (25-27 Jan, 9.45pm), where you can get a front-seat view of Beijing as it celebrates one of its most spectacular events. There, eight million passengers a day squeeze onto trains to take them thousands of miles home, and thousands of families visit the stunning Temple of Earth to pray for happiness and good luck amidst a cacophony of fireworks.
Then, go on a fascinating journey through the landscapes, peoples, stories and cultures of China in The Story of China (28 & 29 Jan, 2.15pm). Written and presented by historian Michael Wood, the series explores the history of the world’s oldest continuous state and new superpower, from its ancient past to the present day.
CBeebies (StarHub Channel 303)
Your child will be kept entertained throughout the festive weekend too, with an array of award- winning and critically-acclaimed CBeebies programming.
Your pre-schooler can learn more about Chinese New Year and the story behind it in Let’s Celebrate (28 Jan, 9am), which follows a girl in Liverpool as she prepares for the festival. Meanwhile, the Go Jetters (28 & 29 Jan, 9.15am) jet off to China and explore and embark on missions at the Great Wall and Forbidden City, offering a fun-filled introduction to geography.
The festivities continue with celebratory episodes of CBeebies favourites like Hey Duggee (28 & 29 Jan, 9.25am), Dinopaws (28 & 29 Jan, 9.35am) and Sarah & Duck (28 & 29 Jan, 9.50am).
BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432)
If you’re looking beyond whipping up the standard Lunar New Year fare this year, get some inspiration for your dinner menus with back to back episodes of Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Melbourne (27 Jan, from 1.30pm) and The Great British Bake Off (28 & 29 Jan, from 1.30pm).
Meanwhile, Grand Designs Specials (30 Jan, from 1.30pm) adds a touch of prosperity to the weekend, as Peter Maddison reveals the best homes around, proving that design is too ambitious when creating your dream home.
Celebrate new works and welcome new faces in Singapore music with Esplanade! Join these artists as they embark on brand new chapters of their musical journeys. KalysaOn January 9, 2017 / By Nookmag
Celebrate new works and welcome new faces in Singapore music with Esplanade! Join these artists as they embark on brand new chapters of their musical journeys.
1 Jan, Sun | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Kalysa, despite her young age has amassed a wealth of experience under her belt. Having been in the Malay music scene as a singer and songwriter for 8 years now. Her career has taken her to the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur where she was a recording solo artiste with Luncai emas Sdn Bhd for 2 years. Now back in Singapore, Kalysa has been working with the Basement Studio, predominantly writing and recording her original compositions. Kalysa pens her songs based on her personal tribulations, pouring her emotions and feelings into every word in her songs. Her music brings out her character, a fun, lovable character with a great backstory to her journey thus far.
1 Jan, Sun | 7.15 pm & 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
A blend of blues and folk music with a dash of Indian bhajan, qawwali, and a hint of new age, the sounds of Karmahead—comprising Art Fazil and Bobby Singh—are created using the acoustic guitar, tabla, and a collection of ethnic instruments, exotic toys and synthesizers. Art Fazil, the founding member of alternative ethno-folk-pop-rock trio Rausyanfikir signed as a songwriter with Warner Music Publishing (Singapore) in 1990, actively writing for regional acts in both English and Malay. In 1993, Art was signed to Pony Canyon Records (Singapore) as a solo artist. In between those two Malay albums, Art recorded the eponymous album of self-penned English songs, which produced two top 10 hits, Sometimes When I Feel Blue and Everybody Else. That year, he also won the COMPASS Best English Song 1995 award and another Best Malay Song Award in 1997 for Dikir Fikir Fikir, a track from the second Rausyanfikir album. He also won the Tympnali Songwriter’s Competition (held as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) in 1997. Art moved to the United Kingdom in 1995 where he focused on writing and performing, travelling extensively around England, Scotland and Wales, with a brief stint in Istanbul. He has played at the world famous The Kashmir Klub, The Regal Room, The Twelve Bar Club, Bungies, Moles (Bath), Penny Theatre (Cantebury), Edinburgh Fringe Festival etc.
Bobby Singh was in his family band before he became a student of Pracheen Kala Kendra Music School in New Delhi, where he graduated in Indian classical music. He specialises in tabla, and plays Indian classical, western, and music of Eastern Europe origins. Bobby plays a wide range of styles and genres such as pop, jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and so on, and continues to explore the rhythms of world music. He is a session musician who also specialises in African and Latin American rhythms. Bobby is particularly skilled in western drums and the Peruvian cajon (drum box). Other percussive instruments that he plays include Indian skin drums, congas, bongos, timbales, djembe, udu, darabouka, surdo drums, tamborim and timbal. He has performed for recordings by Blair’s Bunch, Asha Bhosle, Art Fazil, Marina Xavier, Late Amran, Jessica Soo, Jack Lee and Lewis Pragasam (Seoul), Othrie Barrett Jr, and many others. He is also a music educator.
Shak and the Baits
2 Jan, Mon | 5.15 pm & 6 pm | Esplanade Concourse
A growing household name in Singapore, Shak and The Baits debuted as a band in June 2016. A groove-based band that characterizes Shak’s melancholic lyrics into danceable grooves. Shak and The Baits comprise of five members: Shak’thiya Subramaniamm (Singer Songwriter), Khalis Jalil (Guitarist), Tiffany Tan (Keyboardist), Eugene Chew (Bassist) and Rafaee Mahmood (Drummer). With a range of various musicial influences, the group brings a palette of sounds that colour the world. We welcome you to immerse yourself in our world.
The group has performed at various venues in Singapore such as the Hard Rock Cafe, a featured artist for Bandwagon Nights, Power Records at Kult Kafé, BeerFest 2016, Singapore Night Fest 2016 and beCAUSE at Singjazz Club on 2 December 2016.
15 Jan, Sun | 6.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Chasing Daylight is a budding pop / soft-rock band from Singapore whose songs explore themes of life, love and longing. The boys are inspired by the likes of Switchfoot, Coldplay and The 1975. Their live shows aim to bring audiences on a journey packed with energy and emotion. First formed in 2009, the band today consists of Yap Wei Chiang, Yap Wei Jin, Hosea Choo, Ian Leong and Aaron Pereira. Chasing Daylight is currently part of the Noise Music Mentorship 2016 Programme.
2 Jan, Mon | 7.15 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Started off as a 3-man band, Baracuda Batucada is the name of the group and make you groove, they will. With a strong member base of more than 150 members since 2004, the percussion ensemble has been rocking crowds out and entertained many people for many events. Starting out on campus, Baracuda Batucada has performed in many different places since then. From Orchard Road, Zouk to Brisbane Australia, the group has grown much over the years, rocking out their addictive samba percussion tunes. Their hard rocking beats have certainly made their name sound far and wide.
Different personalities and backgrounds, passionate musicians wanting to make a difference, a calling to make music and a desire to rock is what that has brought this group of people together today. Whenever the hard thumping rhythms are heard around the city, music enthusiasts know its Baracuda Batucada rocking their beats. With their authentic slogan of “Heavier than Samba, Lighter than Rock”, the group will definitely surprise and entice you with their rhythms!
3 & 4 Jan, Tue & Wed | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Din has undoubtedly shown his unwavering spirit in pursuing his path as a musician, and now he is ever more determined to make his music heard through Asia. Currently Din is in the process of recording his 2nd single, Mr Malu. With his band, he will be reworking some of his original music, as well as popular cult classics from Bob Marley, The Beatles, to Coldplay, Radiohead and Nirvana. With great passion and an unusual fair for music, Din Illango has been writing his own songs since nine when he first picked up the guitar on his own. Today, he is a professional guitar teacher with a Performance Diploma in guitar, and has even published several original songs on the web prior to his maiden radio release of his malay song, Seperti Maya Karin, which is currently on Ria’s LPMI Top 20 charts for over 15 weeks and topped the charts for 2 weeks.
5 Jan, Thu, 7 pm | 6 Jan, Fri, 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Having also acquired a strong skillset in songwriting, Nick is also currently recording his own original music and will be focused on releasing albums to promote positivity and touch lives locally and abroad. Nick will be exploring two originals. He will also be re-interpreting and giving a fresh twist to old classics by r&b and soul artists such as Al Green and Luther
Vandross. Nick Zavior is a professional singer, songwriter and arranger. He is the 2016 McNally Award winner for excellence in the arts. Having been influenced heavily by Rhythm & Blues music, Nick began to explore its traditions in 2010, which led him to acquire the stylistic traits of funk, soul and gospel music. He has performed cover music regularly at highly acclaimed clubs, restaurants for over four years. Nick is also the lead vocalist of the renown 12 member funk & soul tribute band ‘What Is Hip,’ who have performed at various venues across Singapore, most notably Esplanade’s NYE’s countdown party.
The Anson Fung Quartet
6 Jan, Fri | 7.45 pm & 9 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
The Anson Fung Quartet presents a night of jazz, bebop and hardbop. From the iconic Charlie Parker to Bobby Timmons, the group will play music that swings hard, for you. Featuring an all new (things) lineup of John Koh on bass, Mohd Rafaee on drums and veteran pianist and sax player Shawn Letts.
7 Jan, Sat | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Linus Hablot is a Singapore-based singer-songwriter that combines his adoration for genres such as neo-soul, blues and indie folk. An interesting blend of such vastly contrasting genres, Linus borrows from his musical influences such as Nick Hakim, Lianne La Havas and Bon Iver and creates his own unique sound that is difficult not to fall in love with. His debut release, Coming Down, released on local record label Middle Class Cigars, was highly praised in the scene for its fresh sound. Local music editorial, Bandwagon, describes his debut EP as Linus’ “logical first foot forward that marries the sparse instrumentation he’s been practicing, along with a focus on synthesized beats made human.
7 Jan, Sat | 7.15 pm & 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
An acoustic live performance, Abby Simone would play sets comprising of some originals and new and innovative approaches to covers. She will take on r&b/hiphop and progressive edm music and infuse them with her own unique sounds. She is highly influenced by Ryan leslie, Drake and Kygo. Sherry Abigail who is known by her stage name, Abby simone started singing since she figured out the acoustics of her bathroom. From what started out as nothing but a bathroom singer her journey in music has been nothing short of amazing. Abby Simone started her professional Music career in early 2014. Using music as a confidante, she has been writing and singing to express herself emotionally. Abby has performed for Beerfest 2014, UN Women Gala event 2014,Weddings,Corporate events & still does her regulars at various places.
Lost box (A Beautiful Sunday Special)
8 Jan, Sun | 2.30 pm, 5.15 pm & 6 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Brought together by their passion for music, what began as a group of friends jamming at HDB void decks soon became a trio of performers doing what they love most for a living. The Lost Box have been pursuing music full-time for the past three years as a cover band and are working hard on the Debut release.
8 Jan, Sun | 6.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
General Lee is a Singapore-based rock and roll band playing self-penned tunes inspired by their thoughts about growing up, living, working and playing music in S.E. Asia, a throwback to the sounds of the rip-roaring counterculture era. Inspired by Americana, their songwriting draws on historical events and local folklore to shine a light on their home country, which has so often been ignored. Their eponymous debut album was tracked live at Beep Studios, Singapore and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.”
9 & 10 Jan, Mon & Tue | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Voyeurs of a new musical frontier, the Astronauts galvanise old-school RnB with slick new age funk. Formed in June 2016, the band is a quintet of like-minded musicians brought together by the love of all things funky and soulful. In 2016, the Astronauts have performed at Esplanade’s “Baybeats”, “100 Bands Festival” and “Singapore Night Festival”. The band was most recently crowned the champion of the inaugural “Stärker Music Carnival” and has since shared the stage with notable artists like Charlie Lim, Disco Hue, DingDang and more. Fresh off “Stärker Music Carnival”, the Astronauts are currently working to release their first single and music video.
11 Jan, Wed | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
The Notes brings to you a jazzy a cappella twist to well-known pop and evergreen tracks, including local and international favorites. Hum to your favorite familiar tunes and enjoy a nice cosy afternoon/night with us! An a cappella quartet with a percussive twist, The Notes imbue class and chill in any space and time. Wistfully tugging at your heartstrings, their voices bring a new twist to evergreens, contemporary pop, and even musical numbers. So take five, kick back, relax, and let us say a jazzy little something about the language of the soul.
12 Jan, Thu, 7 pm | 13 Jan, Fri, 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Known for her chill vibes & melancholic vocals , Ffion documents her life in forms of songs, in hopes people may find a way to relate to them. The fresh faced songstress dropped her debut single, entitled ‘with u’, the romantic, full-bodied R&B cut is a superb introductory showcase for her evocative vocals. Ffion is currently under the NOISE Mentorship program & has hopes of playing her music overseas. The British vocalist may be a newcomer to the scene in Singapore, but with plans to release an EP April 2017, it’s clear there is more to be expected from her.
13 Jan, Fri | 7.45 pm & 9 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Emerged during the decade of local indie and post-rock acts, Coldcut Quartet began as a college band, comprising Luciano Lemus on guitar, Jelene Luar on keyboards, Nicholas Lee on bass and Anson Koh on drums. Founded by Luar in 2012, the members convened to vent their musical experimentation. What started as a college past time gradually evolved into a goal-driven career. Incorporating elements of jazz, classical, rock and metal, Coldcut Quartet presents its unique brand of fusion that is progressive, yet musical. With the upcoming release of “Space Ham” EP, Coldcut Quartet is set for stardom across international waters.
Music of LAND with NO SUN III by TO Ensemble
14 Jan, Sat | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Contemporary fusion music group TO ensemble presents a preview of the music from their upcoming concert LAND with NO SUN III: Song of the Skies (4th march, 7.30pm, Esplanade Recital Studio). A reflection of the impact of Man’s actions on nature, and the world, the LAND with NO SUN concert series tells the story of a post-apocalypse world where conflicts and deterioration of the environment has forced Man to abandon the surface to live in Skycities and rely on technology for survival. A young girl finds hope in what remains of nature. Featuring groundbreaking original music that combines jazz improvisations, Indian music, classical/film music and vocal music, audiences will experience a unique symphony of earth/nature, and also get an opportunity to contribute to this third concert episode of the series.
14 Jan, Sat | 7.15 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
wyd:syd is a rock band from Singapore. With each member’s distinctive musical influences and contributions, the band explores and blends musical elements from ambient, indie and conventional rock music in hopes of creating an enjoyable and unique soundscape.
The Falling Feather
14 Jan, Sat | 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Falling Feathers (JJ) – His tale started with a wager. A gamble to put one’s life on the line, diving headfirst into a career that’s frowned upon by many in Singapore. Falling Feathers is everything great about pop rock bands like 5 Seconds of Summer and The Vamps condensed into one individual. Falling Feathers owns a unique vocal quality, a bright and cut-through vocal tone that can be immediately recognized as his own. Not only does his music consist of compulsive hooks and relatable narratives, his songs also envelope the conventional emotions of day-to-day experiences in a copacetic kind of way. Coupled with his jovial personality, Falling Feathers definitely puts a smile on the faces of anyone who listens. Fighting tooth and nail to be heard, Falling Feathers started sharing his music at open mics, various online platforms and local performances. Falling Feathers has also been hand picked to be part of the 2016 NOISE SINGAPORE MUSIC MENTORSHIP program where industry professionals share their knowledge with artists in Singapore Falling Feathers’ debut single, Perfect, will be released across all major digital platforms come 10 November.
15 Jan, Sun | 5.15 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Lincoln Lim is a singer-songwriter that has performed in and around Singapore for the past 9 years. His folk storytelling is reminiscent of Damien Rice, Ben Howard and Jewel and at An Ode to Anxiety he debuts a treasure trove of original music made for people to listen and to feel. This will be his first solo performance at the Esplanade. Don’t miss out!
Marcus Makes Music
16 & 17 Jan, Mon & Tue | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
With his smooth tunes, slick presence and gritty vocals, Marcus can be seen hitting the local pub circuit playing pop-rock ballads and ’90s classics. Using the moniker Marcus Makes Music, the singer-songwriter has performed at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, 2016’s Shine Festival, and the annual ChildAid concert hosted by The Straits Times.
18 & 19 Jan, Wed & Thu | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
After making it to the top four of the nation-wide singing competition The Final 1, Glen embarked on his music career and wrote his first song, which was showcased on the soundtrack of Three Peas In A Pod, directed by Michelle Chong. Since then, his passion for songwriting grew as he wrote songs for his band, stillsunrise, who launched their first EP Colours In Black in 2015. He has performed at music and social events, product launches, company dinners, weddings and fashion shows.
20 Jan, Fri | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Groove factory was formed in a rather interesting way. It started with just two very close friends, Kumar (keyboardist) and Joash (drummer),music as a topic of conversation,and one idea. The idea was there but it was not that easy at the start when it came to getting the right musicians on board. The band started in 2016, after attaining third place in a local band competition called “Dhoom Super band”. Along with keyboardist Kumar and drummer Joash, are two other musicians ; Nilesh, (bassist) and isuru (guitarist).
It was not easy to form this band, but after groove factory gained experience, they knew that they would make an awesome team because they understand each other and that’s one of the most important factor when it comes to musicianship. Things then got more serious and they decided to kickstart their journey and started working together. More than musicians they are really good friends, and they enjoy their jamming sessions, gigs and performances together. With a DIY mentality and a burning passion to make a career out of what they love doing, they hope to accomplish some truly amazing things in time to come. Fueled by a mutual interest, Groove factory juggles elements of funk, jazz fusion and a
taste of Indian classical music.
20 Jan, Fri | 7.45 pm & 9 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Influenced by legendary jazz greats and eclectic modern soundscapes, Octaves takes on tunes ranging from Tin Pan Alley favourites to funky workouts. Alumni of the Mosaic Jazz Fellows programme under the mentorship of Singapore musicians Chok Kerong, Joshua Wan and Tony Makarome, the band presents fresh takes on both jazz standards and works by contemporary artists such as Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper.
21 Jan, Sat | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Drawing from the Sanskrit script, “Ekatva” describes the concepts of oneness and unity, which is fundamental to the drive behind the music that emanates from this 4-piece band. A reflection of these concepts,Ekatva is conceived by the coming together of Indian instruments such as the Sitar, Tabla and the Mridangam, which work in harmony with the versatile western guitar to bring to life a unique genre of music that is both fresh and vibrant. Akin to the diverse background and origin of the four musicians, Ekatva’s music is an amalgamation of different styles of music, embracing the rich cultures of the East and the West in the same space. With Somasundaram Shivanesh on Mridangam and Ghanjira, Anand Krishna on Guitar, Swetha Baskaran on Sitar , Lalit Kumar Ganesh on Tabla & Cajon, Ekatva strives to promote the concepts of Oneness & Unity in today’s world, through the form of its musical narrative.
Bakers in Space
21 Jan, Sat | 7.15 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
An indie post-psych rock band formed in late 2013. Extracting prime elements from indierock, psych rock, punk and reggae elements in their songs, aiming to catch the attention of crowds with the different culmination of styles to be both chill yet full of energy. Drawing strong influences from Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Queens of the Stoneage, Jack White, Temples, The Strokes while still retaining the sound of historical legends such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, etc. In 2016, the band was selected to be a part of Noise Music Mentorship programme, under the guidance of Daniel Sassoon (In Each Hand A Cutlass) & Clement Yang (Ugly In The Morning). They plan to record and release their debut EP titled ‘Implosions’ in early 2017.
21 Jan, Sat | 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Consisting of Fazly Kamis, Abdul Hakim, Ashek Ali and Syahadi Samad, Arajua brings about cinematic sounds, that makes conscious decision to transform the emotional feelings
profoundly. Over the years, the band have managed to transcend themselves in their unique way, and forming up their directions. They are usually in favor of intense setting, with reverbish sounds, that enables to connect with people with a form of consciousness, by telling a story with their ambient vibes, and melodic vocals. The quartet create dynamic artworks, to display a sense of expression,as to relate that emotions, does not have to be expressed through words. This year, the Instrumental/Post-Rock group will be releasing their Second EP Titled, ’The World as It Appears On A Journey You Are Certain With (Part I)’
22 Jan, Sun | 5.15 pm & 6 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Maricelle is an Indie Pop R&B artist, featuring heavy beats, unrestrictedly experimental electronic elements of UK Pop-Rock Electronica and atmospheric vocals. Peppered with social commentary from Maricelle’s perspective on city living, her lyrics explore her search for freedom and defining her voice in a futuristic mural of pop culture and fluid identity. Self-written in Singapore and Shanghai, produced and mixed by James Lye and mastered in Sweden by Björn Engelmann (Tove Lo, Alesso, Zara Larsson), Pursuit EP is singer-songwriter Maricelle’s daring artistic statement and debut EP, launched 7 January 2017.
Joe Soul Express
22 Jan, Sun | 6.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
A freshly formed band delivering the best of Pop, Soul, Funk, Motown, old school R&B and today’s neo soul favourites. Expect to hear hits by The Temptations, Bill Withers, Otis Redding and many more! Headed by Bani Rahman on bass / vocals, Joe Zane on vocals / percussions, Walit on funky guitars, Ayee on smooth keys and Zack on drum duty.
23 & 25 Jan, Mon & Wed | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Zhi Hui, or Zeeaura, is a singer-songwriter and music educator. The LASALLE College of the Arts graduate was part of Noise Singapore’s The Music Mentorship 2015 (TMM) programme, and is greatly inspired by fellow art educators and practitioners to be reflective and critical of her own work. She dreams of challenging the competitive academic and working environments in Singapore, which measure success by financial stability and excellence. She believes that art is a way of bringing people a stronger sense of community and an alternative way of learning. Her song You Make Me A Warrior came in first at the Pink Ribbon Songwriting Competition 2013, organised by the Breast Cancer Foundation. Zhi Hui has also performed at Noise Pop-Up Festival 2016, at Esplanade, Earth Hour 2014 and Pink Dot 2014.
24 & 26 Jan, Tue & Thu | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
29 Jan, Sun | 6 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
NELSON, or more affectionately known as ‘Bird’, is no stranger to the music scene. Despite being multi-talented and able to play a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, harmonica and drums, the singer-songwriter takes on the unsung role of playing the bass guitar, his first love. Apart from playing a variety of instruments and singing at mando/cantopop clubs such as Dragonfly, Beyond 97 and other outlets such as Beer Market, Hood Bar and Acid Bar. Nelson was also a semi-finalist in the first season of Singapore Idol along the likes of Sylvester Sim, Nat Ho etc.
Nelson released his debut Chinese album entitled 鋼鐵男子 under his Chinese name 陳志明 on 30 Dec 2008, penning the songs, playing all the instruments and producing the entire album all by himself. His second solo album 求憐經 was released on 1 Jun 2013, with the mixing and mastering done by renowned producer Roland Lim. His self-titled English EP was launched on National Day, 9 Aug 2014. Nelson’s latest album ‘Believe’ will be released on 19 Nov 2016. As a sessionist, Nelson has played bass for artistes like Nicodemus Lee from Mi Lu Bing (迷路兵) as well as singers Dawn Wong and Bevlyn Khoo. He has also recorded and sessioned for local rock band A Vacant Affair at BayBeats 2013 and Republic Polytechnic’s Ignite Music Festival 2013. He is the bass player for The Groovy People; Kevin Mathews’ band featuring local legends like drummer Ray Aziz (Opposition Party) and guitarist/producer Patrick Chng (Oddfellows, Typewriter).
In the local indie scene, Nelson is the bass player for indie band In Each Hand A Cutlass (IEHAC), an instrumental act comprising of some well-known musicians in the Singapore music scene. The band blends progressive rock, ambient, post rock and metal elements, casting all music boundaries aside, to create epic sprawling yearning songs. The band launched its debut album entitled ‘A Universe Made Of Strings’ while playing to a packed audience at the Esplanade Recital Studio on 24 Jun 2011. The band has also performed at many places including Juice magazine’s anniversary at Zouk, ‘The People’s Party’ held at Scape as well as one of the featured bands for BayBeats 2012 at the Esplanade. The band has also performed in Hong Kong as well as for UrbanScapes 2013, KL on 23 Nov 2013. They have recently launched their sophomore album entitled ‘The Kraken’ on 24 Apr 2014. IEHAC recently returned from the ‘Kraken Tour’ after playing 3 shows in Brisbane and 2 shows in Shenzhen and Shanghai respectively.
27 Jan, Fri | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
29 Jan, Sun | 7.15 pm & 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Australian singer songwriter Gabriel Lynch is no stranger to the road. He has spent much of his adult life travelling and wowing audiences across Asia, Europe and his own home turf with his breathtaking live performances. With his powerful command of the stage, he can incite a pindrop silence as quickly and effortlessly as he can instigate a soaring, cathartic singalong. Commenting on his humble, but extremely loyal following, Australia’s BMA Mag noted that Lynch “…is the best male Aussie vocalist you’ve never heard”. Upon hearing one of his earliest releases, Clem Bastow of Inpress Magazine anticipated that “a million sales await”.
He has shared festival lineups with the likes of Elbow, John Butler Trio, The Whitlams and Architecture in Helsinki and is as familiar playing to small coffee house audiences as he is crowded outdoor amphitheaters. LynchLynch now resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In between tours and expanding upon his already extensive catalog of studio releases, he composes music professionally for radio, film and television on behalf of Maveriq Studios. Lynch wrote lyrics and performed two songs from the soundtrack of the forthcoming Thai blockbuster, From Bangkok to Mandalay. A snippet of the song, ‘Turned Around’ can be heard in the official Thai movie trailer here. His song, ‘Manila’ was a finalist in the Adult Alternative category of the 2016 American Songwriting Awards.
27 Jan, Fri | 7.45 pm & 9 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
In Singapore, a city at its mark of multi-cultural renaissance; secretly witnessed the birth of this aced quintet. Featuring Southeast Asia’s finest self-expanding musical cats, Ragha (Bansuri), Joel Chua (Piano), Jase (Bass), Jit (DrumKit), Kumaran (Tabla), in one complete harmony. Their dynamic yet humble relationship began during undergraduate jazz music studies at LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore and some previously long termed music friends. At the request of an invite, Ragha, the lead artist, instinctively called upon his “ATeam” to fire up a Jazz Fusion Band. RaghaJazz made their debut in the year 2009, for the Asian Vibes Festival, held at Esplanade, Singapore. Ever Since then, they have been featured at various Jazz festivals held in Singapore held by the esplanade, such as the Mosaic Festival, Bright Young Things and Jazz in July. RaghaJazz has been a regular feature at some of Singapore’s Biggest Jazz initiatives organised by the Esplanade Singapore. They include “Mosaic festival of Jazz”, “Bright Young Things” and the “Jazz in July”. The quintet is currently working on their first album, “Idioms of Freedom”, which is due to release in 2017.
28 Jan, Sat | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Wanlin and Indra grew up playing music and performing together since they met in school. Wanlin is now the founder of Ocarina House. She has conducted extensive workshops since the group founded in 2014. It is her vision to see communities, families and friends bond through the simple and delicate art of Ocarina playing. The Ocarina and Guzheng duo will share their rendition of Chinese New Year classics as well as their own arrangement of other popular tunes.
28 Jan, Sat | 6 pm, 7.15 pm & 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
29 Jan, Sun | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Since 2013, Intune Music has been performing regularly at the Esplanade to celebrate Chinese New Year with everyone else. This year’s theme is “All things New” and Esplanade has managed to invite upcoming local singer Tay Sia Yeun 郑夏韵 to be their guest singer. She has successfully stood on the “Sound of my Dream 梦想的声音” stage to compete with international singers like JJ Lin 林俊杰. Directors of Intune Music Peng Chi Sheng and Aaron Matthew Lim will be performing too.
30 Jan, Mon, 5.15 pm & 6 pm | 31 Jan, Tue, 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Tammy Ying is a Singaporean singer-songwriter and music educator based in New York City. If you can’t find her teaching her students, she’s probably up to some harmless mischief in the music realm. She strives to do her best on an every day basis, just like any other person you know. She loves nothing more than to capture the stories and emotions of those around her, and channel it into relatable music through her own voice. Tammy hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams and passion, just as she was inspired to do the same.
Hai & Friends
30 Jan, Mon | 6.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Ismahairie’s music journey has been about discovering, experimenting, and exploring music, with an emphasis placed on Malay traditional music, which is deeply rooted in his heart, as it is part of his heritage. The LASALLE College of the Arts graduate is currently a member of the Singapore Malay Orchestra (Orkestra Melayu Singapura, OMS) – he was the youngest musician in the orchestra at that time. Having picked up traditional Malay drums and Gambus (Oud) in OMS, Besides performing, Ismahairie is an active songwriter and arranger where he composed Traditional Malay Music for Schools participating Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging Competition for Dance. Besides from composing music, he educates young musician playing violin as well as Oud, as he is constantly eager to share his musical knowledge with people. Ismahairie is currently in the midst of collecting his own material to producing his first instrumental album, which will probably launch at the end of the year.
2016 rocked! And YouTube was at the heart of all the action – providing endless entertainment to millions of viewers around the world. Before we say hello toOn December 22, 2016 / By Nookmag
2016 rocked! And YouTube was at the heart of all the action – providing endless entertainment to millions of viewers around the world. Before we say hello to a brand new year, let’s take a look at the ones that had you and the rest of Singapore clicking play and replay over and over again.
Emerging top of the list is the video that travelled from Japan and got everyone talking about pens, pineapples, apples – and pens again. The ridiculously catchy tune by fictional singer Pikotaro, “PPAP – Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” caught on like wildfire – spawning many parody videos stringing different words together. Its success didn’t stop there. It even made history as the shortest song to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts!
The support for local YouTube creators continues to grow with four videos making it to the top 10 trending videos list. These include two comedic videos by Night Owl Cinematics (NOC) – “Why Young People Hate Chinese New Year!” and “Boys Vs Men” – and popular YouTuber Tan Jian Hao’s “8 Types of Pokemon Go Players in Singapore”.
Music has also united the country. This year’s National Day theme song “Tomorrow’s Here Today” was a hit and an earworm for many. Its catchy tune allowed listeners to ‘dream away’ to a brighter future – a fitting song to celebrate 51 years of Singapore’s independence. And of course, who can forget the time when we threw our support behind Singaporean crooner Nathan Hartono after his swoon-worthy rendition of “有没有” in the blind auditions of Sing! China.
Singaporeans love YouTube and it remains the top video entertainment hub – YouTube watchtime in Singapore has grown by 35% over the last year. The strength of our local productions and talents is also felt globally, with more viewers from overseas tuning in watch such videos. Foreign viewership for the top 100 local creators in Singapore has increased by 69% over the last year.
YouTube Rewind brings together the biggest music, trends, memes, and characters from the past twelve months featuring today’s biggest YouTube stars and mainstream personalities. Check out the YouTube Singapore Rewind channel to explore all the trending videos of the year.
Singapore: Top Trending YouTube Videos (non-music)
Singapore: Top Trending YouTube Videos (music)
Global: Top Trending YouTube Videos (non-music)
Collectively these 10 videos have 550 million views and were watched for over 25 million hours. The channels behind them collectively have more than 40 million subscribers who tune in regularly watch the funny, insightful, entertaining things they create.
Global: Top Trending YouTube Videos (music)
Since its inception in 2002, E-TracX DJ Skool has been on a mission that extends beyond just imparting skills and knowledge to aspiring DJs. With its well-established DJOn December 21, 2016 / By Arman Shah
Since its inception in 2002, E-TracX DJ Skool has been on a mission that extends beyond just imparting skills and knowledge to aspiring DJs. With its well-established DJ academy, the establishment is adamant on building a community of like-minded individuals who are supportive of one another. Here, we highlight how it champions, nurtures and unites not only its rising talents, but also its professional acts.
At its core, E-TracX is a training ground for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Depending on where you are in your journey towards achieving greatness, you can opt for either the introductory DJ courses or advanced creative courses. There are also one-off workshops that cover the essential aspects of deejaying, turntablism and music production.
A student is only as good as the instructor’s teaching methodologies, and E-TracX boasts some of the best instructors in the Lion City. They include DJ Koflow and Edwin, whose students have gone to perform at venues like Blu Jaz and St James Power Station. Another name also worthy of mention is Perk Pietrek, the six-time DJ Battle Champion who recently dropped his new album under Far East Movement’s record label.
E-TracX does not believe in complacency; it’s always looking for means to sharpen the skills of the trainees under its wings. Instead of just teaching them how to DJ like everyone else, part of the curriculum sees the instructors pushing the students to level up. They are encouraged to collaborate with other musicians and dig deep within themselves to think of new concepts.
At the end of the day, E-TracX aspires to create an ecosystem where ardent fans of the DJ culture can coexist in a positive and mutually-benefitting manner. To achieve this dream of building a family of champions, the school has created many platforms for DJs to shine, including DJ residencies at clients’ venues and ad-hoc gigs at clubs and bars.
They have also launched “Newbie” Jams, which welcomes anyone who needs help with turntablism and controllerism techniques. These sessions provide the perfect opportunity to hang out and network with other passionate talents of varying skill levels in the game.