SINGAPORE: As of 8pm on Friday (June 20), close to 16,000 people have signed an online petition urging the extension of Zouk’s Jiak Kim Street lease. The iconic Singapore nightclub, whose lease is up at the end of 2014, launched the online campaign today at www.save-zouk.com.
Earlier reports quoted Zouk founder Lincoln Cheng saying he would close the venue if he did not get a three-year extension of the lease from the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The club has been at its current location for 23 years. Its lease was originally due to end in 2012, and has already been extended thrice.
The Save Zouk campaign has gotten support from British music magazine DJ Mag, which ranked the club seventh in the world in its Top 100 Clubs list this year. On its website, it put out a call for supporters to spread the word about the Save Zouk campaign on social media, stating: “Whether you have been to Zouk or are a dance music fan who would like to in the future, please help us to protect this incredible institution.”
Others who have chimed in with support on social media include lifestyle portals Hype Malaysia and Concert Kaki, trance community Indotrance, and online music magazine Other Sounds.
The campaign is getting lots of star power within Singapore as well. Entertainer Irene Ang urged people on Instagram to sign the petition using the hashtag #notjustaclub.
Other local celebrities appeared in a video posted on the Save Zouk website, pledging their support. DJ pair, The Muttons’ Justin Ang and Vernon A said they cannot imagine the club at any other location besides Jiak Kim Street. Hip-hop artist Shigga Shay agreed: “It’s almost like the Merlion moving to Jurong.”
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