From anniversary parties at clubs like Attica and Blu Jaz Cafe, to underground gigs at CATO, Boat Quay, Kult Kafe and kyo, there’s no shortage of raves this June
What have we learnt in half a year? Ravers are loving EDM despite its stigma, disco still isn’t dead, gig promoters are getting younger and the demand for dance parties in Singapore is swelling like your morning hangovers. But there’s no need to feel overwhelmed with the plethora of parties this June, not when you’ve got us party hunters! From circus-like carnivals in clubs and alfresco family-friendly parties, to boat bashes, pool shindigs and underground gigs, here are our parties of the month this June. Keep ’em coming!
Forward Feat. Mind Against: 11 June at kyō (Editor’s Pick)
“He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” – except, the collective sound of these two Italian siblings is indeed a heaving, heavy one. Moody, brooding bass hums and shimmering synth stabs are their forte, letting them stand out from the tech-house community, that’s, in turn, won them collabs with Tale Of Us and Locked Groove. Big, big night at kyō, this one!
Forward Feat. Mind Against, 11 June, kyō, 133 Cecil Street, Singapore 069535, p. 8299 8735. $20 for ladies and $25 for men, both include one complimentary drink.
Attica 12th Anniversary, Mystère Carnaval: 1-4 June at Attica
After a dozen years of debauchery, Attica continues to be a dominant force in the nightlife scene for both clubbing rookies and veteran ravers. Commemorating its salute-worthy 12th anniversary is a four-day marathon from Wednesday to Saturday – a glam Ladies Night on Wednesday, a booty-shaking hip-hop night on Thursday, a b-day bash for June babies on Friday, and the Mystère Carnaval main event on Saturday with acrobats, stiltwalkers, mimes, LED drummers and more.
Attica 12th Anniversary, Mystère Carnaval: 1-4 June, Attica, 3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-03, Singapore 179020, p. 6333 9973. Free for ladies on Wed and Thu, $30 for men (incl two drinks); $30 for ladies and men (incl two drinks) on Fri and Sat
Moonbeats Asia x Canvas Present Chrome Sparks: 3 June at Canvas
Moonbeats’ latest audial frontier sees the promoters roping in the lush, transformative electronica of Brooklyn’s Chrome Sparks. Traversing downtempo lulls and frenetic synth-spewing climaxes, this is one amorphous producer that will trigger sparks in your brain. A dreamy, dancey shot to the senses.
Moonbeats Asia x Canvas Present Chrome Sparks, 3 June, Canvas, The Riverwalk, #B1-01/06, 20 Upper Circular Road, Singapore 058416, p. 9169 3815. Standard $45, Door $60, Group Deal (Buy four get one free) $180.
Outcast 003: 4 June at Marina South Pier
DJ/promoter/Muay Thai trooper, Zig Zach, is at it again with his swashbuckling escapades. His third edition of his Outcast boat party series brings the vibes back to a traditional Chinese junk, serving not-so-traditional, left-field numbers from the house, tech-house and disco crates of KFC, Jeck Hyde, Zig Zach himself, and special guest (and melody maestro), Eric Volta.
Outcast 003, 4 June, departs from Marina South Pier, 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018988. $55 per ticket.
Blu Jaz Anniversary Special: 4 June at Blu Jaz Café
Yet another long-revered establishment that turns 12! From improv jazz gigs to underground grime parties, and home to regular nights like Good Times and Tropical Temple, Blu Jaz Café deserves a standing (or raving) ovation for its gung-ho role in keeping the scene alive. For its birthday, Blu Jaz Café will be taking the decks out for one rowdy, alfresco street party with r&b, hip-hop and funk choons. We hope there’s cake… or tequila will do.
Blu Jaz Anniversary Special, 4 June, Blu Jaz Café, 11 Bali Lane, Singapore 189848, p. 6292 3800. Free entry.
Sunday On The Hill: 5 June at Kult Kafé
If you’re a punter who digs chill alfresco vibes, live graffiti and BBQ, and the smoothest laid-back tunes that will dispel the downer of an incoming Monday, you’ll agree that Sunday On The Hill is the party you need. In case you didn’t know, this series is the ravey reboot of the groundbreaking Sunday At The Training Shed.
Sunday On The Hill, 5 June, Kult Kafé, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120. Free entry.
Knife Party & Deniz Koyu: 10 June & 18 June at Zouk
Zouk’s definitely not resting on its laurels after ringing in their silver jubilee (happy 25 years old, Zouk!). Keeping the momentum going in June are these two key heavyweight of the EDM industry – the vicious electro and dubstep (the Skrillex kind) of Knife Party on the 10th, and the muscle-flexing progressive house of Deniz Koyu on the 18th. And mind you, these are hardly small names in the circuit!
Knife Party & Deniz Koyu, 10 June & 18 June, Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street, Singapore 169420, p. 6738 2988. $28 for ladies and $33 for men, both include two complimentary drinks
Summer Strip – An Eternal Pool Party Series: 11 June at Tanjong Beach Club
When us Honeycombers aren’t having team meetings in this seaside Sentosa hideout (’cos our squad is better than yours), we’re swinging by for some of the best beach parties that Tanjong Beach Club has up its sleeve. Next on its agenda is Summer Strip, a revelry that promises the hedonism of Vegas – expect a ‘Bellagi-hole’, instant wedding booths, showgirls and Champagne showers, amidst the sensual tunes of tastemakers like Kaye, Stephen Day and Adrian Giordano. Yeah… maybe leave the lil’ ones at home for this one?
Summer Strip – An Eternal Pool Party Series: 11 June, Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098942, p. 9750 5323. $28 Early bird, $35 Standard, $40 Door.
SRYNTSRY Pool Party: 11 June at Sofitel So Singapore
The CBD – place for corporate yuppies, rat racers and… carefree party peeps?? Never thought we’d have a reason to go back to the CBD on weekends, but Hi-So at Sofitel So Singapore gives a valid argument with its tempting pool parties held by the SRYNTSRY crew. Splash and socialise to beats that bounce between tech-house and hip-hop, with decksters Oliver Osborne, Victoria, JNR and Who is Malik.
SRYNTSRY Pool Party, 11 June, Sofitel So Sinapore, 35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876, p. 6701 6800. $10 for entry, arrive before 4pm for one complimentary drink.
Alex M.O.R.P.H.: 11 June at Canvas
The EDM bubble might burst someday, but the trance genre is always here to stay! Catch one of the legends who’s been keeping the melody-bursting, beat-galloping genre alive since the ’90s – none other than Germany’s own Alex M.O.R.P.H. Even if you’re completely clueless on what trance is, you’ll be morphed into a fan once this tech-trance titan is done with you.
Alex M.O.R.P.H.,11 June, Canvas, The Riverwalk, #B1-01/06, 20 Upper Circular Road, Singapore 058416, p. 9169 3815. Presale $22 (incl one drink), Door $35 (incl one drink).
The Council Presents Young Marco: 12 June at The Council
New headquarters, same ol’ dance goodies! Having recently undergone a change of scenery from 8 Circular Road (Koi) to 66 Boat Quay, The Council is going stronger than ever with a space that can fully accommodate its pounding house and techno bumpers. Amsterdam’s Young Marco, however, offers a groovier and more playful side to The Council, with his retro-hued tunes capable of channelling anything from funk to synthwave, and even some traditional world music for good measure!
The Council Presents Young Marco,12 June, Lvl 2, 66 Boat Quay, Singapore 049584. $20 per entry (incl one drink).
Eyes To The Front Presents ManOne: 18 June at CATO
If you’re a party animal in Hong Kong, you might’ve stumbled upon one of ManOne’s residencies in clubs like Fly, Ozone and Woo Bar. Oliver Osborne’s label, Eyes To The Front, now brings this accomplished selector from the Pearl of the Orient to the Lion City. What can you find in ManOne’s sets? You might get bubbly disco, or maybe even austere techno. But we can assure you, it’s absolute class.
Eyes To The Front Presents ManOne, 18 June, CATO, 237 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058786, p. 8299 6434. No cover charge.
Lion Sunday: June 19 at Ginza Lion Beer Hall
This one’s still pretty hush-hush. But if our sources are right, there’s gonna be an anniversary party from the dub meisters behind Lion Steppaz Sound. Lazy Sunday chills, finger-licking food and the tropically languorous sounds of reggae booming from a stacked, custom-made soundsystem? Yah mon, we’re down for this one.
Lion Steppaz Sound First Anniversary: Lion Sunday, June 19, Ginza Lion Beer Hall, 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216.
Born To Funk: 24 June at CÉ LA VI
It’s hard to stay relevant if you’ve been in the game for over 20 years, but Amsterdam’s Ferdinand Lijnkamp (AKA Born To Funk) does so with ease and grace. Having played everywhere from Ibiza to Dubai, Ferdinand remains true to his soulful house sound despite the EDM commercialism that prevails in the Dutch capital. And you can now get high on this pure form of house at the highest club in town.
Born To Funk, 24 June, CÉ LA VI, SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971, p. 6688 7688. Cover charge applies.