No offence, Thailand, but you can keep your full moon parties. We’ve got a killer one to call our own, and nope, we’re not talking about ZoukOut.
Full Steam Ahead has, since 2011, been Tanjong Beach Club’s answer to the famed beach raves up north. And this time ’round, the event’s moving from a nocturnal affair to a day-to-night fiesta with activities for the whole family. Here are the funky new things you can look forward to if you’re thinking of hitting up the sun, sand and waves this month.
Rather than coming out only after the moon has risen, there are plenty of reasons for you to join the party while it’s still light out. The Hideout area of the festival settles your sun-drenched needs. Here you’ll find tarot card readers and snake charmers, and stations to try your hand at tie-dye, air hockey, beer pong and sunset yoga.
Those who prefer lazing around – it is the beach, after all – can get a massage there, too. Or if you’re hoping to unleash your inner island goddess (we’re not judging), then give the DIY coconut bikini classes a go. You don’t have to wear ’em, but if you do, grab a drink from a tiki bar to wash your embarrassment down.
And don’t forget the food – you’ll need fuel to recharge over the full-day festival. In fact, just muscle your way straight to the food queues and thank us later. OverEasy sets up shop, dishing out its To-Die-For and Truffle Burgers (pictured), while Mexican joint Super Loco doles out tacos to keep the munchies at bay.
Behind the Decks
Italian-Belgian Vito De Luca’s solo DJ/production project takes house to new – wait for it – heights. Low-tempo, chill and with enough soul to get booties movin’, Aeroplane’s mix of Balearic and nu-disco is perfect music for watching the sun dip.
What do you get when you put record labels Warp, Ninja Tune and Mo’ Wax together? Something like Joakim, we gather. The French DJ gets comfy with the downtempo sounds of nu-jazz and ambient electronica, all propelled by an almost-Balearic beat.
Deep house is the gameplan of LouLou Players, the moniker of Belgian Jérôme Denis. Couple that with sexy synths and the signature thump of his basslines, and you’re left with a grind-worthy set that’s bound to light the party on fire.