Catch the Getai Fever

Getai fans, mark your calendars.

Young, rising getai stars will take centre stage next week in what promises to be an evening of rousing songs, vibrant dances and flamboyant costumes.

They will be performing at the Stomp Getai Awards to be held on Wednesday at the Toa Payoh Amphitheatre.

However, fans of veteran artists need not worry. You will still get to see your favourite stalwart performers - they'll be in the audience applauding the winners.

The show will kick off at 7pm sharp. Admission is free, so be sure to arrive early to grab the best seats.

Getai - literally "song stage" in Chinese - is the uniquely Singaporean tradition of live performances put up by artists dressed in colourful costumes on temporary stages.

Such performances are held all year round in the heartland, but reach a fever pitch during the Hungry Ghost Festival. Its infectious excitement is the theme of this year's show: Getai Fever.

Getai's 10 most popular artists, determined via online voting by the public through Stomp's Getai A-Go-Go site, will receive awards.

Ten more awards will be presented to recognise special achievements in getai.

These include Best Male Artiste, Best Costume, as well as the Best Newcomer awards, to be determined that night by the 10 most popular artists.

To find out which artists are in the running for awards, and to check out last year's event coverage, visit Stomp's Getai-A- Go-Go section.

Go down to the Toa Payoh Amphitheatre and cheer on your getai favourites with Stomp.

terong@sph.com.sg



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