Westlife

Comment: Give credit to boy bands like Westlife, they’re still headlining the Singapore F1 Grand Prix

At the time, I was desperate for popular boy bands to hold more concerts in Singapore. But such acts were rare because the little red dot had not yet established itself at the time as a regional entertainment hub. Even if they performed here, I couldn’t afford to pay for their shows as a student.

Now that I’m a self-sufficient, financially stable adult, like many of my peers at this mid-career point in our lives, we have disposable income for occasional indulgences like pricey concert tickets.

And despite the mocking comments from trolls, we fans are immune to secondary judgments about our musical preferences. We can laugh at ourselves, those aunts screaming over the uncles on stage, and start singing along to the catchy tunes we shamelessly remember.

So, perhaps no surprise, that the additional multi-day tickets released after the entertainment lineup was announced have already sold out, at least in part due to the buying power of former boyband fans.

RELIVE OUR YOUTH WITH BACKSTREET BOYS, NSYNC

After all, oldies can be goldies. And we wouldn’t be the first generation willing to pay to relive the exuberance of our youth.

Our parents jumped at the chance to see their idols like the Bee Gees, Air Supply or even Fei Yu Qing perform. My younger self was baffled as to why my aunts and uncles would go gaga when these guys came to town.

According to Daniel Levitin, neuroscientist and author of This Is Your Brain On Music, we begin to develop our musical tastes in adolescence and these musical tastes become a sign of identity. The music we love in our formative years means so much more than its instrumentation or its lyrics.

Surely this means that young people today can expect to experience a similar phenomenon with current headliners like Justin Bieber and Harry Styles in time to come?