Your credit card may be buckling in the aftermath to the festive season, but don’t miss these acts.
Big Night Out
An outdoor music carnival in the cooler evening hours? Hoorah! LAMC Productions have secured Grammy-nominated indie rock bands the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend along with Seattle’s Band Of Horses to headline this concert at Fort Canning Park. The show kicks off at 8pm on 30 January. Tickets start at $125 and are available through sistic.com.sg.
Art Stage Singapore 2013
Indonesian artist Laila Azra presents Material Garden – an installation that attempts to define money and question our pursuit of it. Describing her work as a “community project”, Laila employed under-privileged women to help create her “garden”, resulting in both an artistic and monetary exchange.
Origami-like flowers and plants made from folded Indonesian banknotes dominate the walls and ceiling, contrasting nature’s beauty against the power and influence that money can provide. Instead of breathing in fresh oxygen, you’ll inhale the scent of money – dirty or otherwise, which could quell or fuel your lust for more. [Ed’s note: In case you were wondering, it’s legalto use Indonesian currency for other purposes, as long as it’s not damaged.]
Don’t miss Material Garden at Art Stage Singapore 2013, an annual exhibition from 24 to 27 January featuring innovative works from local and international galleries. Visit 140 Hill Street, #01-10/11/12 (the Old Hill Street Police Station) or call 6883 2001 for more information. Tickets $33 (general admission for one day) or $63 (for a four-day pass). sistic.com.sg
Future Musical Festival Asia 2013
DJ Armin Van Buuren will headline Kuala Lumpur’s two-day Future Music Festival Asia 2013. Trance lovers will be in a frenzy on Day One of the festival (15 March), which is devoted solely to his A State of Trance 600: The Expedition World Tour. Other acts will join him on stage after sunset for the first of six global day-and-night-long concerts. Close to 20 million listeners will tune in live to the event via Armin’s popular radio show, which celebrates its 600th episode that day.
Day Two (16 March) will have ticket holders facing tough decisions as they choose between four separate stages. In-your-face band The Prodigy headlines one stage, while the likes of current “It” girl, Rita Ora, Temper Trap, Bloc Party, Kill The Noise, Stafford Brothers, Timmy Trumpet and PSY (he of the Gangnam Stylecraze) take to the microphones on the other stages. Plenty more acts are still to be announced.
The Festival is the official opening event of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix week. One-day tickets are priced at $70 and two-day tickets are $100; VIP tickets for a two-day pass are $155 each. Visit www.futuremusicfestival.asia for updated information on acts and ticketing.