5 new acts to discover at Baybeats
Baybeats, the biggest alternative music festival of its kind in Singapore and the region, will showcase prominent Singapore and international acts and new talents. (Photos: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay)

5 new acts to discover at Baybeats

Time to take a break from music streaming algorithms and discover new acts the old-but-gold way – in the flesh, up-close, at the biggest alternative music festival of its kind in the region.

Baybeats, presented by the Esplanade, returns for its 18th edition from 23 to 25 August. Festival-goers can look forward to sampling an eclectic range of music genres spanning everything from folk, pop and R&B to hip-hop, metal and post-rock.

The star-studded line-up includes Singapore and international musicians such as homegrown indie-electronic duo .gif and Indonesian rap star Ramengvrl. Budding homegrown talents such as indie rock band Stopgap will also be performing.

The growing festival will feature an additional stage at the Esplanade Forecourt Garden this year, as well as its first-ever closing party, headlined by The Analog Vault Selectors and .gif.

With over 30 artists and bands performing, there is likely something that will tickle your fancy, whether you are a top-chart dweller eager to expand your musical conquests, or someone bitten by the “I <3 SG” bug and looking to support homegrown talents.

But if you aren’t sure where to start, we have made it easy for you. Read on, and listen, to our guide of homegrown acts to catch at Baybeats, sorted based on familiar artists and bands you love.

If you are a fan of Billie Eilish or Clairo, check out Shye, a 16-year-old who is a blend of Clairo’s dreamy lo-fi beats and Eilish’s experimental style.

If you often find yourself staring out of the window melancholically, lost in Birdy’s hauntingly vivid lyrics or Ed Sheeran’s guitar-plucked tunes, you will love LEW, a singer-songwriter whose music focuses on human connection and emotional healing.

Like the experimental streak of Japanese Breakfast and the loopy electric guitar effects of Alvvays? Then don’t miss Sobs, a trio that embodies what it means to be cool today – deftly treading the tightrope of awkward and endearing. The group has successfully toured Southeast Asia and even had a sold-out show in Japan.

For those who live life on the edge, enjoying the hard-rocking music of No Use For A Name and One Ok Rock, be sure to swing by the set of Iman’s League. The band was named Best Band at the 2015 Anugerah Planet Muzik Awards, which celebrates musical talents in the Malay and Indonesian language.

If you enjoy metal-core hits by We Came As Romans and the likes of electronicore bands such as I See Stars, listen out for I, DEVOTION, a seven-piece electronically-driven, post-hardcore band.

Enjoy this curated playlist from our favourite acts – Shye, LEW, Sobs, Iman’s League and I,DEVOTION.

More on Baybeats here.

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