From clubs in Singapore like Zouk and CÉ LA VI, to underground parties by The Council, Kilo Lounge and Interstellar – these dance music events are our parties of the month in August
August is a month of partying, alright, and we’re not just talking about all the National Day festivities to salute Singapore’s birthday. Aside from hawker food and neighbourhood cafes, Singapore is also a hotspot for nightlife and clubs. So don’t be surprised to find our Rave & Repeat roundup for August stacked with parties – from big events in Zouk and CÉ LA VI, to pop-up happenings all over the city.
Grandmaster Flash: 3 August at Kilo Lounge
“It’s like a jungle sometimes…” if you know the rest of this ‘message’, then you’re definitely well-versed in this hip-hop heavyweight. An absolute legend from the history of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash has been rollin’ and scratchin’ since the ’70s – a turntablism phenom who tells a story with every trick and transition. Be schooled.
Kilo Lounge Thursdays x Collective Minds present Grandmaster Flash, 3 August, Kilo Lounge, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088444. $40 for presale, $50 at door.
Ben Pearce: 4 August at Esplanade Annexe Studio
It’s not often you get a dance party at The Esplanade, so this pop-up rave’s a proper treat. UK powerhouse, Ben Pearce, makes his return to our shores thanks to the promoters behind Collective Minds. With his seminal house hit, “What I Might Do”, Pearce rose through the ranks in the blink of an eye, winning the hearts of not just punters, but industry elites like Simian Mobile Disco, Claptone, and even Giorgio Moroder.
Collective Minds present Ben Pearce, 4 August, Esplanade Annexe Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive. Singapore 038981. $20 (advance), $30 (door).
Summerdaze Block Party Vol. 2: 5 August at Kinki Rooftop Bar
A beautiful day of sunshine calls for a no-frills, alfresco party, and the Matteblacc Collective – they also run Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee – have your number. Known for their old-school soundtracks of soul, hip-hop, funk and boom-bap, Matteblacc embraces the great outdoors this month with Summerdaze, a rooftop jamboree featuring Japan’s street-savvy decksmiths, DJ KOCO and DJ U-TA.
Interstellar with Ulf Eriksson: 9 August at Fabrika
A techno party on National Day? Count us in. Organised by the nomadic cosmonauts of techno collective, Interstellar (they’ve thrown some of the most clandestine shindigs on the island), this party will be taking over the rooftop skybar of Fabrika, helmed by Sweden’s own Ulf Eriksson. You haven’t danced under the stars quite like this.
Interstellar with Ulf Eriksson, 9 August, Fabrika, Tower 15, 15 Hoe Chiang Road, Singapore 089316. $25 (incl. one drink).
Kampong Boogie: 8 August at The Great Escape
The hippest cinema in town just got hipper – head upstairs to The Projector’s rooftop bar after catching your arthouse film, and find yourself in a boogie wonderland of the South Atlantic. Jointly organised by Mezamashii and Beatroot, Kampong Boogie rolls out exotic and explorative sounds from the genres of reggae, jazz, drum & bass and world music. Manning the decks are veterans, Kenneth Francis, Anand N, and Ramesh.
Kampong Boogie, 8 August, The Great Escape, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589. $10 (incl. one drink; free before 9pm).
Majulah National Day Fiesta 2017: 9 August at CÉ LA VI
Aren’t you proud about Singapore’s buzzing party scene? Singapore’s most iconic building, Marina Bay Sands, takes the patriotic festivities sky high with a fiesta for the family at its world-renowned club, CÉ LA VI. Alongside BBQ and games for the kiddos, there’ll be dancefloor cuts of house and nu-disco courtesy of DJs KFC and the club’s residents, accompanied by live sessionists, Kaye (on saxophone) and Munir (on guitar).
Majulah National Day Fiesta 2017, 9 August, CÉ LA VI, SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971, p. 6688 7688. $38 (incl. one hour pour).
Lemonade Pool Party: 12 August at Bar Canary
Swoop down to this splash bash in the heart of Orchard Road. The Lemonade Pool Party returns for another daytime boogie with a picturesque rooftop view and classy house tunes by DJs More, Max Verrier, I.M.X and Jamie React. You’ll be sour if you missed this one.
Lemonade Pool Party, 12 August, Bar Canary, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857. $20 (incl. one drink).
HI-SO Sensory Pool Party: 12 August at Sofitel So Singapore
Here’s another pool party to chase the heat away, situated atop this majestic hotel in the city. Featuring a power-packed lineup of DJs – Shane O’Neill, Jeck Hyde, Scott Watson, J.Goh, Huntersson and Randy Groover – this weekend cool-down also has a beat-the-clock promo you don’t wanna wake up late for. Swing by from 2pm, and get sloshed with free-flow beer, wines and housepour spirits ’til 5pm ($70 from 2pm, $60 from 3pm, $50 from 4pm).
HI-SO Sensory Pool Party, 12 August, Sofitel So Singapore, 35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876. $10 (incl. one drink before 4pm).
The Council Openair: 12 August at 79 Circular Road
Does The Council ever run out of party ideas? Apparently not; not with its latest two-storey takeover featuring a pop-up open-air and 10(!) of Singapore’s trailblazing selectors, both seasoned and nascent. Sashay on the rooftop for iridescent, disco-natured tunes, or burrow into the Dark Room below for moodier house and techno. How long can you dance for?
Bang Bang’s 3rd Anniversary: 19 August at Bang Bang
Get locked and loaded for this birthday bash of one of Singapore’s more prolific commercial clubs. Blazing through the nightlife scene with EDM and hip-hop nights for the past three years, Bang Bang now rings in the occasion with a saucy Pillow Fight party where you’re encouraged to dress in PJs and, if you’re daring, lingerie – enter before 1am and get a free mini Moet.
Bang Bang’s 3rd Anniversary, 19 August, Bang Bang, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595. $35 (incl. one drink).
Mathias Schober (SHOW-B): 19 August at Kilo Lounge
Despite being a multifarious artiste whose passion takes flight in several projects (including the Dixon- and Mano Le Tough-approved SHOW-B), there is one quality that’s consistent about Germany’s Mathias Schober, and that’s his precision and gumption on the dancefloor. The head honcho of label, Lossless, will aptly have you lost in a barrage of beats, suspenseful synths and blindsiding transitions you’ll least expect. He’ll be opened by Singapore’s own Maurice Simon.
Kilo Lounge presents Mathias Schober (SHOW-B), 19 August, Kilo Lounge, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088444. $30 at the door ($20 before midnight).
M.A.N.D.Y: 25 August at Zouk
Ready to get physical? Ferng’s Soulfeed series makes a triumphant return to the prominent superclub with these guests from Germany in tow. Phillip Jung and Patrick Bodmer are no strangers to Zouk, so punters who love their simmering, melody-rich tech-house will know what to expect from these industry stalwarts.
Soulfeed presents M.A.N.D.Y, 25 August, Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery, Singapore 179022, p. 6738 2988. $35 (for ladies), $45 (for men).