We’ll be the first to admit… there have been times in the past when we attended the Singapore F1 night races and barely paid any attention to the cars whizzing by. Why? Because we were too busy pouring as much champagne and coffee martinis down our throats at Paddock Club; too caught up catching up with friends at Sky Suites, or just too occupied with catching all the stellar pop performances.
Even if you’re not a fan of F1, well, Singapore’s nightlife action really revs up during race weekend. Our picks this year, depending on whether you’d like to…
1. Just stay within the grounds
16 September, 10.30pm, Padang Stage.
This Dutch electronic music star is the world’s current top DJ, as ranked by DJ Mag. Just 22, he’s already collaborated with today’s hottest stars such as American R&B singer Khalid in Ocean, Scared To Be Lonely with Dua Lipa, and In the Name of Love with Bebe Rexha.
15 Sep, 10.15p, to 2140pm, Padang Stage
Formed in 2003, this Las Vegas-based rock band has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and headlined all of the world’s top festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury. Look forward to chart-topping singalong anthems including Mr Brightside, Somebody Told Me, Human, Run For Cover and more.
The Sugarhill Gang
15 Sep (8pm-9pm, The Wharf Stage) and 16 Sep (5.25pm to 6.25pm, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)
Oldies, but goldies. Their 1979 hit single Rapper’s Delight sold over 8 million copies and became the biggest-selling rap single of all time. Other irresistibly catchy songs you’ll definitely want to dance to include Apache and LaLa Song.
14 Sep, 10.30pm at Padang Stage.
The Mandarin singer that us potato-eating bananas are most likely to listen to. We can’t wait to hear his most popular ballads such as If You Don’t Love Me, It’s Fine and Waiting For You.
16 Sep, 6pm to 7.10pm, Padang Stage
Young, spunky, and too gorgeous for words, 23-year-old English singer-songwriter Dua Lipa was discovered when she first did song covers on her YouTube channel back in 2009, and quickly became the youngest female music artiste ever to hit a billion views on the video platform. Yep, we know all the lyrics to IDGAF, New Rules, and Scared To Be Lonely… and we’ll be belting them out loud.
14 Sep (6.15pm to 7.15pm, Wharf Stage), 15 Sep (5.30pm to 6pm, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre), 16 Sep (5.25pm to 5.55pm, Sunset Stage)
Formed in 1988, the world’s most famous ABBA tribute band has performed 7,000 shows in over 100 countries — a testament to ABBA’s undying popularity and the Australian Bjorn Again’s ability to entertain the crowds with super-convincing renditions of Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, and more by ABBA.
2. Meet a gazillionaire or F1 driver
While we can’t guarantee every person there will be either one or the other (duh … because aside from the pricey table-and-bottles packages, there are also lower-priced standing-room-only tickets for plebs), these three glitzy party spots are expected to draw in the jet-set international crowd.
The Podium Lounge
The Grand Ballroom, Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore
The fact that it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary this year means they’ll be pulling out all the stops to ensure memorable nights out. Think aerial performers, fashion shows, an Australian burlesque troupe, as well as special “guest stars” each night.
Sep 14, 10pm to 4am: Boyzlife, comprising Boyzone alumnus Keith Duffy and Westlife alumnus Brain McFadden, presents familiar boyband mush such as Flying Without Wings, Picture of You and My Love.
Sep 15, 10pm to 4pm: Joel Madden, vocalist of American rock band Good Charlotte, plays guest DJ for the night.
Sep 16, 10pm to 4am: American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and DJ Jamie Luis Gomez, best known as Taboo from Black Eyed Peas, whose latest Latino dance album Zumbao should please Zumba fans.
Admission: $218 for general admission, or $390 with a bottle of GH Mumm champagne. VIP tables from $1,488 include a GH Mumm magnum and one bottle of Grey Goose vodka.
The Rich List
Flow 18, 18th floor, JW Marriot Singapore South Beach
Having held stellar parties in Dubai, UK and Marbella in the past five years, Rich List, which provides services such as exotic car rental, and yacht and jet charters, is throwing its first-ever party in Singapore, boasting “exemplary five-star service all set on an unbeatable views over the Singapore skyline”, and a lineup of international DJs such as Altimate resident DJ Adam Sky, and Dutchman Lindo Martinez.
Lewis Hamilton, Kevin Hart and Amir Khan have attended Rich List’s previous overseas events. Who knows who you’ll spot this weekend? However, we are taking points off the fact that there are no details as to the exact timing of the parties.
Admission: General admission begins at $75, while seated tables for 10, including two bottles of champagne, 1 bottle of vodka and 50 beers/4 wines, plus a selection of à la carte food, begins at $4,000.
Temasek Reflections, Millenia Walk
For those with serious cash to spare, or who can drink their body’s weight worth of champagne, since it’s free flow all night long. Themed Extravaganza, expect a lineup of international DJs and performances by the hottest artistes from around the world.
Sep 15, 11 pm: The Amber Lounge F1 Driver Fashion Show sees a high-fashion runway presentation from leading international designers.
Sep 16, 11pm: The closing party is the most anticipated night as this is where the F1 drivers and teams head to for post-race celebrations.
Admission: From $655 (on Sep 15) and $1,215 (on Sep 16) for general admission, and from $14,200 for a VIP table.
3. Party without going broke
Checkpoint by Zouk
The Cannery, Clarke Quay
Sep 15, 10pm to 4am: Dutch DJ producer R3hab spins party tunes into the wee hours of the following morning. $60, includes one house pour.
Sep 16, 10pm to 3am: Brit urban act Jay Sean with R&B. Free admission before midnight; $20 after midnight at the door, with one standard house pour.
Bang Bang and LuLu’s Lounge
7 Raffles Boulevard
On 14 and 15 September, $60 will gain you entry into both Bang Bang and LuLu’s Lounge; entry is complimentary on 16 September.
Either way, expect a super-fun night out as you hop between these two neighbouring clubs. Lulu’s features a jazz band, provocative burlesque and “boylesque” performances by Australia’s SugarBlue Burlesque, gogo dancers and DJ Collective Matteblacc, while Bang Bang sees international Djs Agent SMTH and DJ Metro spin high-energy tunes while giant mascots wander around providing entertainment.
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