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Seeing the cityscape change in the past 5 decades, Mandarin
Oriental planted its roots here in Hong Kong during the 1960’s and has
since then been growing strong as a hotel group which now owns a total
of 45 luxury hotels around the world. The flagship hotel here has been
delivering quality services to loyal guests, and with a total of 850
staff, the hotel is always full of energy and provides excellent
For the 13th year, ZoukOut Singapore is back on the 13th and the 14th of December this year with strong International and local artistes lineup like you’ve never seen before. Being one of the biggest music dance festivals in Asia, it has had up to 40,000 pax turnouts of attendees from around the world; claiming the award for “Best Leisure Event Experience” from Singapore Tourism Board trice.
Having established himself as one of the pioneer DJs in Turkey, Turkish DJ Dougus Cabakcor will be performing a 3 day set at W Retreat & Spa in Maldives. He was one of the six DJ’s chosen for the W Hotels& burn studios DJ Lab mentorship program, performing at different places around the world including London, Paris, Barcelona, Bali, Singapore and Taipei.
LAMC Productions is pleased to announce the multi-platinum Irish/Scottish five-piece SNOW PATROL are bringing their highly anticipated ‘Fallen Empires Tour’ to Singapore at Fort Canning Park on August 6th, 2012 at 8:00 pm! This will be the band’s first ever performance in Singapore.
Singapore will be the band’s 2nd stop after their highly anticipated headlining performance at the London Olympics Opening Ceremony on July 27th!”
The band’s latest Album ‘Fallen Empires’ was released on 14th Nov 2011. Recorded in Los Angeles with long-time producer Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee, ‘Fallen Empires’ features the hit ‘Called Out In The Dark’ and stunning new single ‘This Isn’t Everything You Are’.
Snow Patrol - singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, drummer Jonny Quinn and keyboardist, Tom Simpson - recorded ‘Fallen Empires’ at Eagles Watch in Santa Monica, California. Tracks were mixed at the studio owned by ‘Jacknife’ Lee, a hacienda in Topanga Canyon, the one time hippy commune and former home to Neil Young and Woody Guthrie. Backing vocals were recorded by the LA Inner City Mass Gospel Choir in Compton, and Troy Van Leuwen from Queens Of The Stone Age provides additional guitars on two tracks. ‘Fallen Empires’ retains the essence of Snow Patrol’s appeal. The catch-all emotional dynamics are still there: the soulful ‘New York’ feels like a festival moment-in-waiting; ‘The Garden Rules’ a soundtrack to autumnal romance, and in ‘This Isn’t Everything You Are’ Snow Patrol have created another starkly beautiful masterpiece, the equal of their classics ‘Run’ and ‘Chasing Cars’. Quite simply, it is their best record to date and promises to redefine Snow Patrol as an altogether more ambitious, more expansive, creative force.
$98 Earlybird Tickets are on sale now and will increase to Standard Price of $110 and then $125 at the Door. In addition we have a VIP Hospitality Suite Package for S$250 which includes Food & Beverage. All tickets are sold at Sistic outlets, online at www.sistic.com.sg or book by phone (65) 6348-5555 (Sistic booking fee not included).
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SNOW PATROL Biography
Snow Patrol's new album, Fallen Empires, arrives with a serious reputation attached. The Irish/Scottish five piece have sold over 11 million albums and have been responsible for several era-defining singles, including Run, Chocolate, and Chasing Cars (which spent an incredible 104 weeks in the UK Top 75 and was voted song of the decade in a Channel 4 poll). Their albums have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, Grammys and MTV Europe Music Awards, with Final Straw landing them an Ivor Novello Award in 2005. By anyone’s standards, it's been a pretty good century so far.
Given its iconic status, The Joshua Tree National Park in south-eastern California seemed as good a place as any to start work on their sixth studio album. In October 2010, the band drove out into the desert with their guitars and one or two rough song ideas. A week later, their writing session at Rancho De La Luna Studios had laid the foundations of the tracks that would comprise Fallen Empires.
Over several months, the five piece - singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, drummer Jonny Quinn and keyboardist, Tom Simpson - began a musical road trip around California. They recorded tracks at Eagles Watch, a topsy turvy house in Santa Monica with widescreen windows and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Backing vocals were drawn from the LA Inner City Mass Gospel Choir in Compton, south central LA. Later, tracks were mixed at the studio owned by longterm collaborator, Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee - a hacienda tucked away in Topanga Canyon, the one time hippy commune and former home to Neil Young and Woody Guthrie.
Snow Patrol's new adventures seeped into every note on 'Fallen Empires'. The result is an album that promises to redefine the band as an altogether more ambitious, more expansive, creative force.
"We wanted to make a massively ambitious record," says Gary Lightbody, sipping wine by the pool at Garret Lee's picturesque, Topanga Canyon home. "Arcade Fire's last record (The Suburbs) made us realise that we had to up our game. It was amazing. We decided that we wanted to make a record unlike any other we've made before.”
"We started writing songs that were more playful, even rawer than before - we were brave enough to do what we wanted as a band, rather than what convention dictated to us. It was tough at times, we were out of our comfort zone for most of it, but I think it's given us a great album."
On first listen, its immediately apparent that Fallen Empires breaks new ground for the band. Bolting distorted, electro guitar riffs, club-friendly drums and anthemic choruses to Gary Lightbody's heart-bruised lyricism, this is an album that takes its cues from LCD Soundsystem's The Sound Of Silver, U2's Achtung Baby and The Suburbs, Arcade Fire's aforementioned album. Despite the experimentation, Fallen Empires still retains the essence of Snow Patrol’s appeal. The catch-all emotional dynamics are still there: the soulful New York feels like a festival moment-in-waiting; The Garden Rules a soundtrack to autumnal romance.
"I'm really happy with the words," says Gary. "I always try to write about personal experiences - New York is about a girl I was seeing over there. We both had strong feelings for one another, but we were never in the same place at the same time. It's about missed opportunities. The overall feeling of the record is home though - there are stories about my childhood (The Garden Rules) and Garret's kids (Lifening). Home is the overall theme."
Beyond Gary's lyric writing and pop hooks, the band have flexed their creative muscle as a whole. On the album's title track and Weight Of Love Nathan Connolly is revealed as a guitarist with stadium riffs to burn; I'll Never Let Go arrives blitzed with distorted, synth like curlicues and techno-mixed effects.
"The most exciting part of making this album is that I felt able to express myself more” says Nathan. “ This time
round I felt confident enough to be really creative when it came to recording my own parts. We also tried to record differently. I used to write my parts and play them along to Gary's songs. This time Garret would just play the song and say 'Go'. I'd improvise. I had to think on my feet, and it worked."
Gary later admits the band decided to release their "inner dance monkey" during recording sessions. "I'll Never Let Go is a proper night out track," says Gary. "It's full blown electro. There's always been a dance element to our music, but this time we've been a bit bolder with it. I'm looking forward to hearing some of these songs in a club because it'll get people going. I always see people walking off the dance floor when they play our records, we're not that kind of band. I’ll Never Let Go might change that."
Elsewhere, Fallen Empires' call-to-arms anthem is powered by a clattering percussion attack - the sound of dozens of different drums picked up by Jonny Quinn from a local music store in LA. "I was inspired by the drummers I used to see on Venice Beach in Santa Monica," he says. "They were always out there playing - some of them were great, some of them were shit, but they all had different drums and drumming styles. I just went down to the store and picked up loads of different kits. I started playing them and we layered drum over drum over drum. It was so painful playing them all. By the end of it, my hands had totally swollen up."
Cameo roles were later played by Michael Stipe (Gary: "He was very supportive when I had writer’s block and gave me the confidence that everything that I had already was worth pursuing further."), Queens Of The Stone Age's Troy Van Leeuwen (Nathan: "We recorded the track Called Out In The Dark with him in LA"), and the LA Inner City Mass Gospel Choir (Gary: "It brought a real soul to songs like I’ll Never Let Go").
The overall results are an album that should mark Snow Patrol as a band big on experimental ideas as well as stadium sized anthems. Fallen Empires feels like a suitably weighty follow-up to the platinum success of 2008’s A Hundred Millions Suns and the million-selling 2009 collection Up To Now - it is simply their best record to date.
"This feels like a proper record to me," says Gary. "A grown up record, but a fun record. I've always wanted to make an album that could rank with the ones that inspire me, and hopefully this one will. I'm really proud of this album. Listening to it thrills me and that is a beautiful thing indeed.”
LAMC Productions is proud to announce the legendary NEW ORDER is set to perform at Singapore's Fort Canning Park on August 22, 2012 for one night only!
It's no exaggeration to say the NEW ORDER is up there with The Beatles and The Velvet Underground as one of the most influential acts of all time.
Their story is now mythology and familiar to anyone who has seen the movie
24 Hour Party People.
Formed from the ashes of tragedy, New Order paid tribute to their previous incarnation, Joy Division, while redefining the musical landscape in the process and creating a sound the world had never heard before. Effortlessly melding rock and pop with electronic dance music, the lads (and one lady) from Manchester went on to become one of the biggest bands of all time, releasing hit after hit hat consistently pushed the boundaries and spawned legions of imitators.
Signed to the legendary Factory Records, their records rank amongst the finest music the United Kingdom has ever produced, and there's barely a DJ or producer in the world who hasn't been inspired by their inimitable sound.
From "Blue Monday" (still the biggest-selling 12" single of all time) to "Age of Consent", "Bizarre Love Triangle" Crystal, and many many more, their genuinely seminal songs and albums have set the benchmark that the rest aspire to.
Having played together for over 30 years, their live shows are something else. New Order are the originals and are still the greatest!
EVENT DATE: 22 Aug 2012, Wed, 7.45pm
Tickets @ www.sistic.com.sg or + 65 6348-5555
Approx 2 hrs
GARBAGE: TUESDAY - AUGUST 21ST @ FORT CANNING PARK.
TICKETS AT www.sistic.com.sg or + 65 6348.555
After forming in Madison, WI, Garbage released their self-titled debut album in 1995 and rode a wave of visually arresting, female-fronted alternative rock bands. The album spawned the hit singles "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When It Rains" and was certified double platinum in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The band won the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards, and was nominated for the Best New Artist GrammyR Award. Their second album, Version 2.0, was released in 1998 and topped the charts in the United Kingdom. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. 2001's Beautiful Garbage was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 10 Albums Of The Year.
In 2005, Garbage released Bleed Like Me, earning the band it's highest chart position with a No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. In 2007, the band released a retrospective collection called Absolute Garbage. Garbage has sold over 12 million albums worldwide. They have performed in over thirty-five countries and will tour extensively worldwide in support of their new release, "Not Your Kind Of People."
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The award-winning W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak is set to kick off the Island’s high season by hosting SPF 2012 (Sip.Play. Flirt.).a music festival featuring an array of international DJs from 18-21 July 2012. In conjunction with W Hotels Worldwide & burn DJ Labs, each night guests will be entertained during sunset at various locations around the Retreat and in the evenings at WooBar.
On 21 July, the festival will culminate in a WET Deck pool party where 12 DJs will perform, one each hour, beginning at 3PM. A W Bali signature firework & light show will conclude the outdoor event at 10PM. For those that still want to mix & mingle, the party continues downstairs at WooBar with the remaining 7 DJs.
The Cranberries Live in Manila - April 2012.
Last time hkclubbing saw The Cranberries perform in Hong Kong was with No Doubt. Was a great show by both bands and from what we read online we just read about the below date in Asia.
Date: 10 April 2012
Venue: Smart Araneta Coliseum, Manila
Tickets hotline: 9115555
Jessie J Asia Tour as found online. Unfortunately no Hong Kong date. Hopefully next time!
Date: 16 March 2012
Venue: Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon
Date: 18 March 2012
Venue: Jiexpo Hall D2, Kemayoran
Date: 20 March 2012
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
The moment the whole of Asia has been waiting for has arrived! Future Entertainment and Livescape are excited to reveal the full details of the inaugural Future Music Festival Asia. Announcing the line up at the FMF Asia press conference held at MaTiC (Malaysia Tourism Centre) in Kuala Lumpur, lovers of music in the South East Asia region, prepare yourselves!
The first edition of FMF Asia will take place at the Sepang International Circuit and will be the official opening event for the upcoming F1 Grand Prix week on the 17 March. The festival is scheduled to kick off at 2pm and go for 12 glorious hours of ground-breaking music. Tickets go on-sale 19th January with prices from RM98 via airasiaredtix.com and it’s ticketing outlets.
After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST - one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced their first ever Singapore tour date on February 20, 2012. This is the only show in South-east Asia on the EPITAPH Farewell World Tour.
LAMC Productions is pleased to announce that chart topping New York disco pop group SCISSOR SISTERS are bringing their infectious dance floor anthems to Hong Kong, Bali and Singapore for the first time in 2012!
Singapore - January 9, 2012, 8pm
Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park
In association with Live Nation
Pot smoking travelers transiting through Singapore Airport who’ve smoked a joint within the last month risk being jailed immediately, according to a report on the country’s infamously strict anti-drug strategies, published in the Independent this week.
Singaporean dugs councilor Tony Tan said first time offenders face one year mandatory jail terms if identified as consumers and warned ‘consumption just means that your urine has tested positive’.