Esplanade Presents

Music

The Next Wave

Alicia DC, mattgnaw, motifs, Narysal, Shazza & Thaarmin (Singapore)

31 Dec 2022, Sat, 6.45pm, 7pm, 8pm & more

1 Jan 2023, Sun, 12.08am

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Esplanade Concourse: 45mins
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre: 40mins

Esplanade Concourse & Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

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Synopsis

These are the artists you need to know—Catch The Next Wave and discover the fast-rising from our shores that you should definitely have on repeat in 2023.

 

Get the freshest sounds on your radar as handpicked by the finest ears in the industry including Dean Augustine (Cross Ratio Entertainment), Leonard Soosay (Snakeweed Studios) and singer-songwriter Linying, in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

Advisory:

Road closures around Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2023 on 31 Dec 2022. Read more

 

Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places. No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Language: English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Alicia DC

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Join Alicia DC for brand new renditions of tunes from her first-ever EP Maybe, as well as some covers of the band’s favourite songs! Get ready to move and groove to some alternative jazz, pop and bossa nova, accompanied by her live band.

 

Alicia Diva Chandra is a singer-songwriter, composer and aspiring producer. She shares her life story by writing quirky, meaningful lyrics and juxtaposing them with pensive melodies. Her latest EP, Maybe, showcases her versatility in writing music genres, as well as the variety of personas she embodies in each song.

mattgnaw

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Celebrate the New Year with indie artist, mattgnaw, accompanied by a live band for a showcase of hisdebut album, Cherry Blossoms. This will be the first showcase of his album, which spans from indie pop tracks such as idwbwu and Envy to alternative rock songs like Odyssey.

 

mattgnaw's music embodies the ideal of authentically being oneself. His vulnerability shines through his music, expressing himself through experimentations with different genres with the aim of distinguishing himself and standing out from the crowd. Born and raised in Singapore, he has made a name for himself over the years through his work with multiple artists, being the frontman of alternative hip-hop crew Hidemen, the “synth guy” in the band Saints Amongst Sinners, and the bassist/vocalist of SOFT BOY.

motifs

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Performing songs from their debut album, Remember A Stranger, motifs invites you to join them in ringing in the new year with their repertoire of melancholic tunes.

 

motifs comprises Elspeth Ong (vocals, guitar), JJ Tan (lead guitar), Paul Yuen (bass), Badrul Amin (synth/vocals/guitar) and Jolin Chiam (drums). Citing influences from 90s dream pop/shoegaze and post-punk acts, the band crafts a world of ethereal soundscapes by combining lilting melodies with reverb-drenched nostalgia.

 

motifs is an alumnus of the Noise Music Mentorship Programme in 2019 as well as the Baybeats Budding Bands Mentorship Programme 2022. They have recently released their debut album, Remember A Stranger, which straddles two themes—fading memories and coping with loss.

Narysal

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Named SCAPE’s Best New Artist of 2021, Narysal will belt out originals along with familiar hits.

 

R&B singer-songwriter, Narysal has a boundless passion for music. His first single Fade Away garnered over 1.4 million streams on Spotify and his latest single Fast Slow has amassed over 100,000 streams to-date.

Shazza

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End the year on a high note with Shazza and friends! Be serenaded with original music from the homegrown singer-songwriter’s versatile repertoire as well as a festive cover or two. Get your party poppers ready—Shazza can’t wait to celebrate with you on your road to midnight!

 

Shareefa Aminah, better known as Shazza, began writing songs when she was 11 and hasn’t been able to stop since. The homegrown songstress debuted her hit single Pity Party early this year to acclaim and has gone on to release three more well-received singles. Inspired by ABBA, Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton, Shazza makes full use of the freedom that music offers, aiming toward a discography that speaks to just about anyone. Shazza strives to break boundaries, seeking to bring more representation to the table with her presence in the industry.

Thaarmin

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Join Thaarmin for an intimate set with an exclusive showcase of unreleased singles from his debut EP, as well as covers of songs from the likes of Coldplay, Mariah Carey and Drake. Audiences will be taken on a journey through Thaarmin’s musical influences and inspirations, with genres spanning from R&B to indie-folk.

 

Thaarmin is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter who writes music that sounds like what a rainy day feels like. With a range of influences such as Coldplay, Mariah Carey, Phoebe Bridgers and more, expect a myriad of sonic influences with an authentic flair. He aspires to connect with as many people as he can through his music and cultivate relatability and familiarity through his art. Thaarmin has an EP in the works that will be released in the coming year.

Date & Time

31 Dec 2022, Sat

6.45pm

Esplanade Concourse
Shazza

7pm

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
motifs

8pm

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
motifs

8pm

Esplanade Concourse
Thaarmin

9pm

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
mattgnaw

9.15pm

Esplanade Concourse
Alicia DC

10pm

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Narysal

11pm

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
mattgnaw

1 Jan 2023, Sun

12.08am

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Narysal
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