We didn’t really know much about this event before we rocked up here. There didn’t seem to be much PR around it and we certainly didn’t get an invite. We’re not mad, but slightly disappointed 😦

But we decided to rein back our sadness and see what it was all about. Here’s our on-the-ground account of our trip to Flashbang.

First Impressions

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The crowd watching the live acts

Marketed as  ‘Singapore’s first and largest immersive neon light creative playground’, you’d expect something bigger from the guys who brought you Artbox, but it really wasn’t.

Located just behind Cineleisure Orchard, in the open-air car park at Grange Road and Orchard Fountain Corner, you’d expect a chaotic and crowded scene, but it wasn’t that bad actually.

The flea market aspect of the event was a bit oversold in my opinion with only a few stalls selling stuff, mostly the usual flea market and Bugis night market fare.

If you like to take selfies and Instagram is your thing, then this is the place to be. There are at least 50 different ‘Instagram-worthy’ locations at Flash Bang.

Ducks were one of many colourful animals
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I don’t even know what this is

What to Eat and What to Avoid

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The stage is surrounded by food stalls, so it looks more active than it really is

We tried a few things at the event and honestly, we were not too impressed.

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Grape ‘drank’ with edible glitter at S$6 for that Instagram picture

We ate a burger from the 25 Degrees stall, which was dry and pre-cooked. The fries were a bit stale and frankly made us feel like we wasted S$15 on this. We’ve eaten their food before and had a great experience, so we’re giving them a pass this time and blaming unforeseen issues for our bad meal.

The kebabs from the only kebab stall (I’ve forgotten the name), which is conveniently located near the Chang Beer stall, were all right. I’d rate it 6/10 since it is a staple for every festival and drunken night I’ve ever had.

Other not-so-highlights included Soju drinks at only S$5, this sounds great in theory, but in reality, it really was worth only S$5.

There were a lot of other options, which we didn’t get to try due to tiny budgets and a cheap editor (just kidding), but a few highlights included:

  • Kettle Gourmet for flavoured popcorn
  • SOyCube for your tofu snacks
  • Golden Dough, who added a new twist to an old classic, Youtiao

Should I even bother going?

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If you like lights and construction, then yes you should go

This is a tough one for us. We love to support local activities, but we felt it was a bit small and could have been organised better.

It did rain in the evening, which may have limited turnout, but looking at the limited stalls and unfortunately sub-par food, I have a feeling that would turn off a few people as well.

That being said, it is free, there are live music acts, and everyone uses Instagram. If you’ve got a bunch of friends who like to spend time in town, drink and watch live music, this is probably the place for you.

Doesn’t hurt that it is free. I’ve mentioned this before, but yes, it is free.