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Sirens is now a monthly night in Phuture which features the most upfront in the soundscape of breaks on the island, pushing boundaries and moving forward.  See you down the front!

www.breakinasia.com

zouk/ phuture admission on 14 January for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $15 before 10pm, $23/$28 after


(information provided by Zouk)

Transformative. Transcendent. Awe-inspiring.  These are some of the ways dance music can – and does – affect us, like when uplifting dance music and magical entertainment intertwine beneath starry skies. And so it was for much of Saturday night at ZoukOut 2005 at Siloso Beach, Sentosa when 18,000 revelers partied till dawn to music spun by top A-list international DJs across 4 music arenas sprawled along the beach stretch…

Just hours to the region’s most eagerly awaited dance music festival; special ZoukOut transfer buses drop off beach-wear clad clubbers who are streaming in by the thousands onto Siloso Beach, Sentosa. They start to queue, some trying to buy last minute entrance tickets and others, eager to be one of the first to secure their pole position in front of the various music arenas. Collectively, they start to form a snake and the spirit of anticipation is running high.

This year marks the 5th installation of the annual dance music event. Dubbed as South East Asia’s largest and most notable dance music festival, ZoukOut headlines were carried in local and international press like Juice Magazine, South China Morning Post, New Straits Times, naming just a few. They were spinning names off the carte du jour of international DJs to helm the various music arenas; and the result: sending thousands of tourists into a buying frenzy for a ticket to Singapore and a full booking of all rooms at the island’s Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and The Sentosa Resort and Spa.  

"Iconic events such as ZoukOut contribute to Singapore’s image as a vibrant city with a pulsating nightlife that attracts visitors and locals alike. The scene has grown more diversified and exciting in recent times, thanks to welcome additions that are renowned international brands and most notably, world-class home-grown gems like Zouk that now enjoy strong international appeal. All this boosts the city’s efforts to become Asia’s Entertainment Capital, moving us toward our vision of doubling arrivals to 17 million and tripling tourism receipts to S$30 billion by 2015,” said Mr Oliver Chong, Director, Events and Entertainment Cluster Development, Singapore Tourism Board.
This year, a record-breaking number of 18,000 party revelers came through the party gates– many as early as when doors opened at 8pm.  Mingling with friends and queuing with cool clubbers from all over the world – over 6,000 of them tourists – they formed the prelude to the main event.

Of the record number who turned out, 35% were tourists with the highest numbers flocking in from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong. Hailed as the not-to-be-missed dance music festival, one clubber from the UK said, “We have come all the way from London to check this out. We have heard this is the place to be tonight in Asia. We were traveling around Asia and made a special trip to Singapore, just for ZoukOut.”

The music arenas are natural honey pots, each with a different sound genre and drawing its own breed of bees. The four different music arenas feature a range from progressive and tribal house, techno and trance at the Main Arena to soulful house at the Velvet Underground Arena and a selection of retro to current commercial hits, followed by hiphop at the Mambo Jambo/ Hip Hop arena.

The live stage, manned by a stellar selection of local rock bands, caused a massive adrenaline-driven revelation, stunning an ever-increasing audience with their melodic songs, humble good nature and world-class musicianship.

Peripheral entertainment filled the gaps for the clubber-at-rest as the festival mounted a salvo of carnival activities including gyrotrons, reverse bungee jumps, art installations and even a RESFEST screening. Not to mention interactive stations offered by key sponsors like Sony, Heineken, Coke and FHM Magazine.

All those who came felt that the festival was truly outstanding; a genuine and successful attempt at melding the best aspects of disparate musical forms into an uplifting, dynamic new realization, paving the path for Singapore to become the “dance music capital of Asia”. These were the words of headlining act DJ Armin Van Buuren, who also added, “Singapore is one of the top 10 cities in the world to play the music I play.”

The other high point was the short spate of rain that seemed to amuse clubbers, some taking a quick duck for shelter but most continuing to dance oblivious to the showers, in awe of the multi-coloured crystal-like raindrops as the laser swept through them. While there was some discomfort, there were many more great moments. As a clubber put it, ”The atmosphere was brilliant, definitely one of ZoukOut’s best ever.”  
Thus the year ended with yet another memorable gig. It used to be that Christmas was the time of year when Singaporeans living abroad came home and met up with friends they had not seen for ages. Now, not only does ZoukOut provide Singaporeans with an added excuse to come back but it also encourages people from all over the world to visit our island.

This festival has been acknowledged as the biggest and best yet. It brings in new economy to drive tourism, showcases our island's beauty and its warm-hearted people to the world as well as provides thousands of people with memories they will never forget. More pictures at www.zoukout.com

(Article provided by Zouk)

Saturday 24 Dec 2005 at Zouk
One of the original Ibiza DJs who has helped mould the Balearic sound, DJ Pippi has been DJing on the Mediterranean isle for the past 2 decades.
Pippi’s innate ability to weave in and out of musical styles makes every one of his sets special. His stunning sunrise set at ZoukOut and his numerous sets at Zouk and Velvet are nothing but memorable, making him arguably Singapore's best loved Ibiza DJ. With the success of his weekly nights "Balearic People" at Amnesia in Ibiza during the summer, which keeps true to the island’s mystical sound, let’s usher in Christmas with DJ Pippi, and the spirit of Ibiza!

www.djpippi.com

pricing to be confirmed.

(information provided by Zouk)

Xmas Day with Ferry Corsten (Holland) 
Sunday 25 Dec 2005 at Zouk 
A pioneer and a dynamic force in the electronic dance music industry, Ferry Corsten never ceases to amaze, and even challenge his music contemporaries with his productions and musical sets. Since his major breakthrough in the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t be Afraid’ back in ‘91, Ferry has skyrocketed his way to the top of the dance music industry. Currently working on his new album and party concept entitled L.E.F. (Loud, Electronic, and Ferocious), promoting his new sound that he and other artists are producing and playing in clubs and events all over the world. So prepare for a night of “Loud Electronic Ferocious” music!

www.ferrycorsten.com

zouk/ phuture admission on 25 December for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $15 before 10pm,         $23/$28 after


(information provided by Zouk)

Jakatta, Raven Maize, Sessomato, The Sunburst Band, Z Factor, Joey Negro, Dave Lee; just the many alter egos of the founding face of the UK house scene. His studio magic has also been sought after by the likes of Ultra Nate, M-People, Brand New Heavies and Simply Red. Smashing dancefloors and charts all over the world as Jakatta with the hit singles “American Dream” and “So Lonely”, he’s now currently enjoying more chart and dancefloor success as Joey Negro with “Make A Move On”, as Jakatta with “Shimmering Stars”, and as Akabu with the massive “Phuture Bound”.

zouk/ phuture admission on 30 December for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $15 before 10pm,         $23/$28 after

(information provided by Zouk)

Be Yourself on New Year’s Eve with Danny Tenaglia (US)
Saturday 31 Dec 2005 at Zouk 
Quite simply the DJ’s DJ, Danny Tenaglia has influenced many of today’s top DJs and producers and touched the hearts of many clubbers. Already a cult figure in the 90s amongst the dance music fraternity for his residencies in New York top clubs Twilo, Tunnel, Vinyl and Arc, his annual marathon DJ sets in Miami during the Winter Music Conference has also become legendary. With the closure of Arc, ending his weekly residency in New York, Danny has started to tour the world aggressively again, smashing up dancefloors all over Europe, Canada and the US. Flying out all the way to Singapore just to celebrate New Year’s Eve with us, standby to Be Yourself with Danny Tenaglia!

Pricing to be confirmed

(information provided by Zouk)

Sunday 1 Jan 2006 at Phuture in Singapore

11pm:  Lionel 12am: Felix Hoo  1.30am: Brandon Wong   3am: Chris
zouk/ phuture admission on 1 January for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $12 before 10pm,         $20/$25 after


(information provided by Zouk)

For the 1st time, by popular demand, your favourite mid-week party ushers in the new year!

31 DECEMBER 2005, 10PM TILL LATE @ SINGAPORE EXPO HALL 2A

Mambo fans... this is the biggest yearend party that you shouldn’t miss!
Each year on New Year’s Eve, Zouk celebrates the night with its main music policy - cutting-edge, upfront dance music played by our residents and specially selected international guests.

Realizing that many a die-hard Zouk Mambo fan would also love to usher in the new year with their favourite tunes (yes we got your letters!), we’ve decided to spread the Mambo party spirit beyond Wednesday Nights!

So this New Year’s Eve, many of you finally get your wish, Mambo Jambo takes its party up a notch and celebrates in massive style! Join thousands at the Expo as we bid farewell to an eventful year, and usher in 2006 with a bang! Let the Mambo Jambo residents take you through the retrospective sounds of the biggest classic hits, spanning as way back as the 50s, right through the 80s, to today’s chart toppers, in true Mambo Jambo fashion!

For the uninitiated, Zouk’s Mambo Jambo night started out as a bit of a joke and a tease, but has grown to become the most popular mid week party in the history of Singapore’s clubbing. A “ritual” for any maturing 18 year old taking their first step into the exciting world of clubbing, Mambo Jambo has become a phenomenon with a band of faithful followers not unlike that of a cult following. Its success has spawned many copies of this retro formula, but fact is, Mambo Jambo is not just retro, and more importantly, retro is not Mambo Jambo. It has its own unique blend of styles and concoctions, and even dance routines that Mambo Jambo fans have passed down from one generation to another as they come of age!

The event is jointly organized by Zouk and Singex Events, a subsidiary of Singex. NYE Mambo Jambo @ EXPO marks the first collaboration between the two companies. With the collective resources, expertise and experience, this is one countdown party you would not want to miss!


NYE Mambo Jambo @ EXPO
Singapore Ticketing Information:
$25 inclusive of one drink – until 30 dec
$35 inclusive on one drink – at the door
 
A 10% discount for first 1200 tickets purchased with any DBS/ POSB Credit or Debit Card.
Priority entry for all tickets purchased with any DBS/ POSB Credit or Debit Card.

Tickets are available from Thursday 1st December from the Zouk ticketing booth or through phone bookings. All major credit cards accepted, call 67382988 or fax 67383988 (office hours tues–sat 10am – 3am)

Advance tickets are also available at www.sistic.com.sg all SISTIC authorized agents, SISTIC Hotline: 63485555
 
Minimum age of entry 18, photo ID required to gain entry.
Check www.zoukclub.com or www.singaporeexpo.com.sg for more details.

(information provided by Zouk)

Friday 2 Dec 2005 at Zouk, by invitation only before 10pm
After months of searching, shortlisting the 50 finalists and counting the votes, the results for FEMALE's Most Gorgeous Male and Female 2005 will be revealed at the finals party hosted by Kumar and Nadya from 8pm to 10pm. Stand to win invites to this glamorous event by casting your vote through SMS, via internet or website www.female50GP.com, or by mailing in the coupon from FEMALE's November issue. 

Click on to www.female50gp.com to check out full details of FEMALE 50 Gorgeous People 2005. Voting ends 30 November 2005.

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

Information provided by Zouk

Friday 2 Dec 2005 at Zouk
One half of the world-renowned remix team Jazz-N-Groove Productions and co-owner of the critically acclaimed Soulfuric label, Brian Tappert is a master craftsman in all things disco and soul. By the mid 90s, Brian had already established himself as a sought after producer and remixer. Collaborations with partner Marc Pomeroy as "Urban Blues Project" led to a string of house classics like Michael Procter's "Deliver Me” and Donna Allen’s "He is the Joy". His performance behind the decks is also no less impressive than his studio forays, taking his pumping disco house to dancefloors all over the world, including Pacha in Ibiza, D Club in Switzerland, and now finally to Zouk.
www.soulfuric.com
www.traxsource.com
zouk/ phuture admission on 2 December for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $15 before 10pm,         $23/$28 after


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