As much as I want to do good, I’m slightly annoyed that the weekend I volunteered to build houses in Batam is the one where I’ll miss an event I haven’t skipped in 12 years – an annual highlight in Singapore’s clubbing calendar – the Zouk Anniversary.
After 19 unbelievable years at the top of the fickle world of nightlife, the club celebrates with the inaugural, Oscar-like Zouk Awards on Friday, April 23. If you are interested in the award categories and didn’t take part in the public voting last month, visit www.zoukclub.com/wehearyou
Party attendees stand to win prizes ranging from diamonds to a Bali villa holiday, but what I’ll miss most is the show: a guaranteed spectacle with flamboyant choreographer, Rizal, at the helm. As if a red carpet event wasn’t enough, Zouk also debuts not one but two DJs to drive clubbers ecstatic – Fischerspooner in the main room and Mr Drum Lesson himself, Christian Prommer at Velvet Underground – a truly behemoth night not to be missed.
Another guaranteed show-stopper on the same night at Zirca is DJ Zinc and MC Dynamite, two names synonymous with the UK underground club scene. An outstanding champion of drum and bass, Zinc took a break to experiment with new sounds and has since re-emerged playing a hybrid of house sounds, playfully self-coined as ‘Crack House’. MC Dynamite, radio host and regular frontman of Roni Size’s Reprazent is hype man and MC for the night.
On Saturday, it’s Stereolab’s turn to present a dance music legend in the form of Gene Farris, who for the better half of two decades, has amassed a record number of productions and travelled the world with his signature take on Chicago House.
Now, part of the fun of going out is dressing up, so for more togs to go clubbing in check out Seen@Front Row, a 3-day pop up store at Seen@Dempsey, Friday, April 23 to Sunday, April 25. Catch four highly anticipated new lines: Ksubi Eyewear, W/A by Woods & Woods, United Nude and Chouette x Hello Kitty which will soon be available at Front Row (permanent store located at Raffles Hotel), opening hours are 11am - 11.30pm daily.
At St James Power Station, Fash Bash’s annual flea market this Sunday. Will see an array of 85 indoor stalls and 40 car-boots. When you’re done shopping, head over the Sentosa gateway to Tanjong beach and catch the second last weekend of The Shack. After bringing you cocktails, sand castles and sweaty nights for the past year, it sings its swan song to finally make way for the much-anticipated Tanjong Beach Club operated by the same sun-loving owners. Kane Ian
DJs on Sunday, the 25th and the closing party on Saturday, May 1 will go around the clock, featuring 10 local spinmeisters and of the moment Frenchman, Breakbot, of Ed Banger Records. To ease the anticipation, listen to the mix by Shack resident, Has(selhoff), http://www.rawjak.com/2010/04/rawjak-april-2010/
(opening track is Breakbot’s incredibly catchy single, ‘Baby I’m Yours’)
Girl power reigns supreme on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 at Zirca, with Peaches live in concert (presented by Home Club) and Reebok’s ‘Mass All Girls Workout’ on Thursday, 7pm – 10pm. Determined to put the fun back into exercise for women, Reebok has invited UK’s most iconic and original fluoro-clad fun-fitness crusader, Mr Motivator to lead the workout.
Reebok's Mr Motivator
Singapore’s ‘Most Motivated Girl’, will be rewarded with an adventure break for two at Mr Motivator’s wellbeing retreat in Jamaica and runners up stand to win a Nintendo Wii Fit and Amore Fitness memberships so…. spandex up! Guarantee your place for this free ladies only event (above 18 only) at http://www.rshlimited.com/reebokworkout/. For outfit inspiration just rent Flashdance, Fame (1980’s version) or youtube Mr Motivator in action.
With Audi Fashion Festival and Blueprint (Singapore’s inaugural fashion trade show) happening next week, there will be plenty of fashion after parties to sashay to, more highlights in next Thursday’s column.
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 new creative projects for institutions, brands and artists. Her interests span fashion, art, sociology, design, quantum physics and all good music.