American disco group, Village People, has been announced as the headline entertainment act at the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens at the National Stadium on 28-29 April. Popular local performers – Jack & Rai, Jive Talkin’, Sambamasala, and Too Much Drama are also featured in the action-packed music programme to Rock, Ruck, and Rumble with 55,000 fans from across the world.
Famed for their on-stage costumes, catchy tunes and lyrics, Village People has entertained millions for four decades with their instantly recognisable dance hits such as “Y.M.C.A”, “Go West” and “In the Navy”, which have the power to convince even the most reluctant to get up and boogie the night away.
Adapting to a more electronic and soulful music style with their recent releases, the US band will put a smile on every face in the stadium at the biggest celebration of rugby in Southeast Asia when they perform their biggest hits late Sunday afternoon, before the Cup third and fourth place play-off.
Leading Local Acts to Rock, Ruck, and Rumble with Fans at the Fun Zone
Fans of Singapore’s music scene are in for a treat too as four of the most popular homegrown acts – Jack & Rai, Jive Talkin’, Sambamasala, and Too Much Drama – will get up-close-and-personal with fans at the FunZone at the 100PLUS Promenade with live performances throughout the two tournament days.
Formed in 2002, acoustic rock act Jack & Rai’s easy-going and engaging natures make any audience feel right at home when watching them. The duo has performed at a plethora of venues in Singapore, Southeast Asia, China, Australia and the US, and were Elle Magazine’s Musicians of the Year in 2009.
Veteran band Jive Talkin’ has had decades of great success, having performed with some of the world’s most famous music makers including B.B. King, Kenny G, Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine, James Ingram and Def Leppard. The versatile band has a very wide repertoire and can perform anything from old time Rock ‘n’ Roll to the current Pop-Rock, Soul, Reggae, R&B, and even Alternative Rock, always leaving fans wanting more.
Samba Masala is Singapore Management University’s (SMU) resident Afro-Brazillian percussion band. Formed in 2004, the band has wowed audiences worldwide as an esteemed batucada with a unique blend of dynamic beats and vibrant stage performances that promises to leave audiences awestruck and spellbound.
Too Much Drama is a 7-piece multilingual band that plays funk, metal, disco, and everything else in between in English, Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese, Thai and Korean. One of the resident bands at Switch by Timbre, Too Much Drama, Too Much Drama has performed at the Esplanade Waterfront for Celebrating December 2013, participated in Poetry of Song 2013, and were featured on Toggle TV.
David Lim, Chairman of Rugby Singapore, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Village People headlining the music line up at this year’s HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens. This iconic band needs no introduction and their music is the perfect fit with the carnival atmosphere we are creating at the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens. Together with Jack & Rai, Jive Talkin’, Sambamasala, and Too Much Drama, there is something for every fan in the stadium. With the fantastic programme of rugby, music, and kids’ entertainment, the Singapore Sevens is indeed back bigger, better, and bolder!”
There will also be stadium singalong karaoke-style and dance cam activations as 15 catchy tunes to be played are being voted for by fans through a Facebook contest. Votes are currently being counted and the 15 winning numbers will be announced in the coming days. Thanks to principal partner, HSBC, fans can also listen to the playlist on Spotify in the days leading up to the tournament to get them in the mood.
Music After 7s 2018
Music would also be in the air even before play begins, as the Music After 7s returns at Clarke Quay on Friday 27th April, a day before the tournament starts, to get the party started.
Featuring some of Clarke Quay’s best local and regional bands, the three-night music festival will kick off with Celtic band Gan Ainm, who has built up an extensive repertoire of Irish and Top 40s covers over the last fourteen years playing at McGettigan’s. On Saturday (28 April), rock bands Sterofly and Sepia – who both play at Highlander Clarke Quay – will take to the stage to entertain fans with their renditions of various rock genres. The festival closes out on Sunday night (29 April) with Paulaner Clarke Quay’s Singaporean-Ukranian band Rockweller, who would drop tunes influenced by a range of genres from glam rock to heavy metal and even punk.
At the Music After 7s, HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s ticket-holders can enjoy various F&B promotions throughout Clarke Quay. There will also be a free shuttle bus service from the National Stadium to Clarke Quay for fans on both Saturday and Sunday evenings.
On-Pitch Rugby Action and Other Highlights
With 45 fast-and-furious games played by the world’s top 16 rugby sevens teams, the on-pitch action is guaranteed to keep every fan on the edge of their seats. The carnival atmosphere at HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens is like no other, and with a family-oriented Fun Zone, children will be entertained just as much as the hardcore rugby fans.
What’s more, the first ever Singapore Rugby Carnival offers ticket holders promotional offers at dozens of establishments across the city across a wide range of eateries, retail outlets, entertainment hotspots, and tourist attractions until 30 April 2018.
Rugby-themed activations will make their way around Singapore at various weekends until the event to offer members of the public a taste of the sport and enjoy an array of fun activities, access discounted tickets and redemption for existing tickets, and a chance to meet rugby legends and celebrities.
Jean Ng, Director, Sports, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “The fringe offerings around the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens like Music After 7s – which falls under the Singapore Rugby Carnival – would add another dimension to the fan experience this year. Together with Singapore’s eclectic mix of vibrant dining and family-friendly lifestyle options, visiting fans can expect a unique, all-round experience beyond the world-class sporting action.”
HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens, International Sports Event of the Year at the Singapore Sports Awards in 2016, is stop 8 of the 10-leg HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. 16 of the world’s top teams will be in town, including defending champion Canada, as well as the traditional powerhouses Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia.
Kenya were surprise first-time winners of the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens in 2016. The 2017 final was an all North American affair as Canada beat the United States 26-19 in a pulsating final. Tickets are available at www.singapore7s.sg.