Eschewing the normcore, standard spots like Fort Canning Park or Gardens By The Bay to hold concerts, this music festival is literally going to hell. Noise Invasion Festival will be held at the kitschy, nightmarish landscape that is the iconic Haw Par Villa theme park next month.
A collaboration between National Arts Council-funded initiative Noise Singapore and local music social enterprise Invasion, the festival on Oct 28 promises a “killer line up of music, art, dance and food”. But putting those attractive notions aside, they already had us with a festival at Haw Par Villa, the Chinese mythology-themed park that made many Singaporean kids piss their pants.
Why? Oh nothing, just the fact that the park features gory dioramas of bloody torture through the Ten Courts of Hell displays.
Nonetheless, Haw Par Villa now has a cult status as a bizarro spot (a Grimes music video was held there; someone made Telegram stickers out of the statues), and hosting a massive creative arts event there is an excellent idea.
Already, the music line-up features some of the best talents Singapore has to offer — Amateur Takes Control, Wicked Aura, etc — and more details on other programs will emerge as the date draws nearer. For now, stay updated on the website and Facebook event page.