Returning for its sixth year of showcasing budding artistes on both the local and global scale, Music Matters is coming back with a bigger lineup than ever from September 12 to 15. Presented by Live Nation and Lushington International, the four-day independent music festival embraces its name by serving up a free showcase of all things relating to music, while reminding audiences that music does, indeed, matter.
Shaking up the scenery from previous offerings, this year Music Matters Live stretches its free shows across six venues around the island – from Millian Singapore’s impressive stage setup to kyo’s underground allure and timbre’s intimate hideaways – audiences will enjoy a number of different backdrops from which the long list of international acts take centre stage. While established and big name acts are sure to electrify crowds, the festival’s return is accompanied by a healthy supply of young up-and-comers from around the region, keeping a finger on the pulse of the new wave of ambitious musos. Kicking off at Millian with a mixed-genre, international line-up, the Music Matters Opening Night Party will showcase the independent festival’s biggest hitters, with Aussie pop-rock twins The Veronicas, Swiss singer-songwriter Bastian Baker, and New Zealand soul songstress Aaradhna setting the tone for the onslaught of musical talent to come.
In addition to the diverse line-up performing at various locations around the island, Millian will also host a number of specialised evenings following the festival’s opening, with Aussie BBQ on September 13 presenting nothing but the Land Down Under with the likes Perth-based bass bros Slumberjack and Melbourne rock revivalists Maefire firing up the good vibes, while Hong Kong & Indonesia Night on September 14 curates the envelope-pushing sounds from our neighbours with Math-folk outfit GDJYB making a return after hitting our shores earlier this year for Laneway Festival and Indonesia’s The Overtunes bringing on some serious chill. Of course, it would only be right to have our finest local acts bring the festival to a closing crescendo, with Made In Singapore on September 15 featuring rising star Linying, nostalgia connoisseurs Disco Hue and pop-punk heroes The Summer State showing the rest of the world what the +65 is all about.
With countless acts to catch without spending a single cent on door charge, the only challenge you’ll face is deciding which stage to park yourself at each evening. Save up your stamina and stock up on energy drinks if necessary – it’s about to get loud.
Live Nation Lushington presents 2016 Music Matters takes place from September 12 to 15. For the full line-up, venue information and set times and dates, visit facebook.com/MusicMatters2Me.
Text Trent Davis
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