Singapore: Take That, the celebrated pop band, will return to Singapore for the first time in over two decades for a one-off concert in March.
Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen will headline a four-day music line-up at the new-look HSBC Women’s Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Organised by Asian Golf Industry Federation Executive Member IMG, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and sponsor HSBC, the ninth edition of the HSBC Women’s Champions promises four days of world-class entertainment for music aficionados, foodies and golf fans amid the spectacular vistas of Sentosa from March 3-6.
Formed in 1990, Take That had a string of number one hits over a six-year period, with tracks including ‘Back for Good’, ‘How Deep is Your Love’ and ‘Babe’. The Manchester group took a 10-year hiatus before returning straight to number one with ‘Patience’ in 2006.
Now performing as a three-piece group, the UK’s biggest live band has just completed its ninth concert tour, spanning 50 shows across eight countries.
The four-day event at Sentosa is set to feature a host of other local and international talents, including acclaimed 29-year-old EDM artist Jack Novak from Chicago who will spin in the event amphitheatre in the early evening before gates open to the driving range, where Take That will perform on March 5.
Already one of the highlights in Singapore’s annual sporting calendar, the HSBC Women’s Champions will once more give golf fans the chance to witness the biggest names in the women’s game.
Defending champion and world number two Park In-bee, world number one Lydia Ko and 2014 champion Paula Creamer have all confirmed that they’ll be returning to the Serapong Course.
Seven-time Major champion Park said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to defend my HSBC Women’s Champions title. The tournament is one of the best in the world and always has one of the toughest fields. The festival sounds like a great move and is definitely the right way forward for the game. It is very exciting!”
Ko, runner-up last year, added: “HSBC Women’s Champions is undoubtedly one of the best organised and most exciting tournaments in the world which is why I keep returning to Singapore. Sentosa has a wonderful course, one which brings out the best in me. I have been playing well and hope I can get on the champions list this time round. With the likes of Take That and Jack Novak entertaining the fans and players, 2016 will be the best yet.”
Speaking about the festival’s debut, Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sponsorship & Events for HSBC, said: “As a long-term sponsor of the sport, our ambition is to open up the world of golf. Over the last decade we have opened up new territories and tournaments such as the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore and we are committed to growing the game at all levels.
“At the heart of this is our ambition to attract new and younger audiences – it’s why we commissioned Golf’s 2020 Vision Report in 2012, it’s why we launched our Anyone’s Game campaign in 2014 and it’s why we are always looking at new ways to innovate around our flagship events.
“As a global sponsor of golf, we believe our role is to help innovate and take our events to the next level. The 2016 HSBC Women’s Champions aims to do just that through a fusion of golf, music and food. When fans and players talk about HSBC Women’s Champions, they will talk about the Singapore Experience. HSBC Women’s Champions is now more than a golf tournament – it’s the place to be in Singapore at the beginning of March, golf fan or not.”
Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President, Head of IMG Asia Pacific, said: “Golf, music and food enthusiasts will be treated to a completely new experience at the HSBC Women’s Champions in March. Whilst top-flight golfing action remains an integral part of the programme, visitors can look forward to a four-day festival that has something to offer every member of the family.
“We have transformed the dynamics of the event to ensure that the three different components all work together, making for an entirely new visitor experience. I believe that the HSBC Women’s Champions will reflect the way that all sporting events should be staged in Asia and will lead the way in the evolution of fan engagement and visitor experience at live events of this kind.”