Neon Lights’ (Arguably) Most Wanted | Controlled Commodity

Neon Lights’ (Arguably) Most Wanted

With new-festival-on-the-block Neon Lights kicking off this weekend at Fort Canning Green & Gate, expect copious amounts of visual art displays, literary performances, and food, glorious food.

Though, we're really more psyched about the music, with six stages boasting a slew of surprisingly steupendous acts. From Broods to Nouvelle Vaugue to Damien Rice, here are some select picks from the lineup we know you shouldn't skip out on.

Saturday, 28 Nov

  • Lost Weekend, 13:30 – 14:00 at the Neon Gardens

The first day of the festival begins with Lost Weekend’s wonderful brand of indie-rock, sweetly laced with lyrics that will hit close to your void deck heart. Many of their songs seem to be inspired by our humble little nation's ‘corporate slave’ culture, and are personal musings on “losing out on the weekends”, but what do we know. What we do know is you'd be losing out on the weekend (sorry, couldn't help it) if you miss these dedicated musicians.

Listen to "Mornings", a track that will take you back to the retrospective heydays of Electrico and RoninIf you love songs from the likes of Camera Obscura or The Pretenders, you won’t want to miss out on this.


  • Nouvelle Vague, 18:00 – 19:00 at the Neon Lights stage
For those who love listening to new and subjectively-improved versions of all-familiar hits (read: covers), we urge you to give Nouvelle Vague a try. Their Bossa nova, loungey take on classic hits such as Joy Divisions’s Love Will Tear Us Apart will encapsulate you in a warm, sensational light of musical appreciation.


  • Kiasmos, 21:15 – 22:15 at the Neon Gardens
If you’ve heard even one song from the Icelandic duo, you need not read further. For the rest who haven’t; What is this, you ask? A bad spelling of cosmos? Time to wake up.

Kiasmos comprises of electronic veteran Janus Rasmussen and Ôlafur Arnalds, one of the best modern composers of our time. This is the electronic act you cannot afford to miss, especially after having paid the hefty price for your Neon Lights ticket. But if you do, we're not necessarily sorry - it just means more dance-floor space for us.*
*The above is an unbiased account by an objective person.

    Finally, end your first day of Neon Lights with Mogwai, playing the Gardens stage from 22:45 till the closing minute. Because you'd do well to end your day with an hour+ of post-rock head bobbing.



    Sunday, 29 Nov

    • Viet Cong, 17:00 – 18:00 at the Neon Gardens

    Canadian post-punk, psychedelic band Viet Cong was formed with some of the prime members of art-noise band, Women. So if you’re a fan of the latter, you’ll probably want to check this one out. The band is extremely committed to their craft, as they stay true to their distinctly sharp yet somehow fuzzy guitar riffs that morph into the signature sound we associate them with: Faux-Indochinese greatness.

    • Damien Rice, 19:15 – 20:30 at the Neon Lights stage

    We thought we’d break away from promoting the lesser-known acts and just reinforce the obvious. After all, it’s likely that the Irish prince of sweet melancholy is responsible for about 75% of the festival’s ticket sales.

    You may have at one point (or several points) in your life wept sentimental tears over songs by such radio mainstays as James Blunt, Passenger, or Mumford and Sons. Well guess what, these folks were likely listening to a Damien Rice song whilst writing that sad ballad you regularly cry to, and come this Sunday you’ll have the chance to experience live the melancholia right from its raw and moving source.


    • Flight Facilities, 22:45 – 23:45 at the Neon Lights stage

    Last but not least, end off (and take-off) your Sunday night with Australian electronic producer duo, Flight Facilities. They’ll shake up the stage with their feel-good indie hits that will make you forget about the impending Monday, which will technically be 15-minutes after concert end.


    Honourable mention: Catch Paint The Sky Red who open the Neon Lights stage on Sunday for some quality local ambient-rock music. Also, Canadian DJ Jacques Greene who plays the Club Minky stage from 21:40 to 22:40 will satisfy any lingering house music needs you might have.

    For the rest of the Neon Lights schedule, click here. Don’t forget to stay hydrated throughout the day and enjoy a great weekend full of luscious soul food catering to all your hungry senses.

    Date: / Author: Ho Kin Yunn
    Category: Music / Tags: Event, Neon Lights, Festival, Paint The Sky Red, Flight Facilities, Damien Rice, Viet Cong, Nouvelle Vague, Lost Weekend, Kiasmos, Mogwai
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