Life Power List 2016

The top three on the Life Power List 2016 are not older than 30 and making their debut on the list.

It has been a solid year for live entertainment in Singapore. And for consistently adding to the rich diversity of gigs here, show promoter LAMC, run by married couple Lauretta Alabons and Ross Knudson, makes it to the Life Power List.

While they are not behind the biggest shows in town, the gigs they have brought in this year reached out to a wide spectrum of audiences.

Rockers caught German veterans Scorpions at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, indie music fans saw British icon Morrissey at the Marina Barrage and fans of edgy comedy were tickled by American comedienne Margaret Cho at the Kallang Theatre. The comedy shows are handled by LAMC's sister company, LA Comedy Live.

This is the second time the company is on the Life Power List - it was also ranked in 2009.

Ms Alabons says: "We're all about being inclusive when it comes to putting on shows. We love to look out into the audience and see a diverse crowd that crosses all boundaries."

Mr Knudson adds: "We don't just sit and wait for the bigger acts. We cater to the niche markets too, that's our bread and butter. We're blue collar, we're down in the trenches too."

Next year is shaping up to be an even bigger year for the 17-year-old company.

Among the shows lined up are British indie-folk singer Passenger at The Star Theatre on Jan 13; British metalcore upstarts Bring Me The Horizon at D'Marquee, Downtown East, on Feb 2; and a highly anticipated show by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses at the Changi Exhibition Centre on Feb 25.

On the comedy front, LAMC is dipping its toes in political humour by putting on the Goodbye Obama, Hello Trump Comedy Tour at Kallang Theatre on Jan 18. It features American comedians Reggie Brown as outgoing United States president Barack Obama and Anthony Atamanuik as US President-elect Donald Trump.

Knudson says: "When we first started, going to a concert or a show wasn't really a part of people's lifestyle. Now I think it is part of the culture."

Eddino Abdul Hadi

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