SINGAPORE - It felt like National Day had come early. When Home was played at the Skechers Sundown Festival last Saturday night at Marina Promenade, the 8,000-strong crowd rose to its feet and cheered.
Only thing was, it was not a local musician performing the popular National Day song - it was Japanese piano rock band Weaver.
The trio were among 16 artists from 11 countries to perform at the annual regional music festival, which was in its sixth year.
This year's stars included Hong Kong actress-singer Kate Tsui, Malaysian rising star Shila Amzah, Taiwan's pop rocker Chang Chen-yue and Singapore's songbird Olivia Ong and rapper Shigga Shay.
Despite showers earlier in the day, the crowd started streaming at around 4pm.
Some came prepared with foldable stools and straw mats. Others sat on plastic lawn chairs or on the ground. A few took off their shoes to settle in for a long night ahead.
There were some families with young children but the concertgoers mostly comprised youth.
Ms Rebecca Koh, 24, a client services executive who was attending the festival for the first time to "support local talent and expose herself to Asian artists", said it was a good show. "There was a good eclectic mix of artists."
The concert opened at about 6.30pm with Singapore's rapper Shigga Shay, who delivered his hit rap numbers Limpeh and Lion City Kia.
There were also appearances by girl group S.O.S from Indonesia, band Cross Gene from South Korea and British- Chinese James Yang who is based in Taiwan.
Tsui's appearance was highly anticipated and she did not disappoint.
Clad in a strapless sexy black dress and wearing a black hat, she performed songs such as Drenched and I Love You. Clearly a crowd favourite, she waved constantly at the fans and told them she loved them.
Speaking in English and Cantonese, she also thanked her fans who flew in from "all over the world". She loved Singapore food and said she ate too much that day, having just had a pandan cake and, earlier in the day, laksa and chicken rice.