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Indie gigs get cosy: Smaller, unusual places becoming concert venue of choice

Smaller, unusual places are becoming the venue of choice for concerts by independent bands

Published on May 8, 2014 12:02 PM

When the British set up their military base on what local residents called Forbidden Hill in the 19th century, little did they know that one day, rock stars would invade it.

The Old Married Soldiers’ Quarters at Fort Canning Hill – once known as Bukit Larangan, Malay for the prohibited hill – is these days a sought-after space for concerts by indie and international bands.

The indoor location has seen acts such as hardcore bands Touche Amore from the United States and 50 Lions from Australia perform to crowds of more than 100.

Tattoo artist Andray Kwoh, 25, says of the conservation venue in the middle of green Fort Canning Park: “It’s quite a nice place to hang out at while waiting for the next band to set up.” He attended the 50 Lions gig in October last year.

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