Photography by Jovian Lim, Ren D'vila  Courtesy of Bandwagon

Photography by Jovian Lim, Ren D'vila

Courtesy of Bandwagon

Singapore : Inside Out (SG:IO) returns for its sophomore year with an all-female line up, ready to hit Sydney, Australia.

This partnership with Singapore Tourism Board had its first year running with artists such as Gentle Bones and Charlie Lim to grace stages all the way in New York, London and Beijing.

2017’s acts for the SGMUSO showcase comes with a mix of industry veterans and the latest prominent acts, and all of them have had success in markets beyond our shores.

May Sian Lim, the woman behind MAS1A, is a familiar face in the music scene. Regarded by VICE/Noisey as the Queen of Southeast Asian Hiphop and Raggae, her previous collaborations had her working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, RZA from Wu Tang Clan, Lady Saw and Dub Tonic Kru.

In May 2016, Sam Rui’s track ‘Boys’ exploded on Spotify’s Fresh Finds Playlist, reaching 200,000 play counts within a week.

This showcase will be the first time Sam is performing in Australia. “I’m excited about playing this show in Sydney because it’s always a surreal feeling to see the music I made here in Singapore being able to create an response in an audience so far away. It’s very heartwarming to know that my music and my voice - an intangible thing - can become something that enables me to cross a physical boundary like that,” – Sam Rui, selected artist.

Meanwhile, Linying has gained an international fan base, with great success in Spotify’s Viral Charts and Billboard. Her recent tours have landed her in SXSW Music Festival, Summer Sonic Festival, and other venues in America, Europe, Asia and Australia. This will be her second visit to Australia, following her performances in Melbourne Music Week and Queenscliff Festival in late 2016.

“It’s wonderful to be part of a project that showcases Singaporean music in the context of a foreign landscape; it’s a great opportunity for local artists to get a sense of the music scene elsewhere and personally for me to compare and to observe how different cities within a single country differ in their approach to the arts,” – Linying, selected artist.

Music isn’t the only thing that SG:IO has to offer. Located along Kensington Street from 3 to 5 November 2017, SG:IO is complete with an interactive and exciting line-up that includes surrealistic installations, light projections, films, creative interventions, performances and unique dining activations.

Check out music videos by SAM RUI, Linying, and MAS1A here: