From necessary pre-show swab assessments for the viewers to musicians safely distancing from each other on stage, the Again To Reside live performance on the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands (MBS), final Friday was essentially the most closely regulated gig I had ever been to.
Moreover strong performances by home-grown singers Benjamin Kheng and Sezairi, it additionally featured company Narelle, Linying and rapper TheLionCityBoy.
These usually are not regular instances for music followers, in fact.
The live performance, the primary of a two-night present, was a part of the Ministry of Well being’s pre-event testing pilot programme to assist kick-start the native leisure trade battered by Covid-19 restrictions.
The second a part of the live performance came about final Saturday with singers Charlie Lim, Aisyah Aziz and Keyana.
It was not my first live performance since reside performances have been allowed once more in September, however the earlier ones have been small-scale gigs with very small audiences.
This one at MBS attracted greater than 400 individuals, stated the organisers, the largest viewers since March and therefore the additional security measures.
I arrived at MBS 31/2 hours earlier than the 9pm present time to take the swab take a look at. The process was clean – it was painless and the entire course of took about 5 minutes. Half an hour later, I obtained a adverse end result from MOH – the mandatory requirement to get into the live performance.
Within the venue, teams of as much as 5 every and single-seat followers have been spaced far aside on the three ranges of the two,155-capacity theatre.
Standing and dancing have been forbidden, however they clapped and cheered loudly when the performers took to the stage.
Apart from the singers, the musicians on stage wore masks, as did the viewers.
When Linying appeared on stage for a duet with Sezairi on the latter’s new single Raindrops, they stood just a few metres aside.
Sezairi placed on a slick efficiency of largely authentic funk and R&B tunes, and the velvety vocals that helped him win Singapore Idol again in 2009 had not diminished.
“I do know you’ll be able to’t dance, however jiggle your butt in your seat, okay?,” he quipped.
Kheng’s gospel-tinged pop tunes from his current debut solo EP, A Sea That By no means Stops, sounded way more riveting reside in contrast with the recorded variations.
BACK TO LIVE (DAY 1)
Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands/Final Friday
He had a charismatic stage presence and received the viewers to clap alongside to a number of songs.
Each Sezairi and Kheng carried out for 45 minutes every and there have been no encores after they sang their final songs.
Within the venue, there have been loads of ushers to information viewers members round and guarantee they didn’t congregate.
When a person tried to speak to a different group, he was shortly intercepted by an usher who reminded him to remain in his seat.
As a hardcore music fan starved of reside exhibits, I didn’t thoughts having to place up with the inconvenience – if that’s what it takes to get pleasure from reside gigs once more and assist revive the ailing music trade.
Certain, the additional measures took away a number of the visceral pleasure of seeing musicians performing within the flesh.
Nonetheless, the live performance appeared like a small step ahead for the reside music trade to revive its pre-pandemic buzz whereas protecting followers, artists and everybody concerned within the exhibits secure.