By: Jake Riggir
Music festivals can be wicked fun. Whether they’re one day or a few, they’re always a good laugh if you’ve got some pals and some decent music blaring out. Luckily, it’s not just Europe and the US that host cracking music festivals – we’ve got some excellent ones in our region to try out. Here’s our faves across the year. (Looking for something artier? Check out our guide to arts and writing festivals in Singapore here.)
Baybeats – Free to everyone, showcasing indie music talent in Asia. Great exposure for up and coming groups in the region, plus a good night out. (27th to 29th June)
Laneway – Though it’s just been, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look out for next year’s show. There’s two stages and a real mix of music – including indie, electro, pop and DJs. This year Haim, Jamie XX and Chvrches were among the headliners. Set in Gardens By The Bay, this is one of the most popular events in Singapore’s music calendar. (Late Jan)
Singapore Rock Festival: For the first time, seven of the ‘hardest and heaviest’ rock bands will join forces for two nights at Fort Canning Park. We’re not sure how it’ll go down as it’s the first of its kind, but Fort Canning Park is always an awesome venue (March 5th and 6th)
Singapore International Jazz Festival: Singapore’s largest-ever festival of jazz and jazz-influenced music. Get into the groove over four days with international performers Jamie Cullum, Natalie Cole, James Morrison, India Arie, Incognito, Gregory Porter, Allen Stone and a swathe of notable local musicians too. (27 February to 2 March).
Future Music Festival Asia - With this year’s edition including Pharell Williams, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rudimental and many, many more, this is the hottest music event in Asia and it’s only just over in KL! (13th to 15th of March)
Summer Sonic Festival – Arctic Monkeys, Robert Plant, Avenged Sevenfold confirmed so far, with more set to be announced for Asia’s top rock/ alternative festival. (15th of August to 17th August)
Big Day Out – This one includes basically any music genre your heart desires. This year’s lineup included Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, Flume and heaps more, with a new line up for next year being announced in the Autumn. It goes down across many venues in Australia, normally from November to January.
Future Music Festival – This is Australia’s biggest music festival and one of their biggest. If you can’t make the KL leg, try and make it to one of the Australian venues – you won’t be dissapointed. (Every major city in Oz from 1st to 10th of March).
Splendour in the Grass – There have been no line-up announcements as yet, but the 2013 edition included artists like Mumford & Sons, Empire of The Sun and Lorde. (25th to 27th July)
Rhythm and Vines – The most recent fest included Rudimental, Wiz Khalifa, Flux Pavilion and many more. It’s New Zealand’s best music festival and is often regarded as one of the best in the world. The venue is a vineyard on the east-coast of the North Island in Gisborne – a magical spot. (28th December to 31st Jan).