Rock up in your best reds and power through our pick of the gigs for this National Day weekend
Qu x Sub:Shaman Split Release
If you enjoy the likes of .gif, Pleasantry and beat-boxing, chances are you'll be psyched by this inaugural release of Little Records. ilm, a split EP by Japanese five-piece instrumental beat box band and sub:shaman (made of homegrown talents including Weish from .gif and Isa Ong from Pleasantry) launches this weekend, and you're invited. They're joined by acts Anechois, L.A.B., The Psalms and Forests, so prep for an evening of sick, experimental sounds. Listen to the teaser of ilm below.
7 August, 5pm till late at Blu Jaz Cafe. More details here.
T'ang Quartet Goes Free & Easy
Call it perfect timing. Granted the UNESCO stamp last month, the Singapore Botanic Gardens have been revving up their attractions for both locals and visitors — and what better way to draw the crowd than an outdoor concert by T'ang Quartet. Sure, the classical string genre might not be for everyone — but you can still make the most of the gorgeous grounds for a picnic to get away from the city, within the city.
7 August from 7.45pm at The Bandstand, Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Yum Yum Disco Dong Presents State of Independence
Embrace your inner disco diva with music by DJ KFC, Bobby Luo and performances by Becca D'Bus, Mona Kee Kee and Noristar Narcisso. The most fabulous names in the drag queen circuit, they'll be putting on a show that will rival some of San Francisco's glitziest. It's an alternative way to inject some fireworks to your night, without wasting taxpayers' money. Show up in your best glitter shorts and latex tights — you know you want to.
7 August, 11pm till late at The Powder Room. More details here.
If fireworks and crowded clubs aren't your thing, there's always the beach. Celebrate the island life you've often guiltily idealised Singapore to be about — with sand between your toes, salt in your sun-bleached hair and a mojito at hand. Doesn't hurt that there's a massive birthday cake within reach either. Tanjong Beach Club's resident DJs Tyler Made and Shawn Livewire head the decks.
9 August, from 2pm at Tanjong Beach Club. More details here.
SG50 Street Party
No dress code, no stuffy rules and no judgmental attendees — street parties are the best. Even more so when they're staged at perennial hipster address Haji Lane, and flanked by the hottest names on deck such as Nutty Rudy, Ulysses, Daryl C and Cats On Crack. KOI Bangers + Izakaya will be serving up their teriyaki stew so make sure you arrive hungry.
9 August from 4pm at KOI Bangers + Izakaya. More details here.