Melissa Kok – Straits Times
Singapore. Laneway Festival, the biggest annual indie music event held in Singapore, makes its return on Jan 26.
The line-up for the third edition has not been confirmed yet, but music fans can get an inkling of some of the bands that may head this way as the Australian line-up was released on Sept 27.
About 30 acts have been confirmed for the Australian tour roster, including big-name indie stars such as Norwegian acoustic pop duo Kings Of Convenience, indie chanteuse Bat For Lashes and American rock band Divine Fits.
Other acts include Canadian rock duo Japandroids, Icelandic indie-folk group Of Monsters And Men and indie pop singer Perfume Genius.
The official Laneway Festival website announced that at least 12 of the acts listed will be heading here, with two more acts — which have yet to be unveiled — that will be exclusive to Singapore.
At the moment, local music fans are not particularly excited about the line- up.
Some note that there are many new and relatively unfamiliar indie names, such as American-Chilean musician Nicolas Jaar, American electronic hip- hop artist El-P and American rock band The Neighborhood.
Copy editor Vernon Lee, 41, says: “The line-up is cluttered with a lot of unknown names and Kings Of Convenience have been here twice before.
“But I will wait and see what other bands will be coming for Laneway. If fans find five to six bands they like, they’ll go for it.”
Traditionally, the Singapore edition of the Australian-based festival features around half the number of acts compared to the Australian line-up.
Organizers for the Singapore edition of Laneway, Chugg Entertainment, say the exact line-up will be revealed in about four weeks’ time.
This year, Singapore’s Laneway Festival attracted around 7,800 fans to Fort Canning Park, with performances by 14 acts, including acclaimed Canadian indie-pop singer Feist, French electronic pop band M83 and San Francisco band Girls.
Civil servant Jonathan Fong, 32, already plans to attend the Jan 26 festival. Referring to two of his favorite bands, he says: “El-P from New York, that’s the first wow for me, and I saw Canada’s Japandroids at Japan’s Fuji Rock festival before and they were solid.
“Laneway is the best thing we have got by far in terms of indie music gigs, for the price and for the variety. It costs less than a ticket to see indie band Two Door Cinema Club at the Esplanade and you see 14 bands.”
Reprinted courtesy of The Straits Times