Move Over, Laneway

Whip out your floral headbands, Neon Lights is the new cool festival to bop at


The indie music scene is bigger than ever, to the dismay of I-listened-to-them-before-they-were-cool hipsters, but great for the rest of us who just really like good music. Which is why we were so excited to find out that Singapore’s getting a new indie music festival — and it’s not going to be just songs, sun and booze.

Marrying music and art, the two-day Neon Lights will be filled with a diverse range of activities, from concerts to street performances and children’s workshops, held over six different stages.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect at Singapore’s newest addition to the music festival frenzy.

Listen to some of the best musicians around the world

Twenty-eight beloved indie bands and musicians have been announced so far, and boy, is it an exciting lineup. Multi-platinum award winning Irish artiste Damien Rice and legendary ’80s disco group Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will be headlining, and they’ll be supported by equally show-stopping acts like popular folk-rock trio Daughter and New York’s electronic-rock duo Ratatat. There’s a good mix of local and regional names too, including Hanging Up The Moon and Bennett Bay.

Get a glimpse into the colourful world of drag

If you’ve never experienced the local drag scene first-hand, here’s your chance. Singapore’s very own Becca D’Bus, joined by fellow drag queens Noristar Narcisso, Mona Kee Kee and Ashley Fifty, will be presenting a special edition of the monthly showcase Riot!. Judging from post-event pictures from previous sessions, it’s going to live up to its name.

Get schooled

Experience the English language like never before as local literary festival Lit Up joins hands with Neon Lights for its seventh run. Forty renowned authors, poets and performers from around the globe will be taking the stage, including UK’s spoken-word maestro Francesca Beard and poet Karen McCarthy-Woolf. Stay till the end — the festival will finish with an intense battle of words in the Singapore National Poetry Slam Championship. 

And this is just the tip of the iceberg - for the full list of programmes and ticketing information, head here. Neon Lights will be held from 28 to 29 November at Fort Canning Green and Gate. 

Photos: Neon Lights

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