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GUIDE TO LIVE MUSIC IN SINGAPORE

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 25 Apr 2019  


If you’re wondering what to do at night in Singapore, the live music scene is varied and exciting, with an interesting mix of genres, a combination of local and international acts, and a festival scene that’s growing stronger every year. Music lovers can expect live performances by international stars at the Esplanade, Singapore Indoor Stadium, The Star Theatre and, of course, during the Formula One weekend. But even aside from big-ticket events, there are many other options for live music in Singapore.

 

If you’re wondering what to do at night in Singapore, the live music scene is varied and exciting, with an interesting mix of genres, a combination of local and international acts, and a festival scene that’s growing stronger every year. Music lovers can expect live performances by international stars at the Esplanade, Singapore Indoor Stadium, The Star Theatre and, of course, during the Formula One weekend. But even aside from big-ticket events, there are many other options for live music in Singapore. 
Outdoor Performance

 

Singapore's live music scene emerged in the 1960s, with local bands like The Crescendos springing up in response to rock acts like the Beatles and Cliff Richards. As well as helping rock music come into the mainstream, The Crescendos were the first Singaporean band to be signed by an international record label.

In the decades that followed, numerous homegrown bands and artists emerged and today, local acts can be found doing everything from jazz to heavy metal, with a mix of cover acts and original music. 

 

Arab Street

 

You’ll find rock and indie bands most often in the many bars that line Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. For engaging live music in a slightly different atmosphere, head to Emerald Hill where bars nestled in Peranakan shophouses are often filled with soulful soft rock and R&B acts.

Jazz aficionados will tell you that the Arab Street area is the centre of the local jazz scene. The location is a mixture of restaurants, bars and lounges with cozy spots from which to enjoy a range of local and international jazz acts. There’s also a growing number of other jazz and piano bars scattered around the city, with some on Sentosa Island.

 

Laneway Festival

 

Music festivals are picking up steam in Singapore, and the St Jerome Laneway Festival held at the beginning of each year is becoming an important part of Singapore’s live music calendar, featuring emerging and independent music acts from around the world. Usually held at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay, Laneway Singapore is the festival’s first step outside Australia and New Zealand.

There’s also excellent live music to be found at the Baybeats festival at the Esplanade, which showcases everything from folk to metal. Even outside of the festival, the Esplanade presents several free live music performances at the Outdoor Theatre with Marina Bay and the city skyline as its backdrop.

 

Busker

 

And for a uniquely Singapore live music experience, local street performances are worth checking out. You’ll find buskers on bridges and underpasses, usually strumming guitars to backing tracks of classic rock. And there’s traditional Chinese opera, which is often held in open spaces in the Kreta Ayer area — a one-of-a-kind Singapore attraction.

It really is a delightful mix of traditional and modern, East and West, large scale and small, that defines the live music scene in Singapore. Whether you’re seeking fresh new acts or simply looking to unwind with a drink and some jazz, there’s something for everyone!

 

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