Kyo Singapore closes after four years

The 270-capacity basement club has been plagued by falling attendance figures and shuttered its doors last Saturday.
The 270-capacity basement club has been plagued by falling attendance figures and shuttered its doors last Saturday. PHOTO: LIMITED EDITION CONCEPTS

SINGAPORE - After four years, club Kyo on Cecil Street has closed its doors. The owners say they will shift their focus to Kyo Kuala Lumpur instead.

The announcement was made by the club on June 8 via a status update on the club's Facebook page. The 270-capacity basement club has been plagued by falling attendance figures in the past 1½ to two years and shuttered its doors last Saturday.

"We're the old kid on the block so maybe it's time that we take a break and realign some things," says Mr Godwin Pereira, 42, director and co-founder of lifestyle group Limited Edition Concepts which runs Kyo. The group also runs hip hop club Refuge, which is located in CHIJMES.

Kyo had dedicated house and techno nights at its space, with the likes of heavyweights such as French DJ Francois K, American producer Osunlade and the United Kingdom's Nic Fanciulli coming through their doors. Kyo was also popular for its Ladies' Nights on Thursdays, with focused on old school hip-hop and R&B tunes.

"We are tired and the space is also tired. When we first started, it was a movement that was different and inspiring for a large audience of people who didn't already have that," he says, adding that other like-minded outlets started popping up after, thus "diluting" what they started.

"For the consumer, it's fantastic because you can pick and choose but we have had to shrink down in size as the pie got smaller," he says.

But this is not the end for the club. "We will maybe look for a fresh space, another basement, in a couple of months," he says. "But I also want the market to pick up a little bit first."

Instead, he wants to focus on Kyo's international venture in Kuala Lumpur. Kyo KL, a two-room club at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, can accommodate 770 people.

"Kyo KL allows us to experiment with not only house and techno, but hip-hop and R&B, giving us a good balance of both," he says.

Kyo is the latest casualty of Singapore's fast-paced and fickle nightlife scene. Another techno and house-centric club, Cato, shut in January after a 1½-year run. Other similar establishments with more niche programming such as The Council at Boat Quay (underground techno) and Kilo Lounge on Tanjong Pagar Rd (underground) are still going strong.