Sundown Festival was back last weekend in Singapore. The music festival was a star studded 2-day line up that boasted acts such as SHAUN, Jam Hsiao, OSN, R3HAB, Miyavi to name a few. There were also familiar popular local acts like Glenn Yong and Tosh Zhang. We were there on day 2 of the event to check out in particular; Korean DJ, singer-songwriter, producer, SHAUN.
SHAUN, who has had many popular songs and worked with famous artists like Ed Sheeran and Jeff Satur as well as with Korean artists like Wonstein and Ovan, was a highly anticipated act, especially since it was his first time performing in Singapore.
There were deafening cheers from the festival-goers when the screens flashed SHAUN’s name, before the man himself came out for his set. He was the opening act for the second night and started with his DJ set, getting the crowd going with his impressive mix of head-banging bops.
Speaking in between his set in fluent English, SHAUN mentioned that it has been over ten years since he visited Singapore and praised: “Still beautiful. Beautiful people! Beautiful city!”
He also sang three songs after his DJ set, his 2019 hit ‘Bad Habits’, ‘Don’t Let Me Know’ from his 2022 Omnibus Pt. 1: Kaleidoscope album and his smash hit ‘Way Back Home’. Fans were left wanting more of his smooth vocals and cheered fervently even when he ended his last song.
Next to take the stage was Malaysian rapper Namewee, who came down in between his set to shake hands and take selfies with fans. Even for people in the crowd who were not familiar with the rapper, Namewee got everyone dancing and laughing to his addictive tunes like ‘Tokyo Bon’ and ‘泰国情歌’. He ended his stage with his viral song ‘漂向北方’ that had the crowd belting out the lyrics.
Miyavi, a Japanese guitarist, singer-songwriter and actor was the next to perform. Known as the ‘God of Guitar’, it was hard to take your eyes away from his electrifying performance. His setlist included his hit songs like ‘No Sleep Till Tokyo’ and ‘New Gravity’. Miyavi also thanked the organisers for having him and mentioned that it meant alot to him that he could witness music going beyond the barriers of different cultures and nationalities.
Malaysian singer Ivy Lee, who is based in Taiwan then took over with her sweet vocals in her songs ‘失重前幸福’ and ‘我反芻著你留下的寂寞’. The winner of ‘声林之王2’ also showcased her strong side while singing ‘甘蔗掰掰’.
The last singer to take the stage was Mandopop star Jam Hsiao. The thirty six year old performed some of his greatest hits like ‘王妃’ and ‘只能想念你’ as well as ‘Purple Rain’, a song he mentioned he rarely performs.
Lastly, DJ R3HAB took the stage and ended off the night on a high note.
Article & Photography: Angeline @ KAvenyou