Probably the only time of year when one in fact means mistletoe and not mee soto, It’s the season to be jolly and no one knows this better than the people decking the streets and hitting the town.
For the majority not spending Christmas at home with the family, Christmas in Singapore usually means one of the two C’s, church or clubbing. It’s always a surprise for visiting friends escaping the winter, the number of people that actually go out partying here on Christmas Eve, traditionally a family affair far away from nightlife and decadence… that’s reserved for New Year’s Eve.
Blame it on the tropics, the fact that we don’t need to brave the cold, trudge through snow, nor commute for longer than half an hour anywhere in Singapore. Whatever it is, the clubs are saying ka-ching and come on in for both holiday eve’s.
If a dressed down affair is what you’re after, it’s a Casual Christmas at La Maison. Taking the fascism out of go out attire, get comfy as Shawn Livewire and Stas bring back the year’s dancefloor favourites.
Indie safe haven and default venue for upcoming bands, Home Club does not disappoint on Xmas Eve with melodic punk rockers, Through The Avenue, Paris In The Making with their post-roc sensibilities and Black Sabbath tribute band Supertzar, followed by Beat.
I’ll be spending Xmas eve at A Curious Teepee for a cosy dinner and numerous cocktails with friends, several of whom will double up as DJs for the night like Seaform, Earl Grey and Funk Bast*rd. Swing by before 12am if you’re in the neighbourhood.
For the countdown to 2011 on Dec 31 the options are equally varied.
If you like a tight room and nothing but a magnum will do, have your countdown at Glitterati@FILTER beside Gallery Hotel. Residents DJ FM and Nad-trix spin Hip-Hop and Old School but vote for your favourite tracks of 2010 at Filter's Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/filterclub and the most popular get played. For enquiries and reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If small rooms make you claustophobic and you’d rather be at one with nature, head to Doomph and Beyond at Tanjong Beach Club on Sentosa. Deck-ologists Matty Wainwright and Brendon P educate and entertain through 70’s and post 70’s Disco, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Boogie, Italiao, 80’s Electronica right up to modern day Nu Disco.
For a vibe that fits between small room and outdoor, it has to be the Crystal Ball at White Rabbit with DJ sets by Has and special guest, Daniel Wang (USA/ Berlin). A DJ I’ve been wanting to catch for years, he tells us to expect something "With the spirit of Karen Carpenter and Clara Rockmore guiding me, here come classical-reggae and nu acid-disco for 2010!" - TRACY'S PICK!
For funk & heavier beats, Blujaz has a massive line-up on all 3 floors. Sixx, DJs Koflow, Krumbs, Submerge, Aresha, Vortex and Syafii, just to name a few.
And no NYE round up would be complete without a massive club offering and that is what Zouk does best. Marco V holds down the main room for a four hour set special while some of my favourite local musicians make magic in Velvet Underground. Residents Jeremy Boon and JNR are joined by Funk Bast*rd (DJ), Aya Sakine (Keys), Aidan (Percussions), Miss Mic (Vocals) and Kaye (Saxophone) in a musical odyssey that will keep you dancing well through the wee hours of 2011.
About Tracy Phillips
An accomplished marketeer and trendspotter, Tracy Phillips has helped shape Singapore's nightlife, music and popular culture landscape for over a decade.
Instrumental in developing the local nightlife scene, she maintains a passionate soft spot for promoting artistic expression and channels this into creative pursuits for institutions, brands and artists via her consultancy, Present Purpose.
Her latest public project, A Curious Teepee, a lifestyle store, café/bar and social space is now open at #02-24, Scape
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