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Esplanade Presents Rock, Pop And Indie Festival: BayBeats 2004


This July, Esplanade is presenting its hugely successful BayBeats festival. In its third year, this alternative and indie music festival will showcase the freshest bands from Singapore and abroad, jamming at Esplanade's Waterfront from 16 - 18 July 2004.

BayBeats will showcase 35 bands this year - 13 foreign and 22 local, in a blistering lineup that includes top Singaporean acts such as The Observatory, Electrico, and aspidistra fly. Other local bands include Surreal, Astreal, Force Vomit, My Squared Circle, Pensionstate, Phorous, Typewriter, Objection Overule, 59 Minutes, Kate of Kale, Pug Jelly, Sky In Euphoria, and Vertical Rush.

International acts feature Last Days of April, Blueline Medic, and Kenneth Ishak (of indie-rock quartet Beezewax). In addition, Esplanade will also welcome Whence He Came (Hong Kong), SuperMarket Hero (Australia), Buddhiston (Japan) and Venus Butterfly (Thailand). Closer home, Malaysian bands include Couple, Seven-collar T-shirt, Furniture, Aloe In The Bottle, Telebury, Love Me Butch, MUZE and Sgt.Weener’s Arm.

New to BayBeats this year is a visual arts component - highlights include British photographer Brian Rasics Home-Grown Star, and an on-site work in progress by Delta, a pioneer in the European graffiti scene.

During BayBeats, an on-site work in progress by Delta – a pioneer in the European graffiti scene – will unfold at Esplanade’s Concourse. Developed specifically for Esplanade, graffiti takes on a new dimension as contemporary artform.

Performances during BayBeats will mostly be held at Esplanade’s outdoor venues, stage@Powerhouse and Outdoor Theatre. stage@Powerhouse will feature headlining bands, while the Outdoor Theatre serves as chill out stage for groups that require an intimate setting. Acoustic and electronic performances will be hosted indoors at the Concourse.

Band performances are slated for the late afternoons and evenings while a host of workshops take place earlier in the day, as part of Esplanade’s efforts to encourage jamming sessions and interaction between local and international bands to broaden musical perspectives. Film and multimedia will also be used to highlight the changing facets of music-making.

BayBeats is presented free at Esplanade.

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