Singaporean artists Jean Seizure, Shye, ABANGSAPAU, among those to perform at AXEAN Festival Oct 28 – 29 at Goodman Arts Centre

The Festival, which was first held in 2020, celebrates the musical capabilities of artists all around Southeast Asia.

Keola Cheah

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Published: 3 October 2023, 11:18 AM

Get ready to pump it up with the third instalment of the AXEAN Festival (formerly known as ASEAN Music Showcase Festival), which will be held from Oct 28 to 29 at Goodman Arts Centre.  

The Festival, which aims to “elevate Southeast Asian music onto the world stage” according to its co-founder Piyapong ‘Py’ Muenprasertdee, will feature artists from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 


AXEAN Festival was first held in 2020 via pre-recorded performances. This year’s edition will be its second live instalment. PHOTO CREDIT: AXEAN FESTIVAL/1syraq


It will also extend its reach beyond ASEAN to host performers from France, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan. 

Singaporean artists to “dot” your calendar for

Among the headliner artists sits Shye, the Singaporean indie pop artist behind dreamy hits like HOW R U SLEEPING and love u


Shye has opened for artists like Clairo and Superorganism, and was featured in Spotify’s Rising 65 playlist in 2023. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@shye.mp3


Another Singaporean artist to listen out for is ABANGSAPAU, who uses hip-hop and R&B to “serve as a mirror to both himself and… listeners”. He is best known for his songs BUAT APE?, Boyhood and Stay Home.

Fans of acoustic, indie rock, folk and folktronica music can look forward to inch, an acoustic, indie rock, folk and folktronica artist who wrote and conceived her own binaural, multisensory theatre performance.

Festival-goers can also anticipate seeing Jean Seizure, who bares her heart in “heart-wrenchingly raw” songs like Playing Around and Night. According to her, she uses her music to “[be] honest with [herself]” and speak on her experience as a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQIA+) community.  

The final Singaporean act will be motifs, a shoegaze and dream pop quintet made up of Elspeth Ong, JJ Tan, Paul Yuen, Badrul Amin, and Jolin Chiam. They have previously performed at Baybeats, Singapore’s largest alternative music festival, in 2022. 

Other international artists to look forward to are Japanese garage punk and psychedelic band Helsinki Lambda Club,  Japanese-Filipino art-pop singer-songwriter ena mori, and Filipino indie pop rock band The Itchyworms.

Fringe activities

Alongside the acts to look out for, attendees can also anticipate fringe events like an art showcase that aims to celebrate artists from ASEAN, and “capture the spirit of Southeast Asia’s youth.”


GOFY Art Exhibition
Presented by Singaporean creative community GOFY, the showcase will feature a number of works from urban Southeast Asian artists. PHOTO CREDIT: AXEAN FESTIVAL


Besides the arts, there will also be food and beverages available. Craft beer and food vendors from ASEAN will be available for festival-goers to visit. The food offerings include Meatsmith SG, The Oyster Cart, and Blue Smoke.

The 2023 edition of the Festival will be free to attend, though interested participants are encouraged to donate. Tickets can be obtained on Peatix’s website

More information about the event’s lineup, tickets and activities can be found on AXEAN Festival’s website.

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