Singapore’s ready to dance this April, as heavyweights from the club circuit drop in for high-octane sets. The ‘popera’ outfit Il Divo are also swinging by, as are alt rock giants Tame Impala.
Il Divo are famous for merging the ‘man-band’ formula with operatic pop. Since their arrival in 2003, they have enjoyed unprecedented international success and their nine albums have sold over thirty million copies. Move aside Bieber, that’s a pop fandom arguably bigger than yours. The quintet are awards holders from the likes of the Classical Brits (Artist Of The Decade) and this, their Amor & Pasión Tour, is their thirteenth since 2004. Anthemic pop-opera and swooning middle aged women await. The Star Theatre, April 4th.
Your all-nighter starts here. Bolstered by the UK press in the early Naughties, James Zabiela has made his name with a pioneering brand of house music that’s as moreish on the eye as it is on the ear. Mixing and turntabling live, on anything from iPads to high-end decks, Zabiela values high production – looping and sampling tracks together – which induces techno heads and dance fans in equal measure. Zabiela plays Zouk on April 12th.
EDM (electronic dance music) superstar Nicky Romero won’t cut the mustard if you’re on a crusade for DJs with integrity this month, but if it’s an all-guns-blazing (slightly mindless) DJ spectacle you’re after, Romero will be sure to busily churn out his hits (including “I Could Be The One” with Avicii), until the sun comes up. Or until you leave to rest up for James Zabiela at Zouk the following week. Zouk, April 15th.
© Tame Impala
Three albums deep, this colourful art-rock rock outfit from Australia are some of the most critically acclaimed on the circuit. 2015’s Currents has the sprightly electronic single “Let It Happen”, which sonically namechecks the best of their peers, from MGMT to Arcade Fire. They play the Star Theatre on April 21st.
Like Ed Sheeran? Then you’ll be delighted to hear that Jamie Lawson, a Brit signed to Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, is playing the NUS University Cultural Centre on April 27th. “I Wasn’t Expecting That”, the single, is a rather lifeless, carbon copy of Sheeran’s sound. Watch the video for a droll kitchen-sink twist.
Protest the Hero
Protest the Hero
If, by merely reading their name, you’re expecting this lot to be outspoken, you’re on the right track. In 2013, Peeved off with record labels, this progressive metal band from Ontario successfully crowdfunded their fourth album, Volition, and their fifth album is soon-to-be released on Bandcamp. The noisy quintet hit Aliwal Arts Centre, Singapore, on April 26th.