The start of this year’s SingJazz, the opening of Singapore’s first pop-up club, the return of Mismatch, and so much more

It’s still pretty whack how we’re already at the start of the second quarter of the year. But nonetheless, a new month means new opportunities, right? You can pretty much call this weekend a celebration and welcoming of April, seeing how there’s a whole bunch of parties you can look forward to, including the opening of Tuff Club and the return of the super fun, super campy party series, Mismatch. SingJazz is taking place this weekend too, so if you’re all about that thing like Lauryn Hill, make sure you get your tickets if you haven’t. It's also the final weekend to check out the cherry blossoms at Gardens by the Bay, and to watch the Singapore premiere of the National Theatre's staging of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. So. Many. Things.
 

Friday, Apr 6


Ray Parker at SingJazz 2017

MUSIC/FESTIVAL
The fifth anniversary edition of SingJazz is shaping up to be a music festival not to be missed with a host of star-studded jazz, soul, blues, Latin, funk, R&B, hip-hop, world music and electro swing stars coming to perform. Catch the likes of Lalah Hathaway, Jamie Cullum, Lauryn Hill, Mas1a, The Teng Ensemble and many more as Marina Bay Sands jazzes up for the whole weekend. Apr 6-8

FESTIVAL
The Singapore Heritage Festival is back for its 15th edtion, and they're keeping things fresh with a slew of activities like catching a film at a drive-through cinema in Jurong, a whole bunch of food tours, a visit to a local sugar factory, and lots more. Make sure to sign up for their free and ticketed activities, or just drop in to their free admission exhibitions and talks. Apr 6-22

CONCERT
Local record label Middle Class Cigars is throwing a party at the Level 4 carpark of Destination Singapore Beach Road, with performances by local bands like Pleasantry, Sobs, Mediocre Haircut Crew and more. Admission is free, with drink promos all night long. Apr 6

PARTY
Singapore's coolest parking lot bar, The Great Escape, will be popping off with a delicious cauldron of classic funk, soul groove, jazz, afro, hip-hop, house and disco music, freshly prepared and dished out by the likes of MC SWTLKR and DJs Shellsuit, Ramesh and Funk Bstrd at this edition of Kampong Boogie. Apr 6


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PERFORMANCE
Get away from the usual shenanigans of city life and head south to beaches of Sentosa as Coastes brings forth a swanky new music series that celebrates some of the brightest local talents across jazz, pop, funk, soul and rock. This week's edition of Friday Night Live will feature Shirlyn Tan, the frontwoman of Shirlyn & The UnXpected who's been rocking nightspots around Singapore for the past decade. Spice your Friday night with mouthwatering beach food along with exclusive drinks promos from $28 Heineken Jug, $55 for selected bottles of wine and highball cocktails at 2 for $24. Apr 6

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PARTY
Aldrin is back at Kilo for one of Singapore's longest running club night, ONE. This music series has made a home in many nightlife institutions since its inception at Zouk in 2003. Apr 6

TOUR
It’s one thing to take a walk through hell at Haw Par Villa during the day, and a whole other experience if you go at night. The twilight tour of Haw Par Villa is back—check out the infamous 10 Courts of Hell, King of Ghosts, the upcoming Hell’s Museum and the Aw family memorials. Apr 6

HEALTH
Calling all Star Wars fans who're looking for a way to stay in shape—sign up for a SaberFit Fitness Class at Safra Toa Payoh, where you can reap the benefits of a full-on, high energy workout while living out your lightsaber-wielding and -fighting dreams. Apr 6

PARTY
The Council is ready to unveil their latest space, Tuff Club, for your cardio needs. It's going to be a full-on weekend-long program, with Modern Love on Friday, where Adrian Wee and Cats On Crack will whip you into shape with their regime of house, indie disco and electronica; and Tropic Lab taking things a little harder with techno bangers on Saturday. Apr 6-7

EXHIBITION
Singapore's largest pet fair, the PetExpo, is back. There's the doggy fashion runway that's sure to be a highlight event, a mini pet bazaar featuring only local businesses, a dog yoga class, an array of pet vendors, and of course, the chance to bring home your very own furball if you're serious about keeping a pet of your own. Apr 6-8

ART/FESTIVAL
Few will recall that last year, a revolutionary fashion and art festival was held in the unassuming space of a supermarket. Against the linoleum tiles and cement floors of BigBox HyperMart in Jurong East, the inaugural Outsider Fashion Art Festival made a statement refuting the exclusivity of fashion, and a good 1,500 or so attended in support. The festival returns to once again demonstrate that art and fashion can be made accessible to the public without becoming unappealingly mass. Instead of the far west, Outsider Fashion Art Festival 2018 will be held at everyone's favorite indie cinema The Projector this year. Through Apr 7

FESTIVAL
Why fly to Japan when you can see blooming sakuras in Singapore? Gardens by the Bay is holding its first ever Japanese festival Sakura Matsuri (or Cherry Blossom Festival) over at the Flower Dome; featuring 23 different varieties flown in from Japan and Europe. Through Apr 8

THEATER
It’s the final weekend to catch the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Presented by the Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade, the show takes audiences through Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, recreating the inner workings of 15-year-old Christopher Boone’s brilliant mind in a visually phantasmagorical way. Through Apr 8

FOOD
Ready your stomachs and hold on to your linen napkins, guys—the World Gourmet Summit (WGS) returns for its 22nd edition and naturally, you can expect the very best of international and local chefs from Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, and America taking the spotlight to whip up delicious bite-sized gastronomy and degustation dinners throughout the month. Through Apr 29
 

Saturday, Apr 7


Zouk Singapore

PARTY
DJ-producer wunderkind Zedd will be landing on the Zouk grounds again as part of his Echo Tour 2018. Known as the mastermind behind a prolific slew of collaborators and chart-topping hits, the multi-instrumentalist has worked with the likes of Nicky Romero, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and more. Apr 7

MARKET
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore is hosting a special “Giving Back” edition of their annual Organic-Friendly Farmers Market. Pick up artisanal produce and organic-friendly products from brands like Frank Food Company; or sign up for an urban farming workshop, where urban farmer Alexius Yeo will enlighten you on what plants in Singapore can actually be eaten. Apr 7

PARTY
Campy and all-out fun party series Mismatch, which made a home in the now-defunct Butter Factory, has come out of hiding after three long years. They're throwing a big disco drag ball as part of introducing "Ballroom Culture" to Singapore for the first time to celebrate talents from Singapore's LGBTQI communities. Express yourself and werk it as Pangina Heals from Drag Race Thailand plays host for this special evening. Apr 7

MUSIC/PERFORMANCE/POETRY
Escape to Emily Hill for a chill Saturday night out as Kult Kafe sets out on quality day of music, art, poetry and love through live DJ and musician improv jams, activities like poetry readings and face painting and a whole lot more. Expect the likes of music makers Jean Reiki and Tom Shellsuit and more to bring nothing but chill vibes. Apr 7

FILM
Wes Anderson has carved a niche for himself, creating distinctive visuals (think symmetrical scenes, out-of-this-world names and lots of pastel hues) and narratives across his body of work. If you've not seen any of his films, you might want to head over to The Great Escape and catch his adaptation of Fantastic Mr Fox, made famous by British author Roald Dahl. Apr 7

PARTY
It seems like new kid on the block The Nanyang Club is slowly becoming the boogie central of Boat Quay. Taking over the dance floor with "no cover charge, no dress code" is vinyl collector and music fanatic MyHero and Dang from Mugic Soundsystem. Apr 7

MARKET
For the fourth year, local retro home decor store Journey East is teaming up with some of the island’s best vintage community to organizing their much anticipated Vintage Fair weekend popup. Nostalgia is key at the event, so look forward to brands like By My Old SChool, a family-run vintage boutique with one-off knick-knacks from the ‘60s and beyond; and Five Stones Vintage, which sells handpicked vintage clothing and accessories from the ‘30s to the ‘80s. Apr 7-8

THEATER
Hot on the heels of The Imaginarium of Disco David, local nomadic theater group And So Forth is back with a new pop-up feast planned. Adventures in Grimmsneyland will focus on the darker sides of fairy tales—as evidenced by the reference to the Brothers Grimm, whose folk tales were anything but pleasant—and take audience members through various worlds. Through Apr 21

PERFORMANCE
Pooja Nansi’s Thick Beats for Good Girls is exactly what it says it is—the perhaps unladylike genre of hip hop, served up by literary ladies Nansi and her co-playwright Jessica Bellamy. Presented by Checkpoint Theatre, the all-new production is a two-woman show surrounding what the two call a balancing act; of being a woman, an ethnic or religious minority, and a hip-hop enthusiast all at once. Through Apr 22

EXHIBITION
You'd think a traveling exhibition from the London Natural History Museum would be hard to top, but ArtScience Museum's upcoming shtick will trace 40 years of street art, from its controversial beginnings as expressions of counterculture, to its current standing as a major pillar of contemporary art. Art from the Streets will feature the works of the world's top street artists, such as Magda Danysz, Banksy, Shepard Fairey and more. Through Jun 3
 

Sunday, Apr 8


Katy Perry. Photo credit: Kevin Mazur

CONCERT
Otherworldly pop sensation Katy Perry is returning to Singapore for the Asia leg of her “Witness: The Tour” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, following her previous sold out Prismatic World Tour here in 2015. Apr 8

BOOK
According to Ministry of Manpower's website, there are about 246,800 migrant domestic workers in Singapore. While we roughly know what their job requires of them, it's rare to hear actual backstories of these unsung heroes. Head over to BooksActually this Sunday for the launch of Our Homes, Our Stories, an anthology of real-life stories of these women who pen down tales of sacrifice, broken trust, abuse, exploitation, as well as heartwarming stories of supportive employers, the love they have for the families they work for and more. Apr 8

THEATER
If you’ve ever wanted to thoroughly explore the blue and white heritage buildings along Waterloo Street, this April is your chance to do so. Local theater company The Theatre Practice will be taking its visitors through the buildings in an immersive new show titled Four Horse Road where you can walk through multiple sites located across the three now iconic buildings on the storied street. Through Apr 28

THEATER
As part of their 15th anniversary celebrations, Esplanade is putting five female artists into the spotlight with five special commissioned works under their developmental theater program, The Studios. Through Apr 29

FILM
Not all films are just about entertaining. Enter Stories That Matter, an annual program held by Objectifs to address critical issues through both film and photography. This third edition's theme is borders, tackling matters of physical, social and political borders that both define and restrict communities and laying out on the table possible ways of collaboration and change. Apart from exhibitions and seminars, this program will also be screening Singapore premieres of five documentaries. Through Apr 29

EXHIBITION
A cursed gem, a dodo and a giant stuffed sloth walk into a museum; the punchline is that they’re here to stay till the end of April. Treasures of the Natural World, the traveling exhibition from the Natural History Museum in London, makes its first and only stop in Southeast Asia at the ArtScience Museum, bringing over 200 of the London museum’s star artefacts Through Apr 29