12 September 2018
Timbré at The Substation
Timbre @ Substation saw the return of the fourth annual Law Rocks! Singapore. Our resident compere and co-chair of Law Rocks! Singapore Anil Changaroth presided over what was always going to be an exciting gig. The weather was kind to the open air venue and the evening was a perfect temperature come the first set. Reigning champions Raja & Tann opened and set their stall out very early by playing what they wanted to play, not what they thought the audience would love. But a very special rendition of Creep by Radiohead had the crowd loving it. Next up were Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow who had a mixed set which included most if not all of the band members singing lead vocals. It was Sultans Of Swing that had the crowd cheering loudest, with a particularly accurate guitar solo that was applauded hugely.
Pinsent Masons took the third slot. This was their first time of entering in Singapore and had a hard act to follow – last year their Hong Kong office entered Law Rocks! Hong Kong and won it at the first time of trying. Who thought that lawyers rocking out in Hawaiian shirts would ever work? But it did! A high energy set followed including Muse, Evanescence, Nirvana and GnR had every one of their 10 piece playing a part. Finally up were Ashurst ADT. Well known as entertainers they did not disappoint. A real mix of music that had some Toto, some AC/DC, some John Farnham and even some Disney (a Law Rocks! first we think!).
The Judges (Norton Rose Fulbright’s Nicky Davies – a previous winner of this event, Paul Darling OBE QC of 39 Essex Chambers, Zach Sharpe of Jones Day Singapore – a hugely talented musician in his own right, and G. Jayakrishnan of Enterprise Singapore who had very healthy commercial music success in his previous career) had a very tough job on their hands. So much so that the results meant that the bands were separated by only one point each.
Pinsent Mason’s Subpoena Colada’s (hence the shirts) walked away victorious at the first time of trying, and well deserved it was too. Woe betide the next Pinsent Masons office who enters Law Rocks! for the first time – they have a doubly hard act to follow now!!!
The audience agreed that the entire gig was a brilliant show of musicianship. Our bands in Singapore are some of the best around and really do know how to put on a great show. Sara Paradisi of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and co-chair of Law Rocks! Singapore said, “The bands just keep getting better and better! I can’t wait for next year!!”
The two charities that we were delighted to support through our gig are the Arc Children’s Centre, and Tasek Jurong Limited – both local children’s charities, and both deserving recipients of our funds raised!
We will be 5 years old in Singapore next year – our very generous venue supplier is giving us their 1,000 pax venue for nothing – that will be a gig to be at……….