Esplanade Presents


Grab your gear, roll up your cuffs, and gather your troops.

The biggest music festival of its kind in Singapore and the region, Baybeats presents a fist-pumping line-up showcasing prominent Singapore and international acts, covering genres including folk, pop, metal, post-rock, emo, punk, electro and everything in between.

So reach out and rock on at Singapore’s very own alternative music festival.

Baybeats Budding Editorial

For young individuals with a passion for music and the finesse for writing or photography, the Baybeats Budding Editorial programme is your chance to join the team, hone your skills and be a voice for Baybeats. Under the guidance of mentors, Eddino Abdul Hadi, Daniel Peters and Aloysius Lim, you will be part of the team that provides editorial and social media coverage for Baybeats 2018.

About the programme

Since 2010, the Baybeats Budding Photographers mentorship programme has been sharpening the skills of promising young shutterbugs. Each year, six amateur photographers are chosen to participate in photographer Aloysius Lim’s specially designed structured series of workshops and critique sessions.

The Baybeats Budding Writers mentorship programme has been running since 2014, building a community of writers covering the growing local music scene in Singapore. Under the guidance and mentorship of Eddino, our budding writers learn more about music journalism, and become a voice for the local music community.

Started in 2017, the Baybeats Budding Editorial programme combines the Budding Writers and Budding Photographers programmes, forming a team of writers and photographers to cover behind-the-scenes activities and front social media outlets for the festival. Participants may apply according to their interest and expertise in the field of writing or photography.

About the Mentors

Aloysius Lim
Aloysius' love for photography began some 15 years ago when he went to a concert and started shooting with the family's point-and-shoot camera. A couple of months later, he decided to invest in a DSLR to capture better quality images, and hoped that one day he could photograph some of the biggest names on stage. He began heading down to Esplanade almost every weekend to practice. Envious of the official photographers at Baybeats then, he made sure he worked on his skills so that he too could be one of the official photographers.

Two years later, he got his big break when he got the opportunity to photograph Scottish band Franz Ferdinand in concert. The adrenaline he felt during the shoot was overwhelming, and he wanted more of it. Soon after, he started photographing musicians like Coldplay, The Police, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Jason Mraz, etc. Since then, he has gone on to shoot many more concerts and music festivals such as Baybeats, Rock & Roots and SingFest, in Singapore and around the region.

An established wedding photographer by day, Aloysius is also a highly sought-after concert photographer and has been photographing full-time for the past 11 years. He continues to influence and inspire young budding photographers, and loves working with them. Aloysius has recently been appointed as one of Sony’s Alpha Professionals.

Eddino Abdul Hadi
Eddino Abdul Hadi has been the music correspondent for The Straits Times, Singapore’s most widely read broadsheet English newspaper, since 2007. He sits on the board of directors at the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) as a writer-director, a position he has held since 2012.

Prior to his position at The Straits Times, he was one of the main writers for BigO, Singapore's only independent music magazine. In 2017, he was awarded the Patron of Music Award at the Compass Awards.

Eddino has mentored young bands under the Baybeats Budding Band programme and National Arts Council’s NOISE Singapore, an initiative for young creative talents. He also mentors young music journalists as part of Baybeats and has sat on the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award Specialist Panel for Music.

He is also a musician, songwriter and founder of homegrown band Force Vomit, who have recorded albums and played gigs in Singapore and the region since 1994, and have had their songs played on the British Broadcasting Corporation. He also performs, composes and is a member of several other Singapore bands like The Guilt, 1234X and The Return.

Eddino is a co-founder of independent music collective, record label and music studio The End Of Recordings.

Daniel Peters
Daniel Peters is one of Singapore’s most accomplished and dedicated music journalists of today. And at only age 25, he’s only just begun.

Having run local music site Bandwagon from 2014–present, Daniel helped set the standard for local music editorial, engaging with various music subcultures to craft gripping stories for larger audiences across the region—and at times, the world—interviewing musicians from Wormrot to Tame Impala, to Hans Zimmer.

Now serving as a digital media producer for MTV Asia, Daniel’s trajectory as a music journalist has expanded over the past few years—he's been invited to speak about his profession at libraries in Singapore and at Primavera Pro 2017, the conference arm of music festival Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain.

All applications must be submitted by 15 Apr 2018, Sun

Selected participants will be notified by 18 Apr 2018, Wed

Apply to be a:

Budding photographer

Budding writer

Baybeats Budding Band

The Baybeats Auditions is an artist development programme as part of Baybeats festival, aimed at identifying and showcasing local independent bands with the potential to excel musically and in their music career. Together with like-minded partners, the Auditions is a stepping stone for new talents to meet and work with established artists, hone their craft and reach out to wider audiences. At the end of the three-month mentorship, the Baybeats budding bands chosen from the Auditions by the selection panel will each have an opportunity to perform a 30-minute set in Baybeats 2018. Selected bands are given the chance to develop and be profiled alongside other prominent local and overseas acts in the festival, gain exposure through Baybeats marketing channels and potential sponsorship perks. This will not be a paid performance but bands will each receive an honorarium.

Results: The Long List

Congrats to the Baybeats Budding Bands 2018 – The Long List.

Coup de Grâce
Trust The Chaos
Ngoh Yu Hao
Shirly Temple
Lula The Magic Queen
Barren Wasteland
Of Thrones
Terminal Cry
Gilded Edge
The Cultures
No Rest For The Weary
Coming Up Roses
Burning Infants
Emily in Denial

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