Just one month from today, Neon Lights Festival returns to Fort Canning Park for another weekend of diverse performances, live art, installations and roving acts. Previously announced were headline acts such as Mumford & Sons, HALSEY, Nick Murphy fka as Chet Faker, Honne, and more, with a brand new addition newly announced – Clean Bandit, taking to the stage on Sunday 24th November.
The Grammy award-winning British electronic band will be presenting both a DJ and MC set, set to rock the stage with their unique classical crossover and dance music. You’ll know them by their floorfillers such as ‘Rather Be’ ft. Jess Glynne, ‘Symphony’ ft. Zara Larsson, Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie, and ‘Solo’ ft Demi Lovato. Last seen in Singapore with a headline show at the Star Theatre, the band has since released a very well-received second album ‘What Is Love’ and three more hit singles.
Arts programme Neon Nooks will also be returning to showcase a range of local and international artists and acts. Programmed by arts and culture consultancy Hyphen, Neon Nooks this year, explores the cycle and treatment of discarded objects – from otherworldly trash creatures to wearable sculptures made from recycled colanders and plastic tubes, festival-goers are invited to reflect upon our hyper-consumerist culture through the representation of waste, alienation, as well as the necessity of resourcefulness within an urban context.
Referencing the popular New York-based photography site, Aliens of Manila x Singapore explores themes of alienation and migration by injecting strangely costumed bodies into the urban landscape. Helmed by Filipino artist Leeroy New, the project was inspired by his mother’s work as an overseas Filipino worker and relied on her invaluable information about the migrant condition in the United States where she worked as a caregiver for almost 17 years. He is collaborating with Singaporean dancers Sonia Kwek from dance company P7:1SMA, who returns to perform at Neon Lights for her third year, and Jereh Leung from Dance Nucleus. The trio will inhabit Leeroy’s fantastical costumes made from everyday objects.
Delving into consumerism and sustainability, South African multi-disciplinary artist Francois Knoetzereimagines trash objects – specifically the packaging of domestic consumables and electronic devices used to record everyday life – as remnants of activities that shaped them in his extensively presented Cape Mongo series. Cape Mongo has featured to critical acclaim in the likes of La Triennale di Milano this year and at Kunsthal KAdE in 2018. Each Mongo character sees Cape Town’s discarded waste made into mythical trash creatures which have emerged from the growing dumps of consumer culture. Two Mongo characters ‘VHS’ (2013) made from VHS tapes and a new work ‘Cable Mongo’ (2019) will be presented at Neon Lights.
In addition to the slew of sensational acts on the Main Stage, festival-goers can swing to the samba and throbbing batucada beats of Bloco Singapura, founded by the legendary multi-instrumentalist Syed Ahmed, and be transported to the streets of Guadalajara Mexico with the folkloric melodies of Mariachi Viva Mexico. All this will take place amidst the perfect backdrop of Soph O’s eclectic, extraordinary and transcendental décor creations, which make the festival ever so inviting. Since its inception, 80% of Neon Lights Festival’s décor has been made out of repurposed and upcycled materials, and this year no different. Don’t miss out this spectacle of sound and art come together in one incredible weekend, as Neon Lights returns this November!
Neon Lights 2019 takes place on 23rd and 24th November 2019 at Fort Canning Park. More information and tickets available from their website. For this Diwali weekend, Neon Lights will be having a long weekend flash sale on Single Day (Sunday, 24th November only) and Two-Day tickets at four tickets for the price of three. The sale starts at 12pm on Friday, 25th October and ends 10pm on Tuesday, 29th October and is available via www.neonlights.sg only.
Festival-goers who are travelling in from their countries and require accommodation may look to Neon Lights Festival’s Official Hotels Capri by Fraser and Andaz for exclusive promotions. Capri by Fraser is offering a 25% off Best Flexible Rate for rooms booked through their website using the code NEON2019 while Andaz is offering 25% off selected dining outlets. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, visit www.neonlights.sg.