For music fans heading to Urbanscapes, the show starts on the bus

Artists who will perform on the coaches to Genting include Inch Chua; .gif; Samantha Teng, vocalist with indie rock quintet Pleasantry; and Gentle Bones (above). -- PHOTO: DONOVAN QUEK
Artists who will perform on the coaches to Genting include Inch Chua; .gif; Samantha Teng, vocalist with indie rock quintet Pleasantry; and Gentle Bones (above). -- PHOTO: DONOVAN QUEK
Artists who will perform on the coaches to Genting include Inch Chua; .gif; Samantha Teng (above), vocalist with indie rock quintet Pleasantry; and Gentle Bones. -- PHOTO: ASHRAF MUHAMMAD
Artists who will perform on the coaches to Genting include Inch Chua; .gif; Samantha Teng (above), vocalist with indie rock quintet Pleasantry; and Gentle Bones. -- PHOTO: ASHRAF MUHAMMAD
Artists who will perform on the coaches to Genting include Inch Chua (above); .gif; Samantha Teng, vocalist with indie rock quintet Pleasantry; and Gentle Bones. -- PHOTO: INCH CHUA
Artists who will perform on the coaches to Genting include Inch Chua (above); .gif; Samantha Teng, vocalist with indie rock quintet Pleasantry; and Gentle Bones. -- PHOTO: INCH CHUA

Music fans going to the Genting music festival will be entertained on the buses by local indie acts

Music fans who are heading to Genting for music festival Urbanscapes by coach can start the party early with live performances by home-grown bands on board the bus.

Music entertainment website and gig organiser Bandwagon is organising a festival bus to take fans to the festival.

It is also providing accommodation and festival passes as part of a package.

On the six-hour ride to Genting and back, festivalgoers will be entertained by Singapore indie acts such as Inch Chua, .gif, Pleasantry, and Joel Tan, who performs under the moniker of Gentle Bones.

Urbanscapes takes place on Dec 6 at the Horse Ranch at Resorts World Genting. It will feature acts such as American indie rock band Local Natives, Kiwi singer-songwriter Kimbra and local indie rock band Cashew Chemists.

Bandwagon founder Clarence Chan, 28, says: "We've always wanted to have bands on board a bus and have entertainment on the go. It's been our vision to connect people to local music and give it a bigger stage. This is one way to communicate this vision."

He adds that "music travel" is a business area he wishes to explore.

"More people are attending local music festivals and they are starting to ask if there's something more. They want new festival experiences," he says.

He is expecting about 160 people to sign up for the bus ride, which sets off from Newton hawker centre carpark on Dec 6 at 7am. There will be four buses, each transporting 40 passengers.

The acts will rotate among the four buses, each performing for half an hour in a small space at the front of the bus.

Mr Chan says he will install his own sound system on the coaches and ensure that it is safe for performers to play on the move.

In between performances, he adds, there will be games and activities, such as a "mobile karaoke" for passengers to get acquainted with the music of the artists playing at Urbanscapes.

Samantha Teng, vocalist with indie rock quintet Pleasantry, will perform her band's tunes as a duo with guitarist Ahmad Ariff.

The 24-year-old says she and Ariff decided to take part in the Bandwagon bus ride as "nothing like this has been done before and hopefully, we can have more of this kind of events that get the whole community together".

She says of the set she will perform on the bus: "We want to do something intimate and more mellow. We are thinking of an acoustic set-up, but we'll jazz it up a bit."

Among those who have signed up for the Bandwagon festival bus is New Zealander Russell Britton. The customer care manager in hospitality technology says he attended Urbanscapes last year and knew it offered package deals that covered transport and accommodation. So this year, he checked the website and came across the Bandwagon deal.

Mr Britton, 32, says the package works out to be cheaper than buying just the ticket and planning for accommodation and transportation separately.

He says: "It sounds like heaps of fun and gets you into the vibe before you reach the festival. I think it's great."

melk@sph.com.sg