From big events like Music Matters Live to regular performances at reliable bars, Clarke Quay is one of the first places that come to mind when you think of Singapore’s music scene. This month, it’s electronic music that will take center stage at the lifestyle precinct with the first edition of Sound Port, happening at Clarke Quay’s Fountain Square from Nov 14 to 16. This new series will serve as a platform for local talents, encouraging creative collaborations odysseys through state-of-the-art immersive experiences and taking fans on audio-visual multi-layered effects curated for the artists. Best of all, admission is free. Here’s how you can indulge in it all.
Thu, Nov 14
6pm: Start your weekend a day early as Sound Port kicks off with a preview night—be one of the first 100 people there and you’ll receive a complimentary drink.
7pm: French DJ and producer Duumu takes to the stage. He might only be 20, but he’s already making waves in the electronic music scene; his five million plays on Soundcloud and Spotify will attest to that. Get a feel for his sound—a refined and energetic blend of old and new—which has been getting attention around the world.
8pm: Refuel mid-set at the pop-up stall of Live at the Crossroads, where a range of Asian-inspired pizzas will be available at $8 a slice, and an event-exclusive lychee pale ale will be going at $10 a cup. Pair a slice and a beer for just $15.
9pm: As Duumu concludes his set, take the opportunity to check out the installations around the stage, which include holographic photo walls and an infinity optical illusion mirror hypercube. Keep the fun going and head to Live At The Crossroads for live rock tunes and fresh beer brewed on-site.
Fri, Nov 15
7pm: Ease into a big night out with the music of YAØ, winner of the Singapore Youth Music Awards 2019 New Kid on the Block title. The R&B singer-songwriter is known for hits like “No Stress” and “RHCF”.
8pm: Next up is Shye, a 17-year-old performer who’s been compared to Billie Eilish. An experimental artist who writes and produces all her work, Shye will wow you with her dreamy, light-hearted tracks.
9pm: Need a quick bite? Head over to Gabbar Bistro Bar’s pop-up stall for modern Indian favorites like chicken biriyani, chicken tikka and paneer tikka, which will be on offer from $15. Pick up bottles of Bira 91 craft beer at $12 each. Now you’re ready for Duumu’s second set at Sound Port.
10pm: It’s headliner time with MYRNE on deck. Mixing pop, bass and electronica, MYRNE has performed high-energy sets at Tomorrowland (Belgium) and Ultra Miami (becoming the first Singaporean to appear at the latter). Expect a never-seen-before live set of his latest material in Singapore as he returns from a tour of 10 cities around the United States.
11pm: From one source of local pride to another—head to iconic club Zouk to party the night away, or make a beeline for Gabbar for live Bollywood and Punjabi mixes if sounds from the subcontinent are more your scene.
Sat, Nov 16
7pm: Get set for another performance from YAØ to kick off day three at Sound Port.
8pm: Made up of Auzaie Zie, Clarence Liew Oliveiro and Marc Lian, hip-hop, R&B and soul collective brb. will shine with their old-school vibes bringing you back to the ’80s and ’90s. They’ve only been around for a year, but tracks like “Cool With It” and “Talking To Myself” are helping to build momentum for the band.
9pm: Recharge for the next act with a stop at the Octapas Spanish Bar pop-up stall, where comfort food like cheesy chicken hotdogs, wagyu sliders, and paella can be enjoyed for $10 a serving—pairing well with draught beers and mojitos, also selling at $10 each. Up next is A/K/A Sounds, also known as Amanda Keisha Ang, a multi-hyphenate who’s also a tattoo apprentice, designer and lecturer. Her repertoire is similarly eclectic, spanning house, hip-hop, dancehall, footwork, jungle and drum and bass.
10pm: MYRNE is back for another headlining set, and by the end of it, you’ll have no doubt that he’s among Singapore’s top electronic music exports.
11pm: The night is just getting started—circle back to Octapas where resident band Enigma goes on until 3am!
For more information, head to Clarke Quay’s website.