High above the clouds – somewhere over continental Europe, I’m figuring out the highlights in Singapore nightlife this week. As expected, F1 related events continue to revvv up the scene, all building towards the ultimate climax at next Sunday’s race finals.
But before we get car-ried away, find out what’s happening amongst Singapore’s literary community at the launch of Ceriph’s next issue at Books Actually. From 7.30pm to 9.30pm, over chai and cake, hear passages by authors in their own voice as they speak on topics as varied as long distance love and umbilical cord monsters.
After the auditory brain massage, it’s your eyes that are in for a feast with Digital Nights at the Singapore Art Museum. The first of several light up nights taking place during Grand Prix Season, check out four European artists and collectives, Bertand Planes, Miguel Chavelier, Lab(au) and Visual system as they work with the beat of the city both in and out of the museum. Witness interactive video installations combined with kinetic and light sculptures, and also see artworks by local artists like Vincent Leow.
Also on Friday Sept 17, visual treats of a different variety take place at FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women party. Between being greeted by the FHM Grid girls, pole dancing performances and a cast of local female stars who made the list this year, it’s likely the event will cause stirring of other body parts too… So head down to DBL O for some sexy time and to find out who will be crowned FHM’s Sexiest Woman of the Year.
At Clarke Quay on Friday, party with a higher calling at One with Chivas, in conjunction with One (Singapore) dedicated to making poverty history. Admission is limited and by RSVP only so log onto www.chivas.com now. Around the corner, at Zirca, a new night, Spread Love, hopes to revive the vibe from the early days of dance, when hip hop and electro first fused.
On Saturday Sept 18, the Fash Mob returns to Fash at Butter Factory for a haute showdown. With DJs, FJ’s (Fashion Jocks) and party hosts battling it out in an atmosphere of extreme self-expression. Ms Selfridge fashion scouts will be on hand to reward creative looks with vouchers, so remember to make an effort.
Midnight Shift, Singapore’s official after party celebrates their 1st Anniversary on Saturday Sept 18 at Stereolab. Following their modus operandi, Midnight Shift’s international guest is a legend hailing from Detroit whose identity is kept secret until the event. For clues on who is playing and to RSVP, hit http://www.mnshift.com/ and join in the anniversary of a stand out homegrown collective.
On the same night, S.P.Y from Brazil hits Home Club for another round of Brazilian bass following up from Home’s anniversary with DJ Marky last July. At Velvet Underground, Kompakt label owner, DJ and producer, Michael Mayer represents the best of Germany’s spirited scene, while Brodinski from France rocks the main Zouk floor.
On Sunday Sept 19, the latest F&B establishment to throw a flea market is Raw Kitchen and Bar. From 2.30pm to 9.30pm thrift your way through used clothes, furniture, pottery, art, household items etc, while the music, food and Sapporo flows.
On Wednesday Sept 22, get into the swing of things when Bellini Room relives the music and magic of old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra, as well as Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop & Peter Lawford, aka the Rat Pack.
Next week the city will be F1 crazzzzy. One of the key events for the party set is the full on audio-visual experience, Red in My Head, happening for the second time after a successful outing last year. Taking place in a secret location only known to invitees, attendees are made up of the scene’s movers and shakers, club monsters and members of the creative industry. I’ll be giving away a pair of invites to two lucky winners, who tweet their best party experience to me at twitter.com/itstracyp.
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. One of her ongoing projects is Camp Pong, a pop up urban social club involving Ping Pong, music and good times at *Scape ending on 7 October.