There is no age limit for having a good time at Neon Lights Festival on Saturday, 23rd and Sunday, 24th November at Fort Canning Green. Singapore’s premier arts and music festival announces the return of Neon Kids with new introductions such as Silent Disco Kids Edition, Aliens of Manila Sci-Fi Helmet Workshop, and the evergreen Sideshow Garden Games.
More music is also to be expected as Neon Lights announces the addition of The Bandstand featuring DJs such as Gonzo, Intriguant, Aalely, Kid Fiesta and Ramesh on Saturday, 23rd November. DJs Toppings, Bongomann, and Muto Masashi take over on Sunday, 24th November, with Clean Bandit DJ/MC Set and Fleetmac Wood.
Singapore’s own Disco Hue joins the main stage festivities on Saturday, 23rd November with compatriots Shak & the Baits. Other than the two local acts, Mumford & Sons, Honne, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Mura Masa and AndreaH will perform on Saturday, 23rd November, while HALSEY, Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker, AURORA, BADBADNOTGOOD, Gus Dapperton, Cosmo’s Midnight, Joan and MMLD close the festival on Sunday, 24th November.
Saturday, 23rd November will see founder of Kilowatt Soundsystem, Gonzo, get festival-goers on their feet and dancing with his predilection for Brazilian music, while Intriguant invokes moods with textural sounds and syncopated beats. Known for fusing strange sounds originating from the Nusantara Straits, Middle East and beyond, Aalely brings a novel amalgamation of niche genres and listeners can expect anything and everything from his set.
The man behind Silent Disco Asia, Franc Gooding AKA Kid Fiesta, will take to the decks himself and surely up the ante with his groovy set inspired by his solid diet of hip-hop and early house in Manchester’s legendary club, The Hacienda. Ramesh, who has played at some of the world’s most influential music festivals such as Womad, Montreux Jazz Festival and Gilles Peterson Worldwide, will add yet another layer of innovative and multi-disciplinary style to The Bandstand.
Already boasting Clean Bandit DJ/MC Set and Fleetmac Wood on Sunday, 24th November, Singapore-based party collective Ice Cream Sundays comes on board with three DJs added to the mix. Co-founder of Ice Cream Sundays, Toppings never forgets to include a good horn section and delivers a range from low-fi house to funk and even afrobeat, while Bongomann tops it up with his fluid collection of house, hip hop and electro. Hailing from Kobe, Muto Masashi puts a lustful spin on things by weaving through selections of soul, disco, funk and techno.
For the first time at Neon Lights Festival, Silent Disco presents Silent Disco Kids Edition, will take place at The Haven from 2pm-4pm on both days. Parents and children will be given special Silent Disco headphones and have the independence to choose from one of the three channels of music playing baby rave, Disney and bubbly current pop hits that they can bob and jive to.
An extension of Aliens of Manila x Singapore, Leeroy New will be holding his Aliens of Manila Sci-Fri Helmet Making Workshop for the whole family at Neon Kids on both days of the festival. The live demo workshop will introduce strategies Leeroy himself uses in his work, and participants can assemble their own DIY sci-ﬁ helmets and accessories from discards and everyday commodities which they can parade during the festival.
Rounding up the family-friendly offerings at Neon Kids is the Sideshow Garden Games. A hit with everyone during its debut last year, Sideshow Garden Games returns with its vintage DIY games such as festival-themed Garden Bowls, nostalgic carnival regulars Coconut Toss and Hoopla, a challenging new toss game adaptation called Ladder Tennis, and a friendly game of Kerplunk, promising non-exclusive and delightful fun for people of all ages and sobriety levels.
Neon Lights 2019 takes place on 23rd and 24th November 2019 at Fort Canning Park. More information and tickets available from their website.
Tickets to Neon Lights Festival start from S$30 for children and S$128 for adults, and are available at www.neonlights.sg and SISTIC. VIP Upgrade is also now available for a limited period and the purchase of a Neon Lights adult ticket is required to qualify. At S$99 for Sing Day Passes and S$175 for Two-Day Passes, the VIP Upgrade comes with
- Fast-tracked entry to Neon Lights Festival with dedicated VIP entry queue
- Pre-loaded tokens in each RFID wristband worth S$24 or two drinks
- Access to the elevated and sheltered VIP area at the balcony of Fort Canning Centre with a stellar vantage point of the Neon Lights Main Stage
- Access to the private bar and select food establishments
- The all-important dedicated restrooms
Parents with children need not fret for children may enter the VIP area for free with an accompanying adult VIP ticketholder. Existing ticket holders who have purchased tickets from TicketFlap will receive an email to the registered e-mail address offering the upgrade, or may reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org should they not receive the email. Tickets purchased through SISTIC may call the SISTIC hotline at +65 348 5555 to process their VIP Upgrade. For more information, visit www.neonlights.sg/experience/vip.