Double bill of great international acts

Double bill of great international acts

Music festivals used to mean jet-setting halfway across the globe to catch international acts that would never make their way to this humble part of the world.

We couldn't boast our very own Coachella or Summer Sonic - until Australia's St. Jerome's Laneway Festival made its Asian debut here in 2011.

For three years running, Laneway was the sole indie music fest in Singapore - until the announcement of Camp Symmetry, happening next month.

To be held at the same venue - The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay - as next year's Laneway in January, it is expecting a turnout of 5,000, half of what Laneway pulled in earlier this year.

Now the question is: Should you spend your $150 or so on the newbie or the tried-and-trusted heavyweight?

To complicate it further, both boast impressive line-ups that include a good mix of acts you've always dreamt of watching, as well as up-and-coming ones that have won over critics.

Camp Symmetry had me really excited for two reasons - Danish alternative rock band Mew and American post-rock band Explosions in the Sky.

My love affair with Mew began when I had shed a lone tear to their heartrending B-side track Forever And Ever following a dramatic break-up years ago.

(Fine, I was actually bawling my eyes out.)

It did little to mend my broken heart, but their music touched me and placed Mew among some of my favourite bands. Other acts that rank high on my list include US indie band Ra Ra Riot and Australian indie pop band San Cisco.

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