The 10 best parties of the Singapore F1 2011
So many parties, and way too few days … we cut to the chase on where to be, and when, and clue you on who you’ll be dancing and drinking with.
1. Amber Lounge
This is the party everyone wants in on -- free would be preferred, but if not, consider shelling out 500 euros (S$860) for the privilege of partying with models, moguls, and drivers.
The Amber Lounge Fashion show takes the spotlight on September 24 with local designer Frederick Lee’s couture collection specially created for the evening.
Some 15 lanky models will strut down the runway in sexy red carpet gowns and plunging backless tutus alongside the F1 Third Drivers -- Jules Bianchi, Sam Bird, Karun Chandhok, Romain Grosjean, Luiz Razia, Alexander Rossi, Robert Wickens and Sakon Yamamoto -- who will swap their race suits for slick designer suits.
Don’t miss the after party with guest DJ Lora -- she's fresh off a gig spinning for the Kardashians -- and resident Amber Lounge DJ Micky, and a live performance by Britain’s Taio Cruz -- he's not just there to pop open bottles of Cristal.
On September 25, there is no other party that will compare to the shenanigans that go on at this no-photography party. And all the F1 drivers will be there at some point for post-race refreshments.
Why you should go: It’ll cost you, but this is a true VIP party experience, and for what it’s worth, the drinks flow freely and smoothly.
September 24-25, 11 p.m. till late. Temasek Reflection (Waterfall behind Millennia Walk). Tickets from 500 euros (S$860) per person. Tables for eight persons range from 3,995 euros (S$6,980) to 15,000 (S$20,000) euros. All prices include unlimited Champagne and drinks. For tickets call Orla at +65 977 57358
At long last, after a year of skittish, speculatory foreplay, the island’s latest superclub has finally opened its doors.
Set in the lavish Crystal Pavilion against the horizon of our stately bay side, Avalon kick starts the F1 festivities with a heady, week-long lineup that exceeds most expectations.
Kele from Bloc Party, Digitalism, Simian Mobile Disco kick things off on September 21 and 22, while Sander Van Doorn, Ludachris and LMFAO headline on September 23, Daddy G of Massive Attack and Kruder & Dorfmeister the following night, with trance and techno heavyweights The Chemical Brothers and Boy George closing the week. Partied out yet?
Why you should go: Five consecutive nights of partying condoning the F1 madness that so consumes our insufferable youth -- can’t really ask for more, can we?
September 21-25, 8 p.m. onwards. Avalon at Marina Bay Crystal Pavilion. Tickets for Avalon GO! S$91, S$153 (VIP pass) from www.avalon.sg
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Spinning at one of Singapore’s most exquisite rooftop gems is world-renowned Japanese house DJ Silva. With her striking use of live vocals over her house mix during her sets, DJ Silva is a household name back in Tokyo, the sassy table-turner is most celebrated for her debut single “Sachi,” and subsequent singles like “Fierce,” “Stay With Me” and “One 2 One.”
Why you should go: The view. And if you don’t want to feel hot and sticky trackside. Also, anyone with the F1 official pass/tag can enter 1-Altitude for free.
September 23-25. 1-Altitude. Cover charge from S$48-S$68 (including two house pour drinks). www.1-altitude.com
4. Johnnie Walker Jet Black Party
Expect a stylish and sophisticated soiree at the biggest Jet Black Party yet.
By invitation only, become a fan of their Facebook page -- or join CNNGo's contest -- for the chance to win an invite. The hassle is well worth it as you might score an exclusive photo-op with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
Otherwise, keep the smile going with some grade-A Johnnie Walker cocktails and boogie to the sounds of DJ Tina T on September 24 and DJ M.O.S teh next night.
Why you should go: Free flowing Johnnie Walker and the chance to take a photo with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
September 24 -25, 8 p.m. till late. One on the Bund, By invitation only, tickets are given away via www.facebook.com/JohnnieWalkerSingapore.
5. KU DÉ TA
Definitely not for the frugal-minded, the bang-up promotions over the weekend will punch a hole in your wallet. Grand Prix menus range from S$198-S$488 and various drink packages from S$1,000-S$1,500.
British DJ Scarlett Etienne will spin you on your head with her distinct synth-heavy blips that hail truth to a less-is-more euphoria, making it a sure-win set list for the party-jammed weekend.
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Why you should go: The majestic view with its panoramic spectacle of the city’s blazing tracks means you can give the crowd below a complete miss.
September 24-26. Skypark at Marina Bay Sands. From S$150 (inclusive of a glass of champagne) and race packages start from S$1,000. Find out more at www.kudeta.com.sg
Continue to page 2 to win tickets to the parties.
Veteran club owner Michael Ault knows a thing or two about throwing a party.
And even though Pangaea only opens officially on September 23 – they’ve got their own private party on September 22 -- the ultra-slick lounge has lined-up a roster of big names to spin from its crocodile leather DJ booth.
To keep you guessing, and coming down nightly, no fixed times have been scheduled. What we can tell you is that DJ Gregory and Alex from Tokyo will down on September 22, Patrick Oliver and DJ EROK take over on September 23, Boy George and Kele from Bloc Party on September 24, and Make the Girl Dance and DJ Vice close up the F1 season.
Why you should go: We’ve already snuck a peek at the space with its 20,000 glass-bulb ceiling and ostrich skin banquettes, and it is sexy (with a capital S). Go just for the chance to gawk at a celeb having a boogie on one of the granite dance platforms.
September 22-25. Crystal Pavilion at Marina Bay Crystal Pavilion, www.pangaea.sg
7. Podium Lounge
Barely a stone’s throw away from the F1 Pit Building, the third installation of the official G.H.Mumm party is pumping up the volume this year.
Along with the usual poolside revelry, there’s a swimwear show by Silvian Imberg, and a silent and live auction for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
So indulge in some high-flying, A-listing debauchery (you’re allowed this week) among Singapore’s Kimmy K-wannabes.
Why you should go: To participate in the The Art of Sabrage showcase. Guests will be invited to learn the art of opening a Champagne bottle with a razor-sharp sabre, and also walk away with photo souvenirs and gift bags from G.H. Mumm.
September 23-25, 10 p.m. till late. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia. VIP packages from S$988 and normal tickets from S$118. For bookings go to www.apesnap.com/event/podiumlounge.
8. SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
The government didn’t just decide to spend S$5 million on this year’s F1 package and not include some larger-than-life celebrities.
The main stage at the Padang will see Colombian goddess Shakira (September 24) shaking her beautiful booty, and tousled tresses. Bringing a little bit of Jamaica with him is none other than reggae-pop “Boombastic” Shaggy (September 24 & 25). While Linkin Park will rock out with their fourth studio album “A Thousand Suns” when the night race comes to an end on September 25.
Why you should go: How many of us are really into the cars? Get your money’s worth through the entertainment line-up.
September 23-25, The Padang. For a full lineup and tickets go to www.singaporegp.sg.
9. Tanjong Beach Club
Fresh off Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival that ended on its sandy dance floor on September 18, Tanjong Beach Club might be far away from all the ground-zero action in the city, but you can still catch live race coverage there.
F1 ticket holders are entitled to a one-for-one Singapore Sling promotion.
Why you should go: No cover charge and definitely a more chillax-ing alternative to your high-rolling socialite parties. It’s also the perfect pre-race, pre-game spot for drinks at sundown.
September 23-25, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Tanjong Beach Club. www.tanjongbeachclub.com
Good old Zouk, you can always count on them to make sure there isn’t a dull moment –- and this F1 weekend is no exception.
Starting off with the G. H. Mumm F1 Party on Rev Up Friday with Jiak Kim resident beatmeisters. Pit Stop Saturday invites the legendary ATB, aka Andre Tanneberger, and Torontonian artistes Azari & III, and wrapping it all up at Sunday’s Chequered Flag Party, Zouk sirens all F1 enthusiasts to celebrate Velvet Underground’s last party before it undergoes a massive makeover.
Your absence is punishable.
Why you should go: Just because the rest of Singapore is putting on a party doesn’t mean you give the old favorite the big heave-ho. Plus they’re kind enough to extend free entry to F1 ticket holders upon presentation of a Formula 1 ticket (subject to capacity).
September 23-25. Zouk. Cover charge from S$23-S$38. www.zoukclub.com.