Channelling the sounds of Paramore, Blink-182, Fall Out Boy and more

Pop punk troopers, you’ve been summoned. Lace up those Chucks and squeeze into your skinny, ripped jeans, as Emofest will be making its inaugural run this month and—sugar, we’re going down swinging.

Eight Singapore-based bands have taken on the day’s line-up and will be standing in for some of the most quintessential pop punk pioneers of all time. Take to the mosh pit with an angst-heavy soundtrack, saturated with nostalgic emo anthems from your high school playlist. Blink-182's cheeky lyrics and ex-vocalist Tom Delonge's signature sneer will be sung and potrayed by fun-loving punk trio Take-Off; while Musubi will pay tribute to Fall Out Boy. Banding together specially for the festival is Plan Simple, who, in an obvious feat, will cover Simple Plan’s cynical tracks. The musical event will also mark the debut of five-piece group Priori. Helmed by frontwoman Zany, the band intends to do American rock band Paramore and their female lead Hayley Williams justice.



Also expected at Emofest are post-hardcore Poetic Tragedies with their rendition of Mayday Parade’s passionate tunes from A Lesson in Romantics, as well as Letters to, Letters from, emulating All Time Low with classics such as “Dear Maria Count Me In” and “Weightless”. Meanwhile, Fall for Hope will get all headbanging to the distinctive sounds of now-disbanded Yellowcard, and Kuddabin will put on songs by punk rock powerhouse Taking Back Sunday.

In true Vans Warped Tour-style (a moment of silence for the fallen), set timings will be established via a draw on the morning of the festival. Reliving the angsty emo phase also comes at a good cause—a portion of the ticket funds will go towards charity organisations chosen by the band.

Emofest happens Jul 20 at Sled Productions x Decline from 3pm to 11pm. Tickets have been sold out, more info here.