Fifth Harmony, Santana, Cloud Nothings, Colbie Caillat, and Record Store Day Events – these are our Big Gigs in April
Just as fast as a Steve Vai guitar solo, we’ve come to the end of the first quarter of 2017. But don’t fret – pun intended – ’cos these guitar greats will be doing it for you in our Big Gigs this April. From Carlos Santana and Colbie Caillat, to Cloud Nothings and local bands like Singapore’s very own Stopgap, these concerts of the month will crank your excitement up to 11.
Santana: 4 April at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Revered as one of the greatest guitar heroes of our time, Carlos Santana is making a monolithic comeback to our shores. Backed by a full band, the Mexican-American icon inspired millions to pick up the axe, and is now about to school everyone once more with his impossible riffs, frenetic fretwork and alluring showmanship that’s made him a phenom in his craft.
Fifth Harmony: 8 April at The Star Theatre
Arguably the Spice Girls of our generation, this American pop group came together after their Internet-breaking debut in The X Factor, and they’ve been riding high ever since. Setting clubs around the world ablaze with hits like “Worth It” and “Sledgehammer”, this fierce quartet now brings their saucy charisma, jaw-dropping moves and tight harmonies to the Singapore stage.
Colbie Caillat: 12 April at The MAX Pavilion
Whether you know her for her easygoing ballads like “Bubbly” and “Realize”, or her duet with Jason Mraz on “Lucky” that inspired millions of YouTube covers all over the globe, you can’t deny the enormous – yet earnest – influence of Colbie Caillat. The singer-songwriter returns with her doe-eyed demeanour and tender vocals this April, and we won’t judge you if you shed a tear or two.
Music After 7s: 14-16 April at Clarke Quay
Still reeling in the adrenaline rush from the rockin’, ruckin’, rumblin’ action of the 2017 HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s? If you’ve got leftover energy from the game, hop on one of the free shuttles to Clarke Quay where you’ll mosh to some of the wildest cover bands in the scene. And even if you weren’t a spectator to the game, you’re more than welcome to join the revelries at the Fountain Square.
City65 Music Festival: 15 April at Tin Hill Social Kitchen & Bar
City65 Music Festival is the newest contender in the homegrown fest circuit, and it promises a full day of 13 upcoming and veteran acts, with headliners including soul maverick, Dru Chen, and indie-rock rebels, Stopgap. Held in the cosy space of Tin Hill Social Kitchen & Bar, fest-goers can also look forward to tantalising Western-style eats served in really large portions, as they’re all about sharing food with friends. Check out our full feature on City65 Music Festival.
Cloud Nothings: 18 April at Hood Bar & Cafe
Bursting into the alt-rock scene with blistering guitars and Dylan Baldi’s scratchy vocals, these Ohio noise-makers are one of the hardest-hitting bands you’ll ever see – trust us, they tore through the proverbial roof during their Laneway Festival set. Their drummer, Jayson Gerycz, is also a total beast.
Record Store Day 2017: 21 April at The Barbershop Music
It’s a day that celebrates vinyl culture; of course you’re gonna have a rollicking gig or two in Singapore! Like that vintage beaut you’ll find while crate-digging, this gig is a rare find, tucked within a whimsical vinyl store that shares its space with a barbershop… in Geylang. Local bands will be running the show here, including synth-poppers Riot !n Magenta, indie-rockers Windtree, and the dangdut (Indonesian folk) sounds of Geylang Afro Rock Band.
Generation Axe: 25 April at The Coliseum
Carlos Santana isn’t the only guitar legend swinging by in April, far from it. Set to make guitar geeks and classic rock fans cry is this dream gig; a supergroup of rock titans that makes the Justice League look like pudding. There’s tonnes of star power on one stage – Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne), Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and God-like guitarists, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. We’re getting chills just writing about this!