ZoukOut 2013: Last year’s pics + 4 reasons to attend and stay till the sunrise this year

Why go to one of Asia’s top dance festivals and leave by 2am? Don’t be a cinderella this year – leave your shoes on the sand while we dance the starry night away with top tunes until the sunrise. ZoukOut 2013 is back for the 13th year, and will no less spectacular – expect 2 days of pure party power from Friday 13 December to Saturday 14 December.

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ZoukOut may have been running for a very long time, but it’s probably not going to die down anytime soon. True party hearts have trusted and twirled to Zouk’s careful music choices for more than a decade of dancing, and only the best beats are guaranteed as our feet sink into the sandy Siloso shores. Hello again to Singapore’s best reason for uniting clubbers from all over the world.

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Who wants to stay with me till the sunrise? I’ve always paced myself and made it to the end, but in case you need more motivation, these are 4 of my inspirations to stay till the closing this coming ZoukOut 2013.

#1: You can use your EZ Link Card to buy drinks throughout the night.

This year, ZoukOut is introducing much-needed cashless payment at the bar. All we have to do is “tap and go” to pay for drinks. This beats having to queue for drink coupons, and we can use the same card to take the train home. Ain’t no party like an MRT after-party!

You can store up to $500 on your EZ-Link card, but there are top-up kiosks at the venue too.

#2: Harder, better, longer, stronger

Last year, the first night of the festival kicked off at 9pm and ended by 4am. ZoukOut 2013 will start an hour earlier at 8pm and end at 5am. The second day will remain a 12-hour dusk-to-dawn dance extravaganza, from 8pm to 8am. Can you handle it? More to love!

#3: More time to appreciate the awesome international and local line-up.

Afrojack on Friday seems to be a crowd favourite, and you really mustn’t miss Benga, Nervo, Ferry Corsten and Danny Avila.

I had the huge privilege of seeing and listening to Solomun live, during his Sunday residency at Pacha Ibiza, start of summer this year. Solomun has been absolutely raging through Europe the last 2 years, successfully packing out his stints in the house music scene. ZoukOut is deservedly better this year knowing that I can disco with him.

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One of my Solomun favourites:

Looking forward to the star-studded interntaional line-up and digging into the localized tent to hear out A/K/A, Aldrin, Maurice Simon, Gerald Ang, Jeremy Boon, Ghetto, and Formative.

#4: Heineken creates party history this year by re-creating a dramatized sunrise.

Besides being ZoukOut’s official beer partner again this year, Heineken rewards their fans by creating an enhanced sunrise at ZoukOut this very special year! I can’t believe they are actually going to light up the sky – this I got to see. What a pretty idea, given the poor terrain and geography of Siloso Beach.

The Heineken Sunrise will be the special highlight of the event, together with a dance-reactive floor that is linked to the powering of the ‘sun’ and ‘sunrise’, which everyone can participate in. What a treat this year to marvel in! I can’t wait to witness the epic close of the last set, glorified against a spectacular sunrise.

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How are we going to last till wee hours of the morning, you may ask? Why, water of course. Lots. I’ve always been a fan of brands that advocate responsible drinking. There’s nothing more un-attractive than guys and girls stumbling around and falling over each other. ZoukOut is all about the world-class music acts and awesome party people for me. I’m proud of my last-till-morning party stamina, for the sunrise belongs to moderate drinkers. Walk past the Heineken tent at ZoukOut for your bottle of water.

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LAST YEAR’S PICTURES: I definitely had some colourful times at ZoukOut 2012, especially great to see the gang who flew in from Hong Kong and Japan. Super pumped for this weekend with Heineken and friends!

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Stay till the end, and you might just be rewarded with a happy hug from boss man himself, Lincoln Cheng (Zouk ‘de lao ban’).

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NIGHT IS A JOURNEY. MAKE SUNRISE THE LAST STOP.

Where are my fellow sunrise troopers at? Looking forward to a brilliant break of dawn with all of you. xxx

ZoukOut 2013: FRIDAY 13 Dec, 9pm–4am; SATURDAY 14 Dec, 8pm–8am
Venue: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Tickets: $98, $108, $118 (13 Dec, advanced, standard and at the door);
$108, $118, $128 (14 Dec, advanced, standard and at the door);
OR $168 (two-day festival pass).

Follow ZoukOut’s blog for updates, Heineken on Facebook, and tag your IG photos with #ZoukOut2013 #HeinekenSG and #HeinekenSunrise for me to see!

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Future Music Festival comes to Asia – KL, Fri & Sat 15-16 March. Armin’s 600th A State of Trance, The Prodigy, etc. VIP tickets sold out!

I can imagine it already – 40,000 young’ons will will be in their matching tie-dyed outfits, jumping, shouting and throwing their hands up to the terrific tunes of global music maestros. The stages will be platform after platform of remarkable performances, lit by a hectic symphony of lasers and visuals. Sunlight will streak away into the moonlight, but spirits will not die. Party-hunters will be energetic, some sweaty, and friends mostly straggled on the grass – smiling as they sing along. Couples will cuddle as they murmur sweet nothings, stroking each other’s hair. The atmosphere will be abuzz with some of the greatest melodies of our generation, and we will enjoy this soiree of surrender as we soak in the stars.

Some people will want a shower, but most won’t care. What will YOU be thinking about at an incredible party like this?

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♫♫♫♫♫♫♫ GET YOUR FRIENDS TOGETHER ♫♫♫♫♫♫♫

Future Music Festival 2013 (FMFA2013) has come back to Asia for the second time, and the organizers in Malaysia seem to be going all out to ‘chope’ that this is as big as it gets. I have been to the original Future Music Festival in Australia, and if it is any indication to go by, this upcoming fiesta will be an epic one. My good friend from Australia has even decided to fly in this year for the fun!

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My friends always forgive my tagging 😉 Good things are meant to be shared, and a party isn’t a party without your friends, right?! I’m really blessed and extra glad that the organizers have selected me and two of my favourite blogger friends, Dawn Yang and Agri Velt, to fly up. It’s been a while since the 3 of us Singaporean sisters have partied together, so I expect no less than a mayhem-filled weekend as we shake up Future Music Festival with our fruity loopy flavour!

I have told many of my friends to come to FMFA2013 in Malaysia this year, and this is why YOU should gather your troops and party with us.

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Future Music Festival 2013 (FMFA2013): 2 days, 4 stages, and a line-up full of win!

♫♫♫♫♫♫♫ Day One (Friday, 15 March 2013) – ‘A State of Trance 600: The Expedition World Tour’ ♫♫♫♫♫♫♫

• Armin Van Buuren
• Aly & Fila
• Ben Gold
• Cosmic Gate
• Super8 & Tab
• W&W

Visit http://www.astateoftrance.com for more details on Armin Van Buuren’s ‘A State of Trance 600: The Expedition World Tour’.

♫♫♫♫♫♫♫ Day Two (Saturday, 16 March 2013) ♫♫♫♫♫♫♫

• The Prodigy
• PSY
• Rita Ora
• Fun.
• Bloc Party
• Temper Trap
• Rudimental
• DJ Fresh (Live)
• Stafford Brothers
• Timmy Trumpet
• Tenzin
• Feed Me
• Kill The Noise
• Zeds Dead

♫♫♫♫♫♫♫ OTHER INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS ♫♫♫♫♫♫♫
• Naughty by Nature
• De La Soul
• Sidney Samson
• Angger Dimas
• Ladytron (DJ set)
• Andy Moor

♫♫♫♫♫♫♫ REGIONAL ♫♫♫♫♫♫♫
• Idiotape (South Korea)
• Shut Da Mouth (South Korea)
• Sixteen (Indonesia)
• DJ Stas (Singapore)
• DJ Bento (Japan)

♫♫♫♫♫♫♫ LOCAL ♫♫♫♫♫♫♫
• Goldfish & Blink
• Joe Flizzow
• Kyoto Protocol
• LapSap
• They Will Kill Us All
• Brains & The Eye (B.A.T.E)
• H3 featuring Arabyrd
• Dangerdisko
• Eva T
• OMP DJs
• Deer Society
• Darren Ashley
• Bud Culture
• Mr. Fluff
• Twilight Action Girl
• Mister Ariffin
• FONO
• DJ Fuzz
• Mr. Nasty
• GuruGuru
• Johan Nasir
• Jakeman & Skeletor
• Nadira

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If that isn’t a huge line-up, I don’t know what is! A schizophrenic selection like this can only mean musical success for anybody and everybody. This music festival in Malaysia celebrates everything from Electro to Indie.

I’m not such a TRANCE fan (I adore House music), but my Armin-fan friends tell me that having one of the few global ‘A State of Trance’ (ASOT) events at this year’s FMFA 2013 is a magnificent deal. Armin in Asia is making a lot of them very happy.

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The only thing I will be overdosed in is good music, and I am ready to say hello to HIP HOP legends Naughty By Nature & De La Soul!

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Prepare your horse-riding moves, because everyone else probably will. It’s your choice whether to enjoy POP sensations like PSY live at Future Music Festival Asia, or on your radio at home.

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♫♫♫♫♫♫♫ GET YOUR TICKETS ♫♫♫♫♫♫♫

Don’t get duped with duplicates or fakes, only buy your tickets from the official links and partners! Click this AirAsia link or FMFA’s official website link; it’s RM 158 for a single day pass (either Day 1 or Day 2) and RM 238 for the 2-day weekend pass (so much better). Pre-Sale tickets will be available for purchase till March 14, 2013 or while stocks last.

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VIP tickets are officially sold out but you can try your luck with Livescape Asia at tickets@livescape.asia or +60.3.7773.6272.

As of Tuesday 26 Feb, AirAsiaGo Singapore is giving out free festival tickets to people living in Singapore, on their Facebook page. Check it out!

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♫♫♫♫♫♫♫ GET YOUR STUFF TOGETHER ♫♫♫♫♫♫♫

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) is only a 4-5 hour first-class bus ride or a 1 hour flight from Singapore. In my upcoming blog post, I will explain logistic type details – how to get to KL real cheap and easy, where we girls will be staying, any deals I can find, and more.

I hope to see you there!

PS: Follow Future Music Festival Asia on Facebook or Twitter if you want details, gossip, or free stuff.

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PPS: I’ve been going crazy over the live remixes DJ ENFERNO has been doing – check out this one he did of Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition. I found him on YouTube and he deserves to be recognized. I hope they bring him in sometime in Future Music’s future!

Laneway Festival 2013 – Gotye, and other fresh indie music acts in Singapore, presented by FIJI Water

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(Future Music Festival, Australia, many many years ago)

I’ve been for a few music festivals in Australia and beyond, and I just don’t understand why there isn’t one every month in Singapore? Our sunny grass patches are galore – what is the Padang for? OK, we don’t have a lot of space, but our warm less-rainy seasons are reason enough for other countries to adore.

Yes… I wish we would have more. YES… I think more Singaporeans should stop being ‘sian’ and get their butt outdoors.

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LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2013 – PRESENTED BY FIJI WATER

LOCATION: MEADOWS, GARDENS BY THE BAY


See if you can spot me on Saturday… I will be swaying with the flowers in the daytime, and dancing/sitting under the stars by moonshine.
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I might not be a pretty sight by then, but at least the view will be!

LINEUP: GOTYE, Bat For Lashes, Japandroids, Kimbra, Kings of Convenience, and Nicolas Jaar

Have you heard of these music acts before? Which one is your fave?

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To be honest, I think the price of the event is a bit steep but this will probably be the sweetest event in the indie scene, and the icing on the cake (event) is GOTYE!

Kings of Convenience – When I listen to this song, I imagine myself in a field of dandelions by myself. Aiya, the guy in the music video stole my idea.

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If you could do with a good dose of butt-kicking weekend tunes, leap on down to Laneway Festival this year. FIJI Water will have 4 stations well-stocked with their famous artesian water to quench your musical thirsts.

CONTESTS AND FREE STUFF

EVENT NON-GOERS:
Don’t be sad! Leading up to January 26, FIJI Water will be holding a pre-­festival giveaway on Twitter (@FIJIWaterSG). With 10 exclusive Laneway Festival T-‐shirts to give away, fans are encouraged to follow and retweet @FIJIWaterSG for a chance to win.

EVENT GOERS:
Look out for props around the venue on Saturday and upload your photos on Twitter or Instagram (tag #FIJIWaterLanewaySG), for participants can stand to win one of 10 autographed Laneway posters.

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Whether you’re a civillian or a headlining musician, you’ll probably be doing your body a good deed by getting some FIJI Water to beat the heat.

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The Laneway Facebook page showed me that I have 30 friends going to this event this Saturday. How many of your friends are going?
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Let’s hydrate and hug it out like indie music-loving Singaporean hippies – This Saturday at Laneway Festival 2013.

Follow my Facebook/Twitter/Instagram activity @estellekiora to get in touch/and for live updates on the day. Please pray that it won’t rain!

-> Laneway Festival 2013: Facebook page
-> FIJI Water Singapore: Facebook page