Mixtape features return of bands

Mixtape will feature The Fire Fight (from left) Jonathan Leong, Joshua “Barker” Tan, Iain Tham and Joshua Tan.
Mixtape will feature The Fire Fight (from left) Jonathan Leong, Joshua “Barker” Tan, Iain Tham and Joshua Tan.PHOTOS: ESPLANADE, LITTLE ONG
Also featured are TypeWriter (from left) Desmond Goh, Robin Chua, Yee Chang Kang, Alan Bok and Patrick Chng.
Also featured are TypeWriter (from left) Desmond Goh, Robin Chua, Yee Chang Kang, Alan Bok and Patrick Chng.
Surreal (from left) Jon Chan, John Chiong, Gordon Khoo, Luke Teo and Marcus Wong.
Surreal (from left) Jon Chan, John Chiong, Gordon Khoo, Luke Teo and Marcus Wong.

Baybeats this year will feature something new - an exhibition and extra stage dubbed Mixtape.

In line with SG50 celebrations, the platform along the Esplanade's waterfront traces the evolution of the alternative music scene in Singapore as well as the growth of Baybeats since it started in 2002.

Esplanade programmer Cecilia Chow says Mixtape seeks to "celebrate the spirit of Singapore's alternative music scene in daring to dream and believing in what the community can achieve together".

The Mixtape stage will feature the return of bands that have played in Baybeats past. These include power-pop outfit TypeWriter on June 26, emo rockers Surreal on June 27 and indie rock outfit The Fire Fight on June 28.

TypeWriter and Surreal were part of Baybeat's inaugural line-up while The Fire Fight were one of the acts selected when the festival first started auditioning budding bands in 2007.

Mixtape was put together with the help of John Chiong and Esmond Wee, both formerly part of Wake Me Up Music, a music collective which co-produced the early editions of Baybeats with the Esplanade.

Chiong says Baybeats has grown over the years to become more than just about the bands and the fans. He says: "I've always believed that music brings people together. When we started, we experienced a lot of collaborative efforts between different promoters."

Wee is heartened to see Baybeats grow into "a staple event" that continues to draw new audiences each year.

"Though the flavour may be different, the spirit of the festival is alive and kicking."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2015, with the headline 'Mixtape features return of bands'. Print Edition | Subscribe