In the mood for a spectacular show or two? We’ve rounded up some brilliant options in February (and beyond), from sensational concerts to Singapore’s most impressive Chingay Parade yet.
This month, American pop singer-songwriter Christina Perri heads to Singapore as part of her Head or Heart tour. Fans can look forward to hearing her platinum singles “Jar of Hearts” and “A Thousand Years”, which was featured on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack, as well as newer songs like “I Believe”, “Human” and “Sea of Lovers”. See it 27 February at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore on Sentosa. Tickets from Sistic.
Featuring over 11,000 performers, this year’s Chingay Parade is set to be the grandest parade yet, celebrating Singapore’s 50th birthday with the themes, “We Love Singapore” and “Dreams and Hope Singapore”. The parade will also feature thousands of flowers made from recycled plastic bags, as part of the “We Love SG Flowers” community initiative; this gigantic flowerbed will later be on display at the Chingay 2015 Night Fiesta along Orchard Road on 1 March, and at the PAssionArts Festival 2015 in April. See the Chingay Parade on 27 and 28 February at F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard. Tickets from Sistic.
Celebrating Chinese Arts
On the second day of Chinese New Year, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay kicks off the 13th edition of Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, presenting some of the most dynamic works by Chinese artists from Singapore and beyond including concertos and dance and theatrical performances. Highlights include Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s Savage Land – An Opera in Concert (adapted from Chinese playwright Cao Yu’s classic play, The Wilderness), Hong Kong director Edward Lam’s What is Sex?, a modern theatrical adaption of the classic Chinese play Dream of the Red Chamber, and Travel with Mum by The Nonsensemakers, based on the true story of a man who takes his 99-year-old mother on a journey across China, discovering the meaning of life along the way. See it from 20 February to 1 March. Tickets from Sistic.
Youngsters and their grownups will enjoy seeing some of their favourite fables come to life in iTheatre’s 50-minute musical extravaganza, Aesop’s Fables, featuring puppetry, live action and music – and a whole lot of silliness. The show follows the misadventures of a mismatched band of creatures as they learn some of life’s little wisdoms. See it from 26 February to 21 March at Jubilee Hall at Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road. Tickets from Sistic.
Two-day Dance Party
Previously held in Kuala Lumpur, the popular Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) heads to Singapore next month, boasting the biggest lineup of international and regional acts to date. Headliners include major-leaguers like big beat godfather Fatboy Slim, industrial dance trio The Prodigy, EDM golden boy Avicii, electro-house star Afrojack, electro-hop rapper Example and many more. A Southeast Asian spin-off of Australia’s famous Future Music Festival, FMFA has become the region’s most widely attended electronic dance music festival. See it on 13 or 14 March at Changi Exhibition Centre, 9 Aviation Park Road. Tickets from Sistic.
The Singapore International Jazz Festival (Sing Jazz) returns this year with another exciting programme of jazz and jazz-inspired music. Taking place from 5 to 8 March at Marina Bay Sands, the four-day festival will feature performances from over 250 artists, including both international Grammy Award-winners and regional stars, across multiple stages. Taking centre stage is Grammy nominee Jessie J, who will head up a stellar lineup that includes jazz star Ramsey Lewis, trumpeter Chris Botti, 10-time Grammy-winner Bobby McFerrin, British multi-instrumentalists Courtney Pine and Alan Barnes, fusion-jazz band Snarky Puppy, a capella group Naturally 7, Indonesian jazz icon Indra Lesmana and Singapore’s Jeremy Monteiro who’ll be teaming up with Italian jazz organist Alberto Marsico. Tickets from Sistic and marinabaysands.com.
A Night of Nostalgia
Award-winning music legend Michael Bolton, who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, may not hit the Singapore stage until May but that doesn’t mean you should wait to reserve your tickets. The sure-to-be-sold-out one-night performance will feature a hit-filled set list of soulful classics, power ballads and beautiful arias – we’re hoping 80s and 90s adult contemporary hits like “Said I Loved You… But I Lied”, “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”, “How Can We Be Lovers” and his cover of “When a Man Loves a Woman” will be in the mix. See An Evening with Michael Bolton on 28 May at 8pm at MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.