Drop ‘em headphones and discover music the old-school way – through live performances dotted around the city. And while Singapore is never short of music nighters, the city gets louder with Music Matters Live. The free mega music affair spreads across six nights of rock, pop, hip-hop, EDM and music from far beyond, with over 50 local and international artists tearing up various stages, including the iconic Fountain Square at Clarke Quay and Zouk. Not sure where to start? We’ve mapped out five stages to help you navigate through Music Matters Live.
Besides offering luxury drip for style stars, fashion brand Hugo is championing local artists the best way possible – in the heart of the city’s ultimate nightlife destination. Catch rappers Thelioncityboy and Shigga Shay, as well as pop darlings Aisyah Aziz, Estelle Fly and Rriley set the debut Made in Singapore Stage ablaze with their fire sets. The night then spills over at Zouk where DJ Myrne helms the decks for an electrifying after-party from 11.30pm onwards.
Clarke Quay Fountain Square. 8pm-11.30pm.
Over at Joo Chiat’s coolest music joint, The Cuts is brewing something fresh – and it’s not just the coffee, either. Four international artists are crossing the border to serve their piping hot tunes to music lovers here. Don’t miss Keiko Necesario’s (the Philippines) cathartic performance, Jamilla’s (Australia) nu-soul music, Flannel Albert’s (the USA) melodic hip-hop beats, and T$oko (Australia) innovative raps.
Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee. 7pm-11pm.
Witness the litness when international and regional acts come together at the city’s brand new music space – The Crossroads – to bring you more music madness. Don’t sleep on the relatable lyrics of Keiko Necesario (the Philippines), the boyish charms of The X Factor Australia alumnus Jakob (Australia), the head-banging showcase of Scaller (Indonesia), the indie-pop jams of One Click Straight (the Philippines), the dreamy electronics of Totemo (Israel), and the exciting set of Bisiugroup (Taiwan).
The Crossroads. 8pm-11.45pm.
Universal Music Group has something up its sleeves, and you’d want to be part of this. A party in your – um – ears, Zouk is turning everything up for an eclectic line-up of Universal Music artists. Surround yourself with the carefree sounds of Jeremy Zucker (the USA), dreamy alternative-pop notes of Oh Wonder (the UK), lush vocals of Charlie Lim (Singapore), and the alternative-rock showcase of Juan Karlos (the Philippines). Entry is by invite only – here’s how you can score tickets.
After last year's sold-out affair, Liquid Nights returns to tear the roof off Zouk with headliners Alan Walker and R3hab. Joining them on the decks are Liquid State label mates, Corsak, Wukong and Miso, along with Zouk’s resident DJ, Hong. For the uninitiated, Liquid Nights is a touring event concept that showcases ace acts from the electronic music scene in Asia and beyond. This year, it's wrapping up the Music Matters Live festival the best way possible – with a move-inducing electronic euphoria.