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Music Matters Live, Asia’s premier independent music festival is returning to Singapore on May 20-23rd for its fifth anniversary. Come and experience an electrifying 4-night live music event featuring bands from around the world.


Music Matters Live - Who Will You Discover?

Your Gateway To Asia - Looking to make an impression with the Asian music scene? Want to share the stage with some of the world's best up and coming performers? Dubbed "TED meets SXSW" by Jason Mraz, the award-winning Music Matters Live is the only event in Asia that gathers the entire music and entertainment industry in one place. It's time to put the show on the road!

In just nine years, Music Matters has succeeded in becoming a global platform representing the Asia Pacific music industry and a gateway for artists looking to break into the world's most populated region. We continue our discovery of music by connecting the industry with fans in a dynamic line-up of international and local bands.


Among the 100s of shows that play at Clarke Quay during Music Matters Live, the Showcases feature a lineup of bands carefully selected by each country to play at Music Matters Live. These country-formed music lineups serve as an excellent example of the best up-and-coming bands and music that help represent and define the evolution and elements of music by culture.
  • Australia Showcase

    by Sounds Australia

    Aussie BBQ

    Aussie BBQAustralia Showcaseby Sounds Australia

    "For the 4th year running THE AUSSIE BBQ will be landing in Singapore!

    THE AUSSIE BBQ is the biggest LIVE showcase of Australian music outside of Australia. Come along and discover some new talent from the nation that brought you AC/DC, Gotye, INXS, Kylie Minogue and Sia.

    Featuring seven amazing acts, THE AUSSIE BBQ is your chance to see some of the best of Australian Live talent in one place"




    Tired Lion

    The Love Junkies

    Jeremy Neale






  • Taiwan Showcase

    by Click Music

    Bravo Taiwan

    Bravo TaiwanTaiwan Showcaseby Click Music

    FRI 23 MAY - AQUANOVA, 8PM Onwards


    13 Band


    MC HotDog

  • Canada Showcase

    by CIMA

    Canadian Blast

    Canadian BlastCanada Showcaseby CIMA

    Canadian Blast is the showcase and export brand coordinated and operated by CIMA, the Canadian Independent Music Association. Canadian Blast presents showcases around the world, from SXSW in Texas to Music Matters in Singapore, featuring a diverse range of Canadian talent, both up-and-coming and established. In addition, Canadian Blast is an import/export tool for anyone interested in finding out about Canadian music. We are compiling a listings area on our site of all Canadian artist activities around the world

    FRI 23 MAY - BEER MARKET, 9:30 Onwards



    Art Of Fresh


    Sidney York


  • Japan Showcase

    by BARKS


    JAPAN NIGHTJapan Showcaseby BARKS

    "JAPAN NIGHT 2014 in Music Matters"
    Presented by BARKS.
     A Special Japanese music showcase introducing the latest and hottest from the Japanese music scene to the overseas public.
    Made its debut at Music Matters 2013 as "J-ROCK Matters", the Japan showcase received overwhelming support and positive responses. This year, the Japan showcase is returning with a bang, revamped with a brand new identity,
    "JAPAN NIGHT 2014 in Music Matters".
    Billed as a Pre-Event in conjunction with a major music event "JAPAN NIGHT- MOVE WITH THE MUSIC OF JAPAN"
    which will be held at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on 28th-29th May 2014,
    Japan's best and iconic music artists will gathered together to celebrate the final farewell performance
    at the historical Tokyo concert venue before it draws its curtains up for the transformation into the new
    National Olympic Stadium for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
    "JAPAN NIGHT 2014 in Music Matters" returns with a boosted line-up.
    3 artists carefully selected from wide genres of rock, pop and hip hop to stimulate your senses and enjoyment to the fullest.
    We would like everyone to experience the diversity of Japanese music scene.
  • Korea Showcase

    by KOCCA

    K-pop Night out

    K-pop Night out Korea Showcaseby KOCCA

  • Singapore Showcase

    by SGMUSO, NAC

    Made in Singapore

    Made in SingaporeSingapore Showcaseby SGMUSO, NAC

  • Australia

    Presented by Sounds Australia

    Sound Gallery

    Sound GalleryAustraliaPresented by Sounds Australia

    “For the first time at Music Matters, Sounds Australia is thrilled to present SOUND GALLERY; a curated selection of Australia’s finest contemporary music.  After well received shows at SXSW, The Great Escape and Canadian Music Week, this is your chance to experience an exhibition of live Australian tunes performed by some of our finest artists.

    WED 21 MAY - KURO BAR & RESTAURANT, - 9PM Onwards


    Lyon Apprentice

    Bec Laughton

    Ash Grunwald

    Sophie Koh





Music Matters Artists 2014

Call for Bands

May 20 - 23, 2015

2014 Venues

Timbre @ The Arts House

1 Old Parliament Lane #01-04
Singapore 179429

+65 6336 3386

Timbre Music, the music and artistes promotion arm of the group, spearheads initiatives to meet the diverse entertainment demand that the Singapore audience has been clamouring in recent years. Timbre Music has presented a wide variety of commercial, independent and eclectic acts and represents the host of resident artists currently playing at Timbre venues. We believe in championing Singaporean musicians, Asian music and to introduce audiences to the diverse genres of music, regardless of its origins.

Music Matters Live

Clarke Quay

3E River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024

+65 6338 8277

Lying near the mouth of the Singapore River, the site of Clarke Quay was the centre of commerce during the late 19th century. Today, Clarke Quay is still buzzing with life and activity. The waterfront godowns now play host to a colourful kaleidoscope of restaurants, wine bars, entertainment spots and retail shops. The bustling market atmosphere of bygone days comes alive amidst the rows of charming shophouses, pushcarts, and five-foot-way merchants.

Today, Clarke Quay is a delightful mix of modern and traditional. A reminder of its rich heritage is reflected in the vibrantly orchestrated concept. Their vision - an innovative approach which boldly reflects the heritage and charm of Clarke Quay.

Set amidst a backdrop of old shophouses, you can savour the many delights of Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean and local cuisine. When the sun goes down, you don't have to look far to discover some of the city's trendiest nightspots.

Timbre @ Substation

45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

+65 6338 8030

Tucked away from the maddening crowd - in a hidden, dew-kissed nook at Armenian Street, a fresh fusion of music and food has planted itself amongst the waving leafy fronds. It's rustic tranquility sweeps one back to more youthful days when things were less complicated and everything was forward. This al fresco setting amidst the hustle and bustle of town allows one to gaze into the night sky with quiet contemplation - an isle of calm amidst a busy city.

Barber Shop by Timbre

1 Old Parliament Lane #01-03
Singapore 179429

+65 6336 3386

Anchored by a quality line-up of Singaporean musicians and bands like Raw Earth, Chicken Shack Revival and Soulvibin’, Barber Shop also recreates the spirit of the blues in its Saturday Blues Jam Sessions. Reminiscent of older times when people of all ages came together and new friendships were forged over a shared love of music, experience a unique environment of creative energy, music education and appreciation right here in Singapore


73 Bras Basah Road, #01-01/02 Singapore 189556

+65 6336 7739

Like any Singaporean, we pride ourselves on our ability to switch and converse between our national language of English and our mother tongue. And as with any Timbre venues, you can expect good music and quality live performances on stage.

Switch is for the closeted Mandarin-pop fans who refuse to queue up for hours to meet your idols, refuse to wave your glow stick in the dark at gigs and will not give into the argument that one language-genre of music is more superior to the other.

Beer Market

3B River Valley Road, #01-17/02-02 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021

+65 9661 8283

Inspired by the dynamics of the stock exchange, Beer Market is the perfect blend of foodmusic and sports whereby drinks prices move according to demand, creating an exciting atmosphere and interactive experience. Get ready for market crashes and bull runs.

Buy Low Drink High at the Beer Market.



3D River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #02-03 Singapore 179023

+65 6338 9438

Bilingual Music Bistro with daily 'Live' performances in Mandarin and English.


3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, The Cannery, #01-11
Singapore, Singapore 179022

+65 9733 6669

KURO, which means 'BLACK' in Japanese, is the newest concept restaurant & bar to open in Clarke Quay.

Its dim cosy interior is a mix of minimalism and industrialism, old world charm and modern eclecticism, yet surprisingly warm in its atmosphere. Stone bricks and concrete walls juxtapose with wood floorings. Huge rusty iron doors with big hatch wheels flank the entrance. Incandescent vintage light fixtures with glowing filaments give a warm vibe to counter the black ceiling and stark black bar stools of interesting designs. Recycled vintage wood planks from an old church are used in the walls, table tops and bar top.

4000 square feet in size, seating up to 230 patrons comfortably, KURO also provides an outdoor zone as well as a private room for VIPs.

KURO is all about great food, awesome live entertainment & good music, a comfortable ambience & a relaxed and fun environment!


3B River Valley Rd, Singapore 179021

+65 6338 0480

Discover the perfect place to unwind from the daily rush, to calm down, or having a lot of fun, enjoying Bavarian heartiness and hospitality.

You are invited to a unique journey experiencing authentic Bavarian food, flair and coziness
The warm and appealing setting completed with Paulaner beer imported from Germany creates a unique and authentic atmosphere.

Come and enjoy a wide range of original Bavarian specialties along with your favourite freshly tapped Paulaner.

Fern & Kiwi

3C River Valley Road, #01-02/03 The Cannery, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024

+65 6336 2271

Fern & Kiwi offers you the best of New Zealand food, wines, beers, music and live entertainment, all served in a friendly, fun atmosphere, typical of the legendary Lone Stars. We are very proud to bring a taste of everything we love about home to Singapore, our new home. Conveniently located right next to the Clarke Quay taxi stand, we're here to prove that New Zealand is not as far away as you think.

Crazy Elephant

3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024

+65 6337 7859

Welcome to Southeast Asia's Premiere Rock n' Roll Blues Bar for the true blues fan. Walk past the timber decor, graffiti-lined walls and come face-to-face with live blues rock n' roll the way it was meant to be.

China One

3E River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024

+65 6339 0280

Set amidst an exotic dreamscape of the past, cast away your inhibitions as you enter the seductive chambers of China One, a unique, sophisticated and spacious oriental themed pool hall, bar and lounge.


3 River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay Blk C #01-03, Singapore 179022

+65 6305 6733

Conceptualised as a comprehensive one-stop lifestyle venue, AQUANOVA Restaurant Bar aims to set the bar as the hot spot for an unparalleled experience for dining and live performances.

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