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Opening weekend of 100 Bands Festival off to a slow start

Published on Jun 8, 2014 3:22 PM

What was possibly the largest gathering of home-grown bands to date, got off to a slow start at the old Hougang bus interchange on Saturday.

Industry insiders and audience members put down the lacklustre attendance at the 100 Bands Festival to a combination of a fairly lesser-known lineup on opening weekend, an unfamiliar venue and the unforgivingly hot weather.

The free event, which lasts for six days over three weekends, is part of PAssionArts Festival 2014, an annual event organised by the People's Association to bring the arts to the community. The line-up of bands was curated by The RSC, a group which organised gigs at the recently defunct Home Club. In Each Hand A Cutlass and The Analog Girl were among the over 30 acts who played on opening weekend.

The festival kicked off at 12.30pm on Saturday and by 6pm, had an audience of about 50. Founder of The RSC Razi Razak, 32, estimates that about 500 people attended the festival on Saturday evening from 7.30pm to 10pm.

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