Dance, jazz, indie, and even classical – there are so many music festivals to check out right here in Singapore, and they cater to all tastes and preferences.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival

Over 12 hours of great music, delicious food, and lots of fun – that's what you can expect at the St Jerome's Laneway Festival. Held in January each year, this indie-focused boutique music event is all about tunes, bands, and singers that are anything but mainstream. Past headliners include Two Door Cinema Club, Foals, M83, Bat for Lashes, and Haim – just to name a few. The action spans across two stages so you get incredible live music non-stop for the entire day.

Music aside, the F&B situation at Laneway never fails to impress. In 2015, food vendors served up amazing bites like kouign amann from Tiong Bahru Bakery and Peking duck quiche from Kith Cafe.

Pro tip: Since Laneway is also recognised as an event for hipsters, don't be afraid to dress the part. For more nifty survival tips at the festival, check out this article by TimeOut Singapore.  

Singapore International Jazz Festival

Love the oh-so-smooth sound of jazz? Be swayed by your favourite performers at the Singapore International Jazz Festival.

Past year highlights also include Bobby McFerrin, Jessie J, local neo-vintage soul funk band The Steve McQueens, Jamie Cullum, and the late Natalie Cole.

Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Not exactly an annual occurrence, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) series of concerts and performances are worth taking note of if you’re a big fan of classical tunes.

There’s almost always something happening on the weekends, and 2016 is no different. With events like the Victoria Concert Hall Chamber Series featuring Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Schubert’s Trout Quintet and more and SSO Classics in the Park: Mother’s Day concert happening at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, your ears are in for a good treat. For more happenings and updates, visit SSO’s official website.  

Ultra Music Festival

Since its inception in 1999, this Miami-based music festival has set the bar for electronic dance music (EDM) extravaganzas all over the world. The Ultra Music Festival typically draws big names like David Guetta and Tiesto, so when it was announced that the folks behind the EDM festival were testing the waters in Singapore with a mini spinoff called 'Road to Ultra', everyone couldn't stop raving about it. Heavyweights such as Skrillex, Alesso, and Nicky Romero headlined the event, which was held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre on 19 September. The result? A highly-successful night that left ravers very pleased.

This year, everyone will finally get the chance to experience the real Ultra Music Festival; it's set to take place on 10 and 11 September 2016 and there will be three stages – the Main Stage, the Live Stage and the Resistance Stage. The line-up hasn't been announced but it's definitely going to be a massive music party you won't want to miss.

It's The Ship

Fancy attending a music festival out at sea on a luxury cruise ship and calling it a vacation? It’s The Ship is a unique party featuring international and regional headlining acts covering a range of genres, from EDM to trap and house.

In 2015, the second installment of It's The Ship took place on board the Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of The Seas over four days and three nights, making it a return trip from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore to Langkawi in Malaysia. Big names that graced the decks and stages of the lively seafaring event include Kaskade, Tiger Lily, Peking Duk, and Ferry Corsten.

Judging from the line-up, you can imagine how it’s just going to be bigger and better this year in 2016 when It’s The Ship returns for its third edition. 


One of the region's biggest dance music festivals, ZoukOut has been around since 2000 and is known to partygoers as one of the year's must-attend events, especially if you're looking to have some serious fun.

Top DJs and acts like Avicii, Paul van Dyk, and Afrojack have helmed the decks at this enormous outdoor beach fiesta, and so have local favourites like Hong and Jeremy Boon. It's not just one genre you can look forward to dancing to, we're talking about a real solid mix here, from house to trance and indie-electronic to hip-hop.

Be sure to have the energy to stick around; ZoukOut is a dusk-to-dawn music festival and you're going to need all that stamina to still be standing by sunrise. Zoukout takes place every December so stay tuned for 2016's dates or follow them on Facebook for official updates.

With the array of music festivals taking place in Singapore every year, it doesn’t matter if you dig dancing to electro, swaying to the sound of jazz, indie or classical, it’s safe to say you’ll find something that tickles your fancy. And let’s not forget local artists too – check out Baybeats for three days of top Singapore talent.

For a more extensive list, take a look at these articles by City Nomads and Yahoo! Singapore.