There’s An Underground Music Joint In Bukit Timah That’s So Secret, You’re Driven And Blindfolded There
You’ve got your speakeasies, hidden art galleries and secret museums. Now it’s time to skip the mainstream nightlife venues and go straight to where the coolest parties are at. Taking underground music to a whole new level is The Kave HQ.
This underground watering hole hosts guerilla music performances somewhere in the woods of Bukit Timah, but no one knows the exact address, even its regular party-goers.
Sounds interesting? Here’s what you can expect.
An 80s Inspired Cave
Opened since June this year, getting to Kave HQ involves meeting up with other guests at the gathering point and waiting for an old school Beetle or Kombi van to come pick you up. To ensure absolute secrecy, you’ll be blindfolded the entire journey.[caption id="attachment_38557" align="aligncenter" width="679"] Image Credit: @thekavehq[/caption]
Don’t worry, you’ll be seated with your best buds if you’re scared of being blindfolded. You can also try sneaking a peek along the ride, but it’s no fun without a little mystery and thrill![caption id="attachment_38556" align="aligncenter" width="679"] Image Credit: @thekavehq[/caption]
What lies within might possibly the one of the coolest music joints in Singapore. Meet up with like-minded music enthusiasts and be transported to an 80s-inspired underground music scene featuring bricked walls, cement flooring, exposed pipes, dangling light bulbs, neon-lit signs and vintage furniture.
Kave HQ promises local acts, chill vibes and drinks – because what’s a party without booze? It’s a space for music lovers and musicians to jam with all night long. Their lineup includes local indie bands such as Disco Hue, .gif and resident group The Kavemen among many other artists in Asia’s indie pop scene.[caption id="attachment_38555" align="aligncenter" width="679"] Image Credit: @thekavehq[/caption]
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You can also book the space for solemnisations and weddings if you’re looking to tie the knot in an indie setting. Upon confirmation, the space will be decorated with rose garlands and a mini altar – making it the perfect setting to declare your love for one another.[caption id="attachment_38558" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image Credit: @thekavehq[/caption]
Huge fan of vintage cars? Immortalise your intimate moments inside one![caption id="attachment_38560" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image Credit: @thekavehq[/caption]
Keep your eyes peeled for their next gig. Since their location is a secret and you can’t exactly walk in at anytime of the day, keep a lookout for upcoming gigs on their Facebook page.
Their next gig is happening on 21st December with a special Christmas-themed set. Come dressed as an elf, reindeer or Santa as a special prize awaits the best dressed of the night. There’ll also be sips and nosh for the good and naughty – think Christmas Tarik cocktails and hearty beef stew![caption id="attachment_38562" align="aligncenter" width="559"] Image Credit: A Wild Exploration[/caption]
Book your tickets for Jingle Dingle at Eventbrite. There are only 80 tickets available, so grab yours before they’re all gone! A ticket costs $38/pax but it’ll cost $32/pax for the first 50!
The Kave HQ
Upcoming Event: Jingle Dingle
Date & Time: 21 December 2019
Time:8pm – 11.30pm
Meeting point: The Grandstand Shuttle Pick Up Point (Carpark outside Giant)
Pick up timings: 7.15pm – 7:45pm
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Ask anyone what the best ride at Universal Studios Singapore is, and Transformers: The Ride is bound to come up in the conversation.
With its slick combination of 3D and practical effects, this literal thrill ride is an adrenaline-pumping masterpiece, giving you a virtual reality experience that you can’t find anywhere else in the park.
And if you’re a fan of that, then you’re going to love Headrock VR.
Virtual Reality Heaven[caption id="attachment_38165" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Also located at Resorts World Sentosa (a two minute walk form USS, no less), Headrock VR is Singapore’s first virtual reality theme park.
As its name suggests, each of its 11 rides make use of virtual reality technology, offering a wide range of experiences that include whitewater rafting, leaping through the jungle and jumping into a volcano.[caption id="attachment_38169" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption] [caption id="attachment_38171" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption] [caption id="attachment_38170" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
For those who don’t like their hearts beating at a 120 beats per minute, don’t worry — there are less intense activities like archery and that Beat Saber rhythm game that you might have seen on YouTube as well.[caption id="attachment_38168" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
K-pop fans will also be interested to know that Big Bang’s Seungri is both Headrock VR’s ambassador and creative director. He played a role in selecting every ride in the park, and you’ll even get to hear his voice in the aforementioned whitewater rafting ride.
Headrock VR is open right now, with ticket prices ranging from $35 to $65. To commemorate its opening there are discounts of up to 30% till the 16th of December, so you might want to change your plans this weekend.
Venue: Resorts World Sentosa, #01-38/39
Price: $35 – $65
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (last admission at 7pm)
(Header Image Source: Discover SG)
Don’t Fight With The Crowd This NYE – Catch A Fireworks Musical From Japan At The Marina Bay Floating Platform
Well, we’re already halfway into November (seriously, where did the time go?), which means that it’s just about time to start making plans for New Year’s Eve.
From community centres to clubs there’s no shortage of venues to usher in 2019, but arguably the most popular place to be is still the fireworks display at Marina Bay (judging by the massive crowds we see every year, we’re clearly not the only ones who think so).
If that’s where you’re headed and want to take your viewing experience to the next level, however, then Star Island – Singapore Countdown Edition is something that you should definitely check out.
Fireworks, Japanese Style[caption id="attachment_38124" align="alignnone" width="2500"] Image Credit: Star Island[/caption]
Taking place in conjunction with the Marina Bay countdown, Star Island is a musical centered around the concept of Hanabi, a long-standing Japanese tradition of eating, drinking and being generally merry while watching fireworks.
“Traditional” doesn’t mean low-key, though. The show will be equipped with an array of futuristic gizmos, including laser projections, pyrotechnics and a whopping 200 speakers that’ll create an immersive, audio-sensory experience that you won’t soon forget.[caption id="attachment_38128" align="alignnone" width="2500"] Image Credit: Star Island[/caption]
On the narrative side of things, the show will feature not one, not two, but six segments, each choreographed to a unique soundtrack and featuring an extensive cast of multi-disciplinary performers. If you didn’t manage to catch the national day parade this year, this might be the next best thing.
While the musical itself will run for a little over 60 minutes, the festivities will start much earlier — from 5pm, ticket holders will be able to indulge in the Star Island marketplace, which’ll feature roving performances, family-friendly activities and of course, a wide variety of F&B stalls. Once the fireworks end, there’ll also be a dance party to help you make full use of your public holiday.[caption id="attachment_38129" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Image Credit: Star Island[/caption]
Tickets are available right now at apactix.com, with prices ranging from $38 to $118. Early bird prices are available till the 30th of November, so you might want to act sooner than later for this one.
Between the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival and this, Marina Bay sure looks like the place to be this New Year’s Eve.
Star Island – Singapore Countdown Edition
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
Date: 31st December
Time: 5pm – Late
Price: $38 – $148
(Header Image Source: Star Island)
If you’re a regular patron of Singapore’s clubbing scene, chances are that you’ve heard of the name Adam Sky.
Apart from being a regular headliner at Wave House Sentosa’s Atlantis Beach Parties, the Australian DJ-slash-producer performed at this year’s instalment of the Ultra Music Festival, and his beats have made regular appearances on the Beatport Top 100 charts as well.
Now, after two straight years of touring a multitude of countries that include Thailand, China and Russia, Sky has decided to return to our shores to perform on a more permanent basis.
Get High, Literally[caption id="attachment_38018" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credit: Altimate[/caption]
Using the 61st storey club Altimate as his base of operations, Sky will be performing once a month in an event he’s calling SMASH.
“I’ve been touring the world, but honestly speaking I’ve been keen to find my way back to Singapore for some time now” the DJ said. “I want to engineer a night that will allow all true clubbers and music lovers to unite, and create a true clubbing experience.”[caption id="attachment_38020" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Imagine This…
Image Credit: Ultra Singapore[/caption]
So how exactly is SMASH different from any other clubbing night in Singapore?
Well, Sky aims to bring festival vibes to a club setting, giving patrons with the adrenaline they experience at festivals without the overpowering bass that you’d typically find in an outdoor arena. Considering his performance history, we’re inclined to think that he’s the right man for the job.[caption id="attachment_38019" align="alignnone" width="1794"] …In This.
Image Credit: Altimate[/caption]
The first instalment of SMASH will take place this Saturday, the 3rd of November, and guests can enter under Adam Sky’s guest list before 12am. Ladies will also be given a free drink coupon if they arrive under the Guestlist before 11pm, and the age requirement stands at 18 and 21 for ladies and men respectively.
ZoukOut still isn’t for a month, so why not scratch that dance festival itch early?
Date: 3rd November
Time: 10pm – Late
(Header Image Source: Adam Sky)
When it comes to hen nights or bachelorette parties, many assume that everyone has to get drunk in order to have fun. However, this may not be every bride-to-be’s cup of tea.
If you’re in charge of your friend’s hen party and you’re not too keen on the usual bar-hop for a once in a lifetime bachelorette bash – here’s another fun and not so cliche way to celebrate your friend’s impending nuptial while bonding with your BFFs.
Forget the male strippers, Maison Mika is here to help you put together the best soirée for the bride-to-be; a fun, elegant and sexy affair.[caption id="attachment_37772" align="aligncenter" width="746"] Image Credit: Maison Mika Facebook[/caption]
The Ultimate Hen Party
Maison Mika is a brand established by Asian women for Asian women. Maison Mika’s conception dates back to New York City in 2005 when founder, Trina Yeung, was living there and noticed a movement of sex shops in the neighbourhood of Soho.
When Trina moved to Singapore in 2009, she realised that there were nothing like that available in the city. Hence, Maison Mika was born to help debunk the misconception that sex shops are “sleazy” and to get more people talking about sex.
The online store currently has a wide range of products made from medical-grade materials for men, women, couples and singles included! Beyond being a beautiful online sex shop, they organise workshops and masterclasses on sexual wellness.[caption id="attachment_37802" align="aligncenter" width="811"] GIF Credit: DiscoverSG[/caption]
Recently, they launched “The Ultimate Hen Party” – a 90 minute masterclass on the topic(s) of your choice. From learning about the art of seduction to learning how to better satisfy your partner in bed, an expert will guide you through the night filled with memories for a long time to come.
We thought what better way to end a long day at work than to throw a hen party for our “fake bride”. The lovely folks at Maison Mika came to our studio to throw us a Hen Party that was filled with laughs and lots of information we never knew we needed![caption id="attachment_37768" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Quickly getting us out of our shells, we kicked off the night with a quick quiz on the topic of sex.[caption id="attachment_37771" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
The conversation then moved on to learning about pleasuring each other in a relationship with tips on how to improve our game. As sex toys were passed around and stories were exchanged, Trina and our expert, Liz, took their time to carefully explain the products that were laid out in front of us.[caption id="attachment_37769" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
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During the last 30 minutes of our session, we had an intimate no-holds-barred Q&A session about love, toys and accessories.
The best part is that they will bring a selection of their most popular items, and any purchases made on the night will be eligible for a 15% discount off the online store price.[caption id="attachment_37765" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
If you’ve always been curious about sex toys and unsure where to start, the masterclass held by Maison Mika is the perfect place to start.
Maison Mika’s events are tailored and structured as they will have a pre-consultation call with the lead guest first to discuss in detail what they would like to learn about and discuss.
Who says a night out with the girls has to end with aching feet and slight hearing loss? Skip the high heels and deafening club and throw the best hen’s party for the bride-to-be.
Make your girls’ night in bold and uninhibited, filled with great memories for a long time to come.
(Header Image Source: Maison Mika)
Posting on social media, online shopping and calling your ex — there are some things that you should never do when you’re drunk.
On the flip side, however, certain activities are infinitely more fun with a little alcohol in your system, and mini golf is one of them.
In fact, mini golf could very well be the perfect drinking activity, because (1) it can work with any number of people (2) doesn’t require much physical effort, and (3) usually takes place in a safe, enclosed space under the supervision of people with saner minds.
At this point you might be thinking “sounds good, Internet guy, but there’s no place in Singapore where you can do this”.
Well, that’s about to change this December.
A New Kind Of Drinking Hole[caption id="attachment_37353" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Image Credit: Holey Moley[/caption]
That’s right: Holey Moley — a half mini golf, half bar concept from Australia — is making its way to Singapore at the end of the year.
Not much has been revealed at this point, but what we do know is that it’ll be fittingly located in Clarke Quay (the former site of Shanghai Dolly, for those of you who know where that is), and will feature a whopping 27 holes split across two floors.[caption id="attachment_37354" align="aligncenter" width="3462"] Image Credit: Holey Moley[/caption]
In true mini gold fashion, these won’t look like boring driving ranges either — each hole will feature a pop culture theme ranging from Game of Thrones to Monopoly, and there’ll even be a hawker centre one for that touch of local flavour.
Throw a little neon lighting into the mix, and you just might have your new favourite Instagram spot.
If you get the munchies halfway through your tee time, Holey Moley’s got you covered there as well.[caption id="attachment_37355" align="aligncenter" width="2998"] Image Credit: Holey Moley[/caption]
Their food menu features decadent selections like American burgers with neon-coloured buns, A 1.3kg monster burger, and “pizza served by the metre”, which — if it is what we think it is — could be the best thing ever.
Holey Moley will open its doors on the 6th of December, and if for some reason you have to be first in line, you can reserve a spot at their website right now.
Sounds a lot more fun than squeezing in a club and paying for overpriced drinks, that’s for sure.
Holey Moley Golf Club
Address: 3B River Valley Road, #01-01 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021
Opening: 6th December
(Header Image Credit: Holey Moley)
Art After Dark Returns – Another Round Of Good Food, Musical Acts And Exhibitions At Gillman Barracks This Sep
Singapore’s art scene has blossomed over the years, with numerous art festivals annually, celebrating the nation’s growing appreciation for the arts.
One of the most consistent and popular events is Art After Dark.[caption id="attachment_37013" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Gillman Barracks[/caption]
We had the first Art After Dark of 2018 back in January, in conjunction with Singapore Art Week. This time round, it’s coming back on 21 September 2018 as part of Gillman Barracks’ 6th Anniversary![caption id="attachment_37008" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Art After Dark x 6th Anniversary Celebrations[/caption]
In celebration of the arts, galleries will open their doors with free entry to their ongoing or new exhibitions. Artists will also take the opportunity to showcase the works that they’ve been working on.
And of course, no arts festival is complete without entertainment in the form of musical performances.
Jam to a wide range of tunes by local Rock ‘n’ Roll quartet The Pinholes (7:50pm to 8:30pm), eclectic punk rock band Tiramisu (10pm – 10.40pm) and indie group, Pleasantry (8.50pm – 9.30pm).
After a long night of jamming to local music, dig into a variety of savoury bites and sweet treats by Handlebar, Park Bench Deli, The LAB, Hopscotch, Super Simple and Iskina Cebu.[caption id="attachment_37009" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image Credit: Gillman Barracks[/caption]
This upcoming Art After Dark is set to be the biggest one yet, as Gillman Barracks celebrates its 6th anniversary, complete with live performances, interactive art experiences, precinct-wide activities and programmes and much more![caption id="attachment_37010" align="aligncenter" width="1675"] Image Credit: Gillman Barracks[/caption]
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If you plan on going by public transportation, one-way FREE bus services to Gillman Barracks will be available from:
1. Raffles City (Swissotel Bus Bay) (7pm, 7.15pm, 7.30pm, 7.45pm and 8pm)
2. Vivocity Bus Bay (7pm, 7.15pm, 7.30pm, 7.45pm and 8pm)
3. Art Stage Singapore at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre (8.15pm, 8.30pm, 8.45pm, 9pm and 9.15pm)
Please note that cars will be directed to Alexandra Retail Centre carpark when the carparks onsite are full.
Come 21 September 2018, gather your friends and family and head over to Gillman Barracks to show your support for the arts and also for a night of good food and great fun!
Art is not just for the elite anymore. Art is for everyone.
Check out the full exhibition lineup here.
Art After Dark x 6th Anniversary Celebrations
Venue: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Date: 21 Sep 2018
Time: 7pm – 11pm
(Header Image Source: Gillman Barracks)
Ah, the 1980s. Whether you were born in the 80s, grew up in the 80s, or never set foot in that infamous decade, hearing the term “1980s” probably makes you think of something.
It was the era of MTV, from which you (or your parents) watched music videos of the likes of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Wham and Barbra Streisand on repeat.
Fashion was weird, colour combinations were the worst, music was over-digitised and commercialism consumed everyone.
Paying homage to the 80s, this arcade bar takes you back to the glory days. It’s throwback everyday at Nineteen80 – the latest bar to celebrate nostalgia with old school arcade games, 80s hits and neon-heavy backdrops.[caption id="attachment_36736" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Nineteen80 Facebook[/caption]
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Singapore’s latest retro arcade bar, will be sweeping you away with some serious waves of nostalgia. Step through the pink neon-lit entrance and you’ll be greeted by a row of retro arcade video game machines – think Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighters.[caption id="attachment_36728" align="aligncenter" width="1875"] Image Credit: Nineteen80 Facebook[/caption]
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That’s not it.
Strike your best pose and take a selfie amongst the many murals with 80s pop culture references like Bruce Lee and the iconic “1-177155-4” pager code (it spells out “I-MISS-U” on the pager if you didn’t know!).[caption id="attachment_36732" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Nineteen80 Facebook[/caption]
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Music wise – resident DJs will play a mix of in-house urban beats from the 80s, 90s and 00s. They also host weekly themed nights, including “Miss-Demeanor Ladies’ Night” on Wednesdays, ‘Fight For Your Right’ and ‘Radio Ga Ga’ nights later in the week, for guests to tease their glorious hair and get their groove on.[caption id="attachment_36734" align="aligncenter" width="898"] Image Credit: Nineteen80 Facebook[/caption]
There’s no denying the enduring popularity of some of the eras classic cocktails. Staying true to their theme, Nineteen80’s signature cocktails are mostly sweet-tasting – just like the 80s.
Get yourself some modernised classics such as the ‘Ice-T Hustler Remix’ – a Long Island Iced Tea with a hint of cloudy apple, the ‘Super Disco Blend’ – a Blue Lagoon with a yuzu finish, or stick to the true ‘Vodka Ribena’ – a mix of vodka, Ribena and soda, sure to inspire those nostalgic feels.[caption id="attachment_36733" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Nineteen80 Facebook[/caption]
If you’re planning on throwing a party, Nineteen80 are also open for private bookings! Whether it be a birthday, hens or stag night, corporate party or a brand launch – they’ve got you covered with old school arcade games, nostalgic cocktails and of course your favourite throwback hits.
Looking for a chill night out with friends? Grab your craziest outfits and step into the portal for your fix of nostalgia!
(Header Image Source: Nineteen80 Facebook)
Clubbing is a pretty good way to let off some steam after a long week, but it’s kind of a “do it once and you’ve seen it all” kind of activity — step into any club in Singapore and you can expect them to be sticking to the same formula of dim lights, tight crowds and music so loud that it’ll age your eardrums by five years.
Okay, the first two are an unavoidable part of the scene, but if you’re thinking of putting on your dancing shoes this weekend and want to experience something a little different, then Silent Disco Asia’s 2nd Birthday might be just what the DJ ordered.
Not Your Average Night Out
For the uninitiated, here’s a video showing what The Silent Disco is all about:
For the benefit of those reading this at work / school / public transport, here’s the breakdown: every participant is given a pair of LED headphones, and will listen to music from them instead of being bombarded by some blaring speakers.
Another signature feature of the event is there’ll be not one, not two, but three DJ’s on the decks, and you’ll be able to seamlessly switch to a different genre of music at the touch of a button. These “channels” are colour coded via those LED’s, so it’s easy to find other like-minded people to dance with.
[caption id="attachment_36697" align="alignnone" width="1800"] (Image Credit: Silent Disco Asia)[/caption]
It might look like the biggest gathering of uncoordinated dancers to anyone watching from the outside, but chances are you’ll be having too much fun to notice or care.
Get High, Literally
For their 2nd birthday, it looks like the folks at Silent Disco Asia are pulling out all the stops — the event will take place at none other than the Marina Bay Sands rooftop, transforming the already-stunning observation deck into a 500 capacity dance floor.
And if you end up enjoying yourself a little too much and need a place to recover halfway, don’t worry: a ticket will also grant you admission to Ce La Vi, which — according to that video — is where the crazy rich asians hang out. As far as rest areas go, this is probably as posh as it gets.[caption id="attachment_36690" align="aligncenter" width="786"] Her words, not ours.
(Image Credit: South China Morning Post YouTube)[/caption]
Early bird tickets are already sold out, but you can still get in on the festivities for the regular price of $45. Considering that admission to the observation deck alone normally costs $23 and a ticket includes one complimentary drink worth $20, we say that’s a pretty good deal.
It definitely beats queuing up at Zouk again, at least.
Silent Disco Asia 2nd Birthday
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck
Date & Time: 25th August 2018, 10pm – 2am
(Header Image Credit: Silent Disco Asia)
Do you feel it coming? Do you?
The Weeknd has just announced that he’ll be performing in Singapore on 5 December 2018 for one night only in his first ever Asia tour![caption id="attachment_36524" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Image Credit: @theweeknd[/caption]
The performance venue and ticket prices have not been revealed at the moment, so here’s a music video to tide you over until the information is released.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Weeknd, you might’ve heard him in Marvel’s Black Panther soundtrack, where he sang “Pray For Me” with Kendrick Lamar.
No wonder everyone loves the weekend.
The Weeknd Live In Singapore 2018
(Header Image Source: Pitchfork)