Take Heart Tour 2016
Written by Sai Vidhya on July 22, 2016
This Friday (July 22), pop quartet The Sam Willows will be headlining their first full concert to a crowd of more than 3,000 at The Coliseum at Resorts World Sentosa.
This concert will not only be their biggest show to date, but also the first Singaporean act to hold a concert at the venue in Hard Rock Hotel Sentosa, said their record label and concert promoter, Sony Music Entertainment Singapore in an interview with the Straits Times.
The quartet will be backed by six session musicians, have four dancers doing choreographed routines as well, and will also be reworking some of their classic melodies.
It will “not just [be] about the performance”, said bassist Narelle Kheng, 22, during an interview with The Straits Times. The band wants to “create a celebration” having achieved a new milestone.
“We’re constantly doing something. It’s rare that we sit down and ask ourselves, ‘What have we done these last few years?’ This concert is that feeling put together into one night,” added lead guitarist Jonathan Chua, 26.
Starting out by making covers on YouTube back in 2012, the band rose to fame almost immediately by debuting their self-titled EP that very year. They were nominated for MTV Asia’s Best South-east Asian Act for the wildcard round in 2014, as well as Best South-east Asian Act for the MTV EMA’s in 2015.
Currently, The Sam Willows is the most subscribed music band channel on YouTube in Singapore with more than 91,000 subscribers.
The Sam Willows has played at several international music festivals which includes SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas; Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Ontario; MU:CON 2013 and Zandari Festa in Seoul, Korea; WAM Festival in Perth, Australia and Digital & Music Matters in Singapore.
In October last year, the band released their debut album – Take Heart – that sold 3,000 copies and chalked up more than 13 million streams on Spotify. Some of their singles like Take Heart, For Love, and All Time High, even made it to the charts on local radio station 987FM.
Earlier in March this year, a ticketed gig in Kuala Lumpur attracted 500 fans; while in May, the band played for two shows in Manila – one of which was in support of British girl group Little Mix. In addition, the band opened for Little Mix’s concert when they performed in Singapore.
The band hopes to build their regional fan base in the near future.
“What we hope to do is to take this Coliseum concert, use the same arrangements and take it to other cities such as Jakarta, Manila and KL and hopefully cities in Australia as well,” said Chua.
Date: 22 July 2016
Venue: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa
Tickets: Earlybird $48, Standard $58, VIP $128
Sources: The Straits Times, MalayMail Online