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Hop to the hottest Easter parties

By Tracy PhillipsEvents - 01 April 2010 9:00 AM | Updated 09 June 2010

Hop to the hottest Easter parties

There’s a lot happening this Thursday with Good Friday being a public holiday.

A couple I mentioned last week (Doc Marten’s 50Golden Years Celebration, and Theo Parrish’s debut!) and I’ve got a few more below for good measure. I’ll keep things short this week to include a promised chat with Greg Gumo – MD of clubs Avalon and Pangaea, which are set to occupy one of the floating Crystal Pavilions at Marina Bay Sands.

But with the public holidays listings and my rambling, the Q & A has to be split over two weeks, to keep within my word count and anticipating your lovely but likely short attention spans.


So, Thursday April 1, an early hour option is the opening reception for first time solo exhibitionist Msxi, a local illustrator and artist, curated by Terence Yeung. Featuring a newly completed series, the event starts 7.30pm at The Art Studio at Old School, 11B Mount Sophia.

No need to fear a stuffy setting as Adrian Wee (Poptart / Butter Factory) is on deck duty, free free-flow beer being the added assurance. If you can’t make it Thursday night, the exhibition runs April 2 to 15 2010 from 12noon to 8.30pm daily.


If you were blown away by her debut last Nov, you’ll be very pleased to know DJ, singer and all round superstar performer Scarlett Etienne is back at Stereolab for another scintillating performance.

A love of music and an appreciation for the sensory and aesthetic aspects of the club scene led Scarlett to cultivate a style all her own. Described as electro-progressive with a funky and melodic edge, one thing’s for sure – this lady looks stunning behind the decks.





On Friday April 2, Zirca scores with Killa Kela, one of the world's most talented and forward thinking multivocalists. Having performed with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Prince, N*E*R*D and The Gorrillaz to name a few, Kela is at the forefront of beatbox culture.

Playing drums live alongside him is Andy Knowles, who having toured with Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs and The Fiery Furnaces, has headlined some of the biggest festivals in the world, as well as DJ Skeletrik – Kela’s long standing DJ/collaborator.


Belong to the generation that partied in the early 90’s? Get a baby-sitter and dust off your dancing shoes because Mr Perfecto Records himself – Paul Oakenfold returns to Zouk.

Taking time off from his successful Vegas show at Rain (running throughout 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort) for a short Asian tour, his larger than life theatrics have a deeply powerful effect which has been thrilling audiences and vexing DJs at the same time, who know he spends more time pompous-ing the crowd than actually mixing… but hey, it’s all about entertainment! 


From Wednesday April 7, law and finance professionals have a new weekly night to exploit over at TGIW at Alcova, the largest dining and alfresco bar establishment in the heart of Shenton Way. Produce a valid name card and a complimentary glass of champagne is yours with your order. Signature tapas samplers are also on the house with any bottle deal.


On Wednesday you also have the chance to see Swedish band, The Radio Dept live at Zouk, brought to you by KittyWu Records and 4imaginaryboys. Presale tickets are $55 (including one standard drink) available from www.kittywurecords.com and at $65 (including one standard drink) on the night. Fans can expect to hear tracks off their third upcoming artist album, ‘Clinging to a Scheme’ to be released in a few weeks.


Q & A with Greg Gumo (part one)


When will you open, what are the club capacities and what can we expect?

We plan to open in November this year. Avalon is a club and concert venue, 1800 capacity and sectioned into four areas – an outdoor waterfront pier, a small lounge, the main club area and a member’s/ VIP only mezzanine.

Pangaea is an exclusive opulent and luxurious venue for about 400. Located on the lower level and submerged under water, it will host a variety of music, performances and spectacle. Pangaea’s primary target is the affluent locals, expats, and the jetsetters, but ultimately being fabulous is the best way to gain entry.

In the lead up to opening, Greg is hosting various parties around town, the next one being at Indochine on Friday April 9 with Darren Emerson. For the rest of this interview and more details on the party check out my column next Thursday. Happy Easter everyone!


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 new creative projects for institutions, brands and artists. Her interests span fashion, art, sociology, design, quantum physics and all good music.