Probably the most notable #supportlocal effort since The Sam Willows selling out their first-ever full concert, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore is returning in January 2018 with a lineup including a significant number of Asian artists.

This varied line-up of Asian artistes features eight groups from four countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

This increased inclusivity of local and regional acts at Laneway Festival Singapore 2018 is significant, especially for a music festival based in Australia.

Though these selected local acts will not be performing in the other six venues in Australia, we applaud the fact that local artists are gradually getting the (more) balanced amount of attention at international events in Singapore.

Check out the Asian artists performing at Laneway Festival Singapore 2018:

ALEXTBH

Producing music from his early teens, 21-year-old ALEXTBH has since made his mark in Malaysia’s electronic music scene with his brand of atmospheric music that merges dance electronic and R&B.

AMATEUR TAKES CONTROL

AMATEUR TAKES CONTROL wears its heart on its sleeve. Its affirmation of independent DIY ethics, calling for the everyman to steer his own life, shouts out from its powerful, emotional music.

The five-piece instrumental rock outfit launched its debut album, You, Me and the Things Unsaid, in 2008.

HEALS

HEALS is a Bandung-based alternative rock / shoegaze / nu gaze band known for textured layers of distorted guitar riffs, unique sounds, effects and streams of soft yet melodious vocal.

MAS1A

MAS1A of complex hip-hop flows switches effortlessly to dancehall chanting, as showcased in her international underground hit, “Warriors Tongue”.

She unabashedly celebrates her cultural mashup, and derives joy through expression in all forms, be it music, visual art or fashion design.

OBEDIENT WIVES CLUB

Capturing the quintessential spectorgaze-esque sounds of classic girl-group pop highlighting bittersweet tales of love and loss is Singapore’s OBEDIENT WIVES CLUB.

THELIONCITYBOY

THELIONCITYBOY is a son of Singapore.

The rapper, producer and songwriter is most famous locally for radio favourite “YAYA ft. Benjamin Kheng”, receiving over a million online streams to date.

THE RANSOM COLLECTIVE

Life has not been the same for THE RANSOM COLLECTIVE since it emerged the winner in Wanderband, a competition in the Philippines among up-and-coming acts three years ago.

The six-piece indie folk band soon found itself playing throughout Manila, introducing its distinctive sound that merges unique percussive patterns, acoustic guitar-driven leads, melodic violin phases and full vocal.

TIM DE COTTA

Singaporean TIM DE COTTA makes no bones about being a purist. The R&B and hip-hop vocalist, bassist, songwriter and producer is reputed to push the boundaries, in both writing and production.

Check out the announcement event of the entirely-Asian second phase lineup of Laneway Festival Singapore 2018 here:

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2018 is at Meadows, Gardens By The Bay on 27 January 2018.

Tickets available from $145 here.

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Read Popspoen’s review of Laneway Festival Singapore 2017 here.

Cover Photo: Laneway Festival Singapore

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