Making its debut in Singapore on 7 December 2019, the whole-day long festival was held at Pasir Panjang Power Station and featured an array of fun activities and a strong female-fronted line-up. Let’s take a look at what went down at The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions!
|How it looked like when the day was just getting started and
how it looked like when the festival ended around midnight.
Address: 27 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 117537
|Club B was the smallest stage as it was basically a huge multi-screened
DJ deck smack in the middle of the venue.
The sprawling open space allows for various kiosks and stages to be installed inside the building without feeling cramped. At the far end of the building were the two main stages, The Nest and “A” Stage, where performances were held alternately.
|A view of “A” Stage in the evening.|
A row of kiosks selling food (burgers, hotdogs, etc.) and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) lined the left side of the building, whereas the opposite side was the relaxation area with plenty of seating options, be it couches, floor cushions or swings.
|Among the yummy food sold – there’s no meat in this burger!|
|A group of friends enjoying their time at the relaxation area.|
|(L) A gent getting his beard all glittered up, (R) Canon promoters
holding up the pics they printed with the portable printer.
What activities? You might ask. Well, for starters, there was the Hairloom by +Lim, where the ladies could have fun getting their hair curled or braided with fun-coloured yarns. Located at the same Pamper station, Glitter Gaze by Team Red gave not only the ladies, but also the gents, some fun glittery touches to their hair and (for the facial hair-rocking gents) beard and moustache. Meanwhile, Two Lips gave festivalgoers some lessons on vulva care while also serving them with a refreshing cocktail or two.
|These lovely ladies were having fun taking photos with the murals.|
|Taking a photo with The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions backdrop.|
Then there were the Canon promoters who snapped photos of festivalgoers and printed the pics out for free using their portable printer. Those who fancied a tattoo but were not ready for a permanent one could get Jagua Ink Tattoo done by Henndrawn. After all this glow up, festivalgoers could take their selfies at any of the mural-adorned walls. (Or get the friendly Canon staff to snap and print their pics).
|Singapore’s very own Vandetta was one of the performers at the music festival.|
While The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions is Singapore’s best kept secret, what’s no secret is the powerful female-fronted line-up that headlined the event. After watching all the performances, it was apparent why these local and international acts were chosen as each delivered strong messages through their songs with deep, meaningful lyrics paired with either upbeat, melancholic, soulful or bass-thumping beats.
|When Stella Donnelly wasn’t playing the guitar, she was
having fun showing off her quirky dance moves.
Stella Donnelly took over The Nest next. Despite the petite Welsh-Australian’s cutesy look, people’s perception of her really shouldn’t be anything but strong and empowering. Her 12-track setlist included songs like “Die” and “Lunch” (her titles are often contradictory to her songs’ messages), but she received the loudest applause when she started playing “Boys Will Be Boys”, a song she wrote following a friend’s sexual assault.
|Aside from singing, Charly Bliss’ Eva also played the keyboard and the guitar.|
Coming all the way from Brooklyn, Charly Bliss wowed the crowd next with 11 tracks, opening with “Blown to Bits” before moving to songs like “Young Enough” and “Black Hole” and wrapping up with “Chatroom”.
|LÉON singing just fine despite feeling under the weather.|
After all the dancing, it was time to chill again for a bit with LÉON over at the “A” Stage. Though she claimed that she wasn’t feeling well, the Swedish singer had no problem belting out songs after songs perfectly. Among the nine songs she sang were “Baby Don’t Talk”, “Tired of Talking” and the mash-up of “Body” with Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”.
|Alma, performing with her sister Anna (the DJ behind), got the crowd to
put their hands up in the air throughout her show.
But dance time was not over yet, because Alma was up next at The Nest with her hard-hitting tracks. The Finnish singer, with her twin sister Anna accompanying her on the DJ set, was making the crowd dance hard with songs like “Karma”, “Loser” and “Chasing Highs”. She even took the time to wish her Finnish fans Happy Independence Day and promised her Singaporean fans that she would return for a full concert.