Baybeats Returns for 18th Edition in Singapore

Senses Syahirah Mokhtazar 12-Jul-2019

Baybeats, Singapore’s largest free alternative music festival, returns for its 18th edition at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay from 23 – 25 Aug 2019. Baybeats has come to be loved by music fans for the diversity of Singapore and regional music acts it presents and this year’s line-up is certainly promising.

Over the festival’s three days, audiences can expect to experience music genres as diverse as folk, pop, metal, post-rock, emo, punk, metal, hip hop and more. This year, the event is introducing one new venue and reintroducing another one to bring even more music to everyone.

And for the first time at Baybeats, a stage will be erected at the Esplanade Forecourt Garden. Named the LiveWire stage, this new venue will feature an eclectic array of sounds including indie rock, hip hop, psychedelic rock, math rock, funk and more.

Highlights include Singapore bands Stopgap, T-Rex and Sobs, as well as regional bands such as metal band Slapshock (PH) and Sundays & Cybele (JP), Indonesia’s rap starlet Ramengvrl and Korean funk n bass group Se So Neon.

​(Photo: Stopgap, Rudra)

At the end of the Esplanade Forecourt Garden closer to the Jubilee Bridge, audiences can find the Open Stage, which was first seen at Baybeats in 2016. Taking a leaf from the open mic concept popular at live music bars, the Open Stage will feature unplugged sets, giving new and younger musicians an opportunity to also be a part of Baybeats.

Those who mourned the loss of the Baybeats Powerhouse along the Esplanade Waterfront last year have nothing to fear. The familiar stage may be gone but the organizers will continue to feature the edgy and heavier sounds it’s known for.

This time, fans can look forward to hard-hitting performances by Singapore bands including Vedic metal veterans Rudra, stoner metal band Marijannah, punk rockers Iman’s League, as well as regional bands Speak Up (ID), Franco and Slapshock (both PH) at the Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre).

The ever popular EMONIGHTSG, which made its Baybeats debut last year, is returning to celebrate its third anniversary on the festival’s opening night at the Esplanade Annexe Studio. On the following day at the same venue, we feature hip hop and R&B acts Shye (SG), AKLO (JP), Mean (SG) and Airliftz (MY).

Also, six new Budding Bands—The New Modern Lights, Summations, cues, No Rest For The Weary, Plate and Cinnamon Persimmon— will be making their Baybeats debut after going through an intensive four-month line-up of workshops and masterclasses.

On the last day of the festival, join the closing party by The Analog Vault Selectors x .gif on the second floor of the Esplanade Annexe Studio. So, grab your gear, roll up your cuffs, gather your troops and make your way down to Esplanade for a weekend of music mayhem!

(Courtesy of The Esplanade Co Ltd)