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On Stage in January: Laneway Festival, KidsFest, guitar legends and more

From a wicked roster of bands at Singers at Laneway Festival to a fun-filled series of children’s plays, there’s plenty for all ages hitting Singapore’s stages this month. Read on for January’s most sought-after shows.



Indie-pop Pride
British band Bastille hits our shores this month for the first time, bringing its unique brand of indie-pop to the Singapore stage. Fans can expect to hear the group’s chart-topping anthem “Pompeii”, and singles like “Flaws” and “Things We Lost in the Fire” among other tunes from the Brit Award-winners’ debut number-one album, Bad Blood. Catch them on 9 January at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa. Tickets from Sistic.


Twigs will hit the stage at Laneway 

International Invasion
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore returns to The Meadow at Gardens By The Bay for the fifth year running, featuring a mix of Singaporean and international acts from Australia, Malaysia, the UK, Sweden, the US and Canada. The 2015 line-up includes artists such as Angus and Julia Stone, Banks, Chet Faker, Courtney Barnett, Eagulls, Enterprise, FKA Twigs, Future Islands, .Gif, Hanging Up the Moon, Jungle, Little Dragon, Lykke Li, Mac Demarco, Royal Blood, Rustie and St. Vincent. 24 January. Tickets from Sistic and eventclique.com.



Art Without Borders
Returning for its 11th year, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival will feature a total of 18 arts events from eight countries, all centred on the theme of Art and Loss. Highlights include The Duchamp Syndrome by Por Piedad Teatra (Mexico/USA), which uses stand-up routines, marionettes and an iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner to explore an immigrant’s version of the American Dream and our innate desire to make our mothers proud, as well as performances With/Out by Loo Zihan (Singapore) and How Loneliness Goes by Nguan (Singapore). Look out for a master-class and talks with members of The Necessary Stage’s creative team, plus a selection of exhibitions and durational performance pieces. See it from 14 to 25 January at multiple venues including Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, National Museum of Singapore and ION Art, among others. Tickets from Sistic.



Joyous Tunes
The Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra (BHSO), Singapore’s oldest community orchestra, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor – best known for the theme “Ode to Joy” – in celebration of the New Year and Singapore’s 50th year of independence. Aptly named “Joy!” – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the concert will feature over 200 participants including an 80-piece orchestra comprised primarily of amateur musicians, plus soloists and members of The Joy Chorale, formed by the Singapore community and led by Chorus Mistress, Khor Ai Ming. 25 January, 5pm, Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic.



Night of Nostalgia
Fans of 70s and 80s classic soft rock, get ready – British singer, songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Leo Sayer is set to hit Singapore for a one-night-only show in which he’ll croon familiar hits like “More Than I Can Say”, “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”, “One Man Band”, “The Show Must Go On” and “Thunder in My Heart”, among many others from his thriving 40-year career. 17 January, 7.30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic.



Guitar Heroes
Guitar legends Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather will reunite this month in the Lion City for an exclusive, one-night performance – their first together in 15 years. Larry is a four-time Grammy winner and one of the most acclaimed instrumentalists of all time, having worked with Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan and Billy Joel, while Steve – a Musicians Hall of Fame member – has earned five Grammy Awards and worked with venerated artists like Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, among many others. See it 21 January at the University Cultural Centre (UCC) Hall, National University of Singapore. Tickets from Sistic.



Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker and voted as one of the top ten plays of 2009 by The New Yorker, Circle Mirror Transformation is a funny, heart-warming look at four lost souls in search of themselves and new beginnings. When these imperfect strangers – beautiful, disillusioned actress Theresa, shy divorcée Shultz, moody teenager Lauren and the gregarious James (played by award-winning actor Daniel Jenkins) – join an acting class led by “earth mother” Marty, there’s no telling what kind of drama will ensue. As the fun and games blur into their private lives, this acting class transforms into so much more, as role-playing gets awkwardly personal, jaw-dropping secrets are revealed, hearts are broken and wars are waged, won and lost. See it from 29 January to 15 February at DBS Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road. Tickets from Sistic.


Photo: Tall Stories 

Culture Kids
Starting this month, look forward to some family-friendly entertainment when KidsFest 2015 takes the SOTA Drama Theatre stage. This year’s five-week theatrical extravaganza includes eight world-class theatre productions from Australia and London’s West End, including The Gruffalo, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Snail and the Whale, Hugless Douglas, The Princess and the Pea, Horrible Histories Vile Victorians and Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part Two! Plus, on selected show dates, kids have the chance to meet and greet the actors behind the scenes, and enjoy other interactive festival activities like face-painting. 21 January to 1 March at SOTA Drama Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.