Robyn performs at the Esplanade on 26 Sep
With so many events happening around the F1 weekend, we are going to list the race’s best after-parties for another article. In the meantime, push your revelry threshold at these stellar parties and concerts taking place throughout the month.
If you have not been to Tanjong Beach Club’s half-a-day’s worth of sun baking, moonshine guzzling, fireworks, and semi-nude dancing under the full moon with BBQ sauce and sand under your nails, then you have yet to experience one of Singapore’s most hedonistic parties. There was one in June with 4,200 revellers; and this one will be the last for the year. Ten of Singapore’s most talented DJs, including KFC, Masterpiece, Godwin P, and (yowzah!) Andrew Chow, will be helming the decks.
Sep 01, 4pm. Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk. 6270 1355. Free.
Fash x Pushin’On pres. Turn Up The Heat!
Zirca’s former marketing dude, Fai Rizal, has crossed the Singapore River to The Butter Factory to push the eccentric club to greater nocturnal heights. Riding on a tidal wave of ideas coupled with his loyalty to all things homegrown, he’s launching mid-week debauchery pairing residents Dave Does and Zushan with Shellsuit and Masterpiece from Pushin’On -- whose original night, Turn Up The Heat!, has dished the funkiest boogies no one ever heard of, but should have).
Sep 05, 10pm. Fash, The Butter Factory, 1 Fullerton Rd., #02-02/03/04 One Fullerton. 6333 8243. Ladies: Free (free flow from 10pm-mn); Guys: $15 (includes one drink.)
Wonder World Tour - Wonder Girls
From nobodies, these five Korean girls have become K-pop’s first and finest exports. Following a successful US tour, the energetic five-member girl band returned to Asia for the Wonder World Tour which started in July in Seoul. Their stop in Singapore will be their first solo show here, and promises to deliver their catchy go-round-your-head tunes like ‘Tell Me’, ‘So Hot’, ‘Nobody’ and ‘Be My Baby’, as well as numbers from their new album ‘Wonder Party’, and the must-perform worldwide hit ‘Nobody’.
Sep 08, 7pm. Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway. 6577 8888. $188-228 from Sistic http://goo.gl/otTL2.
Zouk x Green Valley Party with Cazzette & Andre Pulse
Cazzette plays a new found genre of electro house called complextro. Think elements of dubstep, electro, house and chicks flashing their boobs within one track. Adding to that is Andre Pulse’s more meaningful variation of house, gleaned from his nights as resident DJ of one of the best clubs in the world, Green Valley, in Brazil. Together they bring you two sides of dance music on one night; pick your aural arousal. While you there’s, you might want to drop by Velvet Underground next door to wish them a happy 18th anniversary, where there will be a party raging too.
Sep 14, 10pm. Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim St. 6738 2988. $25/32 (includes two drinks.)
Returning from their showcase at St James Powerhouse last year, these pretty boys are all set to unleash their deliriously catchy pop tunes laced with overtly repetitive clubby dance hooks. Giving the likes of One Direction a run for their money, The Wanted also have hordes of squealing girly groupies who hang on their every song. Fans can look forward to philosophically bewildering hits like ‘Chasing the Sun’, ‘Lose My Mind’ and ‘Glad You Came’.
Sep 16, 7.30pm. MAX Pavilion, Singapore Expo, 1 Expo Dr. 6403 2160. $98/128 from Sistic http://goo.gl/H5pYb.
It has been hard for the Munich native to shake off his penchant for producing some of the dubbiest and techy dance tracks around. After all, he career was born out of techno. Though currently offering progressive house, Jerome continues to inject his signature style across multiple genres. From releases on techno label Delirium, to the very housey Strictly Rhythm, his whirling bass-pounding dub lines can even be heard subtly on loungy releases like ‘Underwater Love’. Jerome continues to rave on tech albeit a growingly commercialised EDM landscape. And with his ‘Smile When You Kill Me’ podcast blaring through my speakers, I say, rave on Jerome, rave on.
Sep 21, 10pm. Avalon, South Crystal Pavilion, 2 Bayfront Ave. 6688 7448. $30.
The DMZ 002 with Iron Curtis
Going by the moniker Iron Curtis, German Johannes Paluka is one of electronic music’s rare breeds of masterful craftsmen with releases that have warmth and depth akin to Hans Zimmer. This is DMZ’s (‘demilitarized zone’) second outing, a homegrown collaboration between music labels Darker than Wax and Midnight Shift. From the former, Funk Bast*rd and Kaye will open proceedings while Norman Chung from the latter will be warming up not only for Johannes, but also offering a taste of his selection for Midnight Shift’s appearance at Decibel Festival, Seattle come September 28.
Sep 22, 10pm.Velvet Underground, Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim St. 6738 2988. $28/35 (includes two drinks.)
With 10 Swedish Grammy wins and award nominations from MTV, Brit Awards and at the 53rd Grammy Awards, Stockholm’s singing sensation Robyn has grown to be a household name with her androgynous '80s-style get-up and catchy electro-pop in tow. Opening for Katy Perry and Coldplay during their tours, her loveable disposition, eye-catching and energetic performances have had everyone dancing to songs about her love-scarred heart. ‘Dancing on My Own’, ‘With Every Heartbeat’ and her most recent track, ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ have gotten people on their feet everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl right up to the London Emirates Stadium.
Sep 26, 9pm.Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Dr. 6828 8377. $68-138 from Sistic http://goo.gl/kqdP0.
Zouk Live Return! with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Orlando Higginbottom aka T.E.E.D is in a class on his own. A one-man band surrounded by a drum machine and keyboard, T.E.E.D is roaring through his angelic vocal chops to the top of the quality music food chain. Don’t let his quirky costumes and Jamiroquai-esque headgear fool you, his songs are serious disco-aged and infectious sing-a-longs. And just like his debut album, ‘Trouble’, his set at Zouk will be one you’ll want to stay on from start to finish.
Sep 28, 10pm.Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim St. 6738 2988. $38 (includes 2 drinks.)
Alternative rock foursome Keane is one seriously underrated British band. Though they have amassed a considerable chart position with all their four albums peaking at no. 1 in the UK, they have yet to break into the hard nut market of America. Even with their latest album ‘Strangeland’ veering towards a more pop rock feel and a newsworthy collaboration with The Killers to form Mt. Desolation, they’ve only managed to twinkle on the radar. And we like it that way. As long as their East Sussex roots remain uncorrupted, they are better off as those cool blokes who just play incredibly sincere music.
Sep 30, 7.30pm.MAX Pavilion, Singapore Expo, 1 Expo Dr. 6403 2160. $88-128 from Sistic http://goo.gl/Qki9O.
Entertainment writer Zul Andra (@zulandra) has his finger on Singapore’s nightlife and drinking pulse. He has also interviewed hundreds of local and international artists in the last five years from the likes of Carl Cox and Lamb of God to BBC TV presenter Simon Reeve. Previously a staff writer and web editor at I-S magazine, he currently writes for major hyper-local publications, The New Paper and inSing.com. Having expanded his reach regionally with articles in Travel + Leisure and Scoot in-flight magazine, he is also considered a respected opinion-maker with columns in JUICE and Esquire. His work has appeared in TODAY, Time Out Singapore, Nylon and ZIGGY, and maintains an award-nominated blog, Kiss My Culture.