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Event Preview: Neon Lights 2018

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Neon Lights returns this November to Fort Canning Park! Taking place over a single weekend from 9th to 11th November, the family-friendly outdoor music and arts festival is set to once again present a stellar line-up of international and local music acts, alongside plenty of arts programmes and activities for all ages.

This year’s edition of the festival will kick off on Friday, 9th November with Los Angeles-based R&B superstar YUNA, opening the entire festival with tracks from her first new album in three years and her first public performance in the region over two years. YUNA will be joined by Thailand’s Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, who wowed audiences at Glastonbury and previously played DJ sets to sell-out crowds in Singapore.

Perhaps one of the edition’s biggest highlights this year will be New York indie legends Interpol, as they make their Southeast Asian debut and only gig in the region this year on Saturday, 10th November with a full set. Interpol will also be joined by dream-pop darlings Cigarettes After Sex, whose chill ambient-pop melodies are a constant fave on playlists since hitting the airwaves in 2012, with this performance marking a return to Singapore after playing a sold-out show at Capitol Theatre last year.

Saturday will also see English rock band The Vaccines and post-punk provocateurs Shame both taking to the stage. Singaporeans can also take pride in local bands Riot !n Magenta, who recently released their brand new self-titled album.

The energy doesn’t stop even on Sunday, whose highlights include Canadian electronic musician Caribou and his band, while R&B enigma Rhye continues their sell-out Asian tour with a full set at Neon Lights. Their second album, Blood, was released to wide acclaim and fans will celebrate their return to Singapore after an absence of nearly four years. Other bands who will be making their Singapore debut include Australian multi-platinum-selling reggae group Sticky Fingers and Brooklyn based innovative art-punk, Bodega.

Rounding up the regional offerings at Neon Lights are indie offerings from Thai artist Phum Viphurit, who has over 16 million views on his video for Lover Boy, and Singapore’s very own pop trio Sobs, delivering energetic anthems of youth to end off the weekend on a high note.

Says Neon Lights’ festival director Declan Forde: “We’re thrilled to return this November for the third edition of Neon Lights. We’ve put a lot of thought into the line-up to ensure quality and range for everyone. This includes international and regional acts playing in Singapore for the first time, as well as musicians from Singapore with new releases. We look forward to sharing the full festival schedule next month and seeing everyone come down to enjoy a weekend of music, entertainment and the arts.”

Neon Lights 2018 plays at Fort Canning Park from 9th – 11th November 2018. More information and tickets available from their website 

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