WRITTEN BY
Tyler Roney

PUBLISHED ON
January 31, 2018

LOCATION
Singapore

With more than 20,000 fans expected, the highly-anticipated Singapore International Jazz Festival (SING JAZZ) 2018 returns for the fifth time to the iconic Marina Bay Sands. Ticket sales will officially open tomorrow, February 1.

“We have a 100-strong team working to build a fantastic festival presenting award-winning world-class music for tens of thousands of fans from the region and beyond,” says David Smith, artistic director of SING JAZZ.

From April 6 to 8, the three-night show spans across multiple stages around the integrated resort area to feature jazz, soul, blues, funk, hip-hop, and other related genres from around the world. The Main Stage and The Late Show combine for 30-hours of live music by 12 stars.

The indoor stage of The Late Show at Sands Expo will be opening the Diablo lounge to all guests for the first time this year, and VIP tickets are available. Main Stage viewers will have the option of a luxuriously appointed private area; the Champagne Terrace created in collaboration with Billecart-Salmon Champagne is returning, featuring an elevated view of The Main Stage coupled with table service for a sophisticated evening under the stars.

ABOVE: Early promotional video for SING JAZZ.

“Following the success of the inaugural Late Show party in 2017, the venue for 2018 has been dramatically expanded as we look to accommodate more superstar acts in a nightclub-styled space, offering an up close and personal experience for VIP Table buyers,” says director of The Late Show, Robbie Hoyes-Cock.

ABOVE: Her first performance in Singapore, Lauryn Hill will be headlining The Late Show stage.

SING JAZZ is Asia’s premier international festival of jazz-inspired music, bringing fans from around Southeast Asia to the iconic Marina Bay Sands – this year set to be the biggest yet.

On April 6, electro-swing sensations Parov Stelar will headline the sunset sessions on The Main Stage by the waterfront at Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, kicking off Singapore’s most exciting jazz event of the year.

ABOVE: House of the Gypsies will be performing on The Main Stage.

The following day will feature five-time Grammy award-winning soul singer Lalah Hathaway and jazz-pop star Jamie Cullum on The Main Stage, with legendary hip-hop and soul artist Ms. Lauryn Hill headlining The Late Show. It will be Ms. Hill’s first performance in Singapore.

On April 8, the Main Stage will see performances by the Jazz Association SG Orchestra led by Jeremy Monterio, House of the Gypsies, Brand New Heavies, and Incognito, featuring Omar and Leee John.

ABOVE: Nick Zavior with David Foster & Friends at SING JAZZ 2017.

This news comes as Singapore is resting from ZoukOut, the longest running dance and music festival in Asia, which was held in December of last year and drew more than 40,000 fans. EDM fans not sated by the dancing at ZoukOut will find a little electronic dance music in the form of bands like Parov Stelar.

ABOVE: The Brand New Heavies will perform on The Main Stage.

Asia’s growing jazz scene, particularly in Southeast Asia, is drawing some of the most impressive jazz concerts in the world, including the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, Bali Live Jazz Festival, and the Borneo Jazz Festival in Malaysia that has been running for more than a decade.