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Leading brewer and distributor, Heineken continues its partnership with MTV Networks Asia, into its groovy second year on the sponsorship of MTV Urban Beats. The weekly program aimed at satisfying young adult’s thirst for what’s hip and hot in the dance music scene and urban trends – will now carry bonus content for an all-rounded urban lifestyle. The additional element in MTV Urban Beats range from ‘Club Work’, insights into the careers of the night-crawlers in the club scene, to ‘Urban Gadgetry’, reviews on the latest tech fad in the club scene.
Artists from around the world have pledged their support of MTV’s Asia Aid benefit, featuring Alicia Keys (US), with LIVE performances from Asha Bhosle (India), Bird Thongchai McIntyre (Thailand), Good Charlotte (US), Hoobastank (US), Jay Chou (Taiwan), Kelly Clarkson (US), Namie Amuro (Japan), Simple Plan (Canada), Siti Nurhaliza (Malaysia), Slank (Indonesia), and Tata Young (Thailand). International superstar Jennifer Lopez will contribute a pre-recorded performance to the show, and specially taped shows of support from international artists 50 Cent, Moby, Nelly, Ronan Keating, Ricky Martin, Sting, Zhang Ziyi, will be integrated into the event, taking place in Bangkok, Thailand on 3 February 2005 at the IMPACT Arena.  CNN International will also support the event with specially created vignettes, highlighting the need for continued support of the relief efforts. In addition to airing on all MTV channels around the world, MTV Asia Aid is also being made available rights free and cost free to all broadcasters globally to maximize distribution and help generate as many donations as possible for primary recipient UNICEF, as well as additional charities in local markets.

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There are few truly great clubs in the world and, at their heart, you will usually find a great resident.  Zouk in Singapore is a great club and, somewhat greedily, has loads of great residents spanning a host of genres across its 3 dancefloors.  But, when it comes to floor-shaking big-room house, there’s only one man for the job: Aldrin.  The long-standing resident – quiet and unassuming in person – has let the music do the talking for him over the years, developing a global reputation; garnering praise from A-list DJs by the bucket-load (Danny Tenaglia singled him out as his ‘future hero’ in DJ Mags Top 100 poll) and, when time permits, guest at events around the world.   

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Wondering how to get to Guangzhou to see Sasha on his China Tour? Well look no further below is all the information you need to know to make sure you get to join the party on time!

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Joining the ranks of superstar DJ Timo Mass’s Hope Music, techno-stars Slam’s Soma Records & world-renowned German label Compost Records, Singapore-based artiste agency Stellar Bookings will launch its internet radio show Stellar Music Worldwide on Samurai.fm on 15th November 2004. Stellar Music Worldwide will feature the freshest sounds & mixes from Stellar Booking’s international artist roster, as well as top talents from Asia.

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“ It’s my first time to ZoukOut, so I’m actually VERY exited!
Parties at the beach always have great vibes! Anyway it’s gotta be fun in Singapore… ZoukOut is one of my highlights for this year for sure”    - Timo Maas

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It's been long overdue but the man like will finally be hitting China in November as part of his Involver tour of Asia.The three dates will be in Guangzhou,Beijing with the closing party in Shanghai.I have seen the venues which are outstanding and im so excited to be a part of this.

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ZoutOut the biggest dance music festival in Singapore has confirmed that this years event will take place on one of the Beaches on Sentosa Island, Singapore. DJs already confirmed include Paul van Dyk, Timo Maas and House legend Miguel Migs. The party will run all night from 7pm to 7am on the 4th December.

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The Beijing Olympic Indoor Stadium was illuminated with international and local stars celebrating the sixth spectacular CCTV-MTV Music Honors in Beijing, China on 24 July 2004. Over 100 artists dazzled the 4000 strong audience with their vocal prowess and star presence. Joined by a star-studded line-up of international and Asian artists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, the ceremony was jointly hosted by multi-talented Taiwanese artist Harlem Yu, together with MTV VJ Li Xia and CCTV presenter Dong Qin. 

The CCTV-MTV Music Honors pays tribute to artists who have made significant contribution to China’s music development.   This year’s world-class production boasts an additional 2 awards that gave recognition to the behind-the-scene heroes of outstanding lyricists and composers.

Seb Fontaine (uk)
Tuesday Eve Vesak Day, 1 June 2004 at Zouk till 4am
Last here celebrating Cream’s 10th anniversary tour, Seb clearly belongs among the elite of international DJs. His DJ set is a gritty, hypnotic concoction that is as uncompromising as it is compelling. Always exploring new territories, crossing unchartered waters, Seb’s sound is ever changing, touching trance, progressive, breaks, and hard, funky twisted house. This is a man who knows his music, appreciates his job, but best of all, understands his audience. With his very own series of best-selling Prototype mix CDs from Global Underground, a Saturday night show on BBC Radio 1, plus his ongoing monthly night Type at The Cross in London, he continues to test his boundaries on the dancefloor.

Essential listening:
Seb Fontaine - Horizons

zouk/ phuture admission on 1 June for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $15 before 10pm, 23/$28 after

Heineken Greens Room Sessions with Peter Kruder (Austria)
Wednesday 2 June 2004 at Velvet Underground
One half of the legendary superstars of downtempo – K&D, Peter Kruder, along with studio partner Richard Dorfmeister, are the godfathers of a whole genre, and have made their austrophonic sound world renowned for several years already. On his own, Peter who is also part of Voom:Voom alongside Fauna Flash, has recently embarked on a new solo project – Peace Orchestra. It is here where Peter straddles lithely between jazz, dub and bossa, with all the parameters that constitute the sound of a conventional orchestra, yet without any actual musicians, but simply just the brilliance of genius Peter Kruder. On the decks, Peter is not just about down tempo, but fuses dub, funky beats and uptempo breaks to his already established K&D soundscape.

This event is open exclusively to Heineken Green Room Members. Visit
www.heinekenmusic.com.sg/greenroom for your chance to be invited. Membership requirements are stringent and positions are limited.

“Reconstruction of a City” – A Visions and Illusions Exhibition, Opening party with Zouk
Thursday 3 June at 21 Tanjong Pagar, 7pm till late
An In-Conjunction Visual Arts Event of the Singapore Arts Festival 2004
(1 – 18 June 2004 @ St James Power Station & 21 Tanjong Pagar)
SuperMart III:
In the dead of the night, the lighted convenience store is the only sign of life in the sprawling metropolis. Located in the depths of an anonymous Asian city, a reconstructed convenience store designed by artist-architects becomes the stage for an urban theatre performance that will challenge our definition of art. SuperMart III re-contextualises and distills the scene into the context for the opening party with Zouk. Unique and aesthetically original "products" by invited architects, musicians, artists and fashion designers will be displayed for sale at vintage prices. A cultural project that challenges the boundaries between pure art and commercial incentive, SuperMart III is also an interactive performance art show where all visitors will have something to bring home. And they will walk out and say, well, is this ART?

Free admission at 21 Tanjong Pagar on 3 June, 7pm till late

David Morales (Def Mix , US )
Friday 4 June 2004 at Zouk
Grammy award winning DJ and entrepreneur, David Morales sits amongst the New York house legends. As a Producer/Remixer, Morales has worked with top recording artists such as Mariah Carey, Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, Eric Clapton, Seal, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Jamiroquai, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Spice Girls and Toni Braxton. Needing U - The first release from his label Definity, stormed into the US Billboard and UK dance charts, and became a summer anthem in 2001. His Def Mix’s management arm is also the watchful eye for the careers of Frankie Knuckles, Satoshi Tomiie, Hector Romero and Bobby D’ Ambrosio.
zouk/ phuture admission on 4 June for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $15 before 10pm, 23/$28 after

Lottie (UK)
Saturday 5 June 2004 at Zouk, till 4am
Crowned Queen of Ibiza, and signed to BBC’s Radio 1 (alongside Pete Tong and
Seb Fontaine) Lottie’s DJ career has been growing from strength to strength.
Already gaining a key position at Radio 1, being featured in numerous
Radio 1 events, she’s also a regular feature in major clubs all over the UK.
Globally, she has rocked clubbers at Manumission, Space and Pacha in Ibiza;
Venezuela, Italy, Monte Carlo, Ireland, Switzerland, Moscow, Canada, Brazil,
Greece, Malta and Israel. Besides that, she also runs her weekly night
Missdemeanours at AKA Bar in London, which subsequently won the Best Bar
Joint in London’s Time Out Magazine. This night has also sprouted a label,
and its fourth release from Lottie herself entitled ‘Superkilla’, is already
causing a stir amongst all the top djs.

Essential listening:
Snapshot mixed by Lottie

zouk/ phuture admission on 5 June for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $15 before 10pm, 23/$28 after

Gemini Presents the Frontal Superstar DJ Project Finals
Saturday 5 June 2004 at Phuture, 9pm to 11pm, followed by Tony Tay
Surviving the relentless Frontal Superstar DJ elimination round held last month at Zouk, SSDJ finalists, David and Stuart, have been undergoing intense training at the Frontal DJ Academy through the month of May. Competition has been tough and both finalists are out to prove that they deserve to be the elusive Frontal Superstar DJ.
THE SSDJ Finals showdown will see David and Stuart pit their skills against one another to become the next Frontal Superstar DJ Champion. Performing live with a GEMINI equipped DJ console, witness their debut DJ sets at Phuture as they pull out their best turns in the air to work the decks and electrify the dance-floor in hope of becoming the 2004 Frontal SSDJ Champion.

The FRONTAL SUPERSTAR DJ CHAMPION will stand to win GEMINI DJ Equipments as well as proceed to tour with the Frontal DJs in upcoming parties.

Who will emerge as the Frontal Superstar DJ Champion? We’ll leave it to YOU and our panel of esteemed judges to decide!

Log on to
www.frontallabs.com for more info and exclusive passes to the event.

+PRIZES+
SSDJ Champion: One pair of Gemini CD1800X & a Gemini FX7000 Mixer
SSDJ Runner-Up: Gemini FX7000 Mixer & a Gemini Record Bag

zouk/ phuture admission on 5 June for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $15 before 10pm, 23/$28 after

Twisted Records Tour With DJ Vibe (Portugal) and Rob Di Stefano (US)
Friday 11 June 2004 at Zouk , starting 11pm, 4 hr set
Known in his hometown Lisbon as Tó Pereira, DJ Vibe is the driving force behind the Portugese dance scene. He made massive headlines in ’94, recording as The Underground Sound of Lisbon with Rui Da Silva, and produced the Number 1 Billboard Club hit ‘So Get Up’. He then went on to start the Portugese Number 1 dance label Kaos Records, and remixed the likes of Tony Humphries, Celeda, Kristine W and Club 69. His signature style and sound has impressed and inspired Danny Tenaglia, who has since featured Vibe at his parties in Miami and New York. Last summer, Vibe was also specially invited by Carl Cox as the chosen few to be an exclusive resident dj for his nights at Space in Ibiza. Joining him behind the decks is Rob Di Stefano, the founder of Twisted Records, a label that has supported DJ Vibe, Danny Tengalia and many others. Rob, who has been at the forefront of this house sound, has helped the music penetrate all corners of the globe.
zouk/ phuture admission on 11 June for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $15 before 10pm, 23/$28 after

One With Aldrin
Saturday 12 June 2004 Zouk, till 4am
2004 continues on the up for Zouk’s ressie DJ Aldrin. After an impressive
outing in the UK where he rocked The Cross in London, Arches in Glasgow,
plus his first ever UK festival - Wild In The Country, Aldrin has also just
returned from Australia, promoting the Rhythm1 CD compilation. Besides the
hectic touring schedules, he has been working on new material for the coming
summer season, which will evidently see his return to Ibiza, with confirmed
dates at Pacha and We Love Sundays at Space. But till then, he returns for
another rumble in the Zouk main room, so do join him for yet another massive
ONE.
zouk/ phuture admission on 12 June for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $12 before 10pm, 20/$25 after

Deep & Sexy CD Tour with Matthias Heilbronn (US)
Saturday 12 June 2004 at Velvet Underground, till 4am
Following the first two highly successful Deep and Sexy albums, Wave Music proudly presents the third installment in the series. This time Matthias "Matty" Heilbronn continues the legacy established by Francois K. and Ron Trent, crafting another masterful mix of sultry soul that keeps the pulse pumping from start to finish. Throughout his illustrious career, Matthias has steadily achieved international acclaim for his trademark sophisticated soulful sound: a glorious blend of soulful, jazz-inflected deep house, percussive Afro-Latin rhythms and infectious progressive tribal beats. He has rocked parties and festivals all over the world, not to mention, receiving the #1 of the decade spot by DJ Magazine for his Wave/Chez/Naked compilation CD.

Essential listening:
Deep & Sexy 3 mixed by Matthias Heilbronn

zouk/ phuture admission on 12 June for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $12 before 10pm, 20/$25 after

Phuture Breaks Sessions
Saturday 12 June 2004 at Phuture
10pm: Julian 11pm: Feng (Frontallabs) 12am: DJ Spoonky (Djeneration)
1am: Tony Tay 2am: Weili (Frontallabs) 3am: Phuture Breaks All Stars

zouk/ phuture admission on 12 June for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $12 before 10pm, 20/$25 after

Velvet Underground & Znaps Roses celebrate Tuesday Air crew Nights
Tuesday 15 June 2004 at Velvet Underground
The most exciting and refreshing infusion to yet hit the market is that of Znaps Vodka & Roses, which will be available from this launch onwards at Velvet Underground. Roses with a touch of champagne!

Znap Rose cocktails flow freely from 9.30pm onwards, while stocks last.

Entry by invitation only before 11pm.

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