Buzz — July 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm

SEA Buzz – June Holidays


Around June every year is the four weeks mid-year school holidays in Singapore. And seemingly, the number of gigs and events slows down to take a mid-year break too.

The month started with Malaysian Chinese award-winning singer-songwriter Eric Moo performing at the Compass Ballroom at Resorts World Sentosa on June 1. A couple of days later, on June 5, one of the world’s top DJ, Tiesto, was spinning at Zouk.

Needless to say, the highlight of June 2013 had to be Taiwanese super star Jay Chou. He performed three sold out nights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 6, 7 and 8. In such a relatively small market like Singapore, it is not easy for an artist to sell out one night at the Indoor Stadium, but obviously, it was no big deal for Jay Chou.


Jay Chou. Photo © Shirly Hamra/Yahoo! Photos

 Things then kinda went silent for a week before Taiwanese rock band Mayday‘s two-night concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 14 and 15.


Mayday. Photo © xinmsn/Marcus Lim

 Avicii, another one of the top DJs in the world popped into town to shake Zouk’s dancefloor on June 16. American indie pop band The Drums played at the *Scape Warehouse on June 17 the next day.

Yet another week went by with nothing much going on until June 22. Suddenly, everything was – again – happening at the same time. K-pop group Nu’est was in town for their first full showcase at the Kallang Theatre. 

Nu'est © Joyce Sim

Nu’est. Photo © Joyce Sim

The same night, K-pop girl bands Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, AKB48 and more performed their hits at Expo as musical guests for the Asia Style Collection Fashion Show.

Photo © (x)clusive/Lydia Wong

Girls’ Generation/SNSD. Photo © (x)clusive/Lydia Wong

Rock’n’roll music legends The Platters & The Drifters were also performing at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theater. Once again, how does one split oneself? Well, at least The Platters & The Drifters performed twice at the same venue, on June 22 and 23, so you can’t complain about missing a gig.

After another week of music silence, the Joey Young (Compass Ballroom at Resorts World Sentosa) and G-Dragon (Singapore Indoor Stadium) concerts happened on June 29. Needless to say, G-Dragon won. Haha. 2NE1 were special guests at the G-Dragon concert, and that gave an additional incentive to go. Truth is, even if G-Dragon was performing again the next day at the Indoor Stadium, he decisively won over the two concerts of June 29, at least for me.

G-Dragon. Photo © One Production

G-Dragon. Photo © One Production

So now starts the month of July and here are the gigs you can look forward to: Super Junior, Ronan Keating, Will Pan and Haha & Skull. Appreciate the slow down people, for things will start to get crazy again in August and September!