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A few bands might have cancelled their shows or even skipped Singapore during their Asia tour this year, but we can’t deny that we’ve also been blessed with a range of memorable concerts in 2017.

But what exactly makes a concert memorable? It’s not just the music anymore, it’s the overall experience made possible by fellow audience members, the lighting, the pyrotechnics, the stage presence, and even the venue.

Read what our writers had to say about their top concerts of 2017!

*Click the images to read our concert reviews!

 

Teejay: “While Glass Animals’ set at Laneway Festival can't exactly be counted as a concert, their show was still exhilarating from start to finish – we’ve got a fantastic setlist in addition to their kaleidoscopic stage setup and their wild gimmicks (pineapple inflatables being thrown around). This was one of those rare moments where I’m grateful to be standing in the middle of the moshpit instead of my usual front spot because the infectious energy of the crowd made listening to Glass Animals’ music live such an unforgettable and euphoric experience.”

 

Leo: “The UK quartet's return to Singapore was easily the top arena show of the year. The rainbow of lights on the audience wristbands, cannon-fired confetti, inflatable balls, and pyrotechnic fire displays make the entire experience a kind of sensory overload. With a setlist spanning from their breakout hit Yellow to recent collaborations with The Chainsmokers and Beyoncé, Coldplay's performance was a pure spectacle and proved why they are still pop heavyweights.”

 

Letazia: “This was the girlband's first time performing in Singapore. Since they were still on their 7/27 tour, I was very impressed that they were able to adapt and change the arrangements to their songs in such a short amount of time considering that they had just lost one band member.”

 

Teejay: “Honne’s dreamy soundscapes created such an atmospheric ambience in the tiny Esplanade Annexe Studio. The lack of energy onstage was sort of given because of the duo’s assumed introverted nature. But their songs undoubtedly sounded flawless live. Toss up a bit of mellow lighting in there and you’ve got yourself a spiritual experience.”

 

Solihin: “As one of the few bands from The Scene™ whose music I can safely get behind even after more than a decade, The Maine's sound blossomed beautifully with Lovely, Little, Lonely. Third time's the charm as they say and this is a hardworking group who makes making music and touring look easy.”

 

Donwei: “Deryck Whibley is an amazing frontman and really knows how to put on a show and work a crowd. Sum 41's concert here in August is possibly the most interactive and energetic one I've ever been to, not that I should expect any less of these pop punk veterans. Despite initially hating the idea of travelling to Jurong East for the gig, I actually really liked Zepp@BIGBOX as a concert venue!”

 

Solihin: “No fancy light shows. No surprise musical guests. Just two hours plus of solid rock and also some roll. Only Dave Grohl and company could ever convince me to pay actual money for a seat at the National Stadium, still leave me completely floored and wistful for a bygone era that not many seem fit or overly keen on inheriting. Dad rock forever.”

 

Donwei: “Mew's gig is at the SOTA Concert Hall is possibly one of the smallest most intimate concerts I have ever attended and in my opinion, was pretty damn near perfect. The atmosphere, psychedelic visuals and music complemented each other flawlessly, and I could only wish that there were more concerts like this in Singapore.”

 

Letazia: “Ed Sheeran's voice was pure perfection. The concert had a mix of upbeat songs and slow chill ballads. Other than the obvious fact that Ed has an incredible voice, his rapping skills are out of this world. The set was very well designed too. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER.”

 

Xinyi: “It’s just Harry innit? Styles hung up his boyband shoes to put on rockstar boots for his second visit to Singapore. The mix of slow-sentimental tracks in between high-energy rock out songs created the perfect mood. The biggest star of the show was his pure voice and how versatile he was, performing every track spot on. The moment the show ended, I was already anticipating his show next May.”

 

*****

What’s your favorite concert of 2017? Share them with us in the comments section below!

 

Photo credit: Unusual Entertainment, Upsurge Productions, Aloysius Lim, Live Nation Lushington SG, @aa_fiq via Twitter, Symmetry Entertainment, Ariffin Jamar for The Straits Times, Moonbeats Asia, Alvin Ho for LAMC Productions, Spin or Bin Music

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“This is the part of adulthood I was mostly looking forward to as a 15-year-old fangirl,” I told myself as I strategically plan what I would be doing on the day of Coldplay’s sold out show in Singapore.

It has been almost 2 years since I waited in line at a concert and I must say that I did get some unexpected jitters.

It didn’t help that my ticket was on the 31st of March, the same day that I had a morning class. But like the meticulous planner that I am, I had it all worked out – I would leave class at 10am right after we get dismissed, rush to the cafeteria for some fried rice, go straight to the National Stadium, arrive there at 11am, and wait for 7 hours until the doors open at 6pm.

Did it all go as planned, you may ask?

You bet it did. It even turned out to be an unforgettable experience! 

So, in light of this serendipitous “adventure of a lifetime," let me share with you some of the things that I did during my 7 hour wait for Coldplay.

 

1. Ate my surprisingly spicy fried rice

I consumed the said meal item in a much slower pace than usual to avoid getting a stomachache – a big “no no” if you want to keep yourself feeling comfortable during the show. Nobody has time for the loo when you’re stuck in a moshpit while being enthralled by Guy Berryman’s seducing basslines (and attractive facial features).

 

2. Went people watching

Cheesiness aside, there’s some beauty about watching fans trying to kill time as they wait for their favorite band.

 

3. Braved the rain

 

The thing about the waiting area is that it was sheltered. But it wasn’t sheltered enough not to have roofs that are designed in such a way that there are holes in between them. So when a quick storm decided to pay us a visit before the show, we had to leave the queue and move to the side for shelter.

 

4. Succumbed to capitalism aka bought some merch

Let’s just say that I splurged a bit too much on this aspect.

 

5. Admired creative fan signs

 

Here are some adorable fan signs that I saw in line at the concert.

 

6. Made new international friends

 

I’d like to give a shout out to the wonderful people I've met who made every hour in the queue more bearable. 7 hours surely did pass by like a breeze when you’re in the company of such endearing humans. I didn’t expect to laugh that hard in front of people I’ve just met, but I’m glad I did.

 

7. Buried myself in a book for 10 seconds

I’ll be honest and admit that I didn’t get to read that much while in line as I got carried away chatting with fellow fans.

 

8. Hydrated myself with Coke because that’s just what I drink now. Water? What's that?

Here’s my friend, Yvonne, gracefully opening Burger King’s main door as I shouted, “I’M DOCUMENTING EVERYTHING THAT I’M DOING TODAY!”

Yes, I got myself a Coke.

 

9. Fangirled during soundcheck

There’s something about hearing Chris Martin’s voice live for the first time without any visual evidence that makes you squeal in excitement.

 

10. Ironically bought a Chris Martin mask and had fellow fans take pictures with it

 

Greatest investment I’ve made this year, enough said.

******

Planning to queue for your next concert? Now you know what to look forward to!

 

Photo credit: Teejay Vergara, @sasyapurwanty & @ramadhinyy via Instagram, Mark Cheong for The Straits Times

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Coldplay has grown a lot as a band since their last outing in Singapore with their Viva La Vida tour. One massive stadium tour and three albums later, Chris Martin’s merry men have finally made their grand return to Singapore.

Whilst checking into the venue was a breeze, I had to address the elephant in the room. Yep, that massive empty plot of land between Pen A and Pen B. So much so that the entire Pen could be moved a good few meters forward AND there would still be space for Pen A ticket holders to move around the place. This made for an awkward empty 1/5th of the stadium floor for absolutely no reason. Perhaps it is for safety but… THAT much empty space? (pic was taken 10 minutes before showtime)

Queues for food inside and around the stadium were snaking, overpriced and pretty much left me with no choice but to hold it out until the gig is over. Don’t bother trying your luck at the nearby Kallang Wave Mall because it’s worse. Despite the stalls conveniently located behind my seats, nobody left to get drinks mid-show. Now that’s when you know a show is good.

Thankfully, Jess Kent entertained the crowd in a rarity where an A-list act actually has a legitimate support act in Singapore. Of course, her songs were rather foreign to Singaporeans but they were catchy enough for them to Shazam her breakout single, Get Down, before her set was over.

Coldplay took the stage promptly at 8pm with a severely scaled-down fireworks display accompanying the finale of the title track, A Head Full of Dreams. As promised, the audience were a part of the show and it gave the concert a breath of fresh air as everyone pumped their xylobands in the air. There's just something special about uniting everyone in the same building regardless of where you're from or what you speak eh?

The crowd was definitely a mixed bag when it came to their newer songs, like Birds, especially the older working-age crowd who only seemed to stood up for songs like Yellow and The Scientist, both released more than a decade ago. In a drastically underappreciated sit-down moment from the crowd, Chris performed Til Kingdom Come (Singapore’s Instagram request song) and messed it up mid-song. Oops. That video should be somewhere in the depths of YouTube by the time this is up.

Singapore also hosted the tour premiere of their pretty bad Chainsmokers collaboration Something Just Like This. Although Princess of China was cut from the setlist, it was surprisingly one of the best moments of the entire show and warmed up the crowd for an even bigger bangerA Sky Full Of Stars. The energy never went down throughout the lengthy 2-hour set  with the frontman jumping, sprinting, and hopping across the stage even as the finale’s fireworks set to Up&Up filled the stadium.

Many fans up close might have also caught this special moment that might land Coldplay into hot water as the band openly expressed their support for the LGBTQ community. 

 

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Coldplayers at the B-Stage were treated to a much better show than those nearer to the main stage, with the larger-than-life visuals not fully visible upfront. Fret not, the enormous production value of the entire concert makes every seat in the stadium worth every single cent. Singapore has never hosted one on this scale before, save for maybe one of Michael Jackson’s gigs at the old Stadium from back in the day.

Whilst acts like Ed Sheeran are perfectly fine in the nosebleeds as he relies on his vocals, and Taylor Swift being entertaining enough to warrant a front-row ticket, Coldplay does both and does them well.

Sadly, stadium gigs in Singapore are mostly a miss in terms of sound quality with many complaints stemming from previous concerts at the National Stadium. Fortunately, something was finally done to fix the poor audio. Gone was the reverb and echo that made the latter half of the stadium sound like the Chris Martin’s vocals passed through a massive body of water. All thanks to the additional speakers that hung from the roof and what I assume to be meticulous audio calibration, which worked!

The band's solid performances and insane production made for a very special first night for Coldplay in Singapore. Nights like this make all the shit you take for being a mainstream Coldplay fan worth it.

Night 2, here I come.

Credit: Mark Cheong (Straits Times), Holmen Tham, Nicole Chang

Published in Concert Review

With just 1 week to go before alternative rock band Coldplay grace our shores, it’s safe to assume that most of us are already preparing ourselves for the most monumental concert of the year.

I mean, we’ve fought over ticket sales and hyped ourselves up with endless posts about their upcoming shows, but have you ever thought of the song you can’t wait to hear live?

If you haven’t already heard, Coldplay usually takes in song requests from fans before every show – whether it’s an underrated song or a hit that they don’t play live anymore.

Til Kingdom Come has been one of the most requested songs so far in their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour and this is more or less their set list for their Singapore show.

 

Taking these into consideration, I’ve curated five underrated songs that don’t usually see the light of day but are as equally brilliant as those they typically play.

 

1.     Strawberry Swing

 
 

2.     Life in Technicolor ii

 

3.     Hurts Like Heaven

 

4.     Death And All His Friends

 

5.     Sparks

Photo Credit: Carlos Müller

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:36

Coldplay Hypnotizes Fans With New Single

It has been 15 months since the release of the pop-filled A Head Full Of Dreams album launched Coldplay into their third wave of rejuvenated popularity with flashy visuals and catchy choruses, and a massive stadium tour.

Their follow-up, the Kaleidoscope EP, serves as a continuation of where AHFOD left off. Five brand new tracks will be released as part of the EP in June, but we’ve already heard 40% of the record anyway.

The first track released off Kaleidoscope was last week’s surprisingly mediocre and somewhat failure of a collaboration with The Chainsmokers, Something Just Like This. The lyrics are pretty bad and I’m sure The Chainsmokers used the demo of Don’t Let Me Down for the drop too.

Thankfully, the next cut off the EP is way better. Hypnotised was released on frontman Chris Martin’s birthday as a gift to his fans.

A ballad that sounds like some of their earlier work, it’s a true throwback for fans who loved the early 2000s Coldplay, before they became electronic-rock-pop mashup of genres that they are today.

The remaining three tracks, All I Can Think About Is You, A L I E N, and Miracles 2, will be released anytime between now and June 2017. Although Miracles 2 sounds like it could possibly be a sequel to the previously released song for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.

Here’s to hoping Coldplay will perform both new songs at their sold-out concerts in Singapore at the end of the month!

Photo Credit: Parlophone

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Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers has called their new hit with Coldplay "one of the dopest songs ever written".

After enjoying much success with their smash hits Paris and Closer, the fratboy duo has now released (accidentally by Spotify in fact) their new single, Something Just Like This.

The single's cover art is awfully, unexpectedly cute.

I'm sure I speak for most of us when we first heard the news of the collab - lots of groaning, face-palming, and a "WHY?" 

BUT I WAS WRONG.

But I'm pretty sure, 100% in fact - all fears are unfounded now. The song begins with the familiar ~silky~ vocals from Chris Martin, waxing both lyrical and poetic (what else?) verses:

She said 'Where do you want to go? How much you want to risk?' / I'm not looking for somebody with some superhuman gift, some superhero, some fairytale bliss / Just something I can turn to, somebody I can kiss / I want something just like this

After the introductory bridge, The Chainsmokers then drops the "bass" with their signature synth, making the song very much worthy of looped listen.

Now if you'll excuse me, I am about to make full use of my Spotify subscription.

Spin the new track below:

 

Photo credit: The Chainsmokers, Idolator

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In preparation for the launch of their new Kaleidoscope EP, Coldplay has been gearing up to close off their A Head Full Of Dreams era with possibly the final single off the LP, Amazing Day.

Back in November, Coldplay asked for fans to submit personal videos of their daily lives for a video, which ended up being set to their current single and released at the start of the brand-new year.

Of course, 2017 marks the return of Coldplay to a sold-out Asian leg (inclusive of two sold-out stadium shows in Singapore) and an encore leg of the North American stadium tour.

The video comes in line with frontman Chris Martin’s ongoing activism for world peace and uniting the world as one, recently serving as ambassador for the popular Global Citizen Festival in Mumbai, which aims to end global poverty.

Catch the Facebook-exclusive video formatted specially for mobile phones below!

On November 19 2016, we asked you to show us what was happening in your corner of the world for our Amazing Day global film project. Thousands of you did. Here is the finished film.

Posted by Coldplay on Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Photo Credit: Genius, The National

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It's only less than 10 days to Christmas, and Coldplay is already turning up the heat.

During their last show in Sydney couple days ago, frontman Chris Martin treated everybody to a uniquely Australian festive tune: a song about Christmas and kangaroos - titled, of course - Christmas with the Kangaroos.

Bonus points for improvisation! And for coming up with nonsensical but catchy lyrics like:

Christmas here's sweet as a peach/ Opening presents at the beach/ We've got barbies, we've got beer/ Santa wishes he lived here

This really makes me wonder what song Coldplay will come up with for April's Fools during their show here in Singapore?! 

Nonetheless, you can already anticipate the Sydney crowd going bananas thanks to Chris.

You can watch the special performance below:

 

Photo credit: Coldplay Australia

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We came. We fought. We conquered. (Well, at least some lucky people out there.)

With Coldplay's ticket sales being dubbed as an "unprecedented" event, it's safe to say that their two shows in Singapore might just be the most awaited concert in 2017. I mean, the last time we've experienced this kind of intense hoarding was during Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson's shows in our tiny island. 

While it did take me three tries before finally scoring a ticket (thanks to a really dedicated friend who managed to get through the virtual waiting room), the experience definitely wasn't a smooth one. I've spent hours lurking on the concert event's page on Facebook, scrolling down desperate fans' pleas, finding strength in the fact that I'm not the only one stuck in the virtual waiting room. 

Though it's pretty understandable that most people who didn't get tickets are pissed, some of them decided to turn their despair and disappointment into hilarious posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are 10 hilarious posts that perfectly sum up our emotions during the Coldplay ticket sales:

 

1. When this guy accurately depicts our feelings about the Virtual Waiting Room

 

 

2. I mean, it's another reason why 2016 is just not a good year

 

 

3. You realize how tough the ticket sales battle was when it's comparable to Singapore's education system

 

 

4. When you just turn to Coldplay for consolation 

 

 

5. When you spend more hours in the Virtual Waiting Room than you can ever stay still in a lecture (DUDE, 4 HOURS???)

 

 

6. When even Chris Martin is disappointed

 

 

7. When some people are just trying to lighten the mood

 

 

8. When you realize that resellers are selling one ticket equivalent to your entire tuition fees

 

 

9. When you know someone just had to say it... even though it's downright brutal

 

 

10. But at the end of the day, you realize that despite the struggle, it brought fans together

 

Photo Credit: shareonfb.com

Published in Music News (Singapore)

Ticket scalpers have been around Singapore for the longest time and it’s inevitable. It’s widely practiced in every country due to how easy it is to earn money. For starters, all you have to do is queue up outside the box office or just camp out online. Most scalpers even earning up to $1,000/ticket!

With the recent drama over the act of reselling concert tickets to people with rotten luck or slow fingers in the news lately, we decided to take a trip down memory lane to dig out some concerts which we found were notoriously hard to get tickets to.

 

Taylor Swift – The 1989 World Tour (2015)

18,000 tickets for both shows were snapped up within the hour as Taylor Swift brings her world tour to Singapore for the third consecutive time. Only this time with her full stage and pyrotechnics in tow. Of course, it was going to sell out but at least it didn’t take half an hour to check out on sportshubtix right?

 

 

Michael Jackson – Dangerous World Tour (1993)

All 94,000 tickets for the King of Pop’s concert two-nights-only concert was snapped up instantly as it was Michael Jackson's first time performing in Singapore. Performing at the already torn-down National Stadium, it was the largest concert in Singapore ever recorded for almost a quarter of a decade.

 

Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams Tour (2017)

Singapore had never experienced anything like this before. 200 people lining up outside the stadium to get tickets 4 hours before box office opens. 20,000 people attempting to phone the sportshubtix hotline, and possibly 30,000 people trying their luck online to purchase their tickets for Coldplay.

Concert promoters are to blame for this one. Having only two shows in South-East Asia for a ‘world tour’ is ridiculous but none is more ridiculous than the prices for the Manila show.

Naturally, everyone in SEA would be buying their tickets for the Singapore show instead, causing an absolute shit show where people were checking out more tickets than they need to recoup the price of their ticket.

Not to worry, another 10,000 tickets might be up for sale after tomorrow's announcement. Hopefully you’re one out of the lucky ten thousand who will join the 40,000-strong crowd at the National Stadium on 1 April 2017. Still afraid you can't get tickets? There's an ongoing petition to add a second date for Singapore, which seems entirely posssible since Singapore is the first stop of the asian leg after all.

Photo Credit: leonography, Taylor Swift, Facebook, Metallica

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