#1: SING JAZZ 2018 (6 – 8 April)

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We’ll first start off from home – there’s the annual Singapore International Jazz Festival aka SING JAZZ, the festival not to be missed by lovers of jazz, soul and R&B. This will be the festival’s fifth rendition, and will be held at Marina Bay Sands come April.

The line-up is hella impressive this year, with renowned hip-hop and soul artiste Ms. Lauryn Hill headlining the festival. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her iconic – and only – studio album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (which has been called “one of the most incredible albums ever made”, by the way), this will be the musician’s first time performing in Singapore.

Other big names that will be playing include five-time Grammy Award winner Lalah Hathaway (daughter of the legendary Donny Hathaway), who has collaborated with various other stars such as Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar. There is also Jamie Cullum, one of the UK’s top jazz artistes, who performed to a sold-out show at the 2014 edition of SING JAZZ. We also can’t wait to catch Estelle, most famous for her hit single “American Boy” in collaboration with rapper Kanye West, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Song Collaboration.

Tickets start from $108. Visit www.sing-jazz.com/2018 for more information.

#2: We The Fest 2018 (20 – 22 July)

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One of Indonesia’s biggest music festivals, We The Fest is an annual summer festival of music, arts, fashion and food that takes place in the capital city of Jakarta (in fact, the festival is so popular that Indonesian president Joko Widodo was spotted at the festival last year rocking out to Charli XCX).

Since its inaugural edition in 2014, the festival has slowly honed their lineup, with each year better than before. Past artistes that have performed at the festival include global acts such as The Kooks, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Big Sean, The 1975, G-Eazy, Mark Ronson, Phoenix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, CL, The Temper Trap, Purity Ring and Flight Facilities, as well as Indonesian talents like Potret, NAIF, Scaller, Barasuara, Sheila on 7 and Raisa.

This year, the lineup is just as impressive – headliners include pop sensation Lorde, English crooner James Bay, electronic duo Odesza and indie rock band alt-J, with many more to be announced. The festival was organised for the first time ever over a three day period last year, attracting a crowd of more than 50,000 – if the success of 2017’s edition is any indication, the 2018 version will be equally exciting.

Tickets start from IDR960k for a 3-day pass. Visit www.wethefest.com for more information.

#3: Fuji Rock Festival 2018 (27 – 29 July)

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Popular Japanese rock festival Fuji Rock Festival, held annually at Naeba Ski Resort, in Niigata Prefecture, will be back again this year, with a lineup that surely will not disappoint. The three-day extravaganza – and Japan’s largest outdoor music event – managed to snag rapper Kendrick Lamar as its headliner, who has won an astonishing 12 Grammy Awards and is now promoting his critically acclaimed fourth studio album, DAMN, that was released last year.

Other acts on the lineup include hip-hop group N.E.R.D., US indie band Vampire Weekend, EDM producer Skrillex, Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches, rock duo MGMT, British band Years & Years, and folk artistes Jack Johnson and James Bay. Several Japanese acts will take to the stage too, including singer Obukuro Nariaki and rock band Unicorn.

Tickets start from ¥18,000 for a 1-day, early bird pass. Visit www.fujirock-eng.com for more information.

#4: Summer Sonic Festival 2018 (18 & 19 Aug)

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Here’s another one from Japan – the annual Summer Sonic Festival is back again this year, this time held in Osaka and Tokyo. The two-day festival will see a majority of the acts playing on the first day in each city play in the other city the following day, as per tradition.

The premier music festival has a pretty solid lineup, which includes English rock band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, American rapper Chance The Rapper, American singer-songwriter Beck, EDM producer and DJ Marshmello, long-standing rock band Nickelback, Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes, Colombian singer J Balvin, English singer-songwriter Jess Glynne, American singer-songwriter Kelela and heavy metal band Mastodon.

If you would like something of a pre-party, also check out Sonicmania, an offshoot of the main festival that will take place a day before, on 17 August in Tokyo. Acts that are slated to perform include Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, Marshmello, Clean Bandit, Unkle and Petit Biscuit.

Tickets for Summer Sonic start at ¥16,000 for a 1-day pass. Visit www.summersonic.com for more information. Tickets for Sonicmania start at ¥12,000. Visit www.sonicmania.jp for more information.

#5: Clockenflap 2018 (9 – 11 Nov)

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The Cocklenflap Music and Arts Festival aka Clockenflap for short is returning this November. Though the lineup is unconfirmed as of yet, early bird tickets are already available for purchase. If the festival’s history is anything to go by, however, we’re sure that the slew of performances will be very impressive.

For the festival’s 10th year anniversary last year, for instance, several big-name acts put on explosive shows, including renowned (and elusive) English trio hop group Massive Attack, English EDM band The Prodigy, English indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs, Canadian indie-pop artiste Feist and Danish singer-songwriter MØ. Past artistes have also included the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Sigur Ros, Foals, Damien Rice, A$AP Rocky, Mogwai and The 1975.

One thing about Clockenflap that sets it apart from other festivals is its strong emphasis on the arts to accompany the musical acts. Last year alone, 30 artists from all over the world were present to showcase their work.

Tickets start from HKD820 for a 1-day, early bird pass. Visit www.clockenflap.com for more information.


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