Acts to catch: Jamie Cullum, Lauryn Hill and Lalah Hathaway

You’ve waited impatiently for its return, but fret not; the hotly anticipated Singapore International Jazz Festival is back in its fifth edition, with an even larger lineup than last year. From Apr 6-8, Marina Bay Sands will come alive with Jazz, Soul, Blues, Latin, Funk, R&B, Hip-Hop, World Music and Electro Swing, in a combined total of 30 hours of live music.

Now five years strong, SingJazz continues to impress with its star-studded programme. Like last year, acts are divided into “The Main Stage” and “The Late Show”—the ultimate late-night concert experience for night owls and party-goers.  For the former, the likes of Lalah Hathaway, Jamie Cullum, and Parov Stelar will take the waterfront stage at the MBS Event Plaza; Hathaway, with five Grammys in the bag for R&B performances, performs exclusively on Apr 7. Other acts to look forward to include acid jazz and funk royalty The Brand New Heavies, British acid jazz band Incognito, ‘Imagination’ singer-songwriter Leee John, and Singapore’s own JASSO (The Jazz Association SG Orchestra), led by local ‘King of Swing’ Jeremy Monteiro.

Over at “The Late Show”, only one act has since been confirmed—but it’s powerhouse American singer-songwriter-rapper and record producer Lauryn Hill, making her Singapore debut. Headlining Saturday’s show (Apr 7), the only female member of The Fugees looks set to be the programme’s biggest act-to-catch. The party kicks off at 10pm in the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, and lasts all the way till 4am on both Fri and Sat.

Tickets to “The Main Stage” and “The Late Show” start at $108 each for Early Bird, and go up to $328 for VIP passes (inclusive of free-flow bar and gourmet food); a full festival weekend pass goes for $488. Early Bird ticket sales start tomorrow, Feb 1 at 12noon, so set your alarms.


SingJazz 2018 happens Apr 6-8 at Marina Bay Sands, more info here