Neon Lights Music Festival 2016


Festival review and photos coming up

This might only be Neon Lights‘ second year but judging by the attendance and the buzz on social media, the multi-genre homegrown festival is going to be a mainstay in the Singapore event calendar. The festival is even getting comparisons to Glastonbury thanks to the thick slippery mud from early day one’s rainfall. The weather and the dirt did not dampen the spirit of any concert goers – fans and music lovers all in their barefoot glory came out in full force on the grounds of fort canning.

From day 1, Chairlift made a return to the same stage where they performed about 4 years earlier for Laneway. Even with the rain, main women Caroline Polachek got the crowd going with some of their latest hits.


Between renowned acts like Chairlift and Foals, Singaporean singer songwriter Joel Tan aka Gentle Bones well-deservedly owned a prime spot in the schedule on the main stage. When a local festival strongly support local talent, that is a good sign for the music scene in Singapore.

Headliner Foals proved that they are still the masters of feral, sweaty live show. The saying of how certain bands are better live is totally applicable here and their performance is a true reminder of that.

One of the most highly anticipated acts Crystal Castles did not disappoint with the introduction of new front woman Edith Frances. The wild stage antics from the band continues post-Alice Glass with Edith pouring bottle after bottle of water on herself (and later to the audience) and swinging the mic stand around. They performed a mix of new and classic hits like Crimewave.

Canadian Neo-funk star Neon Indian closed Day 1 with a highly energetic set.


Performing in Singapore for the first time is UK’s Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange. Dev’s old school funk and dance moves in his high-octane performance is totally reminisce of the greats like Michael Jackson and Prince.

Fresh from the success of her hit album “Chapters”, and collaborating with Usher, Yuna has came back to Singapore looking like a bonafide R&B superstar. At one point she even conversed with the crowd in Bahasa Melayu. Totally endearing.

Jose Gonzalez brought the best of Scandinavian folk with his mesmerising set which included hits like “Teardrop”.

Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros saw the largest turnout of the festival by far on the last day. With a backdrop showing foggy mountains and futuristic lights, the perennially solemn trio masked the whole fort canning with spiritual, ethereal sounds, ending the festival on a high note.

That’s all for 2016, looking forward to Neon Lights next year with more great line-up!