Singapore may be a small island, but this energetic city state is buzzing with creativity and is the source of inspiration for the growing indie music scene. Here are the best places to check out the latest gigs and jive to the country’s most talented live music performers.

Start by checking out who’s playing at the Timbre group of restaurants and bars, one of the earliest and most prolific champions of the local music scene. Some of Singapore’s most acclaimed indie bands, including 53A and Goodfellas, perform regularly at Timbre’s various locations including The Substation, The Arts House and Gillman Barracks, so you can be assured of excellent music whenever you drop by.

For an experience out of the ordinary, check out Lepark, a rooftop tapas bistro, craft beer bar and event space all rolled into one. Located in Chinatown on the roof of an old carpark and overlooking the central business district, this grungy-chic venue is the perfect place to enjoy performances featuring homegrown musicians and DJs. The owners organise frequent music events, usually on weekends, so visit Lepark’s Facebook page for the latest updates.

Another unexpected venue for great music is The Training Shed, an alfresco beer garden located at the lush Labrador Park. This laid-back establishment hosts a regular series of family- friendly daytime parties on Sundays featuring indie DJs and chill tunes for you to chase those Monday blues away.

If you like to dance to your music, head to Wala Wala Cafe Bar in Holland Village. This iconic watering hole has been offering live performances for more than 20 years, and is the go-to place of many locals who want to spend the night grooving to dance tunes and cool beats.

When popular indie band Up Dharma Down (UDD) took a vacation in Singapore, they could not resist checking out these popular haunts - and even joined in the action. At The Mad Men Attic Bar, UDD was spontaneously invited by the affable members of homegrown hip-hop, funk and rock group The Next Movement to join them on stage for a freestyle jamming session. After performing an acoustic version of their original song Thinker, lead singer Armi Millare said, “The vibe was different and it was very relaxed and chill. It was great sharing the stage with new friends. We were all having fun.”

With a plethora of indie music haunts to enjoy, it’s time to head on over to Singapore to check out what the music scene has in store for you!


DID YOU KNOW?

Besides serving up chill vibes and cool tunes, Lepark also offers a killer menu of Modern Singapore inspired tapas such as chicken rice sushi and salted egg yolk nachos.


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

Lepark

  • 1 Park Road, Level 6 People’s Park Complex
  • Phone: +65 6908 5809
  • Contact Us: meow@lepark.co
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Timbre @ The Substation

The Mad Men Attic Bar

  • 13 North Canal Road, #03-02
  • Phone: +65 6222 3529
  • For more information, click here

The Training Shed

  • 8 Port Road
  • Phone: +65 6273 1993
  • For more information, click here

Wala Wala Cafe Bar

  • 31 Lorong Mambong
  • Phone: +65 6462 4288
  • For more information, click here