By Benjamin Chua
Come May 20, NPSU will be bringing back their annual music affair, STAGED 2016: Indie Moment, headlined by local artistes Take Two, Jack & Rai, Lewis Loh and Joie Tan.
Previously held at the Music Box@73, the non-profit event – now in its fourth year running – is set to be a large-scale music festival. This year’s venue has been upgraded to the Convention Centre in anticipation of a bigger crowd.
Pre-festival activities, such as an open mic, were held to generate hype and scout for budding musicians.
Melvin Choy, 18, assistant festive head of NPSU’s entertainment committee, said: “What other way to attract more student acts to perform at our main music festival than to invite them to perform at our open mic?
“This also allows us to ensure the quality of the performances and reach out to as many people as possible.”
Melvin said that he hopes STAGED will allow students to unwind and live in the (indie) moment, as well as have a delightful time bonding with their friends through the enjoyment of live music.
“I’m excited for sure as I heard a couple of local artistes would be performing on the same stage, so that was a big one for me. And of course, the joy of doing what I love.”
– Umar Sirhan
Friends Umar Sirhan, a final year Business Studies student, and Natasha-Elle Veroff, a second-year Mass Communication student, both 18, are already bonding through STAGED by performing as a duo for the event.
Umar said: “I think Natasha is really talented and we’ve been wanting to perform with each other for quite a while now, before I graduate.
“I’m excited for sure as I heard a couple local artistes would be performing on the same stage, so that was a big one for me. And of course, the joy of doing what I love.”
Besides a bohemian-themed setting, attendees can expect light refreshments for a picturesque and laid-back experience.
Tickets for NPSU’s STAGED 2016: Indie Moment are priced at $5 each and are available through NPSU’s social media pages from May 10, 12pm onwards.
For more information, visit npsustaged.bitballoon.com.