When it comes to music festivals in Singapore, there aren’t as many as you’d hope! When I started writing this post, I was hoping to find at least 20-30 different epic music festivals, but unfortunately that’s not the case. I remember a few years ago when Future Music Festival Asia was supposed to happen in Singapore, but was unfortunately cancelled because the government refused their license. Maybe it’s harder for organizers to get permission and find suitable venues, but it’s just as popular of a country for music festivals. Don’t agree with me? Please, send me some more festivals so I can update my list!
But anyways, there really are some quality festivals in Singapore! I haven’t gotten the chance to attend any of these myself yet, but I’m definitely going to be trying to check out a few in the coming years! I’ve heard that ZoukOut is one of the best festivals in South-East Asia, so I know I’ll be hitting that up if I’m back in Asia later this year.
Check out my list of the top music festivals in Singapore!
1 ) Zouk Out
Where: Sentosa Island, Singapore
“The phenomenal ZoukOut, Singapore’s definitive annual dance festival brings the nation’s premier nightspot, Zouk, to the great outdoors and an even larger audience. Being Asia’s only sunrise beach festival, the homegrown dance music festival over 2 days festival will be in its 16th installation this year. ZoukOut has built a name synonymous with quality, the best International artists with a diversity of sounds from Electro to Trance to Techno to House, and top notch carnival fun.”
2 ) Ultra Singapore
When: June 10-11, 2017
Where: Bayfront Park, Singapore
Ultra Music Festival may have started in Miami, but it’s become an absolute global phenomenon. This two-day festival right in downtown Singapore is guaranteed to be the highlight of the summer for electronic music lovers in South-East Asia! Just take a look at the aftermovie below, and you’ll be booking your tickets!
3 ) It’s The Ship
When: Beginning of November
Where: Singapore – Penang – Singapore
After having two successful voyages in 2015 & 2016, It’s The Ship is making it’s return for another festival at sea. It’s easily one of the best festivals in South-East Asia, and will be an experience you never forget!
“IT’S THE SHIP is the World’s 2nd Largest EDM Festival at Sea. Sailing out of Singapore, get ready for a trip of epic proportions.”
4 ) Laneway’s Singapore
Where: Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
“St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what’s fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers.
The size of the festivals, the locations and the way we encourage community all form part of the way in which the Laneway team strive to present a live music experience like no other.”
5 ) Baybeats Festival
When: July 14-16, 2017
Where: The Esplanade
Baybeats is Singapore’s own annual alternative music festival presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Since 2002, it has sought to showcase local, regional and international alternative bands. Baybeats is an opportunity for musicians to meet and exchange ideas; as well as for audiences to celebrate free live alternative music over three fun-filled days!
6 ) Neon Lights
When: November 18-19, 2017
Where: Fort Canning National Park, Singapore
“Singapore’s very own premier music and arts festival catered to music and arts lovers of all ages is back on Saturday 26 November and Sunday 27 November 2016 at the Fort Canning Park!”
The 2017 Line-Up hasn’t been released yet, but last years edition brought big names like 2ManyDJ’s, Sigur Ros, and Crystal Castles, so you know they will be bringing the heat this year as well.
7 ) Singapore International Jazz Festival
When: End of March 2018
Where: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
“In the past 3 years, SingJazz has featured some of the biggest names in the world of music, alongside fresh, emerging talents – international, regional, and local. Some headliners have included Jamie Cullum, the late Natalie Cole, India Arie, Incognito, The Earth Wind & Fire Experience, Chris Botti, Jessie J and Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club.”
8 ) EarthFest
Where: Marina Barrage, Singapore
Inspire yourself. Motivate others. Transform our Future.
“EarthFest is having it’s second edition on February 12, 2017! Just like the first one one, it has been designed to be sustainable, fun, and inspirational for all ages! Featuring a food fair of delicious international and new age planet-friendly foods, a Farmer’s Market of local businesses with sustainable products, an eco-carnival of engaging low carbon games, as well as other various opportunities like talks, screenings, etc. There will be something for everyone and all interests – all packaged in one of the most sustainable and beautiful venues in the world: Marina Barrage!”
SO am I missing any big festivals in Singapore? Let me know!
If you’re planning a trip anytime soon, check out my list of amazing free things to do in Singapore! It’s one of my favorite cities in Asia, and probably one of the most fun destinations for photographers. Walking around Gardens By The Bay at night will leave you absolutely speechless!
Thanks for reading!!