Just when you thought the lineup couldn’t get any more epic, the region’s highly-anticipated music and arts festival, Neon Lights, announces today that Yuna will be joining its star-studded rosterfeaturing Sigur Ros, Foals, Crystal Castles and Jose Gonzalez to perform on Sunday, 27 November 2016.This will mark the only chance in the rest of 2016 for her fans in Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand to catch the LA-based superstar, who will be performing with her four piece band.
Since her last concert here in 2015, Yuna triumphantly returns with her third album Chapters, a product of hercollaboration with aHollywood superteamincluding legendary producer David Foster, Fisticuffs and DJ Premier. Crowned one of 2016’s best R&B recordsby Rolling Stone, its lead single Crush melds her sleek vocals with Usher’s for a refreshing brand of R&B and pop that is uniquely Yuna’s.
The singer-songwriter’sundeniable talent has won her the love of international music critics, a spot on the Lollapalooza stage alongside Florence + the Machine and Jack White, and the mentorship of Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams — a few highlightsamongst many in the meteoric rise that is Yuna’s career. With a whopping eight nominations at the World Music Awards 2014 including World’s Best Female Artist, she has also been nominated Best Southeast Asia Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards and Favourite Asian Act at theNickelodeon Kids Choice Awards — a pretty nifty haul for a fresh-face from Malaysia.
Born as Yunalis Mat Zara’ai in Kedah, Malaysia, Yuna got her start performing all over the country since the age of 19. But a contemporary fairytale like Yuna’s success wouldn’t be complete without one word: MySpace. The 29-year old started amassing a fan following when she added her music to the social network, garnering over a million plays and plenty of attention from music fans in Malaysia and record labels in the United States.
“Yuna is the perfect addition to a festival that celebrates and showcases international acts on the same stage as homegrown Asian ones,” Neon Lights’ festival director Declan Forde said. “She’s a fascinating mix of dual identities and themes — born in Malaysia, based in Los Angeles; a singer-songwriter of light contemporary pop with some heavy R&B undertones. It’s all going to make for a very interesting set when she performs and we’re really excited to see what she brings.”
Neon Lights brings together more than 50 music and art performances over two days in the quintessential festival for arts lovers and audiophiles alike. Held on 26-27 November 2016, other confirmed acts areGeorge Clinton, Shura, Blood Orange, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Sugarhill Gang as well as homegrown names including Gentle Bones,Linying and Cashew Chemists. The lineup of art performances will be announced later in September.
Early bird tickets are almost sold out, starting at SG$120 for a single day pass from www.neonlights.sg.
Last year’s inaugural editionsaw over 10,000 people in two days, with music fans traveling from all over to experience over 50 musical and art performances including headliners Damien Rice, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Flight Facilities, Nouvelle Vague and Rachael Yamagata.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Fort Canning Park, Singapore
2 p.m. –late
2016 NEON LIGHTS LINEUP
Saturday, 26 November, 2016
Crystal Castles (CA)
Gentle Bones (SG)
Neon Indian (Can)
Lucy Rose (UK)
Gold Panda (UK)
The Sugarhill Gang (US)
Cashew Chemists (SG)
Disco Hue (SG)
Sunday, 27 November, 2016
Sigur Ros (ICE)
Jose Gonzalez (SWE)
Blood Orange (UK)
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic (US)
The Tallest Man on Earth (SWE)
$230 (+ booking fees) for a weekend pass
$120 (+booking fees) for a single day pass on 26 November
$135 (+ booking fees) for a single day pass on 27 November
$1150 (+ booking fees) for a 6-pax group deal weekend pass
$40 (+booking fees) for a two-day weekend pass
$25 (+booking fees) for a single day pass
*Must be accompanied by an adult
ABOUT NEON LIGHTS
Singapore’s very own premier music and arts festival catered to music lovers of all ages. Neon Lights is organised by a team of international award-winning festival experts, including co-founders of the Irish music and arts festival since 2004 – Electric Picnic, Hong Kong’s yearly marquee music event of the year, Clockenflap, and Harvest Festival in Australia; as well as Singaporean creatives Hyphen and Creative Voice. Neon Lights promises an electrifying line up of international and local music, interactive art, and a ton of fun for everyone.