The skies cleared to make way for what was arguably the annual Laneway Festival’s most subdued, yet genre-bending line up of artists yet. We take you through the highlights of the event’s eighth edition on our shores. 

R&B and hip-hop reigned supreme at Laneway Festival Singapore 2018. And it was a long time coming for ardent fans of the genres, considering Laneway’s previous focus on acts ranging from the hard-hitting Japandroids, electronic Flume to even mainstream radio-hitters The 1975. While this year still saw a mixed bag of rising indie names alongside industry veterans, it was acts like Loyle Carner, The Internet and Anderson .Paak that drew the loudest crowds with their hard beats and smooth jams.

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 The Show Must Go On

Even with a technical glitch right as Anderson .Paak took the stage threatened to put a damp in spirits, the rapper and his backing band The Free Nationals bounced back swiftly and launched into crowd favourites like ‘Heart Don’t Stand A Chance’ and ‘Am I Wrong’ off his stellar album Malibu. His on-stage comeback elicited cheers from many, who were clearly present to catch the buzz-worthy act.

Besides the festival blessing the 10,000-strong turnout with non-stop tunes throughout the day, the weather was also surprisingly clear despite dark, looming clouds and a scatter of drizzle that passed as quickly as it came in the evening. Considering the wet weather conditions of both last year and the festival’s first inception – that many dubbed “Rainway” – the disposition of everyone were firmly kept as sunny as the skies with every other act performing without delays or a hitch.


Heating Up

Earlier in the day, early birds who joined in the festivities since noon were rewarded with thrilling performances to set the day off on a right note. Australian songstress Amy Shark, fresh off her overwhelming acclaim in her home country, dazzled the crowd with her laid-back pop tunes. Regional pride was also represented, with Indonesian shoegaze outfit HEALS and Malaysia’s pop prodigy alextbh kickstarting things off across the various stages. Kudos to the organisers for also not segregating local acts to a designated stage and slotting them on the main stages as well, with Obedient Wives Club making their anticipated live comeback on the Garden Stage.

Music’s next-big-thing Billie Eilish was met with the warmest reception from the younger audiences, as the predominantly teen attendees flocked to her set with their phones high up in the air. Decked in an oversized sports attire, the sharp-tongued wunderkind proved her mettle as an artist with her addictive tracks including Bellyache’ and ‘Ocean Eyes’. If it’s not enough a sign that bigger things are to come from the young talent, our previous interview with her will further prove that sentiment.


The Full Monty

What’s a music fest without other complementary highlights? Elsewhere, a visit to the H&M booth saw patrons scoring free makeup products by playing an interactive game. The Strongbow booth was decked out with beds to lie on while sipping on ciders. You could even craft your own fragrance at the Ooh La Lab pop-up space!

But this year also saw reduced lines for F&B, thanks to the seamless incorporation of Uber Eats. A bevy of gastronomical fare lined the Uber Eats Village, which was fully decorated with Instagram-worthy structures and sufficient seating, and was only made better by having the option of ordering from a wide array of options from the phone, and having it delivered to one of three collection points. This dismissed the need for queuing and waiting around, which allowed for greater space in the food village and for many to enjoy the music until their food was notified to have arrived for collection. We’re all for new innovative ways that concert-goers experience a festival, especially when it’s one as effective as this!

With Laneway’s steady evolution in terms of line-up picks, crowd service and accessibility to a fully immersive experience (did we mention there was a super cool Meet and Greet booth too?), it’s safe to say that it’s proven its mainstay as the best festival that Singapore has to offer, and it doesn’t look like that’ll be changing any time soon. Bring on 2019!

Image credit: Aiksoon Lee / Laneway Festival Singapore

Featured image credit: Alvin Ho / Laneway Festival Singapore

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5 Times KARD Got Way Too WILD During Their Singapore Showcase

28 Jan 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

If you haven’t already caught up on all the KARD action on our socials, you’d have known that we’ve had an amazing time with the quartet during their trip to Singapore. From hanging out with ’em for a Facebook Live session, to partying it up with the rest of the Hidden KARDs for their Wild KARD Asia Tour, it was an absolute blast.


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And we can safely say, there’s plenty to love about the K-pop hit machine. Their addictive tunes and eclectic style aside, it’s their charming personalities and fresh dynamics that make them uniquely KARD – they’re known as “Korea Artistes Really Dangerously Full Of Swag” after all. 

Kicking off the show with their signature dancefloor bangers such as ‘You In Me’, ‘Don’t Recall’ and ‘Rumour’, B.M, J.seph, Somin and Jiwoo whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their swoon-worthy moves and killer stage presence. But it wasn’t long before they snapped back to their usual dorky selves, and unexpectedly… things got a little wild along the way.

We recap our favourite moments of the night.

#1 When the boys channelled their inner ‘Gashina’

It may be 2018, but KARD ain’t letting ‘Gashina’ die just yet. During the Q&A segment where they had to pick questions on post-its left by fans, Jiwoo selected one that requested for her to dance to Sunmi’s ‘Gashina’, but J.seph got the bait instead thanks to Jiwoo revealing that it’s one of his favourite songs. J.seph’s cover was undeniably adorable, but B.M wasn’t about to let it go without showing off his own rendition of the gun-point choreography, which caused the girls to explode in peals of laughter. As expected from our resident swag machine!

#2 When they got a little too TMI…

What’s image when it comes to KARD? They had no qualms divulging even the most unglamourous of secrets to their fans, and they weren’t even lowkey about it – showing just how genuine and down-to-earth they are beyond their idol status. When asked about their favourite memory in Singapore, J.seph went on to talk about his experience riding the GX-5 extreme swing and admitted that he “almost pooped his pants” while on it. To which B.M didn’t hesitate to add on that he, too, “almost pissed his pants”. Err… TMI, guys!

#3 When even tteokbokki had its own fanchant

One of the questions was “If you could take a fan out on a date, what would you do?” and B.M responded that he’d like to bring them to tour the DSP studio and eat tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) after because it’s Somin favourite food. Excitedly, the latter began to chant tteokbokki and the crowd obediently followed suit. Guess we’ve all converted to tteok enthusiasts because of Somin!

#4 When they got Ariana Grande and Bruno Mars shaking

Enough of the fun and games. KARD got back in action and did what they do best: slaying the stage. But this time, they got the floor all heated up with sizzling covers of Ariana Grande’s ‘Side To Side’ and Bruno Mars ‘24K Magic’ – in perfect pronunciation no less, despite 3/4 of them not being fluent in English. Seriously, what else can KARD not do?

#5 When they were busy hyping each other up

KARD always rolls like a well-oiled machine, but there’s no denying the individual appeal of the foursome as well. Each member had the chance to showcase their distinct charms during the solo stages – Jiwoo getting her groove on with Winner’s ‘Really Really’, Somin’s angelic vocals during Taeyeon’s ‘Fine’, B.M spitting rapid-fire verses in ‘Livin’ Good Pt.2′ and J.seph displaying his composing chops with a mid-tempo rap number – all while giving one another their utmost support. It doesn’t get anymore #SquadGoals than this!

That’s not the end; we’ve got more KARD goodness in store for you guys, so be sure to keep a lookout ’cause things are about to get even wilder. Meanwhile, check out our hilarious interview with them and don’t forget to pick up a copy of our latest issue featuring KARD on the cover!



Lit Performances And Fan Service Galore At ONE OK ROCK's SG Show

26 Jan 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

“This is a huge place. We made it,” guitarist Toru bellowed into the mic while the audience erupted in thunderous cheers. Playing their biggest show yet on our stomping grounds as part of their Ambitions tour, ONE OK ROCK are one of the few Japanese hard rock acts capable of commanding a crowd large enough to fill the Singapore Indoor Stadium. A solid 6,500 fans turned up in full force, with the diehards all decked out in top-to-toe band merch and ready to rock.


At a ONE OK ROCK concert, expect to get up on your feet as soon as you enter the venue (yes, even those who got themselves a seated ticket) ’cause you’re about to have a smashin’ time singing, jumping and headbanging along to every note right from the get-go – not that we mind.

Leaping into the blistering opener of ‘Bombs Away’, the four-man powerhouse wasted no time in delivering banger after banger, led by larger-than-life frontman Taka as he rasped and snarled his way through the intense set. It’s hard not to be amazed by Taka’s flawless showmanship and contagious energy – the 29-year-old is one of the most charismatic performers we’ve ever seen, proving his prowess by effortlessly working the crowd and never once letting up.


Taking a break from stadium-sized anthems, the arena rockers winded it down for a couple of slow-tempo numbers such as ‘Wherever You Are’ and ‘One Way Ticket’. It was a breathtaking sight to behold as the crowd illuminated the venue in a sea of red and blue lights, passionately crooning along to every single word. 

What stole the show for us, however, was when Taka launched into a soul-baring rendition of the 5 Seconds of Summer-assisted ‘Take What You Want’, showcasing a different side of the band’s musicality. There were also fan service moments when the lad snuck in some cheeky moves such as putting up a heart shape and amending the lyrics of ‘American Girls’ to ‘Singapore Girls’, which elicited a chorus of awws from the audience.


Singapore 🇸🇬 😊 thank you so much 💋

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Two hours whizzed past in an instant, and soon the guys were already saying their farewells – not forgetting the mandatory ritual of taking a video of the massive turnout for Instagram (see above). “[It’s the] last one for tonight,” Taka addressed the crowd. “I know, I have the same feeling as you but we will definitely be coming back, so please wait for us till the next time we arrive. See you soon.” You heard ’em!

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Can’t get enough of ONE OK ROCK? Check out our interview with the band where they shared their thoughts about their global appeal, breaking Asian stereotypes and more.

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BTS has made phenomenal strides in their career since their glory days at the BBMAs, but perhaps the reason why they’ve managed to draw in such a fiercely devoted fandom is their dedication in using their music for good.

In collaboration with their Love Yourself: Her album, the K-pop supergroup launched the Love Myself anti-violence campaign in partnership with UNICEF – which has successfully raised a total of 606,000,000 KRW since last November. And now, the official Twitter account rolled out the #BTSLoveMyself hashtag movement in an effort to spread the message of self-love while encouraging fans to post pictures of themselves. 

Here are some of the responses we collected:

Even fanboys joined in the action.

The hashtag trended worldwide, resulting in a heartwarming outpour of love and support from ARMYs around the world. Not only did it help fans to embrace their flaws and build their self-worth, it also created a wholesome and positive community where people can feel uplifted and lift one another up.

Thank you, BTS.

For all of you reading this: whether you’re a fan or not, join in the #BTSLoveYourself movement and post a picture of yourself on social media. Love yourself, and love others. 

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Rising to greater heights after gaining international acclaim, ONE OK ROCK takes Singapore by storm yet again on their Ambitions Asia tour. Boasting a slew of notable artistes like Avril Lavigne and 5 Seconds of Summer, their latest album had fans in a frenzy. We caught up with the J-rock juggernauts before their show for a short chat where they got real about international recognition, future ambitions and more.

Playing on your album name Ambitions, we want to know – what were your childhood ambitions?

Taka: Ever since I was a child, singing came naturally to me because both my parents were singers. It wasn’t exactly my “ambition” to be a singer, but I knew that I wanted to sing as well.

Toru: I’ve always wanted to perform abroad and even started a band when I was in high school. And now that I’m touring the world, I guess you could say that I’ve fulfilled my childhood ambitions!

Ryoto: My ambition has always been for the band to be successful and I’m grateful that we’ve gained global recognition. So I guess you could say that I’ve fulfilled my ambitions too.

Tomoya: My childhood ambitions have also been fulfilled. I’ve always wanted our band to be successful. I even moved to Tokyo and started getting involved in music activities to make that happen, so I’m really excited that we’re here today.

What about your ambitions as a band in the future?

Taka: We’ve been doing this for over a decade, so I feel like our first chapter has come to a close and we’re ready to take on the next chapter. In terms of our music concepts, I believe that we’re going to try something different. We don’t have a clear picture of that yet, but we’re really looking forward to it.

You’ve worked with Western artistes like Avril Lavigne and 5 Seconds of Summer. How was that like and are there any Asian acts you’d like to collaborate with?

Taka: We’ve always admired Western artistes and after collaborating with them, we’ve become more accustomed to their culture. So I think that compared to when we first started out, we’re able to stand on par with them now. We grew up listening to American music, so we don’t really know many Asian musicians. But now that we’re touring the world and performing in Asian countries like Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, perhaps we’ll start looking into the artistes in Asia and hopefully strike up some collaborations.


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As a J-Rock band with distinct western influences, how has this opposition of J-rock norms contributed to your global success?

Taka: While our Japanese fans mean a lot to us, we’ve always wanted an international audience. Gaining success in Japan, solely, was never our ultimate goal. When we first started, we actually bought flight tickets to America without having a solid tour plan, but our manager eventually stopped us from doing that. But we’ve always hoped to expand our audience and gain worldwide success. So naturally, we took on a different style [as compared to other J-rock bands] to get to where we are now.

Do the fans in different countries respond differently to your music?

Taka: Different fans in different countries do respond differently. Our fans in Japan tend to be more quiet and really listen to us when we perform, but other fans in Asia are very different. For example, our Taiwanese fans were very energetic and sang along to our songs during our concert. The response is always different in Europe too. I feel like we’re always being tested on stage in America though, especially during our first tour there. In terms of the American market, we didn’t start from scratch or even point zero – it was below that.


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We felt very out of place and sensed that they didn’t resonate with us or our music. It felt like they were thinking “Why are these Asians playing rock music?” It was as if an invisible line had been drawn between us and them. So while they [Westerners] look at us differently, we are also looking at them in the same way. I think the most important thing is to get rid of the line so that they can start resonating with our music.

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Watch out for our full concert review coming soon, and meanwhile hit replay on ONE OK ROCK’s Ambitions album.

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