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Dressing up!

By Tracy PhillipsEvents - 07 July 2010 3:00 PM | Updated 14 July 2010

Dressing up!

I had to come up with a slogan for an ad campaign years ago which read, ‘Dressing Up Gives Me a Reason to Go Out.’

I think it still rings true today, especially in Clubland. Where better to express your individuality, aided by the cloak of night, the dazzling lights and surrounded by a multitude just out to have unabashed fun? My good friends Bobby and Ritz, eternal club kids and visionaries behind Butter Factory’s bold and eccentric aesthetics exemplify this each and every week.

Check out Butter Factory’s Fash Mob event this week, amongst other parties to dress up for and the flea markets you can scour for affordable buys to wear.  

If there were ever a band to unite beings across the universe, it would have to have been The Beatles. On Friday July 9, catch Beatlemania on Tour, live at the Esplanade Theatre. This multimedia theatrical production will be taking you back in time with the ‘Fab Four’ and their greatest hits. Asides from the dodgy looking wigs I spied doing YouTube research, think this could be quite entertaining.   

At Rochester, Plush DJs, Seng Wei, Kane Ian, Kane Juan and Neill Brown join Krish the restaurant, to throw a benefit to help fund Habitat for Humanity's Batam build project. With an array of gourmet bar snacks, a variety of cocktails, beers, ciders and an extensive wine list, indulge for a cause. Also stand to win one of two iPod Touches in the lucky draw. Krish will donate part of the proceeds of the night. I actually went to Batam in April for this cause and saw the benefits first hand so give generously.

Find your next party outfit at the flea market, Flea Titan V at Old School Sinema on Saturday July 10. If you’re not driving, catch the shuttle buses to and from The Atrium Building (Dhoby Ghaut MRT) beside Plaza Singapura taxi stand to avoid trudging up to Old School in the heat. Organizers promise designer inspired labels to true vintage collectibles at insanely below cost prices. 

*Look out, shameless self-promotion ahead.

Saturday July 10 is also the first round of heats for the Camp Pong Championships, from 2.30 to 7pm at Camp Pong at Scape. 16 teams will battle it out, World Cup-knock-out-style, over beer and ping pong for prizes from sponsors New Balance, Fred Perry, Loof and OverEasy. FYI, the Championship is an amateur league ping pong tournament comprising teams from the media, creative community, nightclubs and the public. Team costumes are mandatory and sources tell us wedgies will be involved so show your support – bring signs, pompoms, a large pair of lungs and bear witness to the most random tournament in town, drink in hand. Part two of the Heats takes place the following Saturday on July 17, when another 16 teams will vie. The eight teams that make it through each of these elimination rounds move forward to play the quarter, semi and finals on July 24. Be there.

On Saturday July 10, FASH MOB at Butter Factory its about ‘embracing the beauty of form, the joy of youth in a genre, gender and gravity-defying night of eccentricity, insanity, extreme self-expression!’ And these guys mean it, if pictures of last month’s party are anything to go by. DJs Dave Does and Adrian Wee blast the sound system, BJs (Butter Jocks) Bobby and Ritz host and FJs (Fashion Jocks) Mr Stelzer and Herman do live D.I.Y fashion style-battling on willing punters. Dress in your excessive best, air-kiss into oblivion and get in free before midnight if you’re in the fashion, art or design industry.

Newly spruced up venues, Bellini Room and Gallery Bar unveil on Saturday July 10. Refreshed and more sophisticated, the warm interiors of Gallery Bar, set to the tempo of funky house, is the definitive chill out experience at St James Power Station. Bellini Room, also making its comeback to St James, is all grown up and ready to sweep you away in a jazzy swoop. ‘Befriend’ Bellini Room on Facebook for regular updates.

Ewan Pearson, producer extraordinaire and all round nice guy, plays Velvet Underground and Elite model turned DJ, Miss Nine enchants at Stereolab on the same night.

On Sunday July 11, Zouk’s perennial flea market, Flea & Easy takes over where the DJs left off the night before. Renew your wardrobe with indie designer goodies, crafty knick-knacks or even have your fortune told by the odd tarot card reader. Z.O.U.K merchandise at the Zouk Boutique is also going at 10 percent off, bring your own shopping bag to do your part for the environment.

On Monday July 12 it is likely Singapore’s productivity will come to a grinding halt with everyone having watched the FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 Final at 2.30am earlier that night. Fancy company? Football fans can catch the match at OverEasy on their massive screen or the 8m by 5m mega outdoor screen at the entrance of Gallery Bar, 2m by 2m screens at Peppermint Park Sports Bar, or one of many 42 inch TVs at Dolly Kitchen, Bar None and The Living Room with full commentary.


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.

Join the Camp Pong facebook group for more information or follow her on twitter @itstracyp or @presentpurpose.