Preview Guide

Formula For Fun

By Zaki JufriEvents - 12 September 2011 9:00 AM

Formula For Fun

The Singapore GP is more than just about fast cars and good looking drivers (and even better looking girlfriends). Glamour (and partying) is very much a part of the whole experience, especially with a night race in the city.

In short, Singapore basically turns into a 10-day fun-fuelled party once the Formula One circus rolls into town. Officially known as the Grand Prix Season Singapore, from September 16 to race day on September 25 racing fans and party-goers will be treated to a host of events--from parties, race-themed events, music concerts, exhibitions and dining and shopping experiences.

This year’s race also coincides with a few new openings, notably in the party scene. Revving up the glam factor is the much awaited debut of clubs Pangaea and Avalon.

Crystal Pavilion exterior of Avalon and Pangaea

Super swanky dance clubs Pangaea and Avalon, both located in the Crystal Pavilion at Marina Bay Sands both have an exciting line-up of parties and events during the racing week.

Another must-attend event is also the travelling luxe party series, Amber Lounge, which returns this year with a few surprises.

Even if you don’t know who Lewis Hamilton is or what the heck is a Sauber, we’re pretty sure these parties will convert you into a temporary racing fan this month.

Amber Lounge

If there’ a party that you should save up for, it’ll definitely have to be for Amber Lounge. For a price (500 Euros or $860), you can have free flowing champers as well as have the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities, race drivers and their entourage.

This year’s party sees the return of the Amber Lounge Fashion Show featuring the works of Singapore couturier Frederick Lee alongside F1 third drivers on the catwalk. British artist Taio Cruz will be performing a special set during the fashion show and full-on concert on race day, while DJ Lora and DJ Mickey are on deck duties. Read more about Amber Loungehere.

Nico Rosberg at the Amber Lounge

Podium Lounge

More track side party action can be had at Podium Lounge—the ‘other A-List party’.  Literally minutes away from the circuit, Podium Lounge is the perfect pit stop for high rollers, celebrities and the occasional driver looking to tank up before the next party.

There’s even a nightly haute couture swimwear fashion showcase by Silvian Imberg with luxury timepieces by Yafriro followed by a live charity auction of extremely rare and authenticated F1 Memorabilia. DJs Avneesh, Surf, SiFi, Shawn Livewire, Cemmy and Alex eSa provide the party soundtrack.

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Avalon GP Season Week

Although they have swanky new digs, Avalon is not a newbie in the party scene here, with having thrown the craziest party last year with the first edition of Avalon at Large pres. GO!With its opening week coinciding with the GP Season, the club is throwing a series of parties that will put other ones in the shade. Case in point--the list of DJs, artistes and musicians who are going to blow your brains out from September 21-25 at Avalon: The Chemical Brothers, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Tensnake, Digitalism, Kele, Sander Kleinenberg, Make the Girl Dance, Congorock, M.A.N.D.Y, Boy George, Sander Kleinenberg, Simian Mobile Disco, The Toxic Avenger…we’re already giddy typing all these in…

Avalon launches Sep 16, followed by an insane line-up the week after from Sep 21-25. Log on to http://avalon.sg to book your tickets and for more updates.

The Chemical Brothers

Avalon at Large pres. GO!

Who could forget that massive party last year? Almost 24 hours of non-stop music for two nights attended by 16,000 people, featuring some of the best in dance music: Chemical Brothers, Empire of the Sun, Above & Beyond, Flo Rida, Santigold, Major Lazer, Make the Girl Dance, Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello and Steve Aoki. Avalon is certainly pulling out all the stops this year with its second Avalon at Large pres. GO!

Held at the Marina Bay Sands, Expo and Convention Centre on September 23, this year’s features a veritable roster of party rockers from the likes of hip hop artists Ludacris, LMFAO, trance god Sander van Doorn, the formidable Italo disco-electro act The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew which will be performing a live set as well as Grammy-winning Italo-disco jock Benny Benassi. Simply wicked.

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Johnnie Walker Jet Black Party Series

Trust Johnnie Walker to throw an effin good party. Its Jet Black party series has been the talk of the town it hosted some really stunning shindigs first at One on The Bund and The White Rabbit last year. One on The Bund will once again be transformed into a glamorous party hotspot for two-nights (Sep 24-25) this month as the premium whiskey brand tosses yet another party.

The night’s entertainment will consist of international headliners DJ Tina T, Rock-it!-Scientists and DJ M.O.S. You can also get to go through the Jet Black experience in an exclusive Johnnie Walker and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes virtual experience that will be unveiled at the party. The personalised digital experience is designed to give each individual the opportunity to get up close and personal with Johnnie Walker ambassadors and F1 drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.  Invites to this exclusive party is by-invite-only and we have 5 pairs of passes for Sunday, Sept 25 (Race day). Click here to find out how you can win a pair!

Ku De Ta

Party with a bird’s eye view of the Marina Bay Street circuit at rooftop club Ku De Ta. The club is celebrating its first anniversary this month and as a treat, cover charges for the month of September will only be $25/person (excludes Sep 23-25)! On Sep 24, Long-haired, leggy techno-lectro-pop DJ Scarlett Etienne will be working the wheels of steel. So don’t miss the highest party in the city!

Scarlett Etienne at Ku De Ta

Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival Singapore 2011

Audiophiles are in for a treat this GP Season as tastemaker and musical influencer Gilles Peterson will swing by the city for the third instalment of his Worldwide Festival. This annual rave-up will see scores of musicians, artistes and DJs that span the gamut of the cutting edge, progressive, eclectic side of music over three days. To sweeten the deal, the party will be held over three locations: Zouk/Velvet Underground (Sep 16), Avalon (Sep 17) and finally at Tanjong Beach Club (Sep 18) for the finale. So who can you expect at the festival? A veritable who’s who of leftfield dance music artistes such as Alice Russell, Pearson Sound aka Ramadanman, Jeremy Ellis, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Kon & Amir, Floating Points, Brandt Brauer Frick, Mala, Lefto, Gilles Peterson & MC Earl Zinger, Sly Da Wise, Hong, Jeremy Boon, DjB, JNR, Has, Tony Tay, Octover, Ming and more.

Zouk

Not to be left behind, Zouk will be hosting a slew of parties this GP Season. Soundhounds will be pleased to hear that the club will be hosting a special set by the elusive deck merchant and uber producer DJ Shadow on Thursday (Sep 22). Head here on Friday (Sep 23) for the G. H. Mumm F1 Party presents Rev Up Friday with Zouk Soundsystem. The club’s resident DJs will be out in force, taking turns behind the decks to get the groove going. On Saturday, the club throws a pair of Pit Stop Saturday parties.

German trance guru ATB (we’re sure you remember his hit "9pm (Till I Come)") will take to the Zouk decks dishing out his melodic acid-tinged tunes, while Torontian artistes Azari & IIIdelivers a special DJ set with live PA over at Velvet Underground. Known for their unique blend of moody electronica, dark yet hooky vocal choruses and analog-thick rhythms, so don’t miss these Canadian disco kings if you’re into unforgettable dancefloor anthems.

Drive past the home straight on race day for the Chequered Flag Sunday party at the club. Both Velvet Underground and Wine Bar open on this night, from 9pm and 6pm respectively till late. More importantly, it’s also the very last party in Velvet Underground before it goes for a lil’ do-over. We hear there’ll be special guests at the party (DJs, celebs, racers, etc) but we can’t tell you who just yet (wink).