In what has become one of the must-see events of the year at NUS, the ExxonMobil Campus Concert’s (EMCC) 24th Opening Show – Timbre MusicFest on Campus was held on 25 August 2009 at the University Cultural Centre (UCC). More than 700 people from a diverse cross section of the NUS community and the public rocked to six masterful performances, five by Singapore’s leading local bands.
With free admission to all shows, the five-hour concert at the UCC Courtyard and UCC Theatre saw the crowd gathering over an hour before the opening show at 6pm.
All of the bands gave unforgettable performances, belting out memorable acoustic soul, blues, rock and pop. The first and last performances by Shirlyn and The UnXpected featured Shirlyn Tan, a renowned Singaporean singer–songwriter, who played songs from her award-winning album, Newfound Jealousy.
The irrepressible Rockafellas had the 700-strong crowd jumping to nostalgic hits like Van Halen’sJump,Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine and Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water. Other artistes wereBlues Train who played tribute to Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Stevie Wonder, and Michaela Therese Band who wowed with original covers of jazz greats.
This year, Timbre MusicFest was graced with the support of the Embassy of Israel in Singapore who invited popular Israeli folk singer, Miki Gavrielov, who reached across cultures with his upbeat Hebrew sounds.