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
Chinese New Year will soon be upon us! As much as we look forward to stuffing ourselves with pineapple tarts and collecting ang baos, you know there’s always that one relative who never fails to fuss over your outfit, pry about your relationship status… you get the idea. Don’t get us wrong though, we totally love ’em – but if your family shenanigans are becoming a tad overwhelming, why not seek refuge in these virtual fams instead? Check out this Netflix flowchart to find out which house you belong to!
YOU GOT: A Series of Unfortunate Events
They’re as loyal as a pack of wolves, but not just to anybody. The Baudelaire trio is inseparable, and despite some unavoidable family squabbles, it’s almost as if they are telepathically connected. Sister sneaking out for a date? You’d have her back. Mum left the pineapple tarts in the oven too long? You’d say they’re toasty, not burnt. If you’re the type to ride or die, this family is for you.
YOU GOT: Orange is the New Black
No family dinner at the OITNB house(prison?)hold is quiet as everyone wants to have a say in something. They may not agree all the time, and there may even be instances where a frigid silence permeates the prison. But those pseudo hostile moments rarely last long because in the end, you know everyone’s got the family’s best interest at heart.
YOU GOT: Santa Clarita Diet
They’re a bunch of toughies and are unequivocally the bearers of hard truths. What sets them apart from the rest is that they are unapologetic, but often cause more good than harm. Just as Sheila and Joel’s passive-aggressive banter stems from affection, you’ll fit right in if you appreciate a bit of tough love!
YOU GOT: Friends
They enjoy the company of their friends the best. Nothing makes them more pumped up than hanging out with their favourite people because they just get each other. Boundaries? They don’t exist. Secrets? Can’t keep them under wraps for more than two seconds. Whatever happens, you know that you will always have your special circle of friends that are as tight as a family can be.
YOU GOT: The Sound of Your Heart
People may consider this Korean household to be ‘different’, but it’s just the path less travelled. Quite like how Jo Seok drew cartoons in his own quirky way to success, you’re a believer of alternate realities. If you love the fact that your cousin’s a professional dog cuddler or your uncle’s a feng shui master, you’re with the right fam!
Image credits: Netflix Singapore
At the end of the day, every family has its fair share of drama. Besides, a family that binge-watches together, stays together – so gather your family members and bond over these feel-good Netflix picks together. Happy CNY!
It’s no secret that we at Teenage have been longtime fans of Nathan Hartono since his fetus days – whether it’s because of his swoon-worthy vocals, winsome personality or penchant for humour – so we are beyond stoked to hear that the local heartthrob will be finally making his official debut in China.
Two years after the nail-biting national phenomenon that is Sing!China, Nathan is staging his long-awaited comeback to the music scene with his first ever Mandarin release ‘Electric Love (爱超给电)’ – a “recharged” version of his 2016 single ‘Electricity’ which will be included in a full EP slated to drop later this year. And judging from the rockstar vibes in his latest set of publicity images, it’s safe to say we’re in for some electrifying action. Fans can also look forward to reinterpretations of his earlier discography, along with a handful of pop originals that will see him embracing a whole new direction and sound.
“I’ve been extremely excited for so long now to finally get the ball rolling with new music, so I’m curious to see how the audience responds to my new stuff,” says the 26-year-old in a press release. “I’m going for something fun yet unpredictable. The journey so far into a new country has been such a learning experience, and it’s all just very exciting because I’ve never done anything quite like this before.”
Nathan Hartono’s ‘Electric Love (爱超给电)’ will be released exclusively on Tencent Music Entertainment Group in China on 7 February and made available to the rest of the world on 9 February across all digital platforms, distributed exclusively via Warner Music Singapore.