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2+2 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss It’s The Ship 2018

With already 90% of It’s The Ship tickets sold, you need to take action quicker than Big Shaq does Math. Back for its fifth year, It’s The Ship is a 4-day 3-night vacation party aboard a luxury cruise. The “Asia’s Largest Party at Sea” will be beginning its voyage from Singapore’s harbour from the 4 to 7 November 2018 with the hottest (pun intended) viral sensation of 2017, Big Shaq, at its helm. All aboard! We’re about to dive into four essential reasons why you should grab your tickets for the major event now. Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq will…

Joel Madden Talks Playing Fortnite and Love for Gentle Bones

The Formula 1 season is around the corner yet again, but this year, fans of American rock band Good Charlotte have extra cause for celebration – the 39-year-old vocalist Joel Madden will be coming to town for the premium party, The Podium Lounge. Touted as Singapore’s largest and most glamorous trackside after-party, The Podium Lounge will return once again for its 10th anniversary at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Hosted by ex-Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong and E! News Asia’s Yvette King, guests can expect three nights of exciting, glamorous entertainment. Aside from churning out hits alongside his brother Benji with…

Concert Review: PVRIS Made Singaporeans Happy and Fortunate Souls

Playing for the very first time in Singapore and at an intimate setting at Hard Rock Cafe at Cuscaden, I didn’t think I was ready for a night full of surprises and pure blithe. Upon receiving my complimentary choice of Cola as I entered the concert venue, I was glad that arriving 30 minutes before the expected starting time did not obstruct my view of the stage. By the time PVRIS came on stage, the crowd was expectantly raring to go with screams of exhilaration; comprised of teenagers and young adults, it is hardly surprising of the demographics of PVRIS’…

Recap: Keeping FOMO Real with Ultra Music Festival 2018

As one of the most highly anticipated annual music festivals held in Singapore, it was plain to see that Ultra Music Festival 2018 remained an eminence on the music scene last weekend. The largest EDM festival is also testament to the fact that music always has a way of bonding people from all walks of life despite our language barriers and the colours of our skin: in a span of just two days, friendships were forged, unforgettable experiences were made, and it was one heck of a party for most of us. Upon entering the festival grounds at Bayfront Avenue,…

In Pictures: Ultranauts of Ultra Music Festival Singapore 2018

Held at the Bayfront Avenue area near Marina Bay Sands last weekend, Ultra Music Festival 2018 saw top DJs Afrojack, DJ Snake, Steve Angello, and more whipping out mixes after mixes, filling the atmospheric mood with electrifying beats and a sense of escapism. Like previous Ultra editions, three different stages were set up to cater to a large variety of EDM sub-genres: the Resistance stage is where deep house lovers call home; the Worldwide stage – replacing the “Live Stage” last year and making its debut from Ultra Miami – became the place to be for an authentic rave party,…

Boston-based Rock Trio PVRIS To Perform in Singapore

We don’t need a metaphor for you to know that PVRIS will be performing in Singapore for the very first time! As part of LAMC Productions’ Rising Star Series, the synth-rock trio will be performing at Hard Rock Cafe Singapore (Cuscaden) on Tuesday, 26 June 2018. PVRIS (pronounced “Paris”), consists of frontwoman Lynn Gunn (vocalist), Alex Babinski (guitarist), and Brian MacDonald (bassist). Singapore!!!! See you for the very first time June 26. Tickets on sale Friday. Pvris.com/showsPosted by PVRIS on Sunday, 20 May 2018 Formed in 2012, PVRIS was originally a metalcore band and played sporadic support shows, most notably alongside…

Ultra Singapore 2018 Lineup: Above & Beyond, DJ Snake, and Nicky Romero Among Headlining Acts

Back for its third edition, one of the world’s largest EDM festival returns to Singapore and boasts top headliner acts such as trance legends Above & Beyond, top DJs Afrojack, DJ Snake, Nicky Romero, Steve Angello and more. The two-day event will be held during the Hari Raya weekend on 15 and 16 June 2018, and will be held at the Ultra Park, which is located just next to Marina Bay Sands! Ultra Miami’s signature Worldwide Stage will make its inaugural debut this year at Ultra Singapore, which will see the first-ever outings of artists such as RL Grime, NGHTMRE…

Concert Review: Kehlani Served Us Sweet, Sexy, and Savage All At Once

Kehlani made her highly-anticipated Singapore debut last Wednesday on 23 May for the very first time. Organised by LAMC Productions, the concert was held at [email protected], which is an indoor venue that was air-conditioned and made for a perfect stomping ground to contain the excitement exuded from every single attendee. The crowd consisted mostly of millennials and young adults, who seemed to be mostly between 15 to 25 years of age, with some of them who are just slightly older than that. As was heard through the grapevine (that was the crowd), some had stood in line since 10 in…

Spotify Turns 5 In Singapore: Learning More About Singaporeans’ Musical Tastes Daily

From aptly named playlist, Hazed & Confused (a pun on the Singapore haze season) to We Are Singapore (dedicated to Singapore’s National Day), Spotify has become quite the cornerstone of the local music scene – and to think we probably would not have fathomed as such, five years ago! Introduced to Singapore in 2013, Spotify came to be quite the fanfare of many – mostly as it was one of the first of its kind in new age music streaming services to enter the Southeast Asian region. Starting out with a small set of music in its digital catalogue, it…

Grammy-Nominated R&B Songstress Kehlani To Perform In Singapore For The First Time

At a tender age of 22 years old, Kehlani has already scored two GRAMMY nominations: one for her R&B hit single “Distraction” for ‘Best R&B Performance’ in 2017, and another for her second mixtape “You Should Be Here” for ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ in 2015. The queer R&B singer is also an LGBT icon ever since she opened up about her sexual orientation, and is well-loved for her strong advocacy for this community. After numerous false media reports on her sexual orientation, Kehlani has clarified that she is “not bi, not straight” and that “love lies in every gender there…
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