13 Musical Acts You Can't Miss At This Year's Neon Lights Festival

13 Musical Acts You Can't Miss At This Year's Neon Lights Festival

Singapore, you're in for a treat.

Art and music lovers, hold onto your knickers because the third Neon Lights festival is coming to Fort Canning Park, Singapore on 9 to 11 November 2018! For the past two years, the festival has been a stellar celebration of art and music, and we know that Neon Lights 2018 will be no exception.

For three days, festivalgoers will experience immersive art activities, as well as performances from musicians from all over the world. Here are 13 musical acts you have to catch at the festival's main stage.

Neon Lights 2018 Musical Lineup
Friday, November 9
1. Yuna

Easily the most successful Malaysian musician outside of her home country, pop and R&B artist Yuna's distinctive sound has gotten her great global success. For the past year, she has been working on her fourth full-length album, which is set for release sometime this year.
2. Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band

What do you get when you mix traditional Thai music with blues, folk rock, and the blues? If you want to find out, catch the Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band's set on the first day of Neon Lights 2018.

Saturday, November 10
3. Interpol

American rock band Interpol is coming to Southeast Asia for the first time ever, all thanks to Neon Lights 2018. Festivalgoers can look forward to their most popular hits like "All the Rage Back Home" and "Everything Is Wrong", as well as new songs from their new album Marauders.

4. Cigarettes After Sex

Known for their dreamy brand of ambient pop, New York-based band Cigarettes After Sex came out with their self-titled debut album last year. Since then, they've released two brand new singles since then, including "Crush", linked above. 

5. The Vaccines

The Vaccines' 2011 debut album was the best-selling album of the year in the UK, and the English indie rock band has been compared to the likes of The Ramones and The Jesus and Mary Chain. They've played with and opened up for bands like Arcade Fire, Muse, The Rolling Stones, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

6. Shame

British post-punk band Shame released their critically-acclaimed debut album Songs of Praise earlier this year. NME gave the album five stars, calling it "loveably sarky and sordid work".

7. Riot !n Magenta

Singapore electropop band Riot !n Magenta started out as a duo using laptop playback for live shows, but has since evolved to a sextet that creates music organically, performing with instruments. Constantly experimenting with new sound, the band released their eponymous debut LP earlier this year.

Sunday, November 11
8. Caribou

Canadian act Caribou is one of the biggest names in the contemporary electronic scene. His critically acclaimed 2014 album Our Love, which was influenced by the birth of his daughter, was nominated for a Grammy.

9. Rhye

Canadian R&B act Rhye's 2013 debut album Woman was a critically-acclaimed record that garnered praise from Rolling Stone, Spin, and Pitchfork, which called the record the "Best New Album". Rhye's new album Blood is raw, deeply personal record that feels worlds apart from Woman's ethereal, romantic sound.

10. Sticky Fingers

After a two-year hiatus, Australian indie rock band Sticky Fingers is back! Known for their reggae fusion sound, the band describes its work as "the soundtrack to a sunbathed backyard".

11. Bodega

American art-rock band Bodega released its debut album Endless Scroll earlier this year. The five-piece band aims to inject new life into rock and roll with its post-punk, pop, and hip-hop influences combined with narrative songwriting derived from folk music.

12. Phum Viphurit

Thai-born, New Zealand-raised singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit's distinct mellow sound is a hybrid of folk, funk, and alternative music. The Bangkok-based musician is 22 years old.
13. Sobs

As its name would imply, Singaporean band Sobs' music is melancholic and emotive, yet not dreary. Their debut EP Telltale Signs has earned them a loyal following both in Singapore and overseas.

For ticketing and more information, visit the Neon Lights official website.