Sprawled across three days, We The Fest 2018 (WTF 2018) in Jakarta made its mark yet again over the weekend of 20 to 22 July. We highlight the various elements of the impressive weekend we had on the grounds of Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran.

The fifth edition of We The Fest showed that its years of experience in the festival scene has definitely paid off. What began as a one-day event back in 2014 has since evolved to three nights – and for good reason. From its seamless organisation to a cleverly curated lineup and countless side activities that catered to just about anyone, every feature served towards the celebratory spirit. Stepping foot onto the festival grounds, party-goers were first greeted with a bevy of floating, colourful umbrellas that lit up the night sky, and invited one further in to a host of interactions that aimed to include, engage and entertain throughout.

THE MUSIC

The elaborate setup of We The Fest perfectly complemented the diverse genre of artistes they had in store. Boasting an extensive list of who’s who in a multitude of genres including upcomers Majid Jordan, SG Lewis and Louis the Child, it’s no surprise that the lineup announcements elicited initial responses with a similar abbreviation to WTF from many. Spanning three stages, each night saw heavyweight names bring their A-game, delighting crowds well into the next day.

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Day 1’s WTF Stage belonged to modern day rock gods, as former The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., alt-crooner Nick Murphy (Chet Murphy) and pop-folk heartthrob James Bay delivered resounding sets back-to-back. James Bay, in particular, drew loud whoops and cheers from the crowd, especially from the female crowd enthralled by the charmer’s swoon-worthy guitar licks and honey-sweet vocals on songs like ‘Pink Lemonade’ and ‘Hold Back The River’. Indie rockers Alt-J capped off the first night past midnight with newer tracks such as ‘Deadcrush’ and crowd-pleaser ‘Tesselate’ as well.

Our very own local heroes The Sam Willows braved a foot injury of their bassist Narelle Kheng – who performed in crutches no less ­– to put on a stellar show fresh off their latest album release, and proudly represented SG on the second day. Electronic acts like HONNE, Odesza and Petit Biscuit were also strong choices to pack the crowds over the weekend, initiating the colourful mix of audiences to sing along and pull shapes on the makeshift dancefloors.

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But it was pop wunderkind Lorde who stole the festival with her electrifying 16-song set, and proved why she rightfully deserves her widespread acclaim as one of the greatest acts of today’s generation. Performing hits off her well-received two albums Pure Heroine and Melodrama, the musical dynamite cosied up to the audience with her intimate stories and eclectic, interpretive dance moves.

And who could ignore the one-two punch of R&B phenoms Miguel and SZA on the third night, who set just the right kind of laidback groove with their slow-burning tunes as the weekend drew to a close.

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THE SHOPPING

But music wasn’t the only offering at We The Fest. A stroll around and a transparent box of sponsor H&M quickly drew our attentions and invited us in for a quick browse for fashion accessories to add to our festival garb. Much kudos is deserved for the WTFCON area as well – the vast space held a mini flea market with booths retailing fashion apparel too, such as Dirrty – that even gave complimentary fans of characters like Kris Jenner and Donald Trump just for kicks and to help cool off from the heat.

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Festival-goers weren’t left hungry either. In between music sets, many flocked to the Ismaya Food Town’s Eats & Beats Village, and took their pick from different cuisines at the various food booths. The fairy lights and alfresco setting there made for a welcoming respite from the bustling crowds, and provided a perfect spot to sit in anticipation of acts to look forward to.

THE FESTIVITIES

Committing itself as a fully immersive experience, We The Fest also saw absolutely no dull moment as revellers were thoroughly kept busy with the many exciting areas to get a glimpse of. The aforementioned WTFCON also played host to video game machines where winners could score themselves exclusive prizes, and an illuminated SHVR Party Land box that had local deejays and emcees throwing down beats and dance moves that ignited visitors in joining in.

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The introduction of the WTF Skate Park was also a solid addition to the mix, presenting tons of photo opportunities and welcoming bystanders to have a go at skating tricks themselves, complete with cool boards and pads fully provided. The return of previous festival favourite WTF Cinema allowed many to enjoy an exclusive screening of upcoming film The Darkest Minds, as a treat for patrons. 

THE CAUSES

This year also saw a socially conscious movement becoming an emphasis at the festival. While the primary focus remained to party and soak in the fun, we weren’t allowed to neglect the environment either. Sustainability campaign We The Change’s presence was felt significantly, with many bins strategically placed to encourage people to dump their plastic bottles, which will then be churned into clothing and accessories thanks to their partnership with eco-conscious brands H&M and Danone.

The effort only made for a cleaner festival ground with a more comfortable roaming experience, the need of wading through a typically trash-filled field making a welcome disappearance. The all-inclusive event also showed increasing features to aid disabled and wheelchair-bound visitors, with ramps and handicap washrooms leaving no one behind in the festivities.

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With a spectacular three days spent amongst great music, friendly faces and sublime planning, it’s hard not to look back on the WTF 2018 experience without cracking a smile. The vibes all around even served as the backdrop for a couple’s marriage proposal, inducing a picture-perfect moment with gasps of adoration all around. These post-concert fond memories will undoubtedly go down as ones to remember for many – that is, until next year when we make even more of them.

See you at We The Fest 2019!

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20-year-old Khalid Donnel Robinson – best known as Khalid – needs no introduction. With a solid repertoire of chart-topping hits such as ‘Location’ and ‘Young, Dumb & Broke’ under his belt, the Grammy-approved pop prodigy has been making a name for himself with his unique brand of dancefloor-ready anthems, retro synth beats and tales of teenage angst.

When he’s not busy churning out tunes for himself, the breakout R&B star can be found rubbing shoulders with music’s biggest names including Calvin Harris, Shawn Mendes, Martin Garrix, Normani of Fifth Harmony and more. And we can’t wait for him to play a couple of these tracks when he swings by for his American Teen Tour this November. Ahead of his upcoming headlining show in Singapore, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite Khalid collaborations to date – all for your listening pleasure.

#1 ‘1-800-273-8255’ with Logic, Alessia Cara

#2 ‘Silence’ with Marshmello

#3 ‘Rollin’ with Calvin Harris, Future

#4 ‘OTW’ with 6LACK, Ty Dolla $ign

#5 ‘Youth’ with Shawn Mendes

#6 ‘Ocean’ with Martin Garrix

#7 ‘Eastside’ with Benny Blanco, Halsey

#8 ‘Love Lies’ with Normani

#9 ‘Lovely’ with Billie Ellish

Khalid will be bringing his American Teen Tour to Singapore at [email protected] Box on 6 November 2018. Tickets will go on sale 26 July, 10am via SISTIC. Priority ticket sales will commence from 25 July, 10am till 26 July, 9.59am for Mastercard card holders and Midas fans.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Catch Halsey in Singapore

24 Jul 2018 by Teenage

Halsey is no stranger to music’s top charts, and this time, the 

American pop songstress will be coming for her first ever solo show in Singapore. As part of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour, the 23-year-old will be taking the stage at The Star Theatre for her very own full-fledged concert on 8 August. From new earworms to jam out to, to her electrifying stage presence, here are our top five reasons why you should catch the queen of the badlands in action.

#1 She’s been gone for far too long

The last time Halsey came to Singapore was for the Singapore F1 Grand Prix back in 2016. Undoubtedly, the highly-anticipated performance was one that left many wanting more. Case in point? Here are just some of the fan tweets that perfectly summed up her epic set.


With her surefire string of groovy hits, Halsey clearly left an itch since she was last here. Now, after two long years, fans of the ‘Colours’ singer can finally get their Halsey fix – and we have no doubt that she’ll deliver the same energy and ageless appeal to everyone come 8 August.

#2 She’s got some fresh tunes

A lot has happened since Halsey last visited. In that period, she has released Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, and with it came ‘Now or Never’ and ‘Alone’. And most recently, she teamed up with producer Benny Blanco and Khalid for ‘Eastside’ – a breezy, catchy radio banger that became a chart-topper faster than you can say “she used to meet me on the Eastside” (last we checked, the song stands at #1 on Spotify’s Singapore Viral 50 playlist). We can’t wait to hear Halsey’s live rendition of it!

#3 She won’t be alone

As much as Halsey has her own stellar discography, she’s equally famous for her killer collaborations too. Just look at ‘Closer’, ‘Him & I’, and ‘The Feeling’. More than that, Halsey will be accompanied by some special guests during her tour. Kehlani will join her for the Australia and New Zealand stops, while Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony will swing by on the Latin America dates. For the Asia leg, we’ll be getting Indonesian R&B artiste Nicole Zefanya aka NIKI. Powerful women supporting each other!

#4 She’s fashionably unpredictable

Halsey’s not just making waves in the entertainment scene – her unabashed hairstyles over the years have commanded an equal amount of attention too. From lusciously blonde locks to rocking a bold buzzcut, you’ll never know what to expect from Halsey.

 

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Here’s a fun game to play: see if you can correctly predict what hairstyle this style maven will sport during her Asia dates! No peeking on her Instagram is allowed. 

#5 She’s got sick tour visuals

Lights, camera, action – the concert visuals for the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour look almost like a work of art. From butterflies and flowers, to fire and lightning, her tour aesthetics game is through the roof. Get ready to be treated to a multi-sensory experience transcending beyond just her breathtaking vocals.

Don’t miss Halsey at her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour in Singapore at The Star Theatre on 8 August 2018. Tickets are still up for grabs at www.apactix.com!

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“Let’s be together for the rest of our lives,” says a teary-eyed Bae Jinyoung halfway through Wanna One’s One: The World concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium – a 10,000 capacity show that might just be their fans’ last time seeing the 11-member group performing in front of them before their impending disbandment at the end of the year, for their own concert tour at least.

The band will return to headline the upcoming HallyuPopFest in September, but till then, they left us with plenty of memories to remember. The rigid security checks did put a damper on everyone’s spirits, but the boys more than made up for it with their powerful charisma and blistering performances. Fan service aside, it was also a chance for them to display their individual talents while still maintaining their impeccable teamwork and stage presence as a whole. Here are 11 of our favourite moments during #OneTheWorldinSG.

#1 When they got us shook with their explosive energy

Kicking off the set with a string of high-energy hits such as ‘Burn It Up’, ‘Never’ and ‘Energetic’, it wasn’t even three songs in that the members started sweating bullets from the intense choreography. It’s heartening to see them giving their all for each performance without showing any signs of exhaustion, and if anything, it only makes us love them even more. Amirite, fellow Wannables?

#2 When Minhyun and Jinyoung stole the show from the start

Apart from their group stages, Wanna One also managed to squeeze in solo segments in between their packed three-hour set, allowing each member to have their turn in the spotlight. First up was Minhyun and Jinyoung – and boy, they certainly knew how to please their fans. As if Jinyoung’s dance solo wasn’t enough to make us weak in the knees, Minhyun spiced things up further with a steamy blindfold performance. No abs baring like what he did in other countries, but hey, we’re not complaining.

#3 When the Pink Sausages teamed up

99-liners Jihoon and Woojin – affectionately known as 2Park or Pink Sausages in the fandom – do pretty much everything together, so it’s no surprise they would choose to share the stage with each other instead. Looking dashing in all-black suits, the pair showed off their perfect chemistry with one another with a sizzling dance routine. Name a more iconic duo than ’em – we’ll wait.

#4 When they tried their hand at Singlish

The concert went on for a good 45 minutes before the boys finally took a breather and greeted the fans. Although it was pretty obvious they were following the script throughout, which came across a tad overly rehearsed at times, we like that they tried to add in elements of our local lingo – think “chio” and “so shiok” – into their concert banter. Oh, and they ate chilli crab the night before.

#5 When God Daniel commanded the stage

When we talk about abs, Daniel is arguably the first person who comes to mind. The man’s never been shy when it comes to showing off his rock-hard packs, but he proved that he’s more than just his hot bod by showcasing his modern dance skills during his solo – a refreshing change from the B-boy stunts we used to witness from our resident human fidget spinner.

#6 When Jaehwan hit dem notes

Every member in Wanna One are no doubt incredible singers in their own right, but Jaehwan’s vocal chops are seriously hard to beat. The powerhouse vocalist impressed with an acoustic rendition of ‘I’ll Remember’ during his solo, effortlessly hitting the notes and giving us goosebumps every single time. To say that we were mindblown would be an understatement.

#7 When DJ Hankki took over the decks

The party was just getting started! Leave it to Jisung — or rather, DJ Hankki – to rev up the crowd, accompanied with his best hype men Daniel, Woojin and Jaehwan to bring the energy to an all-time high. While Jisung was helming the decks, Sungwoon surprised us with an epic dance break to a remix of Charlie Puth’s ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ by none other than Jisung’s DJ alter-ego. What else can Wanna One not do?

#8 When Guanlin made our noona hearts swoon

Among the individual stages, the member we were looking forward to the most was Guanlin. And the talented maknae definitely didn’t disappoint, flaunting his smooth moves with a jaw-dropping dance solo to Lil Dicky’s ‘Freaky Friday’. It seems like just yesterday that the 16-year-old was the Cube chick we always cooed over on Produce 101 – but now, he’s more than capable of holding his own on stage. We couldn’t be more proud!

#9 When they gave us ‘healing time’

Unlike their previous albums, their latest studio effort 1÷x=1 (Undivided) is made up of unit collaborations with big-name producers Zico, Dynamic Duo, Nell and Heize. And fans were particularly excited to see the 11-member group performing in their respective units. Heize’s team, The Heal, stood out to us the most – with Daehwi launching into a melodic piano intro, before letting Seongwoo take centre stage with an emotional dance sequence.

#10 When they dished out secret fan service

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No K-pop concert is complete without some mandatory fan service. Much of their setlist were heavily dominated by choreography, but that didn’t stop Wanna One from sneaking in some finger hearts here and cheeky winks there – all to reciprocate the love and support they’ve received from their beloved Wannables. 

#11 When Wanna One and Wannables become one

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Things got a little emotional when they winded it down for slow numbers like ‘I’ll Remember’ and ‘Always’, with fans raising up banners that read “Wanna One and Wannable forever” as they earnestly sang along to each and every word. “I think you guys can sing better than us,” quipped Daniel. “Wannables are the best!”

Like all good things, the concert came to a bittersweet end and each of them took turns to express their heartfelt gratitude to the fans in attendance. “I feel that Singapore has one of the loudest cheers. I’ll definitely come back again!” exclaimed Woojin. Minhyun couldn’t have wrapped it up more aptly, “Thanks to all of you, I’ve made great memories to take home.”

Same here, Minhyun.

Image credits: ONE Production

What was your favourite moment of the night? Comment down below, Wannables!

More related stories: 13 Things That Only Happen At A Wanna One Fanmeeting101 Facts You Need To Know About Produce 101’s Wanna One

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Everyone’s crazy over #RelationshipGoals, but we think #FamGoals should be a thing too. Just check out the camaraderie between the cast of Thai rom-com flick Brother Of The Year, Nichkhun, Sunny and Yaya, when they were in town for a whirlwind promo.

In the film, Nichkhun plays the role of the #PerfectBoyfriend to Yaya’s character, while Sunny’s the #DemonBrother who will go all out to put a stop to anything that makes his little sister happy. But it seems like the 2PM heartthrob is just as oppa-worthy (a term of endearment for an older male) to his sister — and future girlfriend — off the script! Here are some interesting findings we gathered during our short interview.

#1 You can always count on him.

“When you’re siblings, you tend to take everything for granted because they are always there for you, but I think you should always be respectful to one another no matter what. Although I don’t see [my sister] as often as I want to because I’m always overseas, but I try to be that supportive older brother. When they have something they want to talk about, they can always come to me.”

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#2 And he doesn’t hesitate to stand up for you.

“I wouldn’t be like ‘No, you can’t date him’ but more of ‘I don’t think he’s the right one for you’. That’s what being a sibling is all about because we know them best; you don’t want them to stray to someone who’s not worth it. If he does something [to my sister], then he’s dead meat (laughs).”

#3 He’s not always the ‘nice guy’.

“If I really like the story but it’s the same type of character, I would do it again. I think it all depends on the script. But I would love to try out other characters as well. Sunny and Yaya are always taking on different roles and I want to do it too, someday. Something like Liam Neeson from Taken would be fun!”

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#4 He’s not about the grand gestures.

“I’d like to surprise her at work without telling her anything. Buy some flowers and leave it on her desk just to brighten up her day. Just these small things that show I’m thinking about her. I think that’s kind of romantic, right? (Laughs)”

#5 Above all, he puts your feelings first.

“Of course I would like to propose in front of thousands of people, but what if she isn’t comfortable with that? Some people don’t like having a crowd watching them get proposed to, so I have to find out what are my girlfriend’s preferences.”

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Fancy more Nichkhun goodness? Don’t forget to catch him in Brother Of The Year, screening now at all cinemas!

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