The local rave

For those festival go-ers out there fret not! Although Singapore might not have famous festivals like Tomorrowland or Coachella, we do have our own brand of music festivals that are not to be missed. Nothing quite beats going to a music festival in an overseas country. Read on to check out some of the upcoming Singapore music festivals that you can attend during Fall 18′!


Ignite Music Festival – 27 & 28 July


This festival is held on a polytechnic campus – how cool is that?! Run by Republic Polytechnic’s Events Management students, you can look forward to experiencing the local flavour of music performed by homegrown bands. Soak up the youthful energy as this event is very popular with the young indie crowd. The highlight of the event is Caracal, a band that was recently on hiatus but now back with an all-new lineup. Click here for more information!


MTV Hyperplay – 4 & 5 August


Catch some huge regional acts at MTV Hyperplay which is headlined by Nick Jonas! Did I also mention that it is FREE? Tickets are currently sold out but the organizers are doing their best to do another limited release soon. You have been warned. Check out more information about MTV Hyperplay here!


Baybeats – 17, 18 & 19 August


The crème of the local music scene, only the best get to perform on this stage. Curated by The Esplanade, Singapore’s premier performing arts venue, Baybeats has never failed to impress me with many local and regional acts gracing the stage. Be exposed to all genres and styles at this historic event which is in its 16th year! For the event schedule and more information, click here.


F1 Singapore – 14, 15 & 16 September


F1 is a huge event in Singapore. It is the perfect excuse to bring in acts from all over the world to perform after the exhilarating race, and celebrities from all over the world show up for the event too. It’s definitely value for money with acts like The Killers, Dua Lipa and Liam Gallagher (not to mention the Asian favourite, Jay Chou). Click here for more information!


It’s the Ship – Nov 4, 5, 6 & 7


Boat party! Take a party cruise to Phuket with acts like Nervo and Big Shaq gracing the occasion. Hangout on this cruise with 24/7 buffet options, bowling alleys, casinos and pop up events. Imagine partying all day for 4 days straight! Party on the boat, party on the beach, party all night! This boat party is the meaning of eat, sleep, rave, repeat. For more information, click here.


ZoukOut – Dec 1 & 2


Everyone living/who has lived in Singapore will know that Zouk is basically synonymous with ‘party’. Being the icon for nightlife in Singapore, Zouk also throws the biggest beach party, ZoukOut, every December at Sentosa.  Many claim that Zouk Out is the quintessential Singaporean party experience – with 12 hours from sunset to sunrise of non-stop raving, few survive to tell the tale. There are tons of guides on “how to survive ZoukOut” online, so make sure you check them out.

DJs like Afrojack, DJ Snake and Flume have graced the stage at this event in the past, and you can expect bigger names to rock the stage with each passing year. For more details, click here.


Plan wisely!

I guess exploring South East Asia would be pretty high up in your list of priorities when you’re in Singapore for exchange, but don’t miss out on all the amazing festivals Singapore has to offer! These festivals only occur once a year, so plan and budget wisely to maximize your time and money during exchange.


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