Gigs Picks: Formula One concerts, Ultra Singapore, Kevin Matthews and more

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2015 FORMULA ONE SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX

Like in past years, the star power of the music acts on the Padang stage at the Singapore Grand Prix rivals the high-octane action on the race tracks. Pop and hip-hop trailblazer Pharrell rocks the stage tonight, pop rock favourites Maroon 5 will play tomorrow, while rockers Bon Jovi (right) will perform here on Sunday for the first time in two decades. Romantic stalwarts Spandau Ballet will also perform tomorrow, while reggae veteran Jimmy Cliff will do his set tonight. Home-grown acts including Take Two, The Sam Willows and Dawn Ho will also perform at various stages throughout the circuit.

WHERE: Padang Stage, Marina Bay Street Circuit MRT: City Hall WHEN: Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, various times ADMISSION: From $68. Go to www.singaporegp.sg or call 6738-6738


ROAD TO ULTRA SINGAPORE

Ultra had its beginnings in Florida and has grown to become one of the world's most prominent dance music festivals held in places including Ibiza and

Tokyo. The festival holds its first Singapore edition tomorrow night with EDM juggernauts Skrillex (above), Alesso and Nicky Romero.

WHERE: Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sand Bs MRT: ayfront WHEN: Tomorrow, 8pm to 4am ADMISSION: $168 from ultrasingapore.com/ No tickets will be sold at the door


PRESENT SENSE ALBUMLAUNCH

Veteran singer-songwriter Kevin Mathews (above) has a new album, Present Sense. Hear all eight new tracks live at the launch show. Backed by a band comprising the who’s who of the indie scene, including guitarist Patrick Chng and drummer Ray Aziz, the show will also feature an opening set by upcoming melodic rock outfit Suasion.

WHERE: Artistry Cafe, 17 Jalan Pinang MRT: Bugis WHEN: Tonight,8pm ADMISSION: $20 for entry only, $30 for entry and album download


DARKER THAN WAX LABEL NIGHT

For some homespun electronic music, head to SingJazz club for a showcase of the producers and DJs (above) under stellar label Darker Than Wax.

Acts including Funk Bast*rd, Kaye, William J and guests Meronkasoul and Ulysses James will spin a variety of genres from deep house to soul and funk to hip-hop.

WHERE: SingJazz Club, 02-00, 101 Jalan Sultan MRT: Lavender WHEN: Tonight, 10pm ADMISSION: $5 at the door


UNPARKED - QUIET IS THE NEW LOUD

Park(ing) Day, an initiative to turn parking spaces into temporary public parks, started in San Francisco in 2005 and has since evolved into a worldwide phenomenon celebrated annually on the third Friday in September. Home-grown music collective The Diarists are organising one of the local editions this year and have assembled 16 singer-songwriters, from seasoned names including Nicholas Chim (above) to rising act Anise, to play stripped-down sets in a six-hour performance in the Jalan Besar neighbourhood.

WHERE: Petain Road and Tyrwhitt Road MRT: Farrer Park WHEN: Today, 5.30pm ADMISSION: Free

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2015, with the headline 'GigPicks'. Print Edition | Subscribe