Best live music acts in Singapore

Best live music acts in Singapore

Play groupie to these five live music acts who'll fill your ear with rocking riffs and soulful vocals

Where there was once a death of local music, the last few years have seen a number of live music acts pop up on the scene. No doubt encouraged by the existence of dedicated live music venues such as Timbre and the newly opened TAB, here's a gig guide to the best five live acts performing around the island. 

  Jack & Rai

Jack & Rai

Genre: Folk. Cover versions of Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, and John Mayer.

Fans say: “Why don’t you guys do a Jack & Rai Christmas song?”

Best song: "'The Fa-la-la-la Song' by us!"

Stage trick: "We’re quite chill and laid back. We just relate our stories to people."

Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m.: Beer Market (#01-17/02-02 Block 3B Clarke Quay, River Valley Road)
Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.: Contemporary Melting Pot and Bar, CM-PB (#01-05, Block 7 Dempsey Road)
Fridays, 9:45 p.m.: Beer Market (#01-17/02-02 Block 3B Clarke Quay, River Valley Road)
Sundays, 9:30 p.m.: Wala Wala (31 Lorong Mambong)



Genre: Alternative rock and folk.

Fans say: “When is your solo album coming out?”

Best song: "No particular song. Every song means and feels different and special to me."

Stage trick: "Sticking out my tongue? Smiling a lot when I sing? Jumping around like a lunatic when the music is rocking? I’m not sure ... I need to watch myself perform to know what I always do on stage."

Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m.: OverEasy (#01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road)
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Wala Wala (31 Lorong Mambong)
Thursdays, 8 p.m.: Loof (331 North Bridge Road)
Fridays, 9 p.m.: Hood @ Keong Saik (55 Keong Saik Road)




Genre: Top 40s, pop rock, jazz, and rock

No one knows that: "We can all swap instruments around and still sound good."

Best song: A medley of Paramore's "All I Wanted" and Coldplay's "Fix You."

Stage trick: "We do a dance when we sing 'Ji Ba Ban.'"

Tuesdays: Timbre Arts House (1 Old Parliament Lane)
Wednesdays (Fortnightly): TAB Singapore (#02-29, 442 Orchard Road)
Thursdays: Timbre Old School (11A Mount Sophia)
Fridays: Timbre Substation (45 Armenian Street)
Saturdays: Contemporary Melting Pot and Bar, CM-PB (#01-05, Block 7 Dempsey Road)


 Chicken Shack Revival

Chicken Shack Revival

Genre: Old blues, jazz, swing and roots music from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Fans say: “I didn’t think blues would sound like this!”

Best song: "Our version of 'Spoonful' that sounds a little like lounge jazz, but is really a blues song."

Stage trick: "Sometimes we go out into the audience with a long guitar chord. We try little leg kicks with a guitar note or interact with the vocalist while he is soloing."

Where: They move around quite a bit. It’s best to check their Facebook Fanpage for the latest updates.


Shirlyn Tan

Shirlyn Tan

Genre: Rock, classic rock, some pop and whatever catches her fancy.

No one knows that: "In my spare time I really dig watching 'Family Guy' episodes."

Best song: "'Don’t Stop Me Now' by Queen. It really gets the crowd going!"

Stage trick: "I like to pick on unsuspecting newcomers sitting up front. Just for fun though, everybody has a good laugh and we’re all happy."


Thursdays and Saturdays: Wala Wala (31 Lorong Mambong)
Fridays: Barstop (6 Devonshire Road)


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