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Smells Like Indie Spirit

By Tracy PhillipsEvents - 05 August 2010 9:54 AM | Updated 4:02 PM

Smells Like Indie Spirit

 Celebrating 45 years of Singapore’s independence this weekend is a great wake up call.

It’s the perfect opportunity to take a step back and see how much life as we know it has changed in a relatively short span of time. Still a baby in years as far as nations go, it’s thanks to its people that Singapore has come as far as it has. We all know that culture takes time to develop organically but our diverse origins and tenacity have rapidly fueled a capacity for openness and innovation. I think this will continue to help us take things even further. Enjoy the long weekend and the events and parties that showcase local talent and the ‘independence’ spirit.

On Thursday August 5, 7pm, invited guests can check out PARCO next NEXT’s ‘Nation Pride’ event, a collection of unique Nation-inspired statement pieces by 23 upcoming Singapore fashion designers, as well as an art installation ‘A Singapore Skyline’ by Yann Follain of WY-TO architects. DJ Eden and singer/songwriter Weiwen Seah perform, while attendees stand a chance to win a prize by voting for their favourite PARCO next NEXT designer. Members of the public may check out the exhibition anytime between August 6 to 15.

From Thursday August 5 to Saturday 7, take pride in the best of upcoming and established talent from the Singapore theatre scene. . Held at the Esplanade Theatre Studio, and produced by The Arts House, the Short+Sweet Gala Finals will showcase the best ten-minute plays across a broad spectrum of topics and even languages, from the month long competition.

25 Singapore Artists participate in Red®um - An exhibition inspired by Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, at Old School on Friday August 6, 7pm to 11pm. Participating in the freaky affair are: Andy Yang, Sheryo, Colin Faulks, Oats&Sparkle, Kristal Melson, Djohan Johari, Zahir Sanossi, Mriz Sidah, Brandon Tay, Winnie Goh, Zxerokool, Shang Liang, Ben Qwek, Cherry Chan, Vectorscum, Sarah Tang, Mojoko, Harrison Love, Speak Cryptic, Ivonne Adel- Bureos, Isabel Lofgren, MakebelieveNaz, Adrian Chan and Terence Lau. Voted Film magazine’s scariest movie of all time, I’ve never been able to sit through the whole movie with my eyes actually open. I’m hoping the art will have the opposite effect. 

At Home Club on the same night, up-coming bands are the focus. Starting at 7.30pm, PRE-BEAT presents four fresh talents, A…mber December, Run Neon Tiger, Indus Gendi and Cockpit. Tickets are priced at just $12 and include 1 drink, make sure you’re there to keep the indie faith alive. On Saturday SYNDICATE work their dub magic yet again at Home with special guest, Razor Rekta (UK) joining the Singapore lineup of Castro, Cherry Chan, Kiat and Darren Dubwise, with visuals by Brandon Tay and Rafi Dean.


Parisian Ivan Smagghe’s debut at Velvet Underground on Saturday August 6 would be my international pick for this weekend. (For others it might be Agnelli & Nelson in Zouk on the same night or Frankie Knuckles at Stereolab on Friday August 5) Formerly part of dance outfit Black Strobe, listen to a sample of what to expect, here: https://soundcloud.com/tcburnell/ivan-smagghe-fabric-10th-birthday-set

On Saturday August 7, Zirca presents ‘Shapeshifters - A show by those who have contributed to invigorating the local arts scene, spanning graphic design, photography, music and illustration. The full line up of visual artists, bands and DJs are ANTZ // MR. B // SHERYO // SOKKUAN // EESHAUN // CLOGTWO // KUNKKA // REHYBRID // JOHN FAN // ROGER TAN // KEEPITLIKEASECRET// NATALIETTE // VECTORSCUM // TENG/ PUSHIN’ ON // MING // KIAN // EDEN CAI // DISCORD // FAI + ZIRCA RESIDENTS

It’s one ‘Hot Mess’ at Butter Factory’s FASH on the same night when Dave Does and Shawn Livewire relentlessly keep the party going till the lights come on. 

With the National Day public holiday on Monday, Sunday August 8 features the biggest parties yet. Staying true to our island heritage, much of the action centers on the beach. Catch DJ Inquisitive drive kids crazy at Café Del Mar from 3-7pm.


At Tanjong Beach Club – the MAJULAH MASSIVE keeps things lively from 4pm - 4am. DJs Hook, KFC, Has, Brendon P, Diskothugg, Funk B*stard and more unleash the beats, while TBC holds Singapore’s first Best Tan Out Of 10 Pageant. Coupled with massages, a Water Gun Salute, fire belly dancing and a Satay and Mee Rebus feast, you’ll be feeling patriotic in no time.

MAMBO JAMBO at Zouk on the Eve of National Day will give your arms a good workout. It will also be good preparation for RETROLICIOUS, the concert festival at Fort Canning Park featuring 80s pop icons – Rick Astley, Debbie Gibson and Johnny Hates Jazz. You may purchase tickets from Aug 6 from SISTIC, with a promotional discount of 15 percent applicable from August 6- 9 only in honour of the Nation’s Birthday.

Finally on Wednesday, August 11, hear the future of pop music with UK’s DELPHIC, live at Zouk. A seamless blend of raw guitars and razor-sharp synths, the quirky quartet’s dynamic stage presence has electrified crowds on the festival circuit. In the bands words, “We see it as our job to put dance music back on the map. We want to make music for massive warehouse parties.” Tickets are now available from www.kittywurecords.com

Happy National Day everyone, Majulah Joget!



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 on 7 October.

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