2015 countdown: Life! picks the best parties

Sentosa Siloso Beach Party 2014. -- PHOTO: SILOSO BEACH PARTY
Sentosa Siloso Beach Party 2014. -- PHOTO: SILOSO BEACH PARTY

SINGAPORE - Looking to usher in the new year with either a crowd of 20,000 or only a loved one?

Life!Weekend susses out 16 new year's eve celebrations from glide-spashing at an ice-skating foam party to watching performances by Singapore's Stefanie Sun and K-pop group BigBang.


THE BIG PARTIES


THE FANTASY COUNTDOWN: ZOUK NYE 2014

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What: Every party-goer worth their stripes here has spent at least one New Year's Eve at iconic nightclub Zouk. This year, party to high-energy dance anthems by Dutch progressive house DJ Quintino in the club's sci-fi-meets-fantasy bash. Quintino, a familiar face on the international dance music scene, will be supported by Zouk resident DJ Hong. Gear up for an epic countdown with plenty of confetti.

Where: Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street

When: From 10pm

Price: $40 at the door (includes two standard drinks); minimum age to enter is 18 years

Info: www.zoukclub.com

SENTOSA SILOSO BEACH PARTY 2014

What: If beach parties are your thing, head down to Siloso Beach for a dusk-till-dawn celebration across several five locations along the strip: Azzura, Mambo Beach Club, Wave House Sentosa, Coastes, Bikini Bar and Sand Bar.

Now in its eighth year, around 20,000 party-goers are expected at this beach shindig.

At the main stage, the likes of Swiss DJ-producer Mike Candys, and Singapore's own Tinc and Funky T spin trance, electrohouse and progressive house tunes. Chill by the poolside with DJs Ollie'des, Jensen and Jenni-F, or get wild at a foam party with your friends.

Where: Sentosa Siloso Beach

When: 6pm to 6am

Price: $58 per ticket until Dec 25, after which it costs $68 per ticket (includes one drink); Group package at $300 for six tickets. VIP tickets at $98 (includes three drinks, priority queue and entry to VIP lounge)

Info: www.silosobeachparty.com; minimum age of 18

MARINA BAY SINGAPORE COUNTDOWN 2015

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What: Anchoring the countdown activities around the bay is the official countdown presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay. Keeping with tradition, around 25,000 red and white "wishing spheres" will be set afloat in Marina Bay, bearing the hopes and aspirations of Singaporeans.

To celebrate the start of the country's golden jubilee, there will be an eight-minute fireworks display choreographed to a score composed by Singapore's Julian Wong and Riduan Zalani. A special segment of the music will feature close to 400 drummers, performing at the lower boardwalk in front of the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza.

Where: Various locations around Marina Bay

Price: Free

Info: www.marinabaycountdown.sg

MEDIACORP PRESENTS: CELEBRATE SG50

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What: Marking the start of 2015, and Singapore's 50th year of independence, this seven-hour extravaganza showcases the best of local pop culture in the past half-century.

More than 60 local artists, including Rahimah Rahim, Stefanie Sun, Dick Lee, Kit Chan, indie band The Sam Willows and Singapore Idol winner Sezairi Sezali, will perform. Watch out, too, for spectacular guest spots by famed Korean boy band Big Bang and Malaysian songbird Dato Siti Nurhaliza.

As always, this party gives you unrestricted view of the fireworks at the stroke of midnight.

Where: The Float @ Marina Bay

When: 7.30pm till late (dance party starts at 1.30am)

Price: $28, $68 from Sistic. $128 tickets sold out. (Call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)

Info: tv.xinmsnent.mediacorp.sg/celebratesg50/index.html

CELEBRATE WITH THE WORLD

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What: Dance the night away with seven hours of non-stop entertainment.

From noon, a flea market and carnival activities sets the mood for night-time revelry later.

Then, from 6.30pm, high-energy EDM DJ sets from Germany's DJ Ronski Speed and Thailand's DJ Lisa Bluestar, and Singapore model-DJ Nicole Chen take centre stage. Joining the party line-up is singer-songwriter Nic Lee from pop-rock group Mi Lu Bing, rapper-host Sheikh Haikel and a capella group Juz B, performing hit songs.

Where: The Promontory@ Marina Bay

When: From 6.30pm (Carnival from noon to 1am)

Price: $10 (includes one drink and $5 Fish & Co voucher), $50 (includes five tickets, five drinks and $50 Fish & Co voucher). VIP table package at $388 (for five tickets, one bottle of Reyka vodka, 20 cans of Dester beer, one mixer and $100 Fish & Co voucher)

Info: www.celebratewiththeworld.com; no minimum age, but only those aged 18 and above are allowed to purchase alcoholic drinks

Not your run-of-the-mill countdown

FOAM PARTY ON ICE

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What: The Rinkopens its Olympic-sized ice skating rink for a party, in which skaters glide to the latest pop hits while speckles of foam are dispensed. The first 200 skaters receive a Valore Dome 3000mAh powerbank. Minimum age for entry is four years old.

Where: The Rink at JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1

When: 9.45pm to 12.45am

Admission: $28 (includes skate boots rental)

Info: Go to www.therink.sg

THE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA CONCERT 2015

What: The orchestra will perform eight classical pieces, including John Williams' score for the film Schindler's List (1993), before counting down the final minutes to midnight with the epic climax from the fourth movement of Ottorino Respighi's Pines Of Rome. Balloons and confetti will be released as the clock strikes 12, and both the orchestra and audience will cap the evening by singing Auld Lang Syne.

Where: The School of the Arts Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive

When: 10pm to 12.05am

Price: $37 or a pair of tickets for $60

Info: Call 6348-5555 or go to sistic.com.sg

REAWAKENING @ GOING OM

What: If you had a less than stellar year and want a blank slate in 2015, chill cafe-bar Going OM is offering an emotional cleanse. Patrons are invited to come with an unwanted item, which will be burned as a symbol of releasing undesirable thoughts or memories, in exchange for a small crystal. Alternatively, renew the energy of an item you value by taking it there for a Tibetan singing bowl ritual.

Home-grown buskers Fairuz Rahim and Ridhwan will perform separate sets, to add to the laidback atmosphere.

Where: Going OM, 63 Haji Lane

When: 9.30pm to 1.30am

Price: Free to take part in the activities. The cafe sells food and drinks such as wedges ($8), kimchi pizza ($15), brownie ($7), Americano ($4), and a glass of red/white wine from $12.

Info: Call 6396-3592 or go to www.going-om.com.sg


COSY AFFAIRS


CELEBRATION CABIN

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What: Curl up with six of your nearest and dearest in a cable car to welcome the new year 100m above sea level. Set off from Mount Faber towards Sentosa and get a bird's eye view of the fireworks during the 1 1/2-hour ride. Included with your cabin is a bottle of champagne and a bottle of wine, a cold cut platter, as well as party packs with masks, party poppers and whistles.

Where: Faber Peak Singapore, 109 Mount Faber Road

When: 10.45pm to 12.30am

Price: $488++ per cabin (maximum six pax)

Info: Call 6377-9688 or go to www.faberpeaksingapore.com; first-come, first-served as only 30 cabins are available

OLD WORLD GLAMOUR AT THE BLACK SWAN

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What: New year's eve celebrations at restaurant-bar The Black Swan will be an intimate affair. Tuck into a New Year's Eve set dinner featuring truffle en croute (wrapped in pastry) and pan-seared black cod. Those who want to continue the celebrations can adjourn upstairs to The Powder Room bar for drinks or hit the dancefloor.

Where: 19 Cecil Street

When: Dinner from 5pm till late, party from 9pm till late

Price: $128++ (first seating), $148++ (second seating), no entry charge for party

Info: Call/SMS 8181-3305 or e-mail enquiry@theblackswan.com.sg 

COUNTDOWN TO 2015 AT CATALUNYA

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What: Head down to Spanish restaurant-bar Catalunya at The Fullerton Pavilion for a dazzling view of gunpowder popping overhead at Marina Bay. Enjoy a seven-course New Year's Eve tasting menu, with small dishes such as Carabinero red prawn and lamb shoulder with mushrooms. After dinner, the restaurant is transformed into a dancefloor, with resident DJ spinning the latest hits. Escape to the roof-top for a more subdued scene.

Where: The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay

When: 7pm till late

Price: $488++ for dinner with free entry to party, $98 for party entry charge, $128 at the door charge (both tickets include one glass of champagne)

Info: Call 6534-0886 or e-mail reservation@catalunya.sg; no minimum age limit for dinner, but those under 18 will be asked to leave the premises after the fireworks, when the partying begins.


COMMUNITY BASHES


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What: Homebodies need not venture far from their neighbourhoods, with 50 community countdown parties set to take place on Dec 31. From stilt-walkers and led-light shows at the Pasir Ris-Punggol Countdown To SG50, to balloon sculpting and Spanish dance performances at Ang Mo Kio and Sengkang West, there is a new year's eve party happening right in your own backyard.

Where: Various indoor and outdoor venues islandwide

When: From 5.30pm till late

Price: To be announced

Info: Go to www.pa.gov.sg


TOAST TO THE NEW YEAR


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What: Rooftop club 1-Altitude ushers in the new year with a black and white gala and a bevy of DJs to take you through to 2015. They include DJ Lindo Martinez, followed by Phase to Face, Jack T and Kenneth. Get the VIP treatment at club lounge Altimate at 1-Altitude and groove to the beats of DJs Acoustic Trip, Funky T and Leonard T.

When: From 6pm till late

Where: 1 Raffles Place, Level 61-63

Price: $150 to $300++ from 6pm to 9pm, $200 to $350++ from 9pm onwards per person at the rooftop at 1-Altitude. Cover charge at club Altimate is $68 per person (includes two drinks). Table reservations available with a minimum amount of spending at $200++ per person.

Info: reservations@1-altitude.com or call 6438-0410

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT 50RP

What: Lifestyle hub 50 RafflesPlace, which houses steakhouse Sear, Angie's Oyster Bar, and luxe club lounge Empire has got a New Year countdown party that will take you from dinner to drinks to an epic countdown to 2015. The evening starts at 7pm at Sear with a semi-buffet, where guests get a choice of Sear's signature steak or the catch of the day from Angie's Oyster Bar and can enjoy fresh seafood, salad, cheese, coldcuts and canapes. They can also enjoy Sear's signature sides like the homemade lemon rosti and the maple brussel sprouts, pig and nuts. After dinner, guests can head to Empire rooftop ultra lounge next door for a full view of the city skyline and fireworks while dancing away to the tunes of local DJ Stanley.

When: From 7pm till late

Where: 50 Raffles Place, Singapore Land Tower, Level 45

Price: $320 per person or $288 per person (early bird) if reservations are made before Dec 14. Tables are available to book at Empire from $1,500, and for $1,000 at Angie's Oyster Bar where guests will be entertained by a live jazz band. Entry to the rooftop area of 50RP is at $98 per person (includes one drink).

Info: empire@massive.sg or hello@50rp.com.sg. Call 6221-9555 or 8349-1672

COLOURFUL PARTY PEOPLE

What: The Establishment Group's Gem Bar, Zui Hong Lou and Manor Cocktail Room - all located in the hip Ann Siang Hill area - are giving party goers triple the opportunity to make this year's countdown one to remember.

Each bar will offer a different party experience whether you prefer lounge in a classier setting at Manor Cocktail Room, which is located above ZUi Hong Lou or boogie to the hip-hop beats by DJ Darren Dubwise at Gem Bar. Over at quirky bar Zui Hong Lou, patrons can chomp on some dimsum and listen to the beats from next door sister bar Gem Bar.

Where: 8-10 Ann Siang Hill

When: From 9pm till late

Price: No entry charge

Info: Go to www.gemsingapore.com, zuihonglouxinjiapopteltd.com.sg or manorbar.com.sg

KPO'S NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

What: Located at Killiney Post Office, the newly renovated KPO bar is accessible without the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road and offers a chill out ambience for intimate convivial moments.

Come early and groove to the beats of acoustic duo Chris and Diana from 6.30pm to 8.30pm before getting the party started with DJ David Tang at 9pm.

Where: 1 Killiney Rd

When: From 6.30pm till late

Price: Book a table before Dec 20 and pick from the three new year's eve drink bundles at $599

Info: Call 6733-3648 or go to www.facebook.com/KPO.sg


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