6 Crazy Celeb Memories Of Their Zouk Heydays

Happy 25th birthday to Singapore’s favourite club

Lincoln Cheng, Zouk founder
25 May 2016

Lincoln Cheng, Zouk founder

“My most memorable moment of Zouk was our grand opening night back on 31 March 1991. The club and restaurant were completed more than three weeks before and we were fully staffed, but me and my partners then did not want to open until we had our 3am licence from our midnight licence. We spent every night rehearsing dry runs to train our bar, floor, security and front office staff. When we finally opened on 31 March, we were most anxious to see how the crowd would respond to this brand new entertaining and dining complex. And we were all excited to see a long queue forming, with hundreds or thousands of people waiting to see Zouk for the first time.”

Larry Yeo, makeup artist
25 May 2016

Larry Yeo, makeup artist

“I went to Zouk drunk after a gay bar (because Zouk drinks were too expensive) and danced with my girls. Then I grabbed some straight boy’s ass but pointed to my friend and told him she was the one who had touched him. #BadLarryBad! At that time – I was in my mid 20s – I was constantly drinking and doing stuff like that. I had a group of straight friends that I partied with every day for six months and we were at Zouk every Friday and Saturday.”

Sonia Chew, 987FM DJ and #TravelSSBD host
25 May 2016

Sonia Chew, 987FM DJ and #TravelSSBD host

“My favourite memory of Zouk was when my crew and I threw our own party to celebrate an award that we won for a travel show I’m hosting (#travelSSBD) and the whole TOWN came down, including my parents, colleagues, friends etc. I’m so grateful that the lovely people from Zouk let us have the space to share the love. We went all out that night…I fell asleep in the toilet and someone had to break in to carry me out so I could make it to work at 6am the next day. Good times!”

Shen Tan, celebrity chef
25 May 2016

Shen Tan, celebrity chef

“On my 26th birthday, I climbed onto the podium reserved for Zouk dancers, took my t-shirt off and threw it into the crowd. And I don’t remember much after that. We were young and foolish and drinking vodka Ribenas by the jug – during the Midnight Madness promo, we’d get four jugs each, stick a bunch of straws in each jug and drink it all. I don’t know how it is I still have a fully functioning liver.”

Sharon Lim, ELLE Singapore editor-in-chief
25 May 2016

Sharon Lim, ELLE Singapore editor-in-chief

“I think I was the first journalist ever to interview founder Lincoln Cheng. This was in 1991 when I was a newspaper entertainment journalist. Back then, Singapore had no dance clubs, but rather discos that played mostly Top 40s dance music. Critics thought Lincoln and his partners were suicidal to open a mammoth dance club that played only the ‘new’ electronic music that didn’t have singalong lyrics — but Zouk proved them wrong. Through Lincoln and Zouk, I’ve interviewed some of the biggest names in dance music, from Paul Oakenfold to Jose Padilla (of Café del Mar fame), and made some firm friends like DJ Adam Low, who together with Lincoln thought it would be a great joke to launch Mambo Jambo with a retro music-only playlist… You know the rest! I still have a mix tape somewhere of the first Mambo Jambo night’s playlist. I just need to find a cassette player!”

Jessica Sinclair, yoga maestro and founder of The Yoga Mandala
25 May 2016

Jessica Sinclair, yoga maestro and founder of The Yoga Mandala

“I will always remember the bridge outside Zouk. It was where I had the deepest drunken discussions and fiercest, most traumatic fights with an ex boyfriend. The memories are still etched in my heart and even as I walk past today, there is a sweet pain I still feel in my soul.”

Think of a Silver Jubilee – a.k.a. a 25th anniversary celebration – and all that comes to mind is stuff like wedding anniversaries and National Day parades, not dance clubs, right? But really, that’s only because such places hardly ever make it past the age of three, given the fickle nature of clubbers. Pfft.

So when a club hits that grand ol’ age, you can bet it’s reason to par-tay. That’s why Singapore’s favourite bopping ground is throwing a major bash (silver-themed, of course) this Saturday to herald its 25th.

Before you hit the dancefloor, check out the above memories from celebs on their favourite/craziest/most poignant experience there, then mull over your own (if you’re feeling brave, post it up on social media with the hashtag #ZoukSG25th).

For more Living stories, head here. Or check out Dear Singapore, This Is The Best Way To Get Legally Buzzed and A Love Letter To Ben & Jerry.

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