By now, nightlife in Singapore is in full mask-optional swing and pulsating with life. Major commercial clubs have reopened, while new ones have sprung up. Adding spark, spunk and diversity to the scene is a whole host of independent pop-up parties ranging from kiki balls to DIY-style techno raves and indie night takeovers.
And bringing a whole new energy and etiquette to these boisterous affairs is a generation of party goers who never quite grew up in an era of hedonistic glamour and might have only turned legal in the pandemic years. Instead of going on all-night ragers, they imbibe good vibes and infectious tunes of every (or no one particular) genre – a state of “self-high” as one of them put it.
While clubs were regarded as places to see-and-be-seen at and thrived on exclusivity pre-Covid, the preferred mood now is one of camaraderie (cue the singalongs) and inclusivity. Everyone’s invited as long as they keep the space and community safe, and free from judgement based on looks, moves or identity. And, of course, there’s their style: a creative co-opt of that of various dance floor subcultures – or at least a personal take on the night’s theme, because it’s about having fun and expressing oneself.
Here, a peek at the faces and future of nightlife captured at three parties last month.
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