Singapore's music scene reacts to Lush 99.5's closure
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Lush 99.5FM will be stopping transmission on 31 August at 11.59pm after 13 years — musicians, DJs and producers react
After 13 years on the air as Singapore's go-to channel for all things indie, electronic, jazz and local (among other non-mainstream genres), Mediacorp radio station Lush 99.5 has reached its final days. Quoting its lack of growing listeners as its main cause, the station will end its transmission on 31 August at 11.59pm. A station with a cult following, listeners could count on DJs such as Chris Ho, Rosalyn Lee, Elias Soh, Tammy Henderson, Tracy Phillips and Georgina Chang for recommendations on new sounds, vibes and voices to listen to. In the past, they've championed local music through campaigns such as #50songsin50days and #LushLovesLocal, flying the Singapore flag up high. In their statement on Facebook, Lush 99.5 shared that they will champion the Singapore Sounds project, which will feature local music, artists and gigs on other stations 987 and 938LIVE, and on the lifestyle site 8days.sg.
As sad as we were to see them go, so were members of Singapore's music scene as they reacted to the news.