Ultra Singapore may have had a slightly unusual build up to its latest event in the Lion City, with the injury to fans favourite Martin Garrix preventing him from travelling and the last minute change of venue to the indoor space at MBS convention centre but, for all of those lucky enough to have their wrist bands, it delivered another weekend of electronic excellence as a wide range of artists delivered roof-threatening performances.
The last minute change of venue moved the event from the sweltering outdoor heat to a nicely air conditioned indoor space, which, with the help of Ultra Music Festival’s renowned production ability, was transformed from a conference space to a throbbing electronic music masterclass. No matter what your preferred musical taste – from deep house to main room madness, there was something for everyone. Picking up media passes for events of this magnitude can often be a daunting and time consuming task but it was a smooth and painless transition from the media desk to the main room and we have to give a shout out to Andrea for all her help it making that happen.
The first thing that hit us on making our way to the main stage was how the room had been transformed, the huge screens behind and in front of the stage offered spectacular and often hypnotising visuals and the booming soundsystem offered the carefully selected headliners all the ammunition they needed to take the packed room on a musical journey they will never forget. Axwell was the biggest attraction on day one and the Swedish House Mafia member wasted no time on capturing the imagination of all before him. His next visit to Singapore will see the reunion of the famous electronic combo.
The Resistance stage was always going to be the main attraction for us, big fans of Jamie Jones and Eats Everything and keen to check out Josh Wink, that’s where we spent most of our day. Eats Everything and Josh Wink going back to back as amazing. Two artists, from a different generation proving that dance music is timeless as both dropped the phattest beats during the course of their collaboration. Jamie Jones grooved his way through his own set, dancing almost as much as the crowd as he crafted a seamless journey through some deliciously deep beats. Day one done, and, even though the AC made it a more comfortable environment, the DJs made sure we all got our sweat on!
Day two saw Australians Knife Party go head to head with American talent Skrillex and Porter Robinson as the main room delivered a bone shaking line-up of big room/ festival talent and, while the atmosphere was ridiculous every time we dropped in to see what was going on, including a crowd-wining flag waving performance from Skrillex, we chose Resistance for most of our day. Hot Since 82, or Daley Padley to fans, is one of the artists we wanted to catch over the weekend and we weren’t disappointed. His Knee Deep sound is one that resonates with us and we were not disappointed. The UK based artist took no time to grab the entire Resistance crowd as he set about curating an adventure through some of the finest deep house and techno. It was an epic end to our Ultra 2019 Singapore experience and one we will not forget.
Ultra Singapore 2019 sparked heated debate before the doors had even opened, with the unfortunate cancellation of one of its headliners and the decision to move indoors. Having enjoyed two days of fantastic performances, hypnotising visuals, core shaking beats and electric atmosphere, the festival continues to court headlines but if a much more positive nature. No matter whether your music taste runs to deep beats and subtle chord changes or you can’t get enough of mind boggling percussion and energy sapping breakdowns, there was something for everyone. Now, we just need a few days off to recover!