ZoukOut. The very word has a certain ring to it which invites people to bring out those stunning attire waiting to be worn as soon as you find the perfect occasion, to wake up the party animals hiding inside you, and to step into a world of amazing entertainment. Securing the position of one of Asia's biggest beach dance and music festivals, ZoukOut is a two-day event held at Siloso Beach in Sentosa each year. Internationally acclaimed DJs, fun-filled activities, and a whole lot of delicious food are what make this event one of the grandest events across the entire world. Every year, the huge festival breaks its own record by incorporating bigger and better events than the previous year.
The ZoukOut Festival brings together thousands of revellers from all around the globe so that they can be a part of this jaw-dropping experience of a lifetime. Apart from being a favourite among the party-goers, this outdoor music and dance festival has also been honoured with the "Best Leisure Event Experience" by the Singapore Tourism Board thrice, between 2005 and 2008.
ZoukOut – Where did it all begin?
The ZoukOut Festival, organised by the Zouk Group in Singapore, began its annual journey as a humble one-night event in the year 2000. Zouk is a renowned nightclub in the Lion City which has been revered as the "Best Nightspot Experience" no less than six times in eleven years. Back when ZoukOut started, this festival only attracted around nine thousand interested people. However, it did not take long for the sensational festival to spread its branches and draw in more people from the global party scene. In no time, forty thousand people from every sphere of life were thronging in large groups, and ZoukOut went on to be one of the biggest music and dance festivals witnessed by Asia, with some of the biggest names of these industries gracing the stage. Its appeal has attracted such a huge mass of people that it has also been staged at an international level in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Boracay.
How do the party animals celebrate ZoukOut?
The party hats are out, the adrenaline rush is on point, and the appetising food and drinks are overflowing. The psychedelic lights at the venue, coupled with the blaring music and energetic people create an invigorating aura altogether. The grand fest is fuelled with an incessant supply of appealing appetisers like Ramen and tantalising margaritas. In terms of the decor, ZoukOut comes up with a brand new theme every year and the backdrop of the stage displays it with panache. From David Guetta to DJ Snake, ZoukOut has joined hands with almost every internationally acclaimed music artist there is.
As soon as the sun retreats below the horizon, the party animals come out of their abodes to set themselves free with fun and food, and drinks and dance, until the sun comes out again. Electronic Dance Music, or EDM, is the main genre of music that reverberates from the speakers and the beats are sure to make you groove along. The playlist mainly comprises of the songs that have been topping the charts for weeks and range from hard rock to hip-hop, and from teen pop to trance. The sprawling stage is spectacular with fireworks, laser shows and pyrotechnics. However, renowned artists are not the only ones who grace the shores of Siloso during this festival. ZoukOut also sets the stage for local artists who deserve a much-needed chance to showcase their talents, and what can be better than one of the biggest beach festivals in Asia? Along with the music and dance shows, the Zouk Group also arranges some events like bungee jumping and vertical skywalk. However, the nature of these activities changes every year.
What makes ZoukOut stand out?
The main highlight of this spectacular festival, without a doubt, is the presence of the celebrities of the music industry. In the previous years, the revellers have witnessed the performances of many renowned music artists, including the sensational Dutch DJ duo Yellow Clay, Paul Oakenfold, Above & Beyond, Carl Cox, and the Swedish DJ duo Ingrosso and Axwell. Performing alongside are extremely talented artists like the Belgian techno artist DJ Amelie Lens, Le NERD, Avicii, Paul van Dyk and DJ Afrojack among others. The hoots of the audience mingling perfectly with the groovy beats make this festival absolutely perfect.
When is the ZoukOut festival celebrated in Singapore?
Every year in December, the Zouk Club organises ZoukOut. In 2017, the two-day festival began on the 8th of December. To know the exact dates, you need to keep an eye on the official website of the ZoukOut Festival or their social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The ZoukOut Festival charges an admission fee each year. In 2017, the price of the one-day pass started from SGD 138, while the two-day pass was priced from SGD 228. For the ones interested to attend the massive celebration in 2018, this should give a rough idea about the pricing policies. Additional costs may be included for food, drinks and other activities.
Where should you head out to attend ZoukOut?
The venue of this resplendent annual festival is the gorgeous Siloso Beach of the Sentosa Island in Singapore. To reach Silos Beach, take the bus 139, 123, 30 or 99 and get down at the bus stop at Pasir Panjang. It is a fifteen-minute walk from there to the beach. HarbourFront MRT is the nearest station, and it is a twenty-minute walk from Exit B to Siloso. It is advisable to hire a cab after alighting from the bus or the MRT.
Dive into the intoxicating, blaring music and let your body find its rhythm as you flaunt that beach body. The ZoukOut Festival is the perfect platform for letting yourself loose and having an experience that is too amazing to forget, and everyone must attend this spectacular festival at least once in their entire lives.