Published on 1 June 2017

Pop-up Noise: The Great Singapore Replay reintroduces 25 iconic Singaporean songs from 1964 – 2004 to the public and will get up-and-coming local musicians to reimagine ten of these songs for a public performance later this year.


The best of Singapore’s English contemporary music is celebrated with Pop-up Noise: The Great Singapore Replay (TGSR). Organised by Temasek and National Arts Council (NAC), TGSR hopes to acquaint Singaporeans with 25 local hits from the past few decades.

“The Great Singapore Replay aims to bring together people across generations through the rediscovery of ‘made-in-Singapore’ music, whilst providing a platform that inspires young creative talents to contribute to our rich local music heritage,” says Robin Hu, Head, Sustainability and Stewardship Group, Temasek.

Recalls TGSR co-organiser and musician activist Tim De Cotta who curated this shortlist, “It took four months of meeting up with these musicians face-to-face and asking for their permission to feature their music for TGSR. Sometimes, one meeting could last 5-6 hours but I really learned a lot about the history of Singapore’s music scene.”


Credit: National Arts Council

From 1 – 23 June 2017, you are invited to vote for your favourite Singapore classic hits from the shortlisted list of popular tunes which include You’re The Boy by Shirley Nair & The Silver Strongs, The Mad Chinaman by Dick Lee and My One and Only by Watchmen.

You can vote at the roving jukebox voting booth at various shopping centres or vote online at

Raffles City Shopping Centre 1-4 June, 10am to 10pm  
Asia Square, The Cube 5-8 June, 10am to 8pm
JCube 9-11 June, 10am to 10pm 
Plaza Singapura 12-15 June, 10am to 10pm
Tampines Mall 16-18 Jun, 10am to 10pm


Online participants earn Replay points each time they vote or recommend friends to vote. The top four with the highest number of tokens will stand to win prizes such as an iPad Mini 4 and Beats EP Headphones.

Meanwhile, the top ten songs receiving the most number of votes will be remade by ten pairs of emerging and established local musicians such as .gif, Shak’thiya, Joie Tan, Charlie Lim, Inch Chua and Sara Wee.


Credit: National Arts Council

From 10 July 2017, there’s an Open Call for aspiring local musicians to record your own version of a Singapore classic hit and uploading it to social media. The first-place winner will win $500 and get a chance to perform at The Great Singapore Replay Music Festival. Remember to submit your entries by 7 August 2017!


Credit: National Arts Council

From 24 June – 31 August 2017, catch weekly webisodes featuring the ten artist collaborations and their behind-the-scenes processes in remaking the top 10 local hits.

On 9 September from 4pm – late, there will be The Great Singapore Replay Music Festival, where the ten emerging artists will be performing the remade songs along with their own compositions.

“It’s really about telling the Singapore story through Singapore music,” says Kenneth Kwok, NAC’s Assistant Chief Executive (Planning and Engagement).

Pop-up Noise: The Great Singapore Replay will be taking place in three phases from 1 June – 9 September 2017: public voting for favourite Singapore classic hits, Open Call + behind-the-scene webisodes of the remakes, and debut performance at Clarke Quay Central. Click here for more information.

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