The fourth of July may not mean much here in Singapore but on this day, Americans around the world rejoice their country’s independence with much fanfare and enough fireworks to bankrupt a small country.
Check out where to go in Singapore to celebrate the holiday and make like an Americano, ‘Blue Jeans & Chinos, Coke, Pepsi and Oreos… Americano!’ Several edgy music acts make their debut on the island too.
Catch two progressive bands of the instrumental rock scene back to back when LYMBYC SYSTEM (US) and LITE (JP) perform live at Home Club on Friday July 2. Brought in by daring indie promoters, KittyWu Records, get recharged and immersed in the cinematic sonic soundscapes, electronic-postrock and guitar assaults rarely accessible on our island. Tickets can be purchased at www.kittywurecords.com at $35 (pre-sale till June 30) and $40 at the door. For enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 93960293.
This weekend also signals a close to the Singapore River Festival festivities that have been taking place since June 25 along Boat Quay, Empress Place, Robertson Quay and the jewel in STB’s crown, Clarke Quay. The latter throws a closing party on Read Bridge with a fashion extravaganza by homegrown menswear labels, FürrMUSE and Salford Lads. Attendees dressed in their stylish best stand to be voted most Stylish Male and Female and win exclusive prizes.
On Friday July 2 at Rewind, veteran showgirl Datin Amy Tashiana, celebrates her 44th birthday with a Night Fever bash. Known for exceptional show music, choreographer and long time friend Rizal turns DJ for one night only with a 70s and 80s repertoire that will have you unleashing your inner Donna Summer. Godwin Pereira does a guest set too, with entertainers, Noris, Fariz, Jaye, Jada, Rima S, Sherry BBR and more on podium duty. Feather boas and tottering heels are the order of the night so dress up boys and girls.
On Saturday July 3, The American Association of Singapore present ‘Independence Day Celebrations 2010’ at the Terror Club Sports Complex in Sembawang, 4pm – 10pm. It’s fun for the whole family, with live music, dance performances and a bevy of food and drink options. Not to mention carnival games, giant inflatables and most importantly, the customary fireworks display. Free admission and open to all, bring Photo ID and cash (no credit cards accepted, not even American Express). Outside food and drinks aren’t allowed and there’s no parking so leave the car at home and take a taxi or the shuttle service (3:30pm to 10pm) available from Sembawang MRT.
At OverEasy on the same night, carnival games continue with a salute to Independence Day and all the great American Superheroes. Unleash your hidden spandex and save the damsel in distress in a game of hoops, take the shooter-drinking challenge or prove your mighty dexterity at Super Beer Pong. OverEasy DJ resident allstars, Tyler Made and KFC never fail to entertain so be there in your stars and stripes.
At FASH at Butter Factory, it’s one HOT MESS with Tom Piper (AUS), Dave does and Andrew T. Whether its house, electro, rave, urban, noise, dubstep, baltimore, garage, tech, or disco, Tom finds his own angle, dubbing it, ‘The Freshness’ and plays that out worldwide. (Why do DJs into this sound all use similar fonts and highlight accents for their name logos? No offense Tom).
At Zouk, DIGITALISM debuts (their logo actually befits their name, nice work!) Signed to Kitsune, the German dance punk act, distort bass lines and chug out rhythms to precision. At Velvet Underground, artist to watch, Tim Green (UK) also makes his Singapore debut. Making waves as a producer in the techno/house world, appearing on all the biggest labels, he’s definitely a newbie to catch.
At Home Club on Saturday July 3, SYNDICATE 07 takes over. Special guest, Kaye, one half of production/performance duo, Cosa Nostra, injects boogie and jazz into his set, together with Syndicate residents, Cherry Chan, Darren Dubwise and Kiat. Brandon Tay and Rafi Dean create the immersive visual experience.
And on Sunday July 4, it’s Tanjong Beach Club for the win and red-white-and-blue pride at their Independence Day shindig. It’s hot, hot, hot literally, with a BBQ feast, fire twirlers and the customary stream of hotbods in swimwear all around. Fancy some exercise and hero worship? Join the 3-on-3 Beach Basketball, complete with cheerleaders. DJs Tyler Made (USA), Shawn Livewire (USA), KFC and Has ensure no one is leaving the party early.
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 pop up urban social club involving Ping Pong, music & good times at *Scape, which will be ending in August.