A beast and a human form an unlikely friendship in Nickelodeon’s newest animated series Bunsen is a Beast. Created and executive produced by Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents),On June 21, 2017 / By Nookmag
A beast and a human form an unlikely friendship in Nickelodeon’s newest animated series Bunsen is a Beast. Created and executive produced by Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents), the 20-episode series follows the adventures of Bunsen, the first beast to attend a human grade school, and his best friend Mikey.
The series will debut on 19 June, 12.30pm (WIB) and 1.30pm (MY/PH/SG), and thereafter, will air on weekdays from 26 June onwards at 5.30pm (WIB), 6pm (PH), and 6.30pm (MY/SG). In Singapore, catch a first and exclusive full episode currently available on the Nickelodeon Play app, which can also be accessed through the Variety Plus Pack on Singtel’s Cast app.
Bunsen is a Beast tells the story of Bunsen and Mikey, two new friends who embark on endless fun and adventures in their town of Muckledunk. As the first beast ever to attend a middle school for human kids, Bunsen feels the pressure to succeed and prove to the world that monsters can live among humans… and they won’t eat everyone for lunch. With help from Mikey, Bunsen will learn how to accomplish human world tasks, like doing homework, eating ice cream and riding the bus. In turn, Mikey will learn to navigate the Beast World and meet all the weird and wonderful beasts that reside there.
In the series premiere, “Bearly Acceptable Behavior,” Bunsen’s arch-enemy Amanda tries to get Bunsen kicked out of school when he brings a dangerous bear to class. During “Beast Busters”, Bunsen and Mikey have to save Amanda from mischievous Sneeze Beasts that escape from Bunsen’s nose.
The Bunsen is a Beast voice cast includes: Jeremy Rowley (iCarly) as Bunsen, the first beast ever to attend a middle school for human kids; Ben Giroux (Henry Danger) as Mikey, a sweet and quirky kid and Bunsen’s best friend; Cristina Milizia (Monster High) as Darcy, Bunsen and Mikey’s homeschooled friend; Kari Wahlgren (The Fairly OddParents) as Amanda Killman, the rigid and rule bound beast hater; comedy legend Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live) as Miss Flap, Mikey and Bunsen’s eccentric teacher; Jeff Bennett (Jake and the Neverland Pirates) as Bunsen’s Dad; and Jennifer Hale (The Powerpuff Girls) as Bunsen’s Mom. Additionally, Wahlgren and Rowley also voice Mikey’s Mom and Dad.
Hartman began his animation career as an assistant animator on An American Tail. He created his own shorts for What a Cartoon!, and also wrote and directed episodes of Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow & Chicken and Johnny Bravo. Bunsen is a Beast marks Hartman’s fourth animated series for Nickelodeon. Hartman joined Nickelodeon in 1998 where he created and produced several cartoon shorts for the Oh Yeah! Cartoons series, including The Fairly OddParents. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the animated series, Hartman brought the series to life in the 2010 live-action/CG animated hit TV movie, A Fairly OddMovie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! The series came to life once again in the original TV movie, A Fairly Odd Christmas in 2012 and A Fairly OddSummer in 2014. Hartman is also the creator of Nickelodeon’s animated series Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy.
Has Pops already got everything he needs and wants? We’ve got your back. Father’s day gifts can be tricky business, but if there’s one thing nobody can sayOn June 16, 2017 / By Nookmag
Has Pops already got everything he needs and wants? We’ve got your back. Father’s day gifts can be tricky business, but if there’s one thing nobody can say “no” to, it’s a holiday!
They say that boys never really grow up, and Daddy dearest is no exception. This Father’s Day, treat the #1 man in your life to a vacation where he can indulge in all the sports he loves. Here are some travel ideas in Asia for some good ol’ quality time with Dad.
#1: A Golf Getaway
When it comes to golfing, it is as much about the scenery as it is about the sport!
If he’s bored of the driving range and local courses, let your old man practice his putt at the scenic golf courses all over Asia! A new course means not just new challenges, but new sights to enjoy as well. Many of the golfing resorts in Indonesia, Vietnam, and the likes have won numerous awards, and are popular with the professional golfers too. If you think your dad won’t want to wake up extra early to travel out of the city to the resort, consider those that are either near the city center, or are “stay and play”—meaning they offer accommodation. They may cost more, but the premium you are paying will buy you a few more winks of sleep and relieve the stress that comes with arranging for transport.
Address: An Son, Hoa Ninh Ward, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang City, Vietnam
Contact: +84 236 3924 888 / email@example.com
Address: Jln Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Contact: +60 (4) 959 2700 / firstname.lastname@example.org
#2: A Fish Fight
Also called the Giant Barb, the Siamese carp is the large fish in its family (cyprinid) and are only found in the Mae Klong, Mekong, and Chao Phraya River basins!
Give Daddy a chance to flex those muscles and pit his strength against the most ferocious fish in Asia! If you’re an angler, you probably already know that Thailand is home to some of the world’s best game fish. In the waters surrounding Phuket, you have a chance of hooking up Marlin, giant trevally, tuna, swordfish, barracuda, sailfish and more. Their freshwater pond fish are not bad too: These include Chao Phraya giant catfish, giant Snakehead Toman fish, and the prehistoric Arapaima.
Lakes and ponds (freshwater)
Renowned for its giant fish—the giant Mekong catfish can grow up to over 100kg! We don’t know how your pops is going to reel that in, but we know he’ll definitely enjoy trying! Another popular catch is the elusive Siamese carp.
IT Lake Monster
You can experience fishing Amazonian species at this spacious pond, which has Amazon Redtail Catfish, Asian Redtail Catfish, Barramundi, Pacu, Arapaima, Alligator Gar, Chao phraya Catfish, and more.
Address: Ban Pong District, Ratchaburi 70110, Thailand
Contact: +66 85 999 9646
Sea fishing (saltwater)
#3: Other Adventures
Not really into golfing or fishing? No problem. Here are some other outdoor adventure ideas:
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Put an electronic music festival , David Hasselhoff , luxury cruise liner together and you end up with It's The Ship 2016. If you don't know what's that,it'sOn June 8, 2017 / By Simcik
Put an electronic music festival , David Hasselhoff , luxury cruise liner together and you end up with It’s The Ship 2016. If you don’t know what’s that,it’s only Asia’s largest Music Festival at Sea. Coming to it’s 4th edition.. an array of globally renowned EDM, house and dance music DJs keep the party going for the duration of the three day cruise, with pool parties on the open-air deck as well as indoor raving On board the MS Mariner of the Seas,
On top of the music, the impressive ship is also home to relaxing spas, sports facilities, rock climbing and even ice-skating, so there’s no shortage of on-board activities to fill the hours. Don’t take my word for it. Check out Its The Ship 2016 Aftermovie. One of the standout highlights from 2016 was the appointment of none other than Baywatch star, David Hasselhoff, as the ship’s captain. A true icon and the ultimate party starter!
With cabins now on sale, excitement is already building for this year’s epic four-day voyage, due to set sail from Singapore to Phuket from November 17-20, 2017.
With less than a month to go until it all kicks off, ULTRA Singapore announces the full lineup for its second, full-scale edition, taking place this June 10-11.On May 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
With less than a month to go until it all kicks off, ULTRA Singapore announces the full lineup for its second, full-scale edition, taking place this June 10-11.
Having dropped a Phase One billing to rival just about any festival on the Asian continent in March, the final lineup is once again full of surprises – with perhaps none bigger than Rich Chigga, the 17-year old Indonesian sensation, confirmed to make his debut in Singapore on ULTRA’s esteemed Live Stage.
Miami-born GTA have been confirmed to perform on the Main Stage, with their forever genre-defying sets guaranteed to be one of the standout moments of the weekend.
RESISTANCE, having recently announced an eight-week Ibiza residency at Privilege this summer, will take on a larger role than ever before at ULTRA Singapore, with ANNA, Carlo Lio and Henry Saiz joining Phase One headliners Dubfire, Nic Fanciulli and Sasha & John Digweed at one of ULTRA Worldwide’s most loved stages.
Support on the Main, RESISTANCE and Live Stages will come from Bassett, Carta, Damian Saint, Dan Buri, Firebeatz, Jasmine Sokko, JonnyVicious, Junior and Royal, DJ L, ManOne, Myrne, Oliver Osborne, PKCZ, Rave Republic, Sam Rui, Sidney Samson pres. Deadly Zoo, Will Sparks, DJ Yaksa and DJ Yamoto.
Situated directly across from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel at ULTRA Park, ULTRA Singapore’s first outing was a runaway success story, as the festival welcomed over 45,000 music enthusiasts from 67 countries worldwide.
With Early Bird tickets having already sold out, fans will have to act quickly to snatch up the remaining few tickets priced at USD178, exclusively at ultrasingapore.com/tickets. For those looking to travel with friends, ULTRA Passport Packs are also on sale exclusively to ULTRA Passport holders. Once five tickets are purchased, a sixth ticket is unlocked.
Elsewhere, ULTRA Beach Bali will be returning to the Potato Head Beach Club in the coastal town of Seminyak this September 14-15. Having SOLD OUT two years in a row, demand is once again expected to be high for what will be the third edition of the beachfront festival. Lineup and ticket information for ULTRA Beach Bali will be released soon.
Singapore’s premier VIP nightclub Altimate partners with Belvedere Vodka, the world’s original luxury vodka, to introduce the Midnight Saber, a breakthrough luminous bottle with laser cut precision andOn May 18, 2017 / By Nookmag
Singapore’s premier VIP nightclub Altimate partners with Belvedere Vodka, the world’s original luxury vodka, to introduce the Midnight Saber, a breakthrough luminous bottle with laser cut precision and soft-touch technology that will light the night in a sophisticated glow in the city’s highest club.
On 20th May, Altimate will be transformed into a sleek ambience, all lit up in a mysterious blue sheen, in line with the polished visuals of the magnificent luminous vodka bottle.
“Altimate is one of Singapore’s greatest lifestyle destinations, and we constantly seek opportunities to partner with the best brands in the world to artfully bring to our guests an unparalleled party and dance experience,” says Mr. Ian Sim, General Manager of Altimate. “With the launch of the Midnight Saber, Altimate brings our state-of-the-art hi-tech visual and sound effects, plush designer space, and multisensory experience, with Belvedere Vodka’s relentless commitment to bold and irreverent innovation, exquisite laser-cut metallic bottles, and LED lighting technology into an exciting and perfect bottle-service experience,” Ian adds.
The Midnight Saber stays true to its heritage and superior quality standards. With exquisite laser etching and delicate black coating, the audacious yet elegant design marks the first of its kind in industry packaging. LED lights line the bottom and when turned on, produce an effect of misty trees emerging from the bottle, for the most stunning night experience.
An impeccable spirit, the Midnight Saber is sure to enhance your party experience. Available in 1.75L bottles only, the ongoing promotional pricing of the limited edition Midnight Saber is at SGD620 nett per bottle or you can purchase a specially packaged Belvedere Midnight Saber and three bottles of Dom Perignon Luminous Vintage 2006 (75CL) at SGD2,000 nett until the 3rd June.
Accompanying your elegant libation experience will be a show-stopping entertainment lineup from local DJ collective, AOS Collective, DJ Andrew T, DJ Jackson, DJ Billy T, and DJ Shai, and emcee Mr Boo, who will be laying down some smooth hip-hop beats and pumping EDM hits!
Saturday, 20 May
10.00pm – 4.00am
61/F, One Raffles Place
Chart topping singer-songwriter and recent “MTV EMAs” host Bebe Rexha is a multi-platinum singer and mega hit songwriter of numerous smashes including “The Monster,” “I Got You” andOn May 16, 2017 / By Nookmag
Chart topping singer-songwriter and recent “MTV EMAs” host Bebe Rexha is a multi-platinum singer and mega hit songwriter of numerous smashes including “The Monster,” “I Got You” and “Me, Myself & I.” But her path to stardom wasn’t an easy one—filled with countless hours of songwriting (she’s penned huge hits for artists including Eminem, Selena Gomez and Pitbull), collaborating with artists as a featured singer, soul searching, and navigating through the turbulence of the music industry on the journey that catapulted her to solo stardom. The Ride explores the moments that changed Bebe’s life, defined her career, and made her the unique solo power artist she is today. The Ride: Bebe Rexha premieres on MTV Asia on 22 May 8pm (SG/PHI), 9pm (MY). The show can also be viewed online from 23 May, 12pm onwards.
In the lead-up to the premiere, tune in to watch Bebe Rexha on MTV Hits on 18 May 3pm (SG), 19 May 6pm (SG) and 21 May 9.30pm (SG) and on MTV Music Evolution on 20 May 6.30pm (SG) and 21 May 2pm (SG).
Some things you didn’t know about Bebe Rexha:
· Bebe’s full first name is Bleta, which in Albanian means “bumble bee.” Her mom recalled, “When Bebe was born, she was the cutest little thing with big eyes, and my husband said she’s as sweet as honey.”
· She played trumpet in her grade school band, an instrument she went on to practice for eight years. Bebe had originally wanted to play flute – but by the time the class musical instructor called her name (by surname order, Rexha) on instrument selection day, all the flutes were already distributed to other students.
· Bebe met Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz while in college, when Pete and producer Sam Hollander overheard her recording demos at their studio. The moment led to the signing of her first record deal with Pete’s experimental band, Black Cards. On the day she received the call to join the group, Bebe was in Italian class and she recalled: “I literally just left and never went back to college. The funny thing is, I passed every class that semester except music.”
· When the Black Cards disbanded in 2012, the band publicly announced that Bebe decided to pursue a solo career – while the bigger truth was that Pete Wentz no longer wanted Bebe in the group. Despite the fallout, Bebe and Pete remain friends.
· When Bebe hosted the 2016 MTV EMAs live from Rotterdam, she revealed that she actually started tearing up onstage during her live TV entrance, when she was lowered from the top of the arena on a swing to officially welcome fans and audience members to the show.
MTV’s The Ride follows today’s hottest artists as they reveal the most game-changing moments that transformed their lives, culminating in the #1 most important moment that changed everything. There’s nothing more powerful than an artist speaking their truth. The Ride lets today’s most talented performers tell their story – like no one’s ever heard before.
The Ride: Bebe Rexha is produced for MTV by Creature Films; executive producers are Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez for Creature Films and Bruce Gillmer and Jennifer Demme Harris for MTV International.
Golden Village is pleased to announce that advance sales have begun today for Chicken & Beer Night – King Arthur: Legend of The Sword on 11th May atOn May 8, 2017 / By Nookmag
Golden Village is pleased to announce that advance sales have begun today for Chicken & Beer Night – King Arthur: Legend of The Sword on 11th May at GV Suntec City.
Have you always been fascinated by the legend of King Arthur and his mythical sword, Excalibur? Here is your chance to be a “King for A Day” at Golden Village’s sneak preview screening of the new action-adventure movie, where you can listen to a short talk on the legend of Excalibur before the movie, and stand to win an Excalibur Sword worth SGD328 when you purchase tickets online from now to 11 May.
Film-goers will also be treated to a sneak preview, a bottle of Carlsberg beer (330ml), 4 x Asian spiced drumlets and a partner’s voucher.
King Arthur: The Legendary Sword
• GV Suntec City Prices
• 27 April, Thursday, 12pm
Terms & Conditions
On today’s show (Saturday 6th May) Graham welcomes Oscar-winning Hollywood great Goldie Hawn, stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer, Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom, Star Wars’ JohnOn May 6, 2017 / By Nookmag
On today’s show (Saturday 6th May) Graham welcomes Oscar-winning Hollywood great Goldie Hawn, stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer, Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom, Star Wars’ John Boyega and Eurovision hopeful Lucie Jones.
Goldie, talking about playing a very physical role in her new movie, Snatched, in which she stars with Amy, says, “I move around quite a lot. Action movies are really fun – you don’t know where you’ll end up but you’re having a ball. I am fit – I know I’m not as fit as a flea but I am a runner up to a flea!” Amy interjects, “Goldie is in really good shape – I was the one in the full body sling!”
Talking about becoming good friends with Goldie, Amy says, “We were staying in different places during filming but we still wanted to drink together every night so we would via FaceTime!” Goldie adds, “It was the next best thing to being together.”
Asked if their friendship is more like that of mother and daughter, Goldie says, “I don’t feel the age difference between us but sometimes I do feel maternal towards Amy – as I watch her I think she could be my daughter – my very troubled daughter!” Amy interjects, “I’d loved to have come out of you!”
Amy, talking about hanging out with Goldie and her family including partner, Kurt Russell, says, “I went to dinner at their house and Kurt answered the door and was so sweet and he gave me the warmest hello, saying, “It’s so great to finally meet you, Goldie loves you and I love you.’ It was so warm and I was like, ‘Thank you Kurt, we sat next to each other at the Golden Globes!’ He had no idea and nobody in this family remembered meeting me!”
Asked if men react differently to her now she is famous, she says, “No! Believe me, comedy does not lead to sex. For women I don’t think it really helps. Men say they love a funny girl but they are lying! They like to hang out with a funny girl but that’s it.”
Orlando, talking about his new film Unlocked and doing his own stunts, says, “Fisticuffs is a bit of fun. It was nice to get a bit muscular and dynamic though I did have a scary stunt when I had to be attacked by a 150lb Rottweiler. I love dogs but this one had a muzzle and was frothing at the mouth. It was really terrifying but I loved doing it, it was a big adrenalin rush.”
Asked about reprising his role of Will Turner in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean after 10 years, he says, “My six year old is desperate to see me in it. I’m not in it much but I don’t care that I just book-end it.” Asked if there will be more films, he says, “We’ll see. There is room for more.”
John, talking about not being recognised by everyone, says, “It was perfect. I went on a date in New York City and as we were driving through Time Square and she asked, ‘What do you do for a living?’ I just pointed up at the Star Wars billboard that showed me with a lightsaber and said, ‘That!’ That was the end of the relationship – the poster really affected her.”
Revealing that Orlando gave him advice on his love life before Star Wars came out, John says, “He told me to try and secure the love of my life before all the fame stuff starts.”
And, on appearing at The Old Vic in Woyzech, he says, “It is a deep dark play I wanted to do away from the colourful Star Wars stuff. Growing up I loved going to the theatre but The Old Vic was somewhere I never related to. For me it wasn’t real or gritty enough but now they are trying to expand their audience and pump in diversity and I am all about that.”
Asked about meeting Princes William and Harry on the set of Star Wars, he says, “I don’t remember what I said to William – I was just talking nonsense but I had a good chat with Harry. He’s down with the lads.”
Lucie performs the UK’s Eurovision entry Never Give Up On You live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat about the upcoming competition in Kiev.
And finally, Graham pulls the lever on more foolhardy audience members brave enough to sit in the Big Red Chair.
The Graham Norton Show, BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432), 6th May 10.00pm GMT +8
Next week (13th May) Graham’s guests include Diane Keaton, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Bacon, Michael Fassbender and Gorillaz.
AEG Presents is excited to announce that celebrated singer songwriter Ed Sheeran is bringing his highly anticipated World Tour back to Singapore on Saturday, 11 November atOn May 5, 2017 / By Nookmag
Saturday, 11 November, 8pm
Singapore Indoor Stadium
SGD248 / SGD208 / SGD188 / SGD148 / SGD108
(price excludes SGD4 booking fee)
Happy May the Fourth, and you know what that means: It’s the one day in the year that Star Wars fans can go all out and blast theirOn May 4, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
Happy May the Fourth, and you know what that means: It’s the one day in the year that Star Wars fans can go all out and blast their social media feeds with everything from the galaxy far, far away. In fact, 2017 is the 40th anniversary of the film series, the first of which debuted in 1977 (Star Wars, retitled Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981).
You must’ve already heard that there’ll be an impressive line-up of activities at Gardens By The Bay tonight—psst, the SuperTrees are going to become SabreTrees—but there’s more to do beyond our borders. We don’t want to miss out of the fun, so we’ve curated the top two Star Wars-themed attractions from your favourite theme parks!
Star Wars Miniland, LEGOland Malaysia
Even the most menacing of the Sith lords get a cute makeover with the colourful plastic bricks of LEGOland. At the Star Wars Miniland, you’d get to see over 2,000 models that are built to a 1:20 scale with a crazy 1.5 million LEGO pieces! That’s not all. The brick Jedis and friends also come complete with the sound effects we know so well, like the lightsabre “zing-zings”. The Star Wars Miniland will also be split into seven zones, each inspired by a movie scene from the series.
LEGOland Malaysia Resort will be having its very own Star Wars Day celebration from now to 31 May 2017. Sign up for the speed-building LEGO contest, a crash course in light sabre combat or join the full costume Major Star Wars Parade Imperial March happening on 13 – 14 May! Want the most bang for your buck? Dress up your children (ages 3 to 11) in full Star Wars costumes for FREE ENTRY into the park!
Hyperspace Mountain & Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Disneyland
The force is even stronger with the ever-popular Space Mountain roller coasters of Disneyland. For a limited time only, the ride gets a Star Wars-themed overlay, transforming into Hyperspace Mountain. The ride features new lighting, projections, and music, all to plunge each and every park goer into an exciting Death Star battle. If that’s not enough to quench your thirst for an escapade into The Empire, go for the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. This 3D simulator ride takes you to traverse the different fictional worlds of the series, as C-3PO and R2-D2 go on a top-secret quest.
But, if you REALLY can’t celebrate Star Wars Day beyond our borders, do check out the Star Wars themed Silent Disco or watch Star Wars under a sky full of stars at The Meadow on 6 May.
HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in South-East Asia, will be doubling down on local Asian stories, making a bold move into original content across theOn May 1, 2017 / By Nookmag
HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in South-East Asia, will be doubling down on local Asian stories, making a bold move into original content across the region. HOOQ will be announcing five all- new Asian originals, adding to its already comprehensive Asian catalogue. These five new projects, which will be announced at APOS this week, from across the region and take the form of 3 movies, a multi-episode series along with 5 pilots. The projects also transcend genre with romance, comedy and drama.
“There is a huge thirst for high quality, unique Asian stories, told from an Asian perspective. We aim to satisfy this with HOOQ Originals on our platform. These four new HOOQ Originals are going to whet your binge-watching appetite for drama, romance and comedies. This is just the beginning of a lot more exciting Asian originals to keep you HOOQ’d. We will continue to push boundaries, to evolve and stay committed to delivering unique, compelling and edgy Asian stories to our millions of HOOQ customers,” said Chief Executive Officer of HOOQ, Mr Peter Bithos.
These four new original productions come on the back of HOOQ and Globe Studios’ first highly anticipated original production On The Job – the pilot of which will now be released as a full-length movie followed by a 5-episode series forming Season 1. Directed by Erik Matti and co-produced with Reality Entertainment, this thrilling drama of crime, deceit and struggles touch scarily close to the hearts of the current underbelly deep in Filipino societal issues. The full-length feature film is slated for release in August 2017 followed six weeks later by the rest of season 1.
‘THE T PARTY’ [Project codename]
The second Filipino original production from HOOQ, code named ‘The T Party’, centres around today’s modern story of finding love on an online dating app aims to delight and entertain with its sexy, steamy yet funny romances. The development of an eight-episode series is now underway with top directors in the romcom genre including Joyce Bernal, as well as Marvin Agustin in his directorial debut. Each episode will revolve around intertwining stories based on finding love (or otherwise) through a popular dating app. It will be, in most ways, an unofficial guide, and a scandalous expose on the merry world of online dating, as navigated by an insider. This series is scheduled to debut exclusively on HOOQ in the late 2017.
MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS: A DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT CANNES SELECTION
HOOQ’s first Indonesian original, “Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts” has been selected at the Director’s Fortnight session at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Marlina is HOOQ’s first venture into Indonesian production. HOOQ has chosen to co-produce this film with award-winning Indonesian film- maker Mouly Surya and producers Rama Adi and Fauzan Zidni. The film is a co-production between Cinesurya and Kaninga Pictures, Sasha and Co Production, Astro Shaw, HOOQ and Purin Pictures. Marlina tells a story of a young widow of the Indonesian hills of the Island of Sumba. Attacked and robbed by a gang of local men, Marlina exacts revenge on the entire gang. The next day, she commences a journey for justice, empowerment and redemption. But her road is long, especially when the ghost of her headless victim decides to haunt her. This is the first Indonesian film to have been selected at Directors’ Fortnight session and the fourth ever selected in Cannes. Marlina is targeted to hit the big screens towards the end of 2017.
In partnership with Starvision and CJ Entertainment, directed by Ody C. Harahap, Sweet 20 is an adaptation from a best-selling Korean movie called Miss Granny. This remake of the Korean comedy tells the story of a 70-year old grandmother, Fatmawati who was transported back to her youth as a 20-year old and becomes a star. However, an event occurs where she has to make the difficult decision to remain in her new life or return to being a 70-year old in order to save the life of her grandson. Sweet 20 is slated to hit the big screens in Indonesia this June.
The fourth and fifth HOOQ Original will be announced later this week during APOS.
HOW TO GET HOOQ
It’s easy to get HOOQ’d. Customers can simply download the HOOQ app from Apple Store or Google Play, sign up or log in, to access HOOQ’s extensive library of Hollywood and Asian hits. Find out more and sign up today for a 7-day free trial and pay for the subscription through credit card.
CIMB Group today announced it is the presenting sponsor of The Color Run™ in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta. Dubbed the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”, the untimedOn April 30, 2017 / By Nookmag
CIMB Group today announced it is the presenting sponsor of The Color Run™ in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta. Dubbed the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”, the untimed event organised by IMG is a five-kilometre fun run that has runners showered in coloured powder in a celebration of health and happiness. Each city will feature a unique theme and is expected to attract in excess of 35,000 runners.
First launched in 2011, The Color Run™ is a unique paint race that has been experienced by more than six million runners worldwide in over 40 countries. The race has no winners or official times but instead celebrates health, joy and individuality, whilst bringing the community together.
“The Color Run™ brings with it a strong following and I am excited to see the return of this event to not just one, but three of our key markets this year. The vibrancy of this colourful event aptly reflects ASEAN’s diversity, the exact quality that CIMB embraces and promotes in its vision to become the region’s leading universal bank. I look forward to the festivities and having a great time at all three runs, which provide a fun platform for CIMB to engage with its customers and local communities, to demonstrate how we continue to support their different lifestyles and goals through our new brand promise “Forward”. I’m confident that participants are in for an exciting and memorable experience,” said Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group Chief Executive, CIMB Group.
To be held on 23 September, this year’s edition will boast the inaugural ‘The Color Run Night’ event, a first in South-east Asia. Through the 5-kilometre course, “Color Runners” will experience a spectacular glow fest featuring an array of Glowtastic colour zones, illuminating bubbles and colour shows, while being doused from head to toe in different neon hues.
“2017 marks CIMB Bank Singapore’s third sponsorship of The Color Run™ in Singapore since staging the first two editions of the event here. We are back with a bang this year with The Color Run™’s first-ever night event in South-east Asia. Being the presenter of The Color Run™ Night provides a novel platform to engage our customers and the community by fulfilling their dreams of being a part of The Color Run™ phenomenon. It is also a means where we underscore our brand promise to further their bigger ideals,” said Mak Lye Mun, CEO of CIMB Bank Singapore and Country Head of CIMB Group Singapore.
Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President, Head of IMG Asia Pacific said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to see The Color Run™ return to three amazing cities in the region this year. The growth of the event has been phenomenal and the people have embraced it with much enthusiasm over the years. We would like to extend our gratitude to CIMB Group for their renewed support for this wonderful event platform.”
Registration opens on 1 May online. The registration fee starts from SGD70 per participant, with the addition of a new Family package (for 2 adults and 2 kids) and single tickets for kids aged 4 to 12 being available for purchase this year. CIMB Bank Singapore will be extending to its retail customers the exclusive privilege of a 20% discount off all ticket categories while non-CIMB Bank customers will enjoy a 10% discount for the Regular category as part of the early bird purchase. All ticket purchases are subject to terms and conditions and while stocks last. For more information, visit The Color Run Singapore.
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 AIA@Music 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.
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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.