A new year is about to begin, and if you find yourself in Singapore on the first month of the year, here are a few events you can look forward to during your stay here. (Events are posted in chronological order, so if you don’t see anything interesting, continue scrolling!)
1. A-Mei Zhang Hui Mei AMeiZING World Tour
6-7 January 2012 at Singapore Indoor Stadium
“Asia’s reigning Queen of Mandopop” A-Mei comes to Singapore for two nights on her AMeiZING World Tour. The “Pride of Taiwan” made her music debut in 1996, and in celebration of 15 years in the business, she is embarking on a world tour, naturally with a stop on the Little Red Dot.
7 January 2012 at Home Club
Drum and bass pioneer Goldie returns to Home Club to kick off 2012 in a big way. Goldie made a name for himself with the 1995 album Timeless, which was the first drum and bass album to make the UK charts. Also playing that night are Zul Othman, Twinhed, loopinmotion, and Darren Dubwise. Entry is $20, including one free drink.
3. Scissor Sisters
9 January 2012 at Fort Canning Park
Jake Shears and the rest of the Scissor Sisters will be playing a live concert at Fort Canning Park. They burst onto the scene with a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” then topped the charts with “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’.” Expect a fun and energetic show from this flamboyant group.
4. Art Stage Singapore
12-15 January 2012 at Marina Bay Sands
“Art Stage Singapore is Asia’s premier international art fair.” Over 100 galleries from around the world will be exhibiting at the Marina Bay Sands Convention and Exhibition Centre. In addition, there will be lectures, fringe programmes, and various other art-related events during the four days of the exhibition.
5. Foster the People
14 January 2012 at Fort Canning Park, Fort Gate
It was impossible to go through 2011 without hearing “Pumped Up Kicks,” the ubiquitous debut single from Foster the People. Now this band from Los Angeles, California will be kicking off the new year with songs from their debut album Torches. Hipsters trying to boost their cred are more than welcome to join and sing along to songs other than “Pumped Up Kicks.”
6. Simple Plan
15 January 2012 at Fort Canning Park, Fort Gate
Fort Canning Park is a busy venue this month, as we’ve got a third concert happening this month at that venue. Canadian band Simple Plan first gained popularity with their 2002 debut album No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls, which spawned the singles “I’m Just a Kid,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Addicted,” and “Perfect.” They now return to Singapore after making an appearance here in 2008. It could be interesting if only to see who they perform “Jet Lag” with… or if they do it by themselves, as they do in the above video.
19-21 January 2012 at Esplanade Theater
If rock music and drum and bass are not your thing, then here’s something more “classy.” The Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris (Paris Opera ballet) presents the classical French opera Giselle, a piece that was first performed in 1841. The ballet will be performed with live orchestral accompaniment by the Singapore Lyrics Orchestra.
BONUS: Travel Massive Singapore
16 January 2012 at La Viva Tapas Bar, CHIJMES
Okay, this one’s definitely a self-serving announcement. This month’s Travel Massive Singapore event, co-hosted by yours truly, will be held at La Viva Tapas Bar in CHIJMES. If you’d like to meet other people in the travel sphere, including bloggers, writers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and agencies, then come on down for a chat. Just look for the guy in the hat.
From the November 2011 list, Dreams & Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing & Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris runs at the National Museum of Singapore until 4 February, while Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition runs at the ArtScience Museum until 29 April. From last month’s list, Wicked is currently scheduled to continue playing at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theater until 26 February.
It’s never too early to plan ahead, especially when ticketed events in Singapore frequently have “early bird” prices months before the event. This February, look out for the Chingay Parade, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, and the Laneway Festival. For theater fans, the Broadway hit musical Spring Awakening will be making its debut with a Singapore cast. Music fans can also look forward to concerts by Kasabian, The Vaccines, Judas Priest, Lamb of God, and Dashboard Confessional. For those coming in March, grab your tickets now for the Mosaic Music Festival and a concert by Death Cab for Cutie (tickets available on 3 January 2012).