Saturday, 15 August 2015

Way to IGNITE! Your Senses

by Nicole Ho and Tan Pee Geok

As the highly anticipated local music festival, IGNITE! Music Festival, draws near, fringe event IGNITE! Your Senses played their way to the audiences’ senses.

The event served as a platform for up and coming local bands to showcase their music and talent, and this year’s ear-candy line-up featured Singapore Association of Mental Health (SAMH)’s Rubber Band, Heir of Hounds, Radiant Archery and Vessel.

Missed IGNITE! Your Senses? Don’t worry – you can relive your moments of fun and also get to know the bands a little better through this photo story!

Prepped and Ready: Behind the restricted area is where our IGNITE! crew run their final checks before the show officially kicks off. They have been preparing for the success of the several fringe events to ensure that they run smoothly. PHOTO: NICOLE HO / CAPTION: TAN PEE GEOK

Gearing Up: The secret to a good show is not just about the bands and music. It’s also about the people behind it. One of our IGNITE! stage crew’s responsibilities is meticulously assisting bands to set up for their performances. PHOTO: NICOLE HO / CAPTION: TAN PEE GEOK

Firing it Up: IGNITE! Your Senses’ enthusiastic emcees were decked in matching checkered shirts, and they fired up the stage by welcoming the audience to the show and hyping them up with their banter and nuggets of information of the bands. PHOTO: NICOLE HO / CAPTION: TAN PEE GEOK

An Audience Awaits: As soon as classes ended, South Agora slowly filled up as people came down to enjoy the performance with their friends and unwind after a day of lessons. PHOTO: NICOLE HO / CAPTION: TAN PEE GEOK

Overcoming Barriers: The highlight for Rubber Band from the Singapore Association of Mental Health (SAMH)’s set was their courage to perform in front of an audience. Using the different music instruments that they have learnt, they performed Jessie J’s Flashlight that sang straight to the audiences’ hearts. PHOTO: NICOLE HO / CAPTION: TAN PEE GEOK

Guitar Hero: Seran Yeo, guitarist and main vocalist of Heir of Hounds opened their stage with a passionate performance of their debut single, “Beginnings”. The track came in third for on the iTunes Singapore Rock Charts, when they debuted as a band in 2014. PHOTO: NICOLE HO / CAPTION: TAN PEE GEOK

Music Makes One: Instrumental post metal Radiant Archery took on the stage as the third act for IGNITE! Your Senses, striking a chord with the audience with just purely their music. PHOTO: NICOLE HO / CAPTION: TAN PEE GEOK

Smooth-Sailing Vessel: A strong stage presence was brought by the quintet, Vessel, as they closed the show while performing songs from their new EP, which was also launched at the Aliwal Arts Centre on the following day. PHOTO: NICOLE HO / CAPTION: TAN PEE GEOK

With that, we close IGNITE! Your Senses! IGNITE! Music Festival 2015 is happening on the 21 & 22 August! Be sure to be there to immerse yourself in the growing scene that is local music. Do keep a lookout for more updates on our various social media platforms @IGNITEMusicFest. See you there!

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