After nearly a year of anticipation, Garden Beats season is back in bloom. Returning for its seventh edition, the flagship festival of promoters, Sunshine Nation, is taking root in Fort Canning Park once more on 29 February 2020. If you’ve missed the memo all these years, Garden Beats broke new ground in the local scene by marketing itself as Singapore’s trendsetting “electronic picnic festival”. Rather than banning punters from bringing their own nosh to the festival – a rule commonly enforced at most – Garden Beats encourages all to do otherwise, promoting a more laid-back, picnic-friendly vibe. Bringing your own booze, of course, is still a stern “nay”.
Aside from bringing back this characteristic, Garden Beats continues to be consistent in its stellar programming, following past acts that’ve included The Kooks, andhim, Black Coffee, Masego and Tube & Berger. Keeping up the diverse combo of live and electronic acts, slivers of the lineup have just been released, and it’s admittedly quite the draw.
Fresh off their ambitious double album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, FOALS makes their long-awaited return to our shores as headliners of Garden Beats 2020 – a booking that all indie-rock devotees are losing their marbles for. Joining them is newfound r&b sensation, Sabrina Claudio, and the house duo of Giolì & Assia who incorporate live elements like vocals, guitars and hang drums. All this is just Phase One of the lineup so far.
In the spirit of sustainability, Garden Beats is also an eco-friendly event that was certified as Singapore’s first carbon-netural music festival in 2018. With this, it’s banning single-use plastics and providing reusable tin cups on-site, allowing all to party responsibly and with a healthy conscience. Coupled with art installations, roving acts, food booths (in case you’re lazy to prep your own) and numerous other fringe activities, the growth of Garden Beats looks riper than ever.