Buzz — September 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

August Buzz

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Time flies. Before I realised it, it’s already September. August went by in such a flash, I barely had time to catch my breath. So many acts, so little time and energy (and money). Sigh.

August started with indie band The xx on August 1 and 2, Pet Shop Boys and Hacken Lee on August 3, and Fall Out Boy on August 6.

B.A.P. press conference Singapore 2013 (photo: joven.at.heart/Joyce Sim)

Kpop idol group B.A.P. (photo: Joyce Sim)

On August 7, Kpop boy band B.A.P. held an open press conference at the City Square Mall. It was great news for the fans as it meant that there was an additionnal opportunity to see their idols, but I felt really sorry for all the journalists who were there with a report to write thereafter. The fans were just screaming through the entire duration of the press conference. No one could hear what was being asked and what the response was. It was a complete nightmare.

B.A.P. Live On Earth Singapore 2013 (photo: joven.at.heart/Joyce Sim)

B.A.P. Live On Earth Singapore 2013 (photo: Joyce Sim)

Fortunately, all went well at the B.A.P. Live On Earth concert on August 8 at the Star Theatre to make up for the horrible situation at the press conference. The 1 hour and 45 minute-long concert was really high-energy, great and enjoyable for me (and I’m not even a fan).

SKarf Singapore 2013 (photo: joven.at.heart/Joyce Sim)

SKarf Singapore 2013 (photo: Joyce Sim)

Two days later on August 10, Singapore-Korean girl group SKarf held an autograph session at Bugis+ for their fans. It was all good until some brainless dude threw a glass down into the media section. Fortunately, no one was hurt, the crowd was just a little shocked by the incident. The next day on August 11, SKarf had their first ever proper showcase in Singapore at the Kallang Theatre. The girls demonstrated their abilities as a group and as individuals during the 2 hour-long show.

Stereophonics popped back into town on August 14 to play a one night only show at Fort Gate. However, the concert of the year on the 2013 calendar has got to be metal rockers Metallica on August 24 at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

A-Prince in Singapore 2013 (photo: joven.at.heart/Joyce Sim)

A-Prince in Singapore 2013 (photo: Joyce Sim)

Kpop Rookie Idols A-Prince went to Malaysia for the first time then came to Singapore on August 29 and 30 for another round of promotion. They must really love Singapore a lot to come back again so quickly since they were only here last May!

Still, I’m not complaining because I must confess that I like them a lot too (ok, I even love them). There’s something really likable about them and almost everyone I know who has seen them in the flesh unwittingly ended up becoming a fan. I am serious.

Anyway, other acts who came to town include Grammy-winning jazz guitarist George Benson (August 26), American rock band A Rocket To The Moon, English alternative rock band Placebo (August 27), Brit Award Critics’ Choice winner Tom Odell (August 28), Anberlin, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Tonight Alive for the “Shut Up & Listen” concert series (August 29) and Mr Worldwide Pitbull (August 31).

Here’s looking ahead to a hectic September with the MTV World Stage in Malaysia, the Singtel Singapore Grand Prix and 1 World Music Festival as the major highlight on the calendar.

Good luck to me. 🙂