SINGAPORE: A crowd of 41,000 people from around the world are expected at ZoukOut in Sentosa on December 13 and 14 -- which will be its largest turnout ever.
For the first time, fire dancers and aerial dancers will feature in the festival -- as the homegrown event fights to compete with dance festivals abroad.
In its 13th year, ZoukOut is no stranger to the party scene -- attracting people from all across Asia, and even dedicated clubbers from Europe and North America.
From sunset to sunrise, it was a rare chance for partygoers to let their hair down, kick off their shoes, and dance barefeet on Siloso Beach.
As with the previous years, the stellar line up features top DJs from around the world -- including DJ Afrojack -- who is best known for his energetic dance anthem, "Take Over Control" -- who performed on Friday night.
DJ Afrojack, whose real name is Nick van de Wall, said: "The festival, the party, all the DJs, it's just a very good vibe... It's a different culture, so they party a little differently. They're just a little bit more respectful and I like that. Everyone's like 'oh, hi, nice to meet you', and everyone's really nice."
The other A-list acts include US Electro group Krewella, Russian-German DJ Zedd, Swedish DJ Alesso, Dutch Trance DJ Dash Berlin, as well as local DJ Adrian Wee and Zouk's pioneer resident DJ Jeremy Boon.
Food stalls and fringe events will also line the beach for revellers wanting to take a break.
Security continues to be a top priority for ZoukOut, with rising concerns about mixing large crowds with alcohol.
Timothy Chia, head of marketing and events at Zouk, said: "We're pretty good at making sure people don't get up to too much heavy drinking and fighting, and security is really responsive.
"Of course, it's something that we'll be looking out for, any groups which are unruly. But on the whole, crowds here are pretty well-behaved at ZoukOut."
Another first for ZoukOut is cashless payment -- EZ link systems have been set up onsite so revellers can conveniently tap-and-go to pay for their drinks. - CNA/ac
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