Music and arts fest Neon Lights to take a break this year

Gentle Bones played to a big evening crowd at the main stage at Fort Green, during Neon Lights 2016.
Gentle Bones played to a big evening crowd at the main stage at Fort Green, during Neon Lights 2016.PHOTO: NEON LIGHTS

SINGAPORE - Neon Lights, the indie music and arts festival, will take a break this year and return next year, say its organisers.

No reason has been given for this.

The organisers announced the hiatus via a note on Facebook on Friday (May 26): "We regret to announce that Neon Lights will take a hiatus in 2017. There are a number of reasons for this and it's not a decision we have taken lightly. The NL team remains committed to ensuring the festival returns to its full strength and scale in 2018."

The two-day festival, which had its first edition in 2015, is typically held in November. It is headed by husband-wife duo Declan Forde and Jennifer Jennings, who have helmed other festivals around the world, such as Harvest Festival in Australia and Electric Picnic in Ireland.

The hiatus is unexpected, considering last year's edition of Neon Lights saw 15,000 festivalgoers over both days, while the 2015 edition saw 10,000.

Headline acts over the two years included disco legends Chic and Scottish rockers Mogwai in 2015 and Malaysian crooner Yuna and Iceland's experimental rockers Sigur Ros last year.

In addition to the music, smaller stages around the Fort Canning grounds were dedicated to performance artists, experimental acts and interactive spaces.

With an interesting mix of music genres and activities in the line up, it drew a diverse crowd spanning hipsters, young professionals and families with young children.