What to eat, drink and listen to at the Singapore International Jazz Festival 2017 this weekend
With over 180 musicians over three days and two stages, things are going to get pretty rowdy at Marina Bay Sands. All for good fun of course — the Singapore International Jazz Festival makes its return on a weekend that sees musical greats such as Coldplay and Armin van Buuren also performing in other venues. But if you've chosen Sing Jazz's eclectic lineup as your aural escape, you won't be disappointed. Here's what you should know before you head down.
1. Take public transport While you can easily park at Marina Bay Sands, it's going to be a) crowded, b) expensive, and c) not environmentally-friendly. Sing Jazz recommends taking public transport. The train will alight you at Bayfront MRT station. Buses that stop at Bayfront Avenue are 97, 97E, 133, 133M, 502, 518 and 106. From there, you can walk to the Main Stage and Event Plaza, which is the space between what was Avalon and the Louis Vuitton Island. Meanwhile, The Late Show is held at the convention centre, just above the MRT station.
2. Come with both cash and card While the festival's vendors work on a cashless system, you still need to purchase cards at the venue with cash value inside. The nearest ATMS are in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands near the MRT station.
3. What not to bring and what to bring If your tickets are under General Admission, it'll be wise to bring a picnic mat. While sponsors will have activations on site with seats, these are limited, so bring your own inflatables and mats to get comfortable. What not to bring: Your own food and drinks, as well as DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses. Note that the Events Plaza is a smoke-free facility.
4. Download the set times Right click, save, or hover over the set times below. Each set will take approximately an hour and 15 minutes, so plan your schedule ahead so that acts don't clash. The Late Show is about a 10-minute walk away from the Main Stage, so take that into account as well. Another stage to check out is the Ebenex Stage — open to public — that will feature the Ireson Latin Band, Aynsley Green Organ Transplant, Skunk Jive, Barirumbles, Michelle SgP, Vintage, and The 2017 Sing Jazz Academy performance band.
5. Come with an empty stomach And of course, a high threshold for liquids of the indulgent sort. Some of Sing Jazz's drink partners include Strongbow Cider, Tiger Beer, Erdinger, PengWine and Ciroc. For champers, they've teamed up with Champagne Lanson for the inaugural Champagne Lanson Terrace. Insider Tip: Here's where you'll get an elevated view of the Main Stage and better snapshots for keepsakes. Fun fact: They're also the official purveyor of champagne to the British Royal Family. If you're in the VIP section at The Late Show, you'll be pleased to note that Montreux Jazz Café is catering. Elsewhere, Luxe Catering will provide moreish bites to whet your appetite.
The Singapore International Jazz Festival & The Late Show 2017 will be held from 31 March to 2 April at Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Centre. To book tickets, click here.