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Three things you cannot miss at Baybeats 2017

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This year's Baybeats is bigger, better, and bound to rock your socks off.

Esplanade's annual alternative music festival, Baybeats, is back again.

In the 16th edition of Baybeats, expect to be treated with three days of heart-thumping music from both local and international young talented bands.

With an impressive line-up of 28 bands from various genres performing in four venues around the Esplanade, you are bound to find something that will suit your tastes, be it folk or heavy metal.

Here are three things you cannot miss at Baybeats 2017.

1. Performances from these awesome bands

With a madcap line-up of local and international bands, you might be scratching your heads over which acts you should catch.

And with four stages to choose from – the Chillout stage, the Arena, the Powerhouse, and the Esplanade Annexe Studio – prep yourself well, so that you won't leave Baybeats with a serious case of #FOMO.

Here are our top three picks:

Day 1: 8 - 8.30pm, Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

For all you alternative rock lovers, keep tabs on FXTRT's performance. This progressive indie rock band was formed in 2014 by good friends Ming and James during their time in Republic Polytechnic. The duo was joined by good friends Jack and Kadir to form the full squad.

FXTRT is pronounced 'foxtrot'. Now you know!

In true Singaporean spirit, FXTRT's inspiration is derived from a rojak of influences, including indie rock bands Bombay Bicycle Club and Elephant Gym. Expect strong emotional vocals, guitar riffs, whimsical lyrics and awesome rhythms for you to tune out to.

Mi Ultimo
Day 2:  8.10 - 8.50pm, Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Don't worry metalheads, we didn't forget about you guys! Mi Ultimo is a Singapore-based metal band influenced by the experiences of its five members.

Mi Ultimo proves a powerful concoction of trash and modern metal that is sure to leave you head banging and yearning for more. Their creations are super heavy, creative, and heart-pumping. Add in their awesome guitar solos and you're in for the ride of a lifetime.

Earlier this year, Mi Ultimo released their first music video for 'Fear of Reflection', garnering great reviews.

Day 3: 10.50 – 11.30pm, Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

One of Singapore's most talented bands, Astreal will be making their comeback at this year's Baybeats.

The four-piece outfit delivers quiet dream-pop melancholia mixed with angel-on-acid melodies for an exceptional musical experience. Formed in 1992, this talented band has since played countless times in gigs and festivals across Southeast Asia, such as ZoukOut, Bangkok Rock, Laneway Festival Singapore and Channel 5's Live n Loaded. 

Since 1992, Astreal has released three albums and two EPs.

Their list of accolades extends further. Astreal was also named 'Best Band of 2007' by Juice Magazine and was tipped to be one of '17 Most Anticipated Singapore Albums of 2017' by Bandwagon. Their songs are passionate, vibrant, and are bound to make for a head bobbing good time.

2. Catch a documentary from Baybeats Budding Video Artists

Baybeats isn't just about live music. Treat yourself to a three-part documentary, created by final-year broadcast media students from LASALLE, which offers insights of the local alternative music scene – from behind the scenes.

Hear the perspectives from local musicians around topics such as music education, music as a career, and DIY music spaces in Singapore. If you're a budding artiste, the documentary will give you valuable insider information about what it takes to make it in Singapore.

The three-part documentary is screened on all three days at the Chillout Stage, Esplanade Concourse, so be sure to catch it with your friends!

Here's a teaser of the three-part documentary.

3. Get busy at the Festival Village at Esplanade Waterfront

The good news is, you won't be left high and dry at Baybeats this year. 


Its Festival Village, which brings together local indie crafters and entrepreneurs, will leave you spoiled for choice. Fill your tummies with delicious F&B offerings, or take a walk around festival grounds to recharge yourself before jumping back in for your dose of music.

Baybeats is running from Jul 14 to Jul 16, 2017 at the Esplanade. Head here for more information.