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Entertainment, Food & Beverage

ZoukOut tickets to cost $10 more

The annual beach bash will be two hours longer and have more acts
The Straits Times - October 7, 2011
By: Yip Wai Yee
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ZoukOut tickets to cost $10 more Acts include Ladytron, Armin van Buuren (above) and Karizma. -- PHOTOS: ZOUK

It is going to cost more to party at ZoukOut on Dec 10 - but you will get more bang for your buck.

Tickets to Singapore's annual beach bash are $10 more expensive this year, making them the priciest since the event started 11 years ago.

Entry charges for Happy Hour tickets will cost $78, while advance tickets will cost $88 and event-day tickets are $98.

Last year's tickets cost between $68 and $88, which was a $20 increase on the previous year.

The organisers say the price rise for the event at Siloso Beach in Sentosa is to help cover higher production costs. There are also more than 25 local and international deejays and live acts, compared to 20 last year.

This means the party will last two extra hours, starting at 6pm and ending at 8 the next morning. Usually, the party goes on for 12 hours from 8pm to 8am.

Human resource executive Nicole Teo, 26, who has attended ZoukOut since 2005, is unconcerned about the price hike. 'A $10 hike is still acceptable. Even with the higher price, ZoukOut is still one of the most affordable music festivals around,' she says.

'Many other concerts and music fests in Singapore cost a lot more than $100 and give you only a few hours of entertainment. ZoukOut is value-for-money.'

On raising ticket prices, Ms Sofie Chandra, marketing and business development manager for event organiser Zouk nightclub, says: 'We continue to better the event with added surprise elements, fringe activities and beefing up the line-up. Costs for hotels to house the international acts have risen by 35 per cent this year, along with the increase in technical and set-up costs for the live acts.'

Tickets go on sale on Oct 21. Still, even with pricier tickets, the organiser is confident the outdoor dance music festival will continue to be a hit. It is, after all, arguably the best in the region. Last year's 10th-anniversary bash saw a record turnout of 30,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous year.

This year, the headliner is Holland native Armin van Buuren, a well-known producer and deejay in dance music.

Voted No. 1 in DJ Magazine's annual list of 100 of the world's most popular deejays for four years straight, from 2007 to 2010, he has also won Best Global DJ at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami last year.

Other acts include Ladytron, the popular electronic music quartet from Liverpool, French deejay Bob Sinclar who is known for hit tunes such as Love Generation, and American deejay Karizma, who is considered to be one of the most innovative on the house music scene.

More acts will be confirmed within the next two weeks.

The event will also feature the Asian premiere of R.fm cinema, a film to celebrate craftsmanship in music video- making, including graphic design and storytelling. The film, which is directed by Sweden's Joel Broms Brosjo, will feature audio-visual works related to popular artists such as Scissor Sisters, Massive Attack and the Japanese Popstars.

The screening is a collaborative effort between Zouk and Anonymous, organisers of A Design Film Festival 2011: Singapore Edition.

In previous ZoukOut events, collaborations have also been made with local institutions such as the Singapore Art Museum to showcase art installations.

The club will announce more fringe activities soon.

Tickets to ZoukOut 2011 go on sale on Oct 21 and are available from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg) or from the club's ticketing booth.

 

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