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Sigur Ros | Courtesy of Neon Lights
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The Ultimate Guide To Singapore's Neon Lights Music Festival

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Updated: 17 November 2016
Neon Lights returns to Singapore for its second annual music festival for the last weekend in November, and this year promises to be bigger and better. This year’s festival will see six stages spread across Fort Canning Park, a historic monument and beautiful park located in the heart of Singapore.

Neon Lights features a variety of international and homegrown talent. After months of anticipation leading up to the release of the lineup, festival organizers did not disappoint. The first night of the festival will be headlined by Sigur Rós. Hailing from Iceland, this iconic post-rock band has been playing together for over two decades. Festival goers will be immersed in ambient and epic music made up of a mix of old favorites and even some unreleased material. The festival will be closed by English indie-rockers Foals, who are touring following the release of last year’s album, What Went Down. After explosive performances across festival icons like Glastonbury and Coachella, Singaporean fans are thrilled to see them.

Foals | Courtesy of Neon Lights
Foals | Courtesy of Neon Lights

With the goal of Neon Lights being a showcase for local talent as well as a chance to bring international bands to our sunny shores, there is an impressive array of Singaporean bands in the lineup. Featuring Linying, the indie-electronica singer who recently made waves when she signed with an American label after having her song debut on the US version of Spotify’s Viral 50 list. Also representing the Little Red Dot are Cashew Chemists, .gif, Gentle Bones, and Disco Hue.

Linying © Tan YanLong | Courtesy of Neon Lights
Linying © Tan YanLong | Courtesy of Neon Lights

At Neon Lights, the excitement doesn’t end with music. What sets this festival apart from many others is its additional programming. Visit Club Minky and be amazed by a delectable meeting of comedy and cabaret. English Bourgeouis & Maurice make their Singaporean debut lending their neo-cabaret style to their views of the world. Even local talent turns up at Club Minky with Becca D’Bus, Singapore’s most famous drag queen. Over at The Rocking Horse, festival goers can enjoy a multi-disciplinary experience where literature meets music. Neon Lights brings poet Kok Wei Liang’s irreverent view on Singapore today and the millennial generation.

Club Minky hosts Bourgeois & Maurice | Courtesy of Neon Lights
Club Minky hosts Bourgeois & Maurice | Courtesy of Neon Lights

Parents will be thrilled to find kid-friendly programming over at The Nest, where on Saturday the Busybodies have organized the Superhero Budget Cut Workshop where kids (and kids-at-heart) can create superheroes in all their glory. On Sunday, Cap Merah takes over the programming with the Cut & Paste Mayhem Workshop, where kids can put their creativity to the test making vintage flyers and zines.


With Neon Nooks, Neon Lights presents a scavenger hunt within the festival, with performance pieces hidden around the grounds of Fort Canning. Keep an eye out for the New Stream Bass Band, a Singaporean jazz and hip hop band modeled after New Orleans brass, who will perform as they wander around the park.

Neon Nooks presents New Stream Brass Band | Courtesy of Neon Lights
Neon Nooks presents New Stream Brass Band | Courtesy of Neon Lights

Visit the Neon Lights website for more information on tickets and cross promotions with local hotels and airlines. To listen to a curated list of the bands playing at Neon Lights, search Spotify for ‘Neon Lights 2016 Official Playlist’ or click here.