Local music star Gentle Bones adds second date at Esplanade after first date sells out

Local singer Gentle Bones will perform at the Esplanade Concert Hall in June.
Local singer Gentle Bones will perform at the Esplanade Concert Hall in June. PHOTO: ST FILE

In a first for a home-grown artist, singer-songwriter Gentle Bones will stage back-to-back concerts at Esplanade Concert Hall on June 10 and 11.

The second date was added after the June 10 tickets sold out. Tickets to the new date, which are priced between $25 and $45, go on sale on Friday (Feb 19) online via Sistic at 9am. Maybank eVibes and Platinum Visa cardholders get a 10 per cent discount on tickets between Feb 19 and March 29.

This will be Gentle Bones' debut concert after the original date for the concert on Dec 10 last year was cancelled at the last minute.

While "unforseen circumstances" were cited for the cancellation at first, it later came to light that 21-year-old singer, whose real name is Joel Tan, and 13 others, including American singer Kinna Grannis, had their passports impounded in Jakarta, Indonesia, last year and were stuck in the country for more than three months.

They were in Jakarta as part of regional concert tour, where Tan was Grannis' opening act. But they were barred from leaving Indonesia because of a problem with their performance permit.

 

According to Universal Music Singapore, the record label to which Tan is signed, tickets for the rescheduled June 10 concert date sold out within 10 days.

Tan says: "Having sold out an entire hall on the first night, I am now given the opportunity to present both the old and the new to even more people. I am ecstatic and I hope this leap of faith pays off."

He will be joined by special guests on both days - electronic duo .gif on June 10 and fellow singer-songwriter Linying on June 11.

Tan's self-titled debut EP of folk and pop songs topped the Singapore iTunes charts when it was released in 2014. In May last year, he became the first home-grown act to be signed by Universal Music Singapore.

 Check out Gentle Bones' live performances for the first episode of ST Sessions in January 2015.