Time sure flies – we’ve now arrived at year seven of Republic Polytechnic’s student-organised music fest, which is set again to the theme of ‘Passion & Compassion’ and offers opportunities to connect with volunteer organisations and engage in service-learning projects. As usual, there will be a series of fringe events and workshops in the run-up to the main festival, plus a two-day closing concert that finishes things off with a bang. It’s free for all, so if you’d like to try a crash course in graffiti, find out the secrets to becoming a YouTube star, or learn about gig photography and band management, this is your chance.
As for the main event, the concert line-up highlights a stellar selection of established and emerging local acts, with returning ones from last year like alternative rock outfit aspectrum, folk foursome The Sam Willows and, of course, RP’s music group Jammerz Arena on the first day (15 Aug), followed by noisy rockers Caracal, progressive rock quintet Bear Culture, pop punk music-makers ORANGECOVE, RP’s Replug and rock veterans Plainsunset closing out the festival on Saturday (16 Aug).
But it gets better – this year features eight names that are completely new to Ignite, belting out a wide range of tunes from hard-hitting hip hop to lyrical rhapsodies. For a dose of high-energy bangers, check out post-progressive rockers ANECHOIS on Saturday, or jive to Stopgap’s catchy alternative rock melodies and experimental rock riffs by wyd:syd on the first day. Also on the 15th are too-cool-for-school rapper ShiGGa Shay (pictured), always welcome for his fiery hip hop beats and rhymes, groovy up-and-comer Gentle Bones, and the ever-so-soulful Charlie Lim to finish the night. Plus, we’re looking forward to watching indie pop act Pleasantry and the winner of the Ignite band competition do what they do best on stage on 16 Aug. Benita Lee