Located in Rochor, just a stone’s throw away from Sim Lim Square and the now defunct Sungei Market, LaSalle College of the Arts is always bustling. There’s always something happening on campus, no matter the time of day. This year, one of the biggest events lined up for the year’s end is the Rock and Indie Festival (RIF), now in its third iteration.
This time though, there will no audience – thanks to the pandemic.
Still, there’s no reason to miss the show, since you can now enjoy it from the comfort of your home. RIF 2020 will be streamed live from Facebook and YouTube on 20 and 21 November. A lineup of 19 bands will be featured during the show, all homegrown artists and most LaSalle alumni.
Subsonic Eye describe themselves as a dream pop band from hazy, rainy Singapore. Since their debut album, Strawberry Feels, was released in 2017 on Bandcamp, the five-piece band has gained followers from all over the world. They’ve been featured in articles by Bandwagon Asia, Popspoken and AsiaOne. They’ve played at Baybeats, the Esplanade and now they’re coming to RIF 2020! Maybe they will play some tracks from their new album, Bedroom Sessions, released at the end of April this year.
Fun fact: 100% of the proceeds from Bedroom Sessions is going towards TWC2, to benefit migrant workers who have been especially hard-hit by COVID-19.
Watch their music video, Sun Kissed Skin here, which was shot, directed and edited by Zo Fan.
Although Astreal lists themselves as “everything. but nothing” on their About page on Facebook, they are far from inconsequential. Started in 1992, they’ve been through several lineup changes but have remained on the forefront of Singapore’s indie rock scene. So far, they’ve played at ZoukOut, Laneway Festival SG, Bangkok Rock, Baybeats and the Esplanade. Astreal is also known for their myriad musical influences and as well as their long hiatuses. This time, they are returning after a two year sabbatical.
Fun fact: Astreal was one of the first Singapore indie bands fronted by a female vocalist. That vocalist is currently Ginette Chittick.
Watch Astreal perform Wallflower live at The Substation in 2015 here.
Soul and R&B singer Marian Carmel’s debut single ‘Might Never Get Better’ was handpicked to be in 10 Spotify-curated playlists in 2019. Although she is only in her early twenties, her love for singing means she’s been busking ever since she was still in school. She counts amongst her influences Panic! At The Disco, Hiatus Kaiyote and Emily King. Marian has performed at the Esplanade and Flock At The Nest, alongside such acts as Benjamin Kheng and lewloh.
Fun fact: Marian picked up pole dancing a few years back and is using that to build some muscles while feeling empowered while being in a room full of strong women.
Watch the official music video for “Might Never Get Better” here.
With genres ranging from EDM, rock and blues, we can guarantee that RIF 2020 will keep you entertained and on your toes. Once again, the festival is on from 20 November, 6pm – 9pm and on 1pm – 4pm on the next day, on 21 November. Follow RIF’s Facebook page to learn more about the show and give us a follow here too!