Early bird tickets will go on sale at 12 noon on Thursday February 1 for the 2018 edition of the Singapore International Jazz Festival, taking place at Marina Bay Sands between April 6 and 8. The festival, featuring 12 mega acts, 30 hours of music in front of 20,000 fans has also revealed a selection of headliners, including MS. Lauren Hill, Jamie Cullum, Lalah Hathaway, Parov Stelar, Brand New Heavies, Incognito featuring Omar and Leee John, Jasso and House Of The Gypsies.
It’s the fifth anniversary of the musical celebration, with a variety of world-class artists and acts taking the multiple stages over the course of the three-day festival and, while jazz is a major part of the event, it also incorporates affiliated genres such as soul, blues, Latin, funk, r&b, hip hop, world music and electro swing, so there is something for everyone. SING JAZZ welcomes back Jamie Cullum, star of the inaugural event, as it gets set for the fifth anniversary. The talented musician is more than comfortable on stage on his own and has enjoyed phenomenal success as a solo performer but he has also produced tracks for One Republic, Adele, Pharrell Williams and Kid Cudi, to name just a few.
No matter where you look on the line-up there is an A-list international star, with one of the highlights of the three-day festival surely the addition to MS. Lauren Hill, who will perform in Singapore for the very first time. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of seminal album The Miseduction Of Lauryn Hill, what better way to celebrate than making a Singapore debut. Grammy Award winning soul singer Lalah Hathaway joins the superstar line-up fresh from working with Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar, ready to make an impact on the super-Saturday. Lover of the Gypsy Kings are in for a treat with the addition of House Of The Gypsies (HOTG), featuring founding members of the Kings, Cedric Leonardi, Patchai Reyes and Fred Breton, with the promise of playing some of your favourites. Add funk royalty in the shape of Brand New Heavies and Incognito featuring Omar and Leee John, not to mention home-grown talent in the shape of JASSO, the Jazz Association SG Orchestra and the fifth anniversary show is shaping up to be one of the biggest yet.
Artistic Director David Smith is understandably excited about the possibilities of SING JAZZ 2018; “We’re delighted to be presenting a diverse and acclaimed collection of artists for SING JAZZ 2018! We have a 100-strong team working to build a fantastic festival presenting award-winning world-class music for tens of thousands of fans from the region and beyond,” For fans of the Late Night concept that was introduced last year, the great news is that not only dies it return on 218 but it is bigger and better. Director of The Late Show, Robbie Hoyes-Cock adds, “Following the success of the inaugural Late Show party in 2017, the venue for 2018 has been dramatically expanded as we look to accommodate more superstar acts in a nightclub-styled space, offering an up close and personal experience for VIP Table
The Main Stage (Fri 5.00pm to 10.30pm; Sat & Sun 4.00pm to 10.30pm)
Friday 6 April
Saturday 7 April
Sunday 8 April
Jasso (The Jazz Association SG Orchestra) led by Jeremy Monteiro House Of The Gypsies (from the Gypsy Kings alumn)
Brand New Heavies
Incognito featuring Omar and Leee John
The Late Show (10pm to 4am)
Friday 6 April
Saturday 7 April
MS. Lauryn Hill
And many more to come…