Neon Lights is a festival held in Singapore at Fort Gate in The Fort Canning National Park. While on my travels, the stars aligned so that I was in town to check it out. Beers cost like $20 a pop here, so I thought bugger it - might as well try to swindle a media pass by pretending to be some big shot journo from Australia. Media pass approved, more money for overpriced beers.
Firstly, I feel like I need to point out that I’ve never actually reviewed an event before, so, apologies in advance if this is something of a train wreck write-up. I probably won’t do one again for a very long time / probably won’t be allowed to after I hit post on this.
My day started as I rolled into the media accreditation section. I picked up my wristband, felt mildly important as an international blogger, and then I was on my way into the festival grounds.
Singapore is really hot. Like humid AF. Luckily, the venue was well-shaded and provided some relief. There’s an interesting history behind Fort Gate that goes back to the 1300’s, which you can totally Google if you’re really keen for a brush-up on Malaysian / Singaporean history.
After topping up my wristband with some cash, I ventured over to the smaller stage 'Easy Street', where two dudes called 'E-TracX Scratch Works' were getting down with some hectic vinyl scratching. While I'm sure there's an audience for this repetitious display of DJ'ing, my limited attention span indicated that I was not up to endure an hour straight of it. My overall thoughts of their performance? 'Wicky-wicky'. Stick that pull quote at the top of your next press release, lads. You're welcome.
A short walk to the main stage greeted me with Afrobeat group, Instigator Afrobeat Orchestra. Some dude was ripping on a bongo and the rest of the band were pretty gnarly too. This kind of music really doesn't do much for me, as it just strikes me as background / elevator noise. That's not taking away how tight and great they were, it's just I preferred to use this opportunity to buy a beer.