Some stars like to keep their flight schedules hush-hush to avoid pesky hordes of fans, presumably. But the organisers of the Sundown Festival, Red Spade Entertainment, are determined to let concert goers get close to their favourite singers even before it takes place – by releasing the arrival and departure details of the acts on their Facebook page.
Good-looking Korean pop group Teen Top (above left) and Japanese glam-rock band ViViD (above right) are already in Singapore. Joining them for the fan meet is singer Zhang Yun Jing (below right) , known for her androgynous looks and raspy voice, who arrives at 12.25pm today.
Hebe Tien (above left), whose song “Still Be Happy” from her debut solo album formed the perfect soundtrack for local Mandarin drama The Oath, is also arriving today, at 6.50pm.
Her Taiwanese compatriot Show Luo – he who has been crowned “Dance King of Asia” – is probably the most anticipated act at the festival. He’ll be touching down on Saturday at 12.35pm, just hours before the concert starts.
Now I understand that getting shoved around by screaming men, women and teenagers doesn’t sound like a fun thing to do. So another part of the organiser’s outreach efforts are polls for fans to decide which song they would like their favourite acts to perform. Just click on the Polls tab on their Facebook page to vote.
Other than the fan meet and greeting your celeb crushes as they come through the arrival gantries, the only way to get really close to them is to get there early.
A limited number of VIP tickets ($148) have just been added but if you’ve missed the chance, then your only option is the standard ticket at $138.
These are free-standing options so you’d better get there early to ensure a better spot. In fact, organisers expect people to start queuing up the night before.
Don’t worry about going hungry though. Food stalls will be set up, with cuisine types befitting the nationalities represented on stage like Korean bulgogi, Japanese taiyaki and Taiwanese crispy chicken.
These will provide the refueling you’re going to need to cheer, wave and sing along – especially for Luo’s fans. In an article for The Straits Times Life! Section on Nov 21, the singer/host/actor/clothing label-owner gave a teaser, “If the audience gives me a bigger and louder response, my performance will be even more enthusiastic and I may do something special.” Hmm, maybe he’ll pull an Abercrombie & Fitch and take off his shirt?
The Sundown Festival is on Nov 26 at the Marina Promenade. Doors open at 5.30pm. VIP tickets ($148) and standard tickets ($138) are available from SISTIC. The fan meet with Teen Top, ViViD and Zhang Yun Jing is on Nov 25, 6pm at Square 2. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/mysundownfestival or http://www.sundownfestival.sg/ for more.
Vanessa is a freelance writer and can be found at thesewingwriter.tumblr.com.