Sing50 was touted as a concert to showcase 50years of Singapore songs and music, to bring people together in a special way for the nation’s 50th jubilee. It gathered the best representatives from different local ethic entertainers, genres and age to come together. We had Tracy Huang, JJ Lin, Dick Lee, Stephanie Sun, Jacintha, Jeremy Monteiro, Nagip Ali, Rahima Rahim, and included even international classical pianist Lang Lang and rapper Apl.de.Ap.
So it was with much anticipation that my extended family of nine attended the concert yesterday evening. The community choir led by Francis Liew was already entertaining the early birds but I wouldn’t have noticed. From where I was sitting at the almost extreme corner of the cavernous oval stadium, opposite end of the stage, I couldn’t hear nor see them. The sound seemed to be sucked out by an opening in the dome ceiling.
Unfortunately for us sitting in Section 407, the whole three hours were spent trying to hear the concert. Reading the rousing report in today’s Straits’ Times, I wondered if I was at the same concert. Yes, the reporter described some poor acoustic experience but that’s a real understatement. I couldn’t hear the DJ, couldn’t make out the singers, and the small screens didn’t help from my position. What exactly did we hear? Lots of noise but nothing intelligible.
I must say we were totally detached from the whole experience. Some groups left after an hour. My brother went to look for better seats but for the rest of us, it was two and a half hour of pure torture. I looked around, people were looking at their phones. Another aunt together with my sister had free tickets and were seated fourth rows from the stage. Their experience were better than ours, suffice to say.
I heard the previous concert staged at the stadium by Jay Chou had the same problem. Luckily we only paid S$20 each. Poor Jay’s fans, I now know how they must have felt. What I cannot fathom is how this can be repeated. If this is not the proper venue for a concert due to poor acoustic, don’t mislead the public like this.
It was the worst concert I have attended, which is really a pity since I know how much effort is put into it, by the artists and everyone involved. I had expected a heartfelt experience just like NDP, for many of us had turned up in red, some with SG50 printed. Alas, it was not to be.