It has been almost two years ago that the charming lads from 5 Seconds of Summer were here for their Sounds Live Feels Live concert, and boy do we miss these guys. We’re certain they know the SG5SOSFAM wants them back just as much, ’cause our favourite Aussie pop-rockers have just announced that they’ll be returning to Singapore this May!
Hitting the road for their 5SOS3 tour, the pop-punk outfit will be visiting a total of 26 venues on the run, starting in Stockholm and ending in Brazil. We’re not sure what country did we save in our past lives to deserve this, but Singapore will be the only stop in Asia! Awesome or what?
5SOS Live in Singapore 2018 Date: 2 May 2018 Time: 8pm Venue: Capitol Theatre Ticketing details: $128 (free standing), $108 (free seating), www.apactix.com
Tickets will go on sale on 2 March, 9am.
And as if the tour announcement wasn’t enough to get us all hyped up, they went ahead and dropped their latest single ‘Want You Back’ – and we can’t wait to hear this gem of a track live already. Just listen:
Having been hard at work preparing for their upcoming third studio album, they shared that “it was important we took time to reflect as individuals” and “now we’re coming back stronger and more unified than ever”. They added, “These songs mean the world to us and we have held nothing back in writing and recording this album. We can’t wait to get back out on tour to connect with our incredible fans.”
Since last year, YG Entertainment has been dropping teasers about their upcoming sitcom-variety show – and now, it’s confirmed that the series will be officially launching this year exclusively on Netflix!
Titled YG Future Strategy Office, the new Netflix Original Series will feature several familiar faces of YG family including BIGBANG’s Seungri, Sechskies’ Lee Jae Jin and Yoo Byung Jae of SNL Korea fame, along with various guest appearances of your favourite K-pop acts such as Epik High, BLACKPINK, iKON and Winner.
Starring Seungri as the head of The Future Strategy Office – aka the second home of YG’s troublemakers – the eight-episode series will follow the BIGBANG maknae and his team of misfits as they work to regain their place in the company. The best part about it being on Netflix? The show will be introduced in 190 countries around the world, which means international fans can easily get their dose of YG goodness without worrying about the lack of English subtitles.
No news about the exact broadcast date yet, but be sure to watch this space for more updates!
After a long six-year wait after their debut at Fort Canning Park, Foster The People (FTP) returned to our shores at [email protected] for their last stop on the Sacred Hearts Club tour. Fronted by larger-than-life Mark Foster, the six-piece gave the local audience a show that was filled with technicolour light effects, suave dance moves, smooth vocals and so much more.
Opening the show with the upbeat yet deeply sophisticated track ‘Pay The Man’, the tone of the night was set, paving the way for a kaleidoscopic stage set-up and psychedelic visuals that somehow still paled in comparison to Mark Foster’s dance moves. Cladded in a black short-sleeved botanical button-down – which he ditched for a white tank top halfway through the show – the 33-year-old frontman commanded the stage with ease, prancing around from left to right with his charismatic persona and contagious energy that one couldn’t help but get excited by.
The set then moved on to a steady stream of fan-favourites like ‘Helena Beat’, ‘Doing It For The Money’, ‘Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls’, ‘Sit Next To Me’ and ‘Call It What You Want’, all drawing generous applause and sing-a-longs from the crowd. But what stole the show was perhaps the moment when the band genre-hopped into a rousing cover of the Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Pop’, proving that not only are they more than just their breakthrough hit ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ – but that they aren’t a band that could – or would – be pinned down by a single genre, no matter what the critics might say.
For FTP, their love for making music and doing what they do has always been less about the ability to put on a showy performance, but more about having a platform to shine a light on important issues going on around the world. Addressing the crowd right before the encore, the frontman launched into an impassioned speech on the importance of “building bridges, not walls”, and that how “no matter how you look like, no matter what religion you believe in, love should always be our mantra”.
Rounding up the set with an acknowledgment of the endless time and energy the crew put into each show, the boys then stayed behind to dole out fan service to the remaining fans. And judging by the crowd scurrying around the barrier in hopes of scoring a selfie with the members and to catch drumsticks and guitar picks that were randomly being thrown about, it’s safe to say that FTP still boasts a cult-like following here on our little red dot. We just hope it won’t be another six-year wait before we get to see the charismatic outfit back on stage again!
Image credits: Aloysius Lim and Alvin Ho, LAMC Productions
If Dua Lipa has got you obsessively hitting replay on her songs recently, you’re gonna love this piece of news. The Brit pop princess behind smash hits ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’, ‘New Rules’ and her latest banger ‘IDGAF’ will be gracing our shores for a full-fledged concert at the Esplanade Theatre on 4 May 2018!
This will be the 22-year-old songstress’ second time performing in Singapore as part of her self-titled concert tour, having played an intimate showcase here last May – check out our previous interview with Dua if you haven’t already. This time around, she’ll be treating fans to a whole new repertoire of fresh material that we can’t wait to jam out to. And with her upcoming sophomore album underway, perhaps we can even expect a sneak peek of what’s to come?
Dua Lipa Live in Singapore 2018 Date: 4 May 2018 Time: 8pm Venue: Esplanade Theatre Ticket prices: From $88, www.apactix.com
Tickets will go on sale on 26 February, 10am. Live Nation members get to enjoy an exclusive presale on 22 February, 10am.
Meanwhile, check out the music video for ‘IDGAF’ here:
We’re all too familiar with her voice – from her catchy hit ‘Alarm’ to the more recent chart-topper ‘Ciao Adios’ – Anne-Marie has shown that she’s a force to be reckoned with. The rising star has toured with Ed Sheeran and collaborated with notable artistes like Rudimental and Nick Jonas, even hitting number one on the UK Singles Chart with Clean Bandit’s ‘Rockabye’.
For someone who has yet to release a debut album, this is an incredible feat. If that’s not enough, the 26-year-old is also an inspiring advocate for self-love and female empowerment. So it’s no surprise that fans flocked to our local Apple store to show their support for the talented songstress. In town for a short promo tour on 8 February, we caught up with the bubbly songbird before her performance for a chat on her upcoming album, friendship with Ed Sheeran and more.
2017 has been a phenomenal year for you. Was there a particular moment when you felt like “I’ve made it”? Well, going into the year with ‘Rockabye’ being number one was pretty amazing. I’m not sure I’ll ever feel that way because I feel like I’m always going to want to achieve more, which is terrible, but I feel great every time I release a song.
Your new track ‘Friends’ has just been released, how do you feel about that? Good! I’m really excited, in fact. It’s all happened really quickly. Normally I’d write songs and it takes a while before they are released. But this one was written last December and it’s my first single of the year, so it’s all very quick. We filmed the music video last week in LA and I can’t wait for people to see it!
As a relatively new artiste in today’s pop culture climate, what would you like to see more of in the music industry in the near future? I feel like it’s pretty good right now. Everyone’s supporting each other, bringing everyone up with them and inspiring others. I love seeing people collaborate to make great music!
We love how you’re always so vocal about sharing your thoughts on social media. Are there any encouraging words you have for your fans struggling with personal issues? Yeah. I feel like I ask my fans to love themselves a lot and and I do want people to love themselves. That comes from personal experience. When I was younger, I wasn’t really happy with myself and it took me a while to feel confident and happy. I don’t want people to feel sad. If someone tells you to love yourself and in the next week you don’t love yourself, don’t beat yourself up. If you’re going through that process, just know that it takes a long time for that to happen. I think the first step is to realise that everyone is different. It’s majorly about appearance, I think – realising that you don’t have the same hips as them, you don’t have the same legs as them… but that’s not a bad thing. I think realising that you’re individual and unique is really amazing.
From supporting Ed Sheeran on tour to embarking on your very own headlining tour, are there any memorable moments you’d like to share? Yeah! We’ve been friends for so long. It was really lovely to be on tour with him because it felt totally comfortable. He’s so chill that he made me feel chill, even when I was nervous. That moment when he played ‘Ciao Adios’ in the dressing room with me was really memorable, because he hadn’t played that song before and he just went ahead and done it. It’s been a really cool process. I feel like if I hadn’t done all the things that I’ve done, I wouldn’t be who the performer I am today. By being on tour with Ed and performing with Rudimental, there’s a lot I’ve learnt from [them].
Speaking of your collaboration with Rudimental, you’ve worked with so many great artistes such as Clean Bandit and Marshmello. But if you had the chance to ask anybody to feature on your new record, who would it be? I’m really into Logic at the moment. I think it’s just the pure fact of what he wants to put out to the world. He’s just a very positive person. And I love Anderson Paak and Eminem – just people who aren’t scared to speak their mind.
We’ve read that all the songs you’ve written are based on true stories. Any interesting ones from your upcoming album to share? Yeah, all of them! There’s a few songs about heartbreak because I’ve been through that, and they’re the ones that are out already. But there’s a lot about growing up as a female and becoming a strong woman and I’m talking about what’s going on in the world and what I wish the world was like. Just a lot of different stuff that I felt that I needed to say. I’m very vocal and open with people and I feel like it’s very important to me to just talk to people and hopefully inspire people.
Is there a song on the album that was particularly personal to write? Literally all of them. All of them are really personal. It’s quite scary doing that, but it helps me as well. It’s totally cathartic. I feel like if it’s helping me, then hopefully it’ll help other people too.
What kind of messages do you seek to convey through your album? Positive ones! I feel like no matter what I write about, I try to end up being the stronger person in the situation. Even in heartbreak, I feel like I’m a much stronger person because of that. I don’t want to just write a sad song and still feel sad after that. I want to feel stronger and better.
Lastly, what’s a piece of advice you’d like to give to fans? Be strong-minded, be opinionated, don’t be scared to speak out about something if you’re worried or scared. Talk to people and communicate. That’s very important.
Anne-Marie’s debut album is set to drop in April 2018. Meanwhile, check some of her latest singles here!
Image credits: Aloysius Lim, Warner Music Singapore