JUST received word that the line-up for Music Matters Live With HP has been confirmed. (OK, when I say “just received” I actually mean “received on Wednesday but didn’t have time to do anything about it until now”.) But anyhoot…
Yep, from May 26 to 28, over 40 bands from 18 countries will perform at 7 venues over 3 nights in Clarke Quay.
(Cheating Sons: Seriously one of the best bands this little red dot has to offer right now.)
According to the organisers, the festival “will present stellar bands from China, India, USA, Indonesia, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, and Australia”, as well as some of Singapore’s best-loved home-grown talent. (OK, when they use the word “stellar” they’re actually mean “nobody really knows them outside of their own market, but we’re expecting to make bi waves overseas”). Singapore’s contingent, for example, features Typewriter, Jack&Rai, 53A, Cheating Sons and Sixx.
Interestingly, local-born musos Charles J Tan and Masia One will be also be featured but they’ll be under the Australian and Canadian banners, respectively.
(Singapore-born Masia One will be flying the Canadian flag at this showcase!)
One dude I’m interested to see is Japanese rapper Kreva. Now, I don’t speak a word of Japanese other than, “Excuse me, can you speak English, I don’t speak a word of Japanese”; or maybe reading off items on the menu, but I’ve seen clips of his gigs and this guy seems like he can bring the party. So why not?
If you don’t know, Music Matters is an annual forum where members of the music industry get together and discuss all matters vis-a-vis music, from production tips to managing markets to… you name it, it’s all been done before.
Anyway, this year’s forum is held here in Singapore (all previous MM events have been held in Hong Kong). And I’m pretty excited about it because Steve Lillywhite is coming to town! Yes, the guy who’s helped to helm almost every single U2 album will be here, as will Imogen Heap. Yes, yes, I know she was just down for Timbre Rock & Roots, but hey, I liked her set.
(Imogen Heap: Exuding rock chick schtick)
The festival will also include Canadian Blast, The Aussie BBQ and The Converse China Indie Bands Showcase. Click here to find out more about Music Matters Live and check out the list of bands performing.
And if you’re a Music Matters delegate, you get VIP access to Music Matters Live with HP Opening Party at Central Fountain Square, Clarke Quay, and all venues throughout the weekend.