ZoukOut's line-up a hit with partygoers

Revellers dancing at the ZoukOut music festival held on Sentosa on Dec 11.
Revellers dancing at the ZoukOut music festival held on Sentosa on Dec 11. PHOTO: EPA
Confetti falling onto revellers dancing at ZoukOut on Dec 11.
Confetti falling onto revellers dancing at ZoukOut on Dec 11. PHOTO: EPA
Partygoers wearing illuminated spectacle frames at ZoukOut on Dec 11.
Partygoers wearing illuminated spectacle frames at ZoukOut on Dec 11. PHOTO: EPA
The logo of the ZoukOut music festival is pictured behind silhouettes of revellers on Dec 11.
The logo of the ZoukOut music festival is pictured behind silhouettes of revellers on Dec 11. PHOTO: EPA

SINGAPORE - The atmosphere on the first night of ZoukOut 2015 at Siloso Beach in Sentosa was hot - so hot in fact, that a small fire broke out during the popular beach party sometime after midnight.

It happened among the technical equipment located at the top of the main stage, Moon Stage, in the middle of the set by DJ Snake at about 12.30am on Saturday.

There was a burning smell before the fire was visible, but it was quickly extinguished. The Frenchman's one-hour set was not affected by the fire.

Zouk's spokesman says the fire started "because of a technicality triggered by the rain" and that it was "managed as quickly as possible by trained professionals".

Otherwise, the dusk-to-dawn party was a hit with partygoers, most of whom were there for Dutch DJ Tiesto, whose set started at 3.30am.

His set, which closed off the festival at Moon Stage, attracted the largest crowd on the first night. It ended at 5am.

The crowd was more modest over at the Star Stage, where names such as Paul Oakenfold and Dixon, from Britain and Germany respectively, were spinning.

Like other years, party organiser Zouk pulled out all the stops to provide the complete festival experience for partygoers, with LED-studded stilt walkers, GIF booths, blinding lights and confetti bursts. There were even multiple fireworks displays throughout the night.

Kaplan Singapore student Sugumaran Kris, 18, saved up every day for a whole year for it.

This was his first ZoukOut, and he was here for Tiesto, though he will be returning Saturday night too.

ZoukOut regular Ken Tan, 30, who was spotted having a drink with his friends in between DJ sets, says this year's party seems "a bit more polished", with more food vendors. He has attended 10 ZoukOuts to date.

But for the advertising executive, it was still the line-up for ZoukOut that was most important. He and his group of three friends were there for Dixon, the German DJ.

He says: "Only ZoukOut can pull in all these different names. It's a rare chance to catch a lot of good DJs at one time."

Headliners on Saturday are Dutch trance DJ Armin Van Buuren and Swedish house duo Axwell and Ingresso. There will also be a new stage, Kaleidoscope Arena, dedicated to local acts such as rapper Shigga Shay and DJ collective Attagirl!.