Hungry Ghost Festival now feature teens and techno pop

Hungry Ghost Festival now feature teens and techno pop
A getai stage in Yishun Avenue 2 and the crowd watching the performance at a field opposite Khatib MRT.

SINGAPORE - In a sea of singlets, shorts and slippers, 75-year-old Koh Hock Son stands out.

He has shown up for a getai performance at a Hougang Avenue 3 void deck in a flowered long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses and a fedora - even though he lives just upstairs.

"I like getai. I like the old songs," he replies easily when asked why he is all dressed up.

Mr Koh says that he goes to all the performances in his neighbourhood, and has been watching getai for at least 50 years.

Over at another getai in Ang Mo Kio, Miss Rei Wong stands out for a different reason. Just 19 years old, she is one of the few young faces in a crowd of mostly senior citizens.

"I came for Hao Hao," she admits bashfully, referring to the Taiwanese getai celebrity. "I love his costumes, his songs and his funny hosting style."

The Singapore Polytechnic student saw her first getai with her parents when she was just four, but has since developed her own passion for it.

She even has getai kakis - a group of "aunties" with whom she goes to these shows. "I asked my own friends to come but they think it's boring."

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