Don't dismiss Neon Lights 2019 as yet another generic live music festival that's all style and no substance. Touted as Singapore's 'premier outdoor music and arts festival', prominent musicians and artists such as Interpol, Sigur Rós, Blood Orange, and Yuna have commanded crowds at Neon Lights. Therefore, its popularity can be attested by the number of attendees—a record 15,000 over two days in 2016.
Neon Lights 2019 seeks to attract a substantial crowd again with confirmed heavyweight headliners including Mumford & Sons, HONNE, Halsey, and Aurora. Already sold out its early-bird tickets for the opening day in record time, expect other categories to be snapped up likewise.
So why should you check out Neon Lights 2019? Besides live performances from renowned musicians, the comprehensive festival also allows patrons to experience interesting performance artists, experimental acts and interactive spaces at various sections surrounding the main stage. Thus, you and your pals will surely be occupied in-between vocal acts and not end up imbibing silly.
As we countdown to Neon Lights 2019, get acquainted with these musicians who'll hit the stage at Fort Canning Green before D-Day.
Mumford & Sons
Making their live debut in Singapore, fans and music enthusiasts certainly need no additional reason to show up for British alternative folk-rock band Mumford & Sons. This outing is the Brit and Grammy-award winners first-ever show in Southeast Asia too. So if you miss this, prepare to suffer the #FOMO consequences.
By incorporating folk instruments such as the banjo, mandolin and resonator guitar, the veteran festival regulars (who performed at Glastonbury and Coachella) will hypnotise attendees with their top-notch songwriting and production artistry. Mumford & Sons also spawned three 'live' albums among their extensive music catalogue—a testament to thrill a crowd.
This duo doesn't require an introduction because their previous four gigs in Singapore achieved 'sold out' status. English electronic-soul duo HONNE returns to our sunny shores again, specifically giving those who missed their show a chance to rave with them. Energetic and addictive, the London duo is fresh off working the Lollapalooza 2019 revellers.
Even though their debut album encapsulates nocturnal and chill, HONNE went upbeat with a daytime influence on their sophomore instead. This disparity demonstrates the duo's music versatility while maintaining a sleek and emotive production. Trust us, you'll definitely chant along to 'Me & You', 'Day 1 ◑', and 'I Got You' within seconds.
Will Halsey attempt to do a solo on the massive BTS single, 'Boy With Luv', which she was featured in? We hope she does. The 24-year-old American multi-platinum hit singer third performance in Singapore will be her best yet. Armed with empowering anthems such as 'Nightmare', 'Without Me', and 'Eastside', Halsey also engages in social activism with her tunes which provides that a voice that many could identify with.
Although it's easy to classify her in the 'pop' category for having many mainstream collaborations, Halsey's foray into the alt-rock realm is also still recognisable with detailed production elements and unapologetic lyrics. Look forward to a cathartic set from the brooding and boundary-pushing music rebel.
*Note: Halsey won't be performing at Neon Lights 2019 due to unforeseen circumstances.
Aurora may not be on your radar now but she'll soon be a regular on your playlist after a single listen. Promise. In fact, the Norwegian singer-songwriter is often compared to Florence Welch and her idol, Björk (impressive!), due to her alluring crisp voice and enigmatic personality. Those who've caught Aurora previously at Laneway Festival 2017 (including myself) were impressed by her ethereal sound.
"Music is a tool in my heart to use against all emotions that are unexplainable", said Aurora on penning lyrics from emotions that are sorrowful with dark connotations. Furthermore, the indie-folktronica soloist finally dropped her sophomore album, A Different Kind of Human–Step 2, in June 2019 to positive reviews. As someone who supports environmental causes and atmospheres, Aurora is certainly right at home at Neon Lights. Indeed, as she's surrounded by greenery that inspires much of her music.
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Clean Bandit (DJ/MC set)
Neon Lights 2019 happens on 23 and 24 November at Fort Canning Green, Fort Canning Park, Singapore. Prices start from $108 and more information can be acquired at Neon Lights Official website.
This story will be updated upon the announcement of more confirmed acts.