Neon Lights 2016: Best behind-the-scenes fun
Thanks for the memories
1. We all believed local
In what was a promising signal to the regional market, Neon Lights featured a host of local acts serving up some Singapore goodness: Disco Hue, Linying, Gentle Bones, .gif, Cashew Chemists. The lucky duckies from .gif even got a chance to cosy up to George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Jealous!
2. When it rained, it poured
Barely into the late afternoon on day one, Singapore's monsoon season started bearing gifts. True to the festival spirit, the rain didn't dampen the mood, though it did soak one too many unprepared punters. While Vetements' raingear weren't spotted, there were some pretty amusing cover-ups. Even synthpop favourites Chairlight were geared up.
3. Hair and makeup looks weren't offensive nor extravagant
All for the better, of course. Opting for understated festive looks (highlighted, glowing skin and face paint reserved around the eyes) and sweat-friendly hair (top knots and braided bangs), style took on a less-is-more approach. The same couldn't be said about performer Becca D'Bus though, but we're all for it.
4. Neon Nooks confused a lot of people
To get to Fort Gate from Fort Green and vice versa, you would have to walk past Neon Nooks, a space beside the Fort Canning Arts Centre. Performance artists Daniela Beltrani, Ezzam Rahman and Sophia Natasha Wei piqued the interests of passers-by, who saw Ezzam smearing black paint on his mouth and then on the wall.
5. There were many interesting backdrops for photo opportunities
Visual arts were also seen around Fort Gate, with graffiti and multimedia artists doing their thing.
6. The messier the food, the better it gets
Reinforcements came in the form of festival-friendly grub from the folks of Red Baron, Wilder, Two Bakers, Limehouse, Popaganda, The Lab, Myra's as well as The Refinery.
7. Important lists were handed out
First come, first serve: Front row revellers managed to get their hands on some of the setlists, a must for any music lover's wall.
8. Spoken word gets a new home
The Rocking Horse was home to a lineup of Singapore's most opinionated wordsmiths the likes of Ng Yi-Sheng, Shak, Deborah Emmanuel and Stephanie Dogfoot.
9. "Wet and wild" was the order of the weekend
While it barely drizzled on the second day, the weather from the first downpours brought Glastonbury-like vibes.
10. Everyone was there to really see Sigur Rós
Undoubtedly the highlight of Neon Lights, the headliners didn't disappoint with a stellar show of ethereal lights and sounds that united us in music.
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