Pop-up party places

Pop-up party places
British indie rock band Citizens! (above) and local retro-rockers The Pinholes are among the acts that Fred Perry’s global music initiative Subculture has invited for the Sub-Sonic Live parties.

Pop-up underground parties are making their mark on Singapore's party scene.

Held in improbable locations ranging from carparks to industrial warehouses, these events are where you are likely to find geek frames-wearing hipsters and move to cult music acts.

As home-grown electronica artists and indie bands jam, or DJ collectives spin, artfully dishevelled creative types mingle or simply cluster in venerating silence near the bar and podium.

Never mind the wonky temporary air-conditioning or deliberately inaccessible venues. Between 150 and 800 revellers turn up each time for these under- the-radar parties and at least three such events have been held in the past month. Partygoers learn of the parties through word of mouth or via social media.

Last month, local art and music collective Syndicate held its seventh and latest instalment of Syndicate Subsessions at the Substation theatre. The two- hour party featured local electronic dance music producer Darren Dubwise and electronic act Intriguant, the brainchild of hip-hop and funk DJ Louis Quek, and drew a crowd of under 100.

Two weeks ago, fashion label Fred Perry held one of its Sub-Sonic Live parties under a flyover along Thomson Road. The line-up included home-grown rock experimentalists Anechois and American chamber-rock act Ra Ra Riot, who performed to a crowd of 1,200.

And last weekend, the popular Super 0 Season pop-up festival returned for a second edition at converted industrial space The Mill in Jalan Kilang. The season, to be held over four Saturdays until Nov 30, features emerging local DJs, music workshops and art installations merging sound, design and multimedia.

The first Super 0 Season was held in April in a converted space among the art galleries at Gillman Barracks. It attracted 3,600 people over four weekends. Last weekend's Super 0 Season party drew 900.

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