Find out our top 10 acts to watch at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival!
Responsible for bringing acts like Kimbra, Of Monsters and Men, James Blake and more to our shores in previous years, The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is back and better than ever to put on a show at Gardens by The Bay on Saturday, 30 January 2016! If you love the idea of a music festival but honestly haven’t listened to all the acts’ music to save your life, we’re here to fill you in so you can turn up a little less clueless. Sure you’ve got the big acts like The 1975, Chvrches and Grimes gracing the stage and everyone knows them (as should you) but what about the other musicians that’ll be performing at the Laneway stage? Keep your eyes and ears peeled, because these acts are just who you might end up loving more than the rest.
Singapore’s own Cashew Chemists is a pop-rock band that gives their own definition of the genre, with a bluesy tinge and plenty of Asian influences. We dare say they could be the Arctic Monkeys of Singapore thanks to their modern South American sound. If you haven’t started listening to their music, get ready to get hooked!
Fusing trip-hop beats with a synth-driven fluidity, homegrown Riot in Magenta makes an easy listen for your long commute. Their lyrics are minimal and clever, focusing more on music without distractions. You’ll find yourself bobbing your head to their set at the festival without realising for sure.
Indie darling Grimes (a.k.a. Claire Boucher) hails from Canada and is one of the leading acts in the 2016 Laneway lineup. Chances are, you’ve already heard all her top tracks like Genesis and Oblivion. The multi-talented musician isn’t one to mess with, having reportedly worked on her latest album Art Angels on her own, from producing and engineering the tracks, to designing the artwork.
Yet another Singaporean act, Louis Quek a.k.a. Intriguant will have you grooving throughout his set as he takes the decks on the Laneway stage with his hypnotic electronic beats. His music is highly-acclaimed, with praises coming from Israel, Slovakia and even the US.
This quirky Hong Kong band’s music is one you’re going to want to add to your Spotify playlist stat! Time Out Hong Kong listed them as one of the 23 New Rising Stars in Hong Kong’s New Music, kickstarting their career in the indie music scene in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Cantonese-speaking will appreciate their heavy playful commentary in each song.
Born and bred in the Phillipines, this eight-piece band offers cheerful melodies that’ll have you feeling like you’re sipping a piña colada by the beach. What better mood to get into while at the Gardens by The Bay?
One of the biggest bands in the festival’s lineup is undoubtedly The 1975. You can thank the British band for bringing you radio-popular tracks like Chocolate and Girls, which have both gotten stuck in our heads plenty of times while listening to them on the airwaves! They’ve played sold-out shows all over the UK and are now finally belting their tunes on our little island, so we’re not complaining.
Starting out in just small pubs with doomed-to-fail equipment four years ago, William Doyle of East India Youth definitely has a ‘started from the bottom now we here’ type of story. He worked with what he had at the time and created synth-pop tunes that appealed to a large British audience, proceeding to headline sold-out concerts all over London and gather awards for his music. Expect to rock out at all his eclectic sounds at the festival.
Down Under’s Big Scary and their punk-inspired indie rock sounds aren’t hard to dance to, with addictive drum beats that will beg you for some head-banging action. The duo had a promising future from the beginning, working hard to tour the USA extensively with their alum-after-album hitmakers and now performing here in the little red dot.
With a name that initially originated as a joke, The Internet first began as a collaboration between Myspace pals Syd and Matt who left a previous band. Each with capable qualities of their own, they started The Internet together and are now well underway with their fusion of jazz, trip hop, soul and more.