Sofar Sounds: Concert Within a Room

Sofar Sounds: Concert Within a Room

Every music junkie dreams of an intimate concert experience with their favourite music artists. Just ask any music fan and they will tell you that it is low key live shows such as Nirvana’s hauntingly beautiful performance on MTV Unplugged (that was when MTV was still about the music) or even the legendary pop up performances by Prince.







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Feeling the need for more of such musical experiences, London-based American Rafe Offer along with two friends Alexander and Rocky kick-started an international music grassroots movement known as Sofar Sounds four years ago. Jaded by the wavering musical intimacy between big musical acts and their adoring audiences, Offer was also driven to create Sofar Sounds “so as to offer focus and respect for music, especially for new acts”.

 





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Starting off in London, Sofar (short for Songs from a Room) Sounds is a series of free secret intimate concert gigs usually held in a living room. It quickly spread like bushfire through friends and an increasing online profile. To date, there are now Sofar Sounds chapters in more than 30 major cities such as Barcelona, New York and even Singapore!







So, how does Sofar Sounds work? First, you can start off by visiting their website 
here and sign up for their mailing list. This will ensure that you will be informed via email of the next upcoming Sofar gig in your city. Once you reach the gig notification, you will have to send an email to the local organisers to register your interest. As places are limited, we implore you to register your interest as early as possible.







Subsequently, there is an element of mystery as the details of the concert venue or musical line-up are usually shrouded in secrecy till a day before the performance. Personally, we feel that it adds to the thrill of the whole experience as you will never know what to expect.







But, one thing that you can be sure of is that you will be surrounded by likeminded music lovers in cosy environment made up of kitschy couches and gorgeous lighting. The unique magical experience is further enhanced as you chatter with new found friends over cups of drinks and bite-sized snacks.

 





Photos courtesy of Sofar Sounds

 

Despite the vibrant company, the main draw of Sofar Sounds is still, without a shadow of a doubt, the music. Staying true to their mantra, Sofar is passionate about promoting and nurturing emerging local music artists. As such, they usually assemble a quality local line-up which affords the audience a captivating night of acoustic tunes.







Not only is this an opportunity for the performing artist to increase their fan base, but it also serves as a platform to improve their musical abilities. From what we witnessed at the recent local Sofar Sounds gig, musicians have to be at the top of their game when all they got is a stripped down set consisting of their instrument of choice and a sound speaker.

 





Photos courtesy of Sofar Sounds

 

Such musical artistry is a stain that doesn’t wash off easily, thus it is no surprise that we are now big fans of local musical acts such as the spunky rock princess Inch Chua as well as post-rock giants Monster Cat. But, strong performers are a familiar theme running through Sofar Sounds worldwide as you can find exciting international music artists such as Dry the River, Jesca Hoop and even Twilight movie star, Robert Pattinson gracing the Sofar stage.

 





Photos courtesy of Sofar Sounds

 

If you are kicking yourself for missing out on these exhilarating musical performances, fret not! You can hop on to Sofar Sounds YouTube channel and check out uploaded videos of every Sofar Sounds gig from around the world!







So, what are you waiting for? Do your part to support our local musicians and indulge in the intimate pleasures of Sofar Sounds today!







Want to hold your own concert?







Inspired to be a musical diva?







Then don’t miss the opportunity to take part in 
SAFRA The Ultimate Voice 2013 challenge!

 


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