Zouk moving out with a bang

Zouk's final parties at Jiak Kim Street are targeted at its "loyal supporters".
Zouk's final parties at Jiak Kim Street are targeted at its "loyal supporters".PHOTO: ZOUK

Before vacating its Jiak Kim Street premises, Zouk has more than 20 parties lined up for die-hard clubbers

Zouk and its fans will be saying farewell to its iconic Jiak Kim Street premises over four months, from next month to December, with a series of more than 20 parties.

The events include the last Halloween party on Oct 31, the last Christmas eve party on Dec 24 and the last New Year's party on Dec 31 at the old venue, where the club has been situated since 1991. Zouk will move to Clarke Quay next year.

Zouk's head of marketing and events, Ms Sofie Chandra, 32, says the club plans to go "all out" with the designs, set-ups and decorations for the three annual events.



    WHERE: Zouk and Phuture WHEN:Sept 13, 2 to7pm

    ADMISSION: Free for Zouk, $10 for ZouKiDisco, includes one non-alcoholic drink


    WHERE: Mambo Stage, Esplanade Park, Marina Bay Street Circuit

    WHEN: Sept 18 to 20

    ADMISSION: Any Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix ticket gives access to MamboStage. From $68.

    INFO: Go to www.singaporegp.sg or call 6738-6738


    WHERE: Zouk

    WHEN: Oct 22, doors open at 11pm

    ADMISSION: To be announced


    WHERE: Zouk

    WHEN: Oct 31

    ADMISSION: To be announced

    ZOUKOUT 2015

    WHERE: Siloso Beach, Sentosa

    WHEN: Dec 11, 8pm to 5am; and Dec 12, 8pm to 8am

    ADMISSION: $158 (early bird), $168 (advance) and $188 (event day) forDay 1; $168 (early bird), $178 (advance) and $198 (event day) forDay 2; or $258 for a two-day festival pass

    INFO: Call 6348-5555, or go to sistic.com.sg or www.zoukout.com


    WHERE: Zouk

    WHEN: Dec24

    ADMISSION: To be announced


    WHERE: Zouk

    WHEN: Dec 31

    ADMISSION: To be announced

She adds: "It's always about going way over the top and for that experience to be unforgettable for all our clubbers. We have to give back to all our loyal supporters."

Some of the international electronic dance music stars who have performed at Zouk will also be back for a final hurrah at Jiak Kim Street. These include American Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Steve Aoki, who will helm a set on Oct 22.

The campaign extends to events held outside the club, most notably ZoukOut, which has grown over the years to be one of the most significant outdoor dance festivals in the region. Last year's event drew 50,000 partygoers.

To be held over two days on Dec 11 and 12 at Siloso Beach, Sentosa, this year's edition will feature more than 40 acts, including marquee names in the electronic dance music scene such as Armin van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto and Kaskade.

The second day will also see the debut of a new stage featuring homegrown talents such as Vandetta, Darren Dubwise, Shigga Shay, Thelioncity boy and Jean Reiki.

After a three-year absence, Zouk will return to Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, which will be held from Sept 18 to 20. With a venue called Mambo Stage held at the Esplanade Park inside the Marina Bay Street Circuit, the parties will feature the Mambo Jambo theme of playing classic dance-pop party tunes that have been favourites at Zouk.

The series of farewell shows is good news for Zouk regulars such as fashion stylist Kovit Ang.

"The thing that makes these theme nights at Zouk better than in other clubs is they make a lot of effort in things such as the props and other decorations," says the 41-year-old who has dressed up as characters such as politicians and schoolchildren for past Halloween parties held at Zouk.

Mr Nicholas Cho, 37, who has spent every Halloween, Christmas eve and New Year's eve at Zouk in the last 10 years, is especially fond of the club's annual Halloween theme parties.

The owner of local clothing line Flesh Imp says: "I remember a year when my friends and I dressed up as Swat police officers and we pretended to 'storm' Zouk."

For Ms Alexis Cai, the goodnatured spirit of the Zouk regulars is what always draws her back to the club's signature nights.

Says the 27-year-old communications executive,who says that she used to spend every Wednesday night at Zouk's Mambo Jambo parties while she was in university: "You can always expect the regular Zouk clubbers to be full of enthusiasm on their theme nights and the club has never failed me."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2015, with the headline 'Moving out with a bang'. Print Edition | Subscribe