In case you don’t already know, Singapore is finally turning 53 (secretly rejoices for the public holiday)! And while you’re busy getting party RED-dy for National Day, here’s a major throwback to when ZoukOut first made its mark in the Lion City with some of the most iconic moments from the festival. Plus the answer to your burning question – why is ZoukOut 2018 only a one-day festival?
1. 2000, the birth of ZoukOut
Yes, ZoukOut has been around for 18 years, about the legal age of a party newbie. Debuted as Singapore’s first dance music festival on a beach, the event attracted about 8,000 party-goers with a lineup that included Brit DJ Dave Seamen and Detroit-based Richie Hawtin. Back then, a festival the likes of ZoukOut was truly one of its kind in the region. In some ways, it pioneered the festival scene in Asia. ZoukOut OGs, we see you and salute you!
2. The Mambo Jambo Arena
Dedicated to all Mambo dancing kings and queens out there and possibly one of the most iconic Zouk parties that was brought to the great outdoors. The Mambo Jambo Arena never disappoints. Remember when DJ Craze took centre stage with freestyle champ MC Armanni in 2007? With arms flung up high and hips grooving to the beats, the crowd was feeling every single second of it.
3. ZoukOut’s first aftermovie
Out of the world performers, carnival rides, palmistry, massages and one-off installations by local premier artists in collaboration with Singapore Art Museum. You name it, 2009 had it! Watch the full aftermovie here.
4. Crowned twice as the “Best Leisure Event Experience” in Singapore
From humble beginnings to building a name on the global party scene and drawing tens of thousands annually, to be named twice as the “Best Leisure Event Experience” in the city just made all blood, sweat and tears worth it.
5. One-day festival?!
Now that you’ve scrolled all the way down so before you flip the chair and demand for an answer, yes, ZoukOut will only be one day this year. And here’s why – after 18 editions, the team recognises that there is a need to refresh the concept and to elevate guests experiences. One step at a time, in hopes to build a more inclusive ZoukOut which potentially provides you with an opportunity to have a unique experiential festival by curating a holistic and wholesome which some day may include island-wide experiences.
There you have it, now enjoy the public holiday like how you will.
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