Singapore’s longest running entertainment institution, Zouk Singapore, has unveiled its much-anticipated relocation to the nightlife and entertainment precinct in Clarke Quay. Primed as an evolution of its Jiak Kim predecessor, the new space promises to take all revellers and fans of the Zouk culture into a new era of party experiences with an unparalleled packaged of top-notch dance music and world class service in a new home that is bold and progressive.
Striving to maintain its status quo as the frontrunner in propelling the dance music in Singapore and within Asia, Zouk at its new premises will continue to uphold the foundations that the brand is built on – stellar programming of international and local acts, inimitable audio-visual experience of quality sound systems, lighting and design, service excellence, as well as local community partnerships across music, arts and design that are aimed to highlight local talents and culture.
“The Zouk brand is an institution that is iconic to the local scene and is consistently recognized on the global clubbing stage as one of the best nightlife spots across its years of operation. With this relocation, we saw an opportunity to evolve with the culture of music, a chance to create a new atmosphere that will breathe new life to the brand with the promise of new experiences. This big move has been much anticipated by all and I couldn’t be happier with the result of a spectacular super club that is the
embodiment of progression with nods to the history that we all have come to love. Leading the relocation has been exciting, I’m truly honoured to be a part of it and I am confident that fans will love this refresh” says Hui Lim, Chief Information Officer, Genting Hong Kong.
Housed within Clarke Quay’s Cannery Block and spanning across two floors, the new Zouk complex will once again be a collection of unique concepts with the retention of signature dance stages Zouk and Phuture, the recently launched restaurant and bar, Red Tail, as well as a soon-to-be-unveiled fourth concept. Designed by interior design firm, Independent Consultants, the concept of the new spaces revolve around the idea of evolution in the music scene and club culture. Intended as a progression of what revellers both old and new loved about Zouk’s former home, the new spaces follow an overarching neo-industrial and futuristic
aesthetic inspired by the underground rave clubs and refurbished warehouses in New York and Berlin. Across the two revamped outlets, the space features five distinct thematic concept bars, and custom-made furnishings that are specifically designed to further establish the industrial appeal of the new space. Retaining the original sound system that was custom created by the renowned late audio engineer, Gary Stewart, Zouk and Phuture will continue to provide the warn and crisp quality sound that Zouk has always been known for. Recalibrated on a yearly basis for up-to-date configuration personally by Stewart and now by the Zouk sound team, the sound system is a one-of-a-kind creation that is specially equalized to suit all genres of dance music.
ZOUK + PHUTURE
The biggest surprise of its new home at Clarke Quay will be the ability to merge both Zouk and Phuture to form a superclub-like space to accommodate bigger acts in town and to cater to events of a larger scale. A strategic design feature made to heighten the versatility of the space so as to cater across different scales of events and happenings, the walls separating both outlets are actually removable soundproof double walls, and both Bar 3 and Bar 5 can be combined to form a fuller sized bar with strategically placed LED screens to project the action up front onscreen. Other modular features include the two-tired platform seatings in Zouk, as well as the seatings allocated around the dance floors of both outlets.
“Evolution is the theme and the overall concept of the design of this new space so we wanted to play around with the idea of a space that is dynamic and versatile. While its predecessor is known for four distinct yet independent outlets, the relocation has provided us with the opportunity to break down the barriers of stand-alone spaces to inject flexibility and coherence to the signature outlets without losing the essence of both Zouk and Phuture” says Phillips Connor, Founder of Independent Consultants.