Although there’s a lot going on in Singapore nightlife through the many outstanding venues and their well thought out programming of DJs, live bands, theme parties, décor, performers and so on, sometimes, you just want something new. Especially when you’ve been clubbing for a while (guilty as charged), its exciting to occasionally immerse yourself in a new environment where you’re not quite sure what to expect or who you’ll meet.
This week, I’ll be highlighting a few surprise-inducing temporary pop-up concepts, as well as an interview with Cheryl Ho, spokesperson for the newest permanent venue hitting our shores next week, the much anticipated, Tanjong Beach Club.
With this column’s spirit of all things new, here’s a bit on new cinema. Attend the 1st Experimental Film Forum at the Substation- Experiments in Progress, featuring nightly screenings by local and regional filmmakers as well as daily workshops and talks happening this weekend. For more information go to http://www.substation.org/EFF
On Friday there’s not much in the way of pop-ups but my picks include the opening party for the Parkett Blockbuster Show at STPI, Rima S’s Cock Party at Rewind Bar and Gui Boratto at Velvet Underground.
If you can’t make it for the opening, don’t fret, the exhibition ‘200 Artworks 25 Years Artists’ Editions for Parkett’ runs from May 22 – July 17 at the Singapore Tyler Print Museum. Featuring rare works by contemporary art giants like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Andy Warhol, and Maurizio Cattelan to name a few, go to see an overview of contemporary art development in the last 25 years.
Rima S, a member of the comedy drag/contortion trio, The Supple Sisters, returns to the stage with her tongue-in- cheek, Cock Party at Rewind. Her first single, a remake of Donna Summer's disco classic, 'Love To Love You Baby' is out at HMV outlets with more releases on the way. Click ‘Like’ on Rima’s Facebook page to be invited to the party and enjoy free flow vodka from 9 to 11pm.
Gui Boratto is a DJ to catch at Velvet Underground on Friday. Haunting, melodic and timeless, this Brazilian musician, architect and producer/composer has the groove, and has managed to carve out a signature sound in the crowded world of dance music production in just a few short years.
On Saturday May 22, revel in the pop-up action around town. Champions of this, with several events at unique venues under their belt, Heineken Green Room return with their first party of the year - 20Hz Deep at 2 Orchard Link. Named after the lowest sound that the human ear can register, the purpose-built space will host two innovative international artistes, London’s dub cat Kode9 and young Detroit star, Kyle Hall (Must See has me bopping as I type this) I’m giving away three pairs of passes to readers for this invitation only event, just be the first few to twitter me @itstracyp to get on the guestlist for the night.
The Heineken Green Room is also working together with Present Purpose (my company) to introduce a pop-up concept in partnership with The Lo & Behold Group and sponsored by Heineken, New Balance, Pioneer and Fred Perry – Camp Pong! A play on summer camp and Kampong, Camp Pong aims to be your new favourite hangout (for the next seven weeks at least) in the city, centered around ping pong, music and good times. Catch a glimpse of what’s in store at Green Room but for more details join the Camp Pong Facebook group.
On Saturday May 22, Incognito and Quintessentially host ‘Space’ a guerilla pop-up club with a cause at Klapsons, The Boutique Hotel for invited guests. Transforming one of the hotel’s raw spaces into party central, all proceeds from the night go to HCA Hospice Care, a registered charity that provides comfort and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. DJs Adrian Wee, Amanda Ling, Andrew T, Angela Flame and DJ Ang Moh keep the party going till late.
To find out a bit more about the latest and hottest place to be, we talked to Tanjong Beach Club’s Chery Ho, who’s the spokesperson for the club.
What can we expect from Tanjong Beach Club?
An amalgamation of restaurant, bar and all-day sun-kissed playground, Tanjong Beach Club (TBC) will have a diverse range of activities and offerings, as well as distinct areas catering to different needs. It’s an urban getaway that’s bringing back the simple pleasures in life within a sexy and sophisticated package.
When's the opening party and what are your operating times?
The Soft Launch will be held on Friday, May 28 and will continue over the weekend.
Mon to Thurs - 11am – Midnight
Fri and Sat - 11am – 2am
Sun - 11am – Midnight
What was the inspiration behind the concept and the design of the venue?
The idea was to create a multi-component, all-day beach destination that would stretch beyond its F&B roots and the design took its cue from retro beach clubs, mid-century modernism and elements of Singapore’s colonial past.
What is your music policy?
Chill out tunes up until dusk before transitioning into sexy up-tempo house and nu-disco grooves when the stars come out.
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 project is Camp Pong, a 7-week long pop up urban social club involving Ping Pong, music & good times at *Scape from 29th May to 18th July.