Many have no idea how lucky we are when it comes to the nightlife and clubbing scene in Singapore. It isn’t merely that we have some of the best names in electronic music playing every week, or that it costs relatively little to go out and have a good time but mainly because of the scene’s democracy.
It’s rare to queue for ages or be turned away from a club in Singapore, regardless of how swanky it may be. One simply has to meet the basic dress code and age restrictions, pay the cover and waltz in.
I’m currently in the States, and planning my itinerary was what really drove home this point. On this side of the world, even if you’re immaculately turned out and have money to burn, there are no guarantees. Entry is at the hands of the door personnel and there’s no prizes for guessing how the ‘door-bitch’ moniker came about.
So… take advantage of our just system and let your hair down, Singapore nightlife is for everyone! (above 18 and not wearing flip flops).
The week starts with an early treat in the form of a debut by Andy Smith, aka Portishead’s DJ, at Velvet Underground on Thursday 4 March. Melding Hip Hop, Rock, Northern Soul and various other styles, his sets defy classification, so don’t miss out his VUtopia special.
On Friday, celebrate Phuture’s 14th Anniversary with more bouncing urban beats from resident maestro Andrew Chow who keeps the club packed week in week out.
Early birds get a limited edition Phuture 14th Anniversary x Carbon4 t-shirt and those best dressed to represent the Phuture stand to win Xbox 360 DJ Hero video games & Carbon4 hampers.
Over at Zirca, Vancouver’s premier female DJ, B.Traits hits the decks. All of 23, her repertoire blends electro, breakbeats, glitch hop, dubstep, drum & bass, reggae, dancehall, hiphop, funk and house music. Ok, that was a mouthful.
Like your music techier? Head to Night & Day at Selegie for “Hands”, a night especially for Techno fans, with a tight music selection by Takuya and Mislav. And as if one name headlining wasn’t enough, Stereolab will feature both Jimpster (UK) and Anoraak (France) on Friday night too.
On Saturday 6 March, catch Grammy award-winning Dirty Vegas at Attica Too. The British house music trio who broke up in 2005 reformed in December 2008 to record new material, some of which you’re bound to hear if you head down. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for table reservations.
Cosmic Gate will no doubt trance the house down at Zouk on the same night.
For those of you who haven’t heard, next Friday, 13 March, American Idol Season 8 runner-up, Adam Lambert (yep the guy who kissed a guy to top the Madonna/ Britney smooch-off) is coming to Singapore for an invitation-only, intimate showcase at the newly-opened Pantages Hollywood Theater at Universal Studios Singapore.
Try your luck to win tickets by purchasing the Deluxe Edition of For Your Entertainment as no tickets will be sold for this event. Only announced winners on www.adamofficial.com/sg on 10 March, 8pm, will be able to attend. Log on to the website for more contest information.
Fashion over Pop idols more your thing? Me too. Look out for my column next Thursday for info on how to win invites to the exclusive showcase of DKNY SPRING 2010 on Thursday, 18 March, at the Ferrari Showroom, courtesy of Club 21.