"King of sad songs" Damien Rice to perform in Singapore in June

SINGAPORE - For those who like to listen to depressing love songs, the "king of sad songs" will be descending upon our sunny shores this year to belt out melancholic tunes to fans.

Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, known for ballads such as The Blower's Daughter and Cannonball, is slated to perform here on June 4 at The Star Theatre.

Formerly a member of 90s rock group Juniper, the 42-year-old musician released his debut solo album O (2002), which featured the above mentioned tunes. He then released a follow-up album titled 9 in 2006, followed by his third studio album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, which was released last year.

He last performed here last year at the Neon Lights Festival, where he shared the stage with other singers like Scottish post-rockers Mogwai, singer-songer Rachael Yamagata and English indie folk-popsters Daughter.

We're sure it'll be a cathartic night for those who are nursing a broken heart - but do go prepared with a packet of tissue paper.

Tickets for Damien Rice - Live in Singapore starts from $68 and will be available for sale from March 4 at Sistic. Visit www.sistic.com.

klim@sph.com.sg