Party all day and through the night at Tanjong Beach Club this weekend when it officially relaunches its popular club night, Full Steam Ahead, as a full-day beach party.
The festival will start at noon on Saturday and go on until 3am the next day.
Festivalgoers can groove to the nu-disco sounds of famed Belgian music producer and DJ Aeroplane, the bass-heavy tunes from Belgian DJ LouLou Players and experimental electronica remixes from French DJ and producer Joakim. They will be supported by local DJs Dave Does, weelikeme and Drem.
Festivalgoers can also look forward to fun beach activities such as yoga, massages, and learning tie-dye techniques and how to create bikini tops out of coconuts.
Mr Andrew Ing, 47, chief operating officer of The Lo & Behold Group which owns Tanjong Beach Club, says the idea to evolve a club night into a day-to-night fest started about a year ago, with the aim of fostering an "island culture", something he felt was lacking in Singapore.
He says: "From there, the idea of a beach lifestyle festival was born and off we went, flying to some of the most popular festivals the region had to offer in Bali and Thailand to learn from the best."
Full Steam Ahead began five years ago as a themed beach club night, where clubbers let loose to great music and were entertained by fire twirlers, stilt-walkers, pole dancers and beer pong drinking games.
Initially, the event, which was held thrice a year, attracted a turnout of around 1,000 each time.
By 2012, it was pulling in 4,000 to 5,000 people, establishing itself as one of the best beach parties in town.
With Full Steam Ahead now a day-to-night event, its organisers hope to hold it twice a year. After this weekend, the next instalment will be on Sept 5.
Mr Ing says the biggest difference this weekend has from the previous club nights will be the "assortment of lifestyle activities peppered throughout the day".
"Every hour will see a different activity, from coconut bikini sessions, muscleman showcases to massages and tarot card readings."
A regular at Full Steam Ahead, Irish-American expatriate Hal Bame, 43, says the event offers a "great mix of music and fun", where you can bring friends from out of town or even plan events like birthdays to coincide with the club night.
The chief executive officer of a tech start-up for mobile gaming platforms, who has been attending Full Steam Ahead events since 2012, welcomes the move to a day-to-night fest.
"It's always good to change things up... people will be able to come at different times during the day or stay on from day to night," he says.
FULL STEAM AHEAD: AN INDIE-DISCO BEACH FESTIVAL SERIES
Where: Tanjong Beach Club
When: Saturday, noon to 3am
Admission: $60 from www.tanjongbeachclub .com/fullsteamahead or $75 at the door. $35 a ticket for groups of 10
This article was first published on May 21, 2015.
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