Indie artists to play at Singapore Coffee Festival

Ffion will perform on Aug 6.
Ffion will perform on Aug 6.PHOTO: IAN LIM
Tim De Cotta and Inch will play sets on Aug 5.
Tim De Cotta and Inch will play sets on Aug 5.PHOTO: HENZY DAVID
Tim De Cotta and Inch will play sets on Aug 5.
Tim De Cotta and Inch will play sets on Aug 5.PHOTO: SINGAPORE COFFEE FESTIVAL

Home-grown singers Ffion, Jawn, LEW, Inch and Tim De Cotta as well as rock band Stopgap will perform at the event over two days

In her recent single, Rumours, local singer-songwriter Ffion hits back at her ex, who hacked into her online accounts and spread malicious rumours about her.

The mellow-voiced 21-year-old says: "It happened two to three years ago, but it's still painful to sing about. It's like a slap in the face."

The confessional R&B and electronic track is drawn from her debut six-song EP, Bad Habits, which was released yesterday.

Ffion, a recent graduate of Lasalle College of the Arts and whose full name is Ffion Williams, is one of the faces to watch in the local music scene. Ever since being uncovered in last year's Noise Singapore, the National Arts Council's mentorship programme for youth talent, she has been working hard at a solo career.

She will share more of her compositions in an intimate, live set at the upcoming Singapore Coffee Festival.

Ffion is one of six local indie artists participating in the festival, which runs from Aug 3 to 6 at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre.

Organised by The Straits Times (ST) and presented by DBS Bank, the gourmet coffee fair features more than 60 exhibitors, including coffee purveyors, equipment distributors and cafes.

  • BOOK IT / SINGAPORE COFFEE FESTIVAL

  • WHERE: Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive

    WHEN: Aug 3 (for trade and media only; register at www.sgcoffeefestival.com); Aug 4 to 6, 10am to 3.30pm, 4.30 to 10pm daily

    ADMISSION: $22 (standard), $18 (DBS and POSB cardholders, ST subscribers or group of four or more)

    INFO: Go to www.sgcoffeefestival.com or e-mail sgcoffeefest@sph.com.sg

Ffion's set will take place on Aug 6 at 6pm. The other two acts performing after her on the same day are Singaporean singer-songwriters Jawn and LEW.

The gigs on Aug 5 will also start at 6pm. There will be sets by home- grown acts, singer-songwriters Inch and Tim De Cotta as well as indie rock band Stopgap.

The gigs will feature audio and technical equipment and support by production company Unearthed Productions.

Born in Britain to a Welsh father and Singaporean mother, Ffion has lived here since she was two and is a permanent resident.

Tonight, she will launch her EP with a concert at The Substation, where she will perform with a full band that include regular collaborator and electronic artist-producer Shaykh Akbar. She also worked with home-grown electronic producer Grosse on the songs in the EP.

Ironically, she hated music and singing as a child.

"It was only when I was 11 when my mum got me a DVD of The Phantom Of The Opera musical and I became obsessed with it."

She also credits the music teacher at her alma mater, Chatsworth International School, for inspiring her to write her own music.

At the concert at The Substation, she will also launch her own fashion line, By Ffion Williams, comprising T-shirts, hoodies and denim jackets.

"I believe the brand can be expanded outside of music and I can still have the creative satisfaction of making something."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2017, with the headline 'Indie artists to play at coffee festival'. Print Edition | Subscribe