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The ultimate guide to Neon Lights

Indie festival staple Neon Lights returns with three days of art and musical treats
By Cam Khalid |

With sun all year 'round, festival season is infinite here. Indie festival Neon Lights is descending onto the scenic grounds of Fort Canning Park from November 9 to 11. It’s set to be bigger than its 2016 run with an eclectic mix of art and music featuring international and local alternative stars carved from the indie cosmos. Get clued in on the electrifying lineup that’s bound to serve up pure musical hedonism.

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Malaysian-born contemporary R&B darling Yuna is kicking off the indie affair with her Sade-like vocals. The LA-based singer-songwriter is gracing the stage with sunshine-filled tracks off her discography including the sultry single Crush featuring Grammy Award-winner Usher and the Pharell-produced Live Your Life.

Sharing the stage is alternative outfit The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band set to deliver its hybrid set of traditional Thai music with hypnotic improv of various genres such as blues, folk rock and dub, as well as Mantravine with its highly infectious electronic sounds that take listeners on a journey of psychedelic rock and Indian Arabic vibes.

Other acts to catch: Mediocre Haircut Crew, DJ Shellsuit, Ridz, Preetipls and Silent Disco Asia.



Back on the road with newfound energy, the New York post-punk heroes are making their Singapore headline debut, giving fans a taste of new album Marauder while smashing through the greatest hits. Witness the furious comeback single The Rover and If You Really Love Nothing, reminding us of the trio’s ability to seamlessly weave raw, doom-laden indie rock with the atmospheric tension of drums and rhythm.

Joining them are ambient dream-pop maestros Cigarettes After Sex, indie rock outfit The Vaccines, the untameable One Rizla quintet Shame, local electronic band Riot !n Magenta and Instigator Afrobeat Orchestra with its body-movin' Afrobeat set.

Other acts to catch: Fauxe, Perk Pietrek, EtracX, DJ Ulysses (Tuff Club).



This dance titan – aka Dan Snaith – is setting the dancefloor ablaze with heavy electronic rhythms and thumping beats laced with trippy textures and velvety vocals. Mind you, there's going to be a ball of endless energy to turn up the rave-o-meter.

Don’t stop moving – ethereal R&B enigma Rhye gives the audience a soulful psychedelic twist with tracks from new album Blood, while Sticky Fingers serves up reggae bangers and art-punk outfit Bodega captivates with a minimalist set coupled with colourful humour and wit. Concluding the night are hitmakers Peking Duk, Thai singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit's alternative folk-funk melodies and local indie-pop trio Sobs, with their take on "bedroom" pop.

Other acts to catch: OrkeStar Trio, Daphni, The Jazz Djogets, Read Bridge Dulcimer and DJ Shellsuit.

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