As the year beckons to a close, Singapore celebrates by bedazzling major streets and shopping malls with ostentatious Christmas decorations, begging the powers that be for cooler weather, as well as gearing up for the imminent Christmas shopping chaos to ensue. Also another Little Red Dot staple in the month of December is the annual ZoukOut festival, one of Asia’s largest electronic dance music (EDM) beach parties held at Siloso beach. ZoukOut is an event that draws an insane amount of attention across the Asian party-loving crowd, beginning with speculations about the line-up to the anticipation of going reasonably wild with good company and great music from dusk ’til dawn.
While the ZoukOut 2015 headliners are a jaw-dropping bunch spanning a range of EDM genres, from DJ Snake, Tiesto, Nevro, Kaskade, Axwell ^ Ingrosso and more stationed to drop the bass at the Moon Stage, there are a bunch of stellar acts happening across the two days taking place at the Star Stage and Kaleidoscope Arena (day 2 only) that you should keep an ear out for. We list down our top 5 acts that are not to be missed across the festival for your aural pleasure.
Cats on Crack A quick YouTube search of this DJ’s moniker gleans a slew of odd videos proclaiming actual felines on catnip, but don’t let that deter you. Zip over to her soundcloud and be greeted by a treasure trove of mixes that will prove to be a decent respite from the heavy bass acts featured on the Moon Stage. She’s already wow-ed the 2012 ZoukOut crowd with her chill funk and disco inspired tunes with more than a dash of upbeat synth to keep you grooving, and we can’t wait to see the purr-fection she’ll bring out on this year’s stage.
Cats on Crack will be playing on the Star Stage at 8 p.m. – 9.30 p.m., 11 December.
Paul Oakenfold The morning comes closer and your feet are a wee bit tired from raging the night away. Though top Dutch DJ, Tiesto, will take the Moon Stage at 3.30 a.m. and run the red lights as the sun gets ready to rise, you might want to recuperate with something that’s turned a notch down without sacrificing on the head-bopping front. This is where British DJ, Paul Oakenfold comes in. As the final day 1 act on the Star Stage, Oakenfold spins smooth trance tunes that’ll be just the right soother from the night’s proclivities. Make no mistake, Oakenfold is also a DJ that comes with serious chops and is a legend in the EDM scene, having been voted as DJ Magazine’s No. 1 DJ in the World in both ’98 and ’99. So as the hectic night draws to a close, sink into the sand with a bottle of water (or beer, if you haven’t had enough of the tipple) as Oakenfold’s unique brand of trance caps off a well-spent day 1 at ZoukOut.
Paul Oakenfold will be playing on the Star Stage at 3.30 a.m. to 5 a.m., 11 December.
Deep Dish Just like how deep dish pizzas take the classic slice to the next level, the Iranian-American DJ Duo, Deep Dish does the same with remixes of beloved tunes. They’ve even taken a Grammy for their remix of Dido’s “Thank You”, so that’s an added testament to the fact that they put out fresh house and dance interpretations of songs you can both sing and dance along to, instead of being swamped by pounding beats. Deep Dish’s set at Ultra earlier this year was one that sent ravers into a tizzy, given the dashes of trance spliced into their seductive tracklist, and we’re excited to see them pump out something as tantalising for their ZoukOut set on Saturday.
Deep Dish will be playing on the Star Stage at 5 a.m. to 6.30 a.m., 12 December.
Koflow You’ve probably heard of DJ Koflow and the rounds he has made around Asia as one of the region’s most sought after DJs. Serving dirty, grimey hip-hop and trap inspired beats interweaved with techno overtones, Koflow is a refreshing addition to the ZoukOut lineup, and is one to watch if you’re there to make some serious fire burn on the dance floor (or the sandy beach, in this case). Plus point: DJ Koflow is a true blue Singaporean, so show some of that local pride amidst the international acts by watching him spin.
Koflow will be playing on the Kaleidescope Arena at 12.30 a.m. to 1.30 a.m., 12 December.
Aldrin Progressive house DJ, Aldrin Quek is another ZoukOut alum headed to take the Moon Stage early on the second day. He’s a turntable maverick with a international credos, having played Korea, Ibiza and New York to name a few. If you’re a fan of the chill spectrum of EDM with an edge, make Aldrin a must on your ZoukOut watch list. Kick back and soak up his dark, minimalistic tunes as you knock back a couple of drinks. Both his music and the booze will definitely kick up a buzz that’ll sustain you for the epic partying that is to come.
Aldrin will be playing on the Moon Stage 10 p.m. to 11.30 p.m., 12 December.
Also to check out – The #PartyAsOne Heineken Tent Given that this year’s ZoukOut theme, “Seize the Moment” is as carpe diem as it can be, what better way to party like there’s no tomorrow than to have your face immortalised in a 3m high 3D face projection structure with your raving buddies? It’s all delightfully futuristic and incredibly cool – video projection mapping is used to morph the 3D face into an explosion of motion graphics and special effects that’ll definitely awe, and you get to keep a 15 second video of the sci-fi worthy display as a memento.
Also, where’s the fun in partying without a measure of responsibility? Heineken is taking steps to ensure that all party-goers at ZoukOut keep hydrated during the frenzy by providing water to keep your alcohol intake in check. You won’t want your ZoukOut experience to be forgotten, so drink responsibly to make the night a memorable one.
For more information about ZoukOut 2015 and the tickets available, click here.