The long-running dance festival in Singapore is shaking things up in 2018, and we couldn't be any more excited.
The move by ZoukOut 2018 to make it a one-day festival, breaking away from its decade-long tradition of being a double-day extravagaze, is a bold but welcome, and it shows in its lean and terrifically muscular line-up.
For starters, ZoukOut secured headliners in Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, the prolific DJ duo who've somehow eluded the Singapore live music scene — until now, at least. Making their highly-anticipated debut at ZoukOut, they're marking the festival as their only Southeast Asia date for the year, so their set alone should set some hearts alight.
The duo aren't the only big names taking over Siloso Beach, and rightfully so, the rest of the line-up is a real stunner. Here are three acts you should absolutely mark down to catch.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Much has been said about this duo, who emerged out of this year's DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll at no. 2, and they continue to make history, celebrating 15 years of boundary-breaking music together.
The Belgian brothers were at the forefront of EDM's ascent to world domination, and they've been riding it with a sprawling collection of music and an endless amount of live shows.
His name alone raise eyebrows, but Timmy Trumpet's live shows always stick out in dance festivals worldwide, and for good reason.
The Australian DJ and producer is armed by his trusty trumpet, which he plays during his sets, elevating his progressive house tunes with the kind of jazz euphoria you'll have to experience for yourself.
It's no surprise, then, that he ended up no. 33 on DJ Mag's most recent Top 100 DJs list.
Pronounced as "Kashmir", the 30-year-old has made big strides in the EDM industry since making his live debut in 2015, introduced to a roaring crowd by Tiësto.
In 2018, KSHMR has made his mark by making his brand of dance music incredibly diverse, bridging sub-genres such as electro house, psytrance and hip-hop together like magic.
Imbuing his music with striking shades of his own roots, from collaborating with Bollywood singers to weaving popular Indian music into his DJ sets, KSHMR remains unshakeably creative.
ZoukOut 2018 is happening on December 1st at Siloso Beach, Sentosa, and these three acts are just a taste of what you can expect, with the likes of Jeffrey Sutorius, Galantis, W&W, Goldfish & Blink, Lenerd, Nash D, Chem'Molly and many more slated to perform.
If you're aching for some laid-back, evening vibes, the main ZoukOut event will be prefaced by Zouk's Mambo Jambo Beach Party at 4pm, featuring a slate of trusted local DJs and selectors to usher in the sundown mood with the signature kaleidoscopic Mambo Jambo treatment. The party is quite possibly the longest-running in Singapore's nightlife history, so you can trust it'll be an experience all on its own.
Partygoers can also expect a unique stage design, something that ZoukOut never fails to bring to the table ever year.
Expanding across 36 meters wide and 20 meters tall, the stage is modelled after Zouk's iconic lighting fixture, fitting in with the festival's theme this year: The Interplanetary Voyage.
"Resembling an intricate spacecraft, the structure is tiled with reflective steel panels, metallic connecting tubes, vertical strips of plasma LED screens, and a focal center eye which features a protruding circular vessel mimicking that Zouk Eye and is programmed to project hynotizing graphics," ZoukOut writes in a press release.
"Flanked and lined with strobe lights, lasers, pyrotechnics and CO2 jets, the ZoukOut 2018 stage will be a sight to behold."
Tickets to ZoukOut are available here, and trust us, this is something you can't miss. If budgeting is in your priorities for the rest of the year, we're also giving away a Fan Ex package that will certainly speak to the partygoer inside you.