London Calling: The best of local music at Brick Lane Yard

London Calling: The best of local music at Brick Lane Yard

SG50, live and loaded

Text: Varsha Sivaram

Image: Afiq Omar/Colossal Photos,

Homegrown talents Charlie Lim, Gentle Bones, NADA, Pleasantry and .gif are part of the summer festival fever in London

In London for festival season? If you're planning to escape Singapore's humidity (among other things) for a British summer, you might just want to check in at East London for a patriotic push.

It's SG50, after all, and as our jubilee's festivities go, this one isn't all that cringe-inducing as the others. As part of Singapore Live, some of our favourite names are playing sets at Brick Lane Yard, East London's go-to locale for pop-up performances, Sunday markets and all-around cultured fun.

Fans of the singer-songwriter fare should head down for Charlie Lim and Gentle Bones' sets, while the more experimental at heart might be inclined to NADA, a visual arts and music project who have deconstructed popular old Malay songs and rejigged them with new technologies. Indie-pop quintet Pleasantry and electronic duo .gif will also be on the scene.

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With daily lunchtime performances as well as evening showcases, it won't be hard to show up, jam, and swell with Singaporean pride. 

Singapore Live will be held from 25 June to 28 June. More details here.