From parties on board a ship to dance extravaganzas that last all night, Singapore’s nightlife scene boasts an electrifying array of festivals and events that are certain to beguile music lovers of all stripes.

So get your squad together and check out the most exciting music festivals in the Lion City.

Neon Lights

Neon Lights will be making its grand return after three successful runs in 2015, 2016 and its most recent edition in 2018, which saw headlining acts such as post-punk legends Interpol, The Vaccines and Caribou.

One of the most eclectic music and arts festivals in Singapore, Neon Lights offers more than just a stellar music line-up. Think three days of amazing tunes by international and local acts, accompanied by creative workshops and art installations held in the lush greenery of Fort Canning Park.

Past editions of this family-friendly festival have included a wide range of activities for the kids, a silent disco and the E-Trackx Skratch Workshop, which taught participants all about turntables and old-school DJ-ing. It’s the perfect way to bond with your family and fuel your little ones’ creative sparks.

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Singapore International Jazz Festival
Performance on stage at Singapore International Jazz Festival

If you’re a jazz and blues connoisseur looking for a night of soulful tunes, then the Singapore International Jazz Festival is definitely the festival for you.

Held over three days at the iconic Marina Bay Sands®, the festival’s 2018 edition featured headliners such as Lauryn Hill, Jamie Cullum and Estelle.

The ensuing festivities will give you the opportunity to party hard while supporting arts and culture—proceeds will go towards the foundation for Arts and Social Enterprise, which provides funding for budding jazz talents through Singapore’s Jazz Academy.

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BayBeats local music performance and crowd at The Esplanade Photo by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

If you’re curious about Singapore’s vibrant scene of local performers, be sure to mark this event down on your calendar. First launched in 2002 as a platform for homegrown talents and indie musicians, Baybeats is a three-day music festival organised by the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. The event has grown to become one of the most beloved fixtures of Singapore’s lively music scene.

This music extravaganza features a diverse line-up of bands and artistes, playing everything from folk and pop to hardcore genres like metal and post-rock. If you’re keen on the latter, don’t be shy to jump in the mosh pit and rock out with your fellow metal heads.

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Ultra Singapore
Wide angled shot of a massive crowd at Ultra Singapore against a brightly-lit backdrop

A music festival that originated in Miami back in 1999, ULTRA has since made its mark all across the globe. The first ULTRA in Singapore saw a massive crowd of more than 11,000 people, and has been a staple on rave fans’ calendars ever since.

ULTRA is particularly famous for its brilliant stage design and production. The event traditionally takes place at the sprawling ULTRA Park at Marina Bay, with up-and-coming acts and veteran DJs performing across three uniquely-themed stages.

Past international headliners include The Chainsmokers, Nicky Romero and Above and Beyond, and visitors can certainly expect a stellar line-up in the upcoming edition.

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It's The Ship

Ever wanted to party at sea? It’s The Ship will quite literally expand your horizons. Asia’s largest sea festival embarks on its three-night journey in Singapore, and takes you across the sea to Phuket, before heading back to our sunny island.

The music line-up includes everything from EDM to house and trap (although you probably won’t be hearing many sea shanties), and cabin prices include complimentary 24-hour dining.

Past festivals have also featured a range of awesome activities, with spa sessions, yoga workouts and drinking parties interspacing the music binges.

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