Culture, Events — April 26, 2013 at 9:30 am

Music Matters Live with HP 2013: Who will you discover?


Music Matters Live with HP, part of the award-winning Digital & Music Matters Conference 2013, is known as a platform for showcasing diverse underground acts of great talent. It will be held from 22 to 24 May 2013 all over Clarke Quay in Singapore and boasting over 50 bands from 20 countries performing over 160 shows. Music Matters Live with HP continues to deliver on its global promise of providing a platform for Asian artists to succeed and 2013 is no exception and it’s Singapore’s turn to shine with a whopping line-up of local indie performers as the grand closing of this year’s festival.

MML 2013 bands

Astounding performances are lined up for Singapore’s big night, with a list of fresh and veteran acts making up a fifth of Music Matters Live with HP’s participants, a number unparalleled by any other international music festival. Seasoned stage meisters Electrico, Plainsunset, Kevin Lester and The Observatory will get your blood pumping. However, the new acts will be hitting just as hard with funky act The Summer State, the enchanting Natalie Hiong, mesmerising vocals from These Brittle Bones and The Sam Willows as well as Caracal’s signature impassioned sound.      

President of Music Matters and CEO of Branded Ltd. Jasper Donat  prides himself on the festival’s significance in the indie world, saying  “We want to support the next wave of talent, the new stars and the independent music community by giving them an entree into the booming Asia market and a platform to be heard in this competitive industry.” Music Matters has become precisely that platform, not only in the region, but also globally.

The Singapore showcase is supported by the National Arts Council (NAC). Other supporters include YouTube, the Singapore Tourism Board, Media Development Authority (MDA), Pacific Beverages, Fender, Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), and many others. The live broadcast of the main stage will be produced by the students of the Singapore Polytechnic under the guidance of local production company, The Deck. The entire event is being produced by local promoter 19 SIXTYFIVE. “Working with the local performers, producers and Singapore Poly students allows us to showcase Singapore to the world as a genuine regional creative and production hub,” adds Donat.

Last year brought us sizzling sets from Korea, sometimes regarded as an epicenter for Asian hip-hop, as well as hard-rocking shows courtesy of Canada, and this year the festival is aiming even higher and bigger. It is going to be a grand slam of genres and musical prowess between the nations as they duke it out and represent what their homeland has to offer.

This year’s K-Pop Night Out boasts hot acts from the region’s pop powerhouse, bringing on deliciously addictive beats and killer dance moves to match. The Korean showcase will feature R&B diva Lena Park, girl groups AOA and SPICA, indie rock band Eastern Sidekick, idol group M.I.B and jazz artistes Park Juwon and Jeon Jeduk.

The Aussie BBQ plans to turn up the heat with their superb cross-genre cocktail of heart-wrenching soul, folksy musings from Down Under and solid rocking. The Canadians and the Taiwanese refuse to be left behind, sending in their own formidable teams to bring down the glass roof and get audiences grooving.


More information is available at and The event’s official Twitter feed is @musicmatters and the official Youtube channel is musicmatterstome