It’s time to get your dancing flip flops on and find your groove again as ZoukOut returns. Whether you love shuffling to trance, grooving to house, headbanging to electro or anything in between, rest assured there’s something for everyone in this riotous annual ritual.
Back for the 11th round, the mother of all dance music festivals here unites clubbers from across the region for 14 straight hours of pure dance hedonism.
In true Zouk style, four music arenas stretched across 56,000 square feet of Siloso Beach’s shoreline will be pumping the gamut of electronic dance music spanning house, techno, electro, hip hop, trance and more.
Visually, we have the cutting-edge graphics from German design and art collective Pfadfinderei as well as VJ Nakaichi, VJ Numan & Lighting Aiba from WOMB club in Tokyo whose visuals will be projected onto large scale screens for a complete plug-in to the experience.
"I’m really excited about seeing Gui Boratto (LIVE), Ladytron (LIVE), Carl Craig and all the local talent (both Zouk residents and local guest artistes). Watching the 2 aforementioned LIVE acts is a great way to kick-off the festival beach concert-style and listening to some quality Techno by Carl Craig under the stars, sand between my toes is sure to float my boat. As for our local talent, they always take things up a notch and do Singapore proud at ZoukOut so I’m really excited about watching them impress our visitors once again and make me proud to be Singaporean at the same time!" says Timothy Chia, Zouk's head of marketing and events.
There’s more than just music at this year’s party as Zouk has collaborated with Anonymous, organizers of “A Design Film Festival 2011: Singapore Edition”, to screen the Asian premier of “R.fm Cinema”. R.fm Cinema is a celebration of the craftsmanship in music video making and the arts of graphic design, animations, CGI and storytelling that revolve around it.
"You can expect to party harder and longer this year. We’re opening doors at 6pm which will result in an unprecedented 14 hours of partying into the sunshine. There’s going to be some exciting, exclusive ZoukOut merchandise from our friends at Rip Curl, LeSportsac and Havaianas to be had. As for surprises, yes, there most certainly will be some but it wouldn’t be a surprise if I gave it away now so I guess people will have to turn up on the day itself and find out for yourselves," gushes Chia.
So here's the line-up.
THE ACTS TO CATCH THIS ZOUKOUT 2011
1. Armin van Buuren
If you love trance, then Armin van Buuren is the man to catch this ZoukOut. This A progressive trance DJ and producer whose uplifting sound is influenced by likes of Klaus Schulze and Jean-Michel Jarre, Armin van Buuren enjoys worldwide recognition for his flawless mixing.
This young upstart in the club circuit music is inspired by the likes of Laidback Luke, Steve Angello and Tocadisco. His single "Bromance" launched his career and charted in Belgium, Netherlands, and Sweden. "Seek Bromance" was released shortly after, charting on the UK Singles Charts and reached number one on the international Beatport chart.
3. Bob Sinclar
One of the leading lights of the French House scene, DJ Bob Sinclar's career has seen numerous dancefloor anthems such as “World of Love” and “Love Generation”.
Punters call his brand of music 'dirty Dutch house' and since his discovery in Amsterdam, Chuckie, is fast becoming a global phenomenon with awesome productions such as “Let The Bass Kick” and “Aftershock”.
5. Gui Boratto (LIVE)
One of the biggest success stories to have come out of Brazil from the electronic music front, Brazillian dance music don Gui Boratto heads up the decks at ZoukOut this year with his distinctive minimalist house and techno sounds that have won praise among clubbers everywhere.
One of the most sought-after DJs in the international club circuit, Karizma returns to Singapore to bring on the funky grooves! He has a long string of productions and remix credits to his name including work with the Basement Boys, Alicia Keys and the late Michael Jackson.
7. Ladytron (LIVE)
Mixing synth-pop, shoegaze and indie-pop is English electronic quartet Ladytron. With a sound that gives a nod to everything from glam to disco to new wave to European dance music, Ladytron has cemented themselves as the pioneers of the decade’s revival of synth-based electro.
8. Roger Sanchez
A pioneering DJ in the NYC dance music scene, the Grammy-winning DJ, producer and remixer's love for his craft can be substantiated by his amazing sets. Constantly evolving his sound, whether it is twisted house, electro or Italo disco, he remains true to showing the dancefloor a blazing time.
9. Scratch Perverts
Their mixing and scratching skills on the turntables are second to none. DMC champions Tony Vegas, Prime Cuts and DJ Renegade's brand of music straddles dubstep, hip hop and drum 'n' bass--a must listen for all party rockers.
10. Simon Dunmore
House music guru and Defected Records head honcho returns to ZoukOut to drop more of his lip smackin' house sounds with percussionist Shovell in tow.
And Reason Number 11: Our favourite Zouk residents and local guests:
- DJ B
- Jeremy Boon
- Kiat (Syndicate)
- Funk Bast*rd & Kaye (Cosa Nostra)
- Masterpiece MC
ZoukOut 2011 is on December 10, 2011. Tickets $78 (happy hour, limited to the first 4,000 tickets, available at the Zouk ticketing booth only); $88 (till Dec 9) and $98 (on Dec 10) available from Sistic and Zouk ticketing booth.