Top bands for indie fest

Top bands for indie fest
Headlining acts for the Nov 2 event include Texas post-rock quartet Explosions In The Sky (above).

SINGAPORE - Acclaimed indie bands from around the world who have never played here before will be featured at the new local indie music festival Camp Symmetry.

These include Texas post-rock band Explosions In The Sky, Danish prog-indie outfit Mew and Californian lo-fi rockers Best Coast.

Camp Symmetry, which could cost up to $1 million to produce, will be held on Nov 2 at Gardens by the Bay. Ten acts will perform over 12 hours. Other acts in the line-up are English indie rock trio The Cribs, American singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons and American indie band Ra Ra Riot.

Potentially, it could be a rival to Laneway, another major indie music festival that holds its fourth edition in Singapore at the same venue on Jan 24.

Laneway, which started in Australia, pulled in 10,000 fans at Gardens By The Bay in January.

Symmetry Entertainment's managing director Tim Kek, 21, says Camp Symmetry will be the company's biggest production, with a budget that "ranges between $500,000 and $1 million".

Founded in June last year by Mr Kek and Ms Jean Hui Ng, also 21, the home-grown Symmetry has grown to be a nine- man company. It has organised gigs for electronic acts such as American garage quartet The Drums, Canadian band Stars and British act Gold Panda. These were held at smaller venues such as Kallang Theatre and Home Club, and drew between 100 and 1,300 concertgoers.

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