Kygo to headline Ultra Singapore

Norwegian DJ Kygo (above), dance music collective Far East Movement (comprising DJ Virman, Kev Nish and Prohgress) and Dutch DJ Afrojack.
Norwegian DJ Kygo (above), dance music collective Far East Movement (comprising DJ Virman, Kev Nish and Prohgress) and Dutch DJ Afrojack.PHOTO: KYGO/INSTAGRAM
Norwegian DJ Kygo, dance music collective Far East Movement (above, comprising DJ Virman, Kev Nish and Prohgress) and Dutch DJ Afrojack.
Norwegian DJ Kygo, dance music collective Far East Movement (above, comprising DJ Virman, Kev Nish and Prohgress) and Dutch DJ Afrojack.PHOTO: ULTRA SINGAPORE
Norwegian DJ Kygo, dance music collective Far East Movement (comprising DJ Virman, Kev Nish and Prohgress) and Dutch DJ Afrojack (above).
Norwegian DJ Kygo, dance music collective Far East Movement (comprising DJ Virman, Kev Nish and Prohgress) and Dutch DJ Afrojack (above).PHOTO: ULTRA SINGAPORE

The Norwegian DJ will spin alongside other big names at mega dance music festival to be held here for the first time

One of the hottest names in electronic dance music (EDM), Norwegian producer Kygo, is set to headline the inaugural edition of Ultra Singapore.

The Singapore connection is strong with Kygo, who will perform here for the first time on the weekend of his 25th birthday.

He revealed in a Twitter question and answer last year that he was born in Singapore and spent a few years here as his globetrotting father worked in the shipping industry.

The mega dance music festival - which will be held on Sept 10 and 11 at a venue dubbed Ultra Park at 1 Bayfront Avenue - will also see the likes of Swedish house music duo Axwell and Ingrosso, Dutch DJ Afrojack, up-and-coming French DJ Snake and Canadian producer Deadmau5 spinning here.

Other artists announced include Asian-American dance music collective Far East Movement, London electronic trio Nero as well as supporting acts Jauz and Marshmello.

Other than the main and live stages, Singapore will also host the Resistance stage, which will showcase techno and deep house. A total of 40 artists are expected to be announced in the lead-up to the event.

Kygo, whose real name is Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll, has had a meteoric rise in the EDM scene, popularising tropical house music with tracks such as Firestone and Stole The Show.

Even before the release of his debut album Cloud Nine last month, he was already the fastest artist to hit one billion streams on Spotify last year. Unlike many DJs who stay behind the console, the classically trained pianist's live shows typically involve him playing the keyboard on stage.

Ultra Park will be located in a field across from Marina Bay Sands and the event will run from noon to 10.30pm on both days.

Organisers are expecting a turnout of 25,000 festivalgoers daily.

Early-bird tickets, which went on sale in January, are sold out, but advance two-day tickets at US$160 (S$215) are still available and selling fast, according to organisers.

Premium tickets, which include express entry lanes and premium access to dedicated restrooms and food and beverage stalls, cost US$185 each.

Mr Alexander Chew, executive producer and partner of Ultra Singapore, says response to the festival so far has been beyond expectations.

He adds: "We are assured that Singapore is slowly but surely on its way to becoming a festival destination in Asia and the world.

"We hope that everybody who steps on the festival grounds leaves with the memory of a magical experience - from the music to the ambience."

Ultra Miami, the flagship 17-year-old festival held in March in Miami, Florida annually, saw headline acts such as Pendulum and Armin van Buuren this year.

Singapore is the only South-east Asian country to host the full-fledged Ultra festival.

Last year, it was one of the venues for Road To Ultra, a smaller, one-day event that is part of a series of international dance music parties launched by the producers of the dance music festival brands Ultra and Ultra Worldwide.

Superstar DJs such as Skrillex, Alesso and Nicky Romero played to a crowd of 11,000 at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre on Sept 19.

•Tickets are available at ultrasingapore.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2016, with the headline 'Kygo to headline Ultra Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe