Music Matters Live saw out its first night for 2017 here in Singapore on Saturday, with the showcase series taking place between the newly established lawn stage at CHIJMES and the riverside bar venue of Barber Shop by Timbre.
The lawn stage at CHIJMES drew out the numbers as the sun fell, with Singapore’s own Falling Feathers, FFION (pictured) and Sam Rui all on the bill. Headed up by Gold Coast natives Fairchild, the CHIJMES stage fused pop with indie excellently, showcasing talent from not only Australia and Singapore, but from Taiwan as well, with the likes of Chang and Lee and Elephant Gym both representing with flair.
Maybe a 10-15 minute walk away at Barber Shop by Timbre, India’s Yesterdrive impressed with their guitar-driven indie music; with writing and sounds reminiscent of 2000’s bands like Keane and even Friendly Fires, the group had a solid crowd packing in to see them play. Following on from their set, Melbourne’s Swim Season performed their first international show – one that had the crowd indoors at Barber Shop captivated. Bodies were moving to each riff and beat, while the band performed with confidence.
Smart programming on the MML team’s behalf, while the CHIJMES stage embraced the vibrant end of the pop and R&B spectrum, the Barber Shop had its focus well on indie guitars and band instrumentation. A great indicator of the music to come – Music Matters Live have got four days of live music still ahead.
Music Matters Live continues until Wednesday, September 13th.
Photo from Music Matters Live here.