Swedish and Norwegian musicians to rock indie music fest in S’pore

Swedish and Norwegian bands are to perform in Singapore’s indie music fest, Bay Beats, during July 16 to 18.
      Singapore’s Bay Beats is a three-day “indie” music festival featuring underground acts from all over the world with the focus on Asia. The four-year-old music fest aims to become the home-grown equivalent to Australia and New Zealand’s annual Big Day Out alternative rock festival.
      Bay Beats will feature Last Days of April from Sweden, Kenneth Ishak of Norway and Blueline Medic from Australia along with nearly 20 Singapore bands, plus another 10 bands from Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong and Bangkok, making it the region’s largest gathering of unconventional contemporary music.
      The focus of the music fest is on the underground, unheard, underrated talents around the region but the genre is always between that of indierock or alternative
      Last Days of April, the Stockholm based band has been around for more than eight years and now with the latest album, “If You Lose It”. Karl Larsson formed this group originally and he is still the creative engine in the band. Other three released albums include “Rainmaker” (September ’98), “Angel Youth” (September ’00) and last but not least, “Ascend To The Stars” (May ’02).
      The band toured extensively in Europe and performed many concerts and music events such as in Scandinavia, Germany, Australia and is expected to tour in North America.
      Kenneth Ishak is best known for his work in the power-pop and indie-rock/pop. He has made two very different solo albums so far, containing some of his best work. His music has the influences of Her Space Holiday, Big Star, Beach Boys, 70’s/80’s Michael Jackson, Phoenix, Dinosaur jr, Wilco, Elliott Smith, the Posies and Son Volt all together in a perfect mix.
      Bay Beats is a free event presented by the Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay, the two-year-old, six hectare cultural megaplex on the Marina Bay waterfront. Last year’s Bay Beats drew 13,000 people. This year, organizers are expecting 15,000. For updates, visit .

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