Buzz — June 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

SEA Buzz – Crazy May


When I mentioned in the last post that May 2013 would be insane in Singapore, I had totally underestimated the level of insanity that I would really go through during that month; but don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. ūüôā

It all started when I got wind that Choi Siwon from Korean super boy band Super Junior would be in town for the very exclusive world debut of the Chanel Cruise Collection by Karl Lagerfeld two days before the fashion show on May 9, at the Audi Fashion Festival. There were speculations of a musical guest performance but nothing of that sort happened in the end. However, the enigmatic Karl Lagerfeld graced the event along with young actress Dakota Fanning.

A couple of days later, Korean rookie band Lunafly had their showcase at Hard Rock Caf√© on May 12. They entertained their fans (called “lukies”) with their earnest attempts to speak in English throughout the showcase, on top of nineteen original and cover songs.

Lunafly © Lydia Wong

Lunafly © (x) Wong

The very next day on May 13, Canadian indie rockers and twins Tegan and Sara brought the house down at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

With hardly enough time to catch my breath, The Temper Trap performed an intimate and exclusive acoustic set for 300 fans at the recording of MTV: Sessions on May 16.

The Temper Trap © MTV Asia/Aloysius Lim

The Temper Trap © MTV Asia/Aloysius Lim

Then came the weekend but again, there was no time for rest. Rookie K-pop idol group A-Prince was in Singapore for a three-day promotional trip including a showcase on May 18 at the DBS Arts Auditorium and a Hi-5/Meet & Greet session at JCube on May 19.

A-Prince © Joyce Sim

A-Prince © Joyce Sim

Are you tired yet? I haven’t even got to the highlight of May 2013!

There was YouTube FanFest on May 20 and 21, which saw the biggest YouTube names like Ryan Higa, MyChonny, David Choi, Chester See and more gathering at the Ritz Carlton to talk more about their videos and the behind story.

Then on May 22 – 24, Music Matters Live took place at various locations around Clarke Quay. Honestly, by the first day of the festival, I was tired and ready to collapse and sleep just about anywhere. Still, I trudged on. The things I do for the love of live music.

Also, Joe Brooks was in town to perform at Timbre @ Gillman on May 22.

On May 23, Singapore hosted the very first Social Star Awards presented by Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven, which featured performances from Aerosmith, Psy, Ceelo Green, Carly Rae Jepsen, SkyBlu (from LMFAO) and international girl group Blush.

Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven hosting the Social Star Awards © Joyce Sim

Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven © Joyce Sim

The Singapore Social Concerts happened the next two days at Gardens by the Bay. The performers of the Social Star Awards did a full concert, with Blush, Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy and Ceelo Green performing on the first day (May 24) and Euphoria Audio (UK) opening for legendary rockers Aerosmith on the second day (May 25). 

Ceelo Green at the Social Concerts Singapore © Joyce Sim

Ceelo Green © Joyce Sim

After watching the super awesome Aerosmith perform live, I was so dog-tired but satisfied that I thought that if I died of exhaustion at that very moment, I would do so completely happy and smiling.

Aerosmith © Joyce Sim

Aerosmith © Joyce Sim

And just so you know, Taiwanese crooner Richie Jen also had his concert on May 25 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Rounding up the gigs and events in May 2013 was the Deftones on May 28 at Hard Rock Hotel.

Honestly, I’m not sure if anything else lined up for the rest of 2013 will be able to top all that happened in May. Seriously.

Looking at the June calendar, I see Eric Moo, Jay Chou, The Noisettes, Mayday, Nu’est, The Platters & The Drifters, Joey Young and G-Dragon and I think “meh”; maybe it is just me but how does one top the experience of watching Aerosmith live?