Timbre Rock & Roots is a two-day evening festival featuring a host of world-class musicians, Grammy Awards winners and nominees. Past editions have included Bob Dylan, Buena Vista Social Club, Buddy Guy, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Fray, Gipsy Kings, Imogen Heap, and John Legend. 2013 is the festival’s fourth edition.
Timbre Rock & Roots is a joint collaboration between Timbre Music Pte Ltd (of Timbre Group) and Bluesfest Pty Ltd, the organiser behind one of the world’s most prominent music festivals, East Coast Blues Festival also known as Bluesfest (Byron Bay, Australia) headed by its festival director, Mr. Peter Noble.
Timbre Music has been presenting a myriad of artists through its Timbre chain of live music bars and a strong portfolio of music events since its inception. Rock & Roots is a true testament to Timbre Music’s mandate of bringing quality musicians to Singapore audiences regardless of artists’ origins. This is in line with Bluesfest’s programming decree.
An industry veteran, Mr. Peter Noble has led Bluesfest to be one of world’s most acclaimed and respected festivals, and one of the most highly awarded. After 20 years, it is still the inspiration for dozens of blues and roots festivals in Australia.
It all started when Danny Loong (Timbre Group’s Chief Creative Director) with his former band Ublues Band) performed at Bluesfest 2004. Ublues Band was the first ever band from Asia to perform at the festival and was placed on the main Mojo stage alongside performances by soul icon, James Brown among other amazing bands. The festival hoisted up the Singapore flag while the band was playing and that moment brought tremendous pride to Danny. Since then, Danny and Peter kept in touch and the idea of organising a festival in Singapore was mooted.
This eventually became a possibility in 2008 and the partners then spent the next two years creating Timbre Rock & Roots.
Timbre Rock & Roots is not just about the best international bands playing in Singapore. It is also about the possibility of having our best Singapore bands play at Bluesfest in the future. Timbre Rock & Roots is ultimately a collaboration derived from mutual respect and the passion for music, and will be hoisting the many flags of talent from all over the world.
Timbre Rock & Roots aims to become an annual festival and eventually to be an iconic event as part of the live music calendar here in Singapore.
Pictures by Jonathan Wong