Garden Beats Festival 2019: 5 reasons to attend Singapore's only eco-friendly music experience

Garden Beats Festival 2019: 5 reasons to attend Singapore's only eco-friendly music experience

All kinds of feels

Text: Aravin Sandran

#1: Revel in feel-good tunes by a stellar line-up of international and local acts.
Garden Beats is known for turning up the BPM with sensational DJs from across the globe. This year, they take it one step further with headliners English indie band The Kooks. Expect to hear throwbacks to their infectious 2006 hits, "She Moves In Her Own Way" and "Naive". Switching it up with some luscious R&B, American singer-songwriter Alina Baraz — who first made her mark with "Electric" featuring Khalid in 2017 — will be taking the stage with last year's surprise nine-track drop, The Color of You. Finally, genre-defying American musician Masego is definitely one to watch. Self-described as "trap house jazz", the 25-year-old's midtempo blend feels like a mouth-watering mash-up of Stevie Wonder's slick stylings and the cultural beats of world music.


#2: Be part of the global carbon-neutral movement through the festival's eco-friendly initiatives.
Since its 2018 edition, the festival has steadily committed to becoming the first carbon-neutral music festival in Singapore. This year, it has implemented a ban on single-use plastics, which are the main culprit for chocking the oceanic ecosystem. Instead, festival-goers can pick up bio-degradable cups and cutleries, and even drop off their scraps at food composting stations dotted around the fields. Beer-guzzling will get the eco-friendly treatment as well; sturdy Garden Beats Tin Cups will replace those flimsy plastic cups that are often a sad sight to bear at other festivals. To further the conversation around a more mindful lifestyle, a cast of renowned speakers from organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund will take the stage to discuss everything from conscious eating to sustainable fashion.

#3: Get some much-needed 'me' time by nourishing the body, mind and soul with delicious savoury treats and calming wellness activities.
Fort Canning Park's lush tropical foliage sets the mise-en-scène for the festival's bohemian picnic fields. Instead of packing your mother's usual peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, indulge in yummy bite-sized vegan and meat options such as Dumpling Darlings' sprightly creations, Papi's Tacos authentic Mexican fare and Udders' popular localised flavours. The festival has also created its first wellness oasis, the ClassPass Zen Garden, where the sun-beaten can retreat to and cool off during downtime in between sets. Look forward to chill Yin and Vinyasa yoga sessions accompanied by DJs Francis and Amanda Ling, or lose yourself in the moment with a blindfolded silent disco in the pretty serenity of the Flower Fortress. 

#4: Participate in arty conscious workshops that'll get you on a creative high.
Get a dose of real clean beauty by dabbling in natural colour pigments using fruits, plants and foliage, and make your own unique natural aromatherapeutic DIY body mist. For those with more artistic flair, join mural collective Muralingo and leave your mark at the Garden Beats Giant Mural or the festival's iconic Arch of Love.


#5: Come bare-faced and get a professional beauty makeover for the 'gram.
Why bother creating that Coachella-inspired beat face on your own when the Sephora team is on-hand? The glam squad be roving the grounds with an arsenal of bio-degradable disco glitter, no-flyaway hairspray, gritty temporary tattoos and flash pedicures.

Garden Beats 2019 takes place on 9 March, from 1pm to 10:30pm. Get your tickets now.

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