Splash of a party

Splash of a party
Colourful: Illumi Nation, the glow-in-the-dark paint party at Sentosa on Oct 11, lasted from 6pm till 3am.

No need for thick make-up or fancy clothes at this party.

Instead, neon pink- and green-splattered bikinis and trunks were the mainstay of partygoers at Siloso beach last Saturday.

"Is that all you've got?" shouted someone when a booth ran out of paint to fire into the crowd.

Partygoer Megan Xiu, 25, said: "My clothes were not salvageable and I had to throw my top away. People were practically running towards the hoses of paint."

These are scenes from Illumi Nation, a glow-in-the-dark paint party on Sentosa. More than 6,500 revellers attended the event, which was held for the first time in Asia and lasted from 6pm till 3am.


Pulsating beats from electronic dance music by international deejays fuelled the crowd deep into the night as the organisers, totting water guns, blasted them with paint.

Ms Xiu, a marketing executive who attended the event with 15 friends, said: "Everyone went wild. We were hugging each other so that we could 'share' the paint with people who still looked clean.

"Paint in the hair, sand on the feet, music in the air. Yeah, we're here to let loose."

Sales executive Roderick Wong, 28, told The New Paper: "The atmosphere was very young and energetic, and the deejays helped to pump up the crowd with the music. It was my favourite part of the event."

The party organiser, managing director of Infinitus Productions Jeffrey Foo, said: "Illumi Nation is about innovative partying and it fits in with the increasing popularity of themed electronic dance music parties around the world."

No place for clothes

When your clothes get heavy with paint, strip.

That's what many in the crowd did, stripping down to their bikinis and trunks after organisers emptied litres of paint into the crowd.

Said 18-year-old Rachelle Hernandez: "After a while, I just had to take it off. My shirt looked like a painting.

"I was covered in paint. I even found green paint in my ear after the party."

Besides being shot with water guns, revellers also got their paint on at "splash zones" and body art painting booths around the beach.

Other fringe activities included a graffiti wall where local graffiti artists left their mark, and a photo booth lit with ultra-violet light for that extra glow.

This article was first published on October 14, 2014.
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