Damien Rice, Mercury Rev among big names coming here for new music festival Neon Lights

Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice will be among the 16 acts that will be performing at the Neon Lights festival on Fort Canning Green at the end of the year.
Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice will be among the 16 acts that will be performing at the Neon Lights festival on Fort Canning Green at the end of the year.PHOTO: WARNER MUSIC

The Neon Lights festival takes place at Fort Canning Green on Nov 28and 29 and it boasts of a glittery, indie line-up.

The new event has confirmed 16 acts from over 10 countries at the moment and they include Irish folk-rock singer-songwriter Damien Rice, American psychedelic rock band Mercury Rev and hit-making disco group Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.

Some of the featured acts will be playing in Singapore for the first time and they include British shoegaze act Ride, Malian band Songhoy Blues and Icelandic techno duo Kiasmos.

Early bird and family weekend tickets go on sale on Sept 8 at 9am. It costs $189 for an adult two-day weekend pass, $150 for a youth (12-17 years) pass and $40 for a pass for a child (under 12) accompanied by an adult.

Tickets will be available from www.neonlights.sg, Sistic and EventCliQue and single day and group tickets will go on sale soon.

In addition, Neon Lights also offers arts programmes, food and other activities such as circus, comedy and cabaret performances. Full details will be announced in Oct.

Programme director Jennifer Jennings says: "While Neon Lights is first and foremost a music-lovers festival, it's also for people who are looking for something more - performance, workshops, installations, comedy, delicious food and other surprises, all combining to make one of the most nourishing, uplifting weekends of the year. That's the aspiration."

The organisers of Neon Lights include the co-founders of Irish music and arts festival Electric Picnic and Hong Kong's music and arts festival Clockenflap.