Catch Corinne Bailey Rae, David Foster, Incognito, Basement Jaxx, Rudimental and more at Sing Jazz 2017.
Heads up, jazz junkies! Hope you cool cats are hanging tight because it’s finally official – the Singapore International Jazz Festival returns for its fourth year at Marina Bay Sands from 31 March to 2 April 2017. Keeping with the tradition of curating mega lineups, you can bet that Sing Jazz is one-upping itself yet again with a stellar bevy of local and international musicians. In a flurry of excitement, we’ve compiled a list of highlights to look forward to.
A lineup jampacked with jazz heavyweights
Get ready to be starry-eyed, because kicking off on Friday night (31 March) is none other than homegrown jazz maestro, Aaron James Lee Trio, followed by British DJ Gilles Peterson with the Zara McFarlane Band featuring Nubya Garcia and MC Earl Zinger before closing the night with critically-acclaimed crooner, Corinne Bailey Rae. Other huge names in the roster the following night are local blues group Raw Earth, Ray Parker Junior, Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding and Youssou Ndour & Le Super Etoile de Dakar for a groovy trip down funk avenue. Closing the festival on Sunday is Adam Hall and The Velvet Playboys featuring Alemay Fernandez, Nik West, singer-songwriter and guitarist, Raúl Midón Trio, and the hitman himself, David Foster. Stay tuned for Foster’s famed entourage of “Friends” (a squad made up of titans like Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, Thirdstory, Dira Sugandi and Nick Zavior) that promises to end this music bonanza with a bang.
An after-party you won’t wanna miss
Next year’s Sing Jazz is not only better, it’s bigger too! You and the squad can continue to party the night away over at The Late Show, the hip after-party that opens from 10pm ’til the wee hours of the morning. Rave to an eclectic mix of artistes such as Cuban guitarist Ernesto Enriquez, British acid jazz band Incognito, Al McKay’s Earth, Wind & Fire Experience (a six-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist of the ’70s American funk band), smooth jazz group Citrus Sun, Saxx in the City, madcap DJs Basement Jaxx, as well as a DJ set from UK’s drum & bass crossover act, Rudimental. The Late Show also promises top-notch VIP table service – there’s even a special VIP Green Room ($388 per person) where you can rub shoulders with the stars that performed that weekend, complete with unlimited house pours.
An outdoor music festival with a (pretty awesome) view
The main action’s happening at the Event Plaza, which means a stunning 360-degree view of the glittering Singapore skyline in a chilled-out alfresco setting. Splurge on VIP access tickets ($288 per person), that entitles you to a free flow of food and drinks at the bar and shelter (you know, in case it rains) or go even further and snag a seat with your friends at the Lanson Champagne Terrace. For $488 (for two) and $998 (for four), you get two and four bottles of Champagne per category.
Pre-sale tickets start from $108, and bundle packages (with access to both main stage and The Late Show) from $178. Also available is the Full Festival Pass ($288) which gives access to 30 hours of music at both The Main Stage and The Late Show on all days. Tickets are available at www.marinabaysands.com/ticketing and www.apactix.com. For more information, please visit www.sing-jazz.com.
This article is sponsored by the Singapore International Jazz Festival.