Catch DJ Pete Tong and other live music acts over the weekend

British DJ Pete Tong.
British DJ Pete Tong. PHOTO: PETE TONG

The Sports Hub is set to come alive this weekend when the HSBC World Rugby Sevens comes to town.

From carnival games to a set by British DJ Pete Tong, rugby fans have more to look forward to than men scrumming it out on the field.

And once the on-field competition is over, fans can head to nightlife hub Clarke Quay for special deals.

Singapore is hosting a two-day leg of the tournament at the National Stadium tomorrow and Sunday.

The first match kicks off at 10am, but starting from 9am and until 8pm, organisers Rugby Singapore are rolling out three zones surrounding the stadium, each hosting free activities for the entire family. The areas are open to both ticketholders and members of the public.

At the fun zone in the area between Kallang MRT station and Kallang Wave Mall, there is inflatable bungee rugby (a variation of an inflatable castle), Xbox stations, photo booths and a Rugby superhero challenge zone where you can try your hand at passing, kicking and throwing the ball.


  • WHERE: National Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive 

    WHEN: Tomorrow and Sunday, from 9am 

    ADMISSION: From $2 (child below 12) to $150 for a two-day pass 


At the SportSG Auditorium is a kids drop-off zone, where younger children can get their faces painted or receive balloon sculptures and make sand art.

You can also test your passing, kicking and jumping skills at the South dome deck.

Renowned British DJ Tong will play an hour-long set from 8pm at the stadium after the sporting action on day one is over.

Clarke Quay has been designated as the official after-party zone. From tonight till Sunday night, catch resident bands from the area's establishments and other acts - such as Singshot, 10.Seconds, N-A-T-1-O-N and Zyncxation - on a stage set up at the Fountain square. Performances start from 7pm.

A shuttle bus service will run from the coach bay near the stadium's taxi stand to Clarke Quay when the day's matches are over. Organisers say it will be a "limited service" that runs every 15 minutes. Those who wish to take the shuttle service need to present their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Singapore ticket.

Ticket-holders can also get discounts at 15 participating outlets in Clarke Quay. For instance, they get 20 per cent off food at live music spot Warehouse, while rock 'n' roll bar Crazy Elephant has seven drink promotions after 9pm.

South African rugby fan Karl Christians, who will be going to the tournament on both days with his Singaporean wife, hopes his home country's team will have a good showing.

"They weren't playing well last week at the Hong Kong Sevens, so I'm hoping they'll bounce back this week."

The 52-year-old accountant also hopes to see people showing up in costumes like what the fans do at other Sevens events around the world.

The Singapore Sevens is the eighth of the 10-leg, eight-month competition. Other host cities include Hong Kong, London and Dubai. A total of 16 teams, including those from New Zealand, South Africa and Fiji, will feature at the tournament at the 55,000-seater National Stadium.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2016, with the headline 'Party on at rugby matches'. Print Edition | Subscribe