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In pictures: ZoukOut Singapore over the years, from its first edition back in 2000

Partygoers all over the region are eagerly counting down to ZoukOut Singapore’s return on Saturday (Dec 2). The iconic music and dance festival is celebrating its 20th edition with the first-ever nonstop sunset-to-sunrise party this year.

Before the rise of multi-act music festivals in recent years, ZoukOut was the event clubbers, dance music enthusiasts and party people looked forward to the most. Through the years, the lineup was a veritable who’s who of dance music: Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Gilles Peterson, James Lavelle, Stereo MCs, DJ Tiesto and many more.

As such, there’s no better way to commemorate this milestone anniversary than to look back at its history and evolution, beginning with the first-ever ZoukOut in 2000.


It was December 2000. Phua Chu Kang was still on the air, GST prices were still low and McDonald’s still had Hello Kitty plushies. Overall, a good period to be alive.

At Sentosa’s Siloso Beach, preparations were underway for an event that would go on to change the music festival scene in Asia.

Relatively speaking, the event was a modest one – with a crowd of 9,000 people and a duration of just one night.

A stark contrast to the multi-night extravaganzas ZoukOut is now known for.

Some of the celebrities who were present at the inaugural ZoukOut include veteran hosts Najip Ali and Jamie Yeo. Najip called the event a “real milestone” while Jamie “thought the night overall was excellent”.


After taking a pause in 2002 due to the Bali bombings, ZoukOut Singapore returned in 2003 with a brand new location and, for the first time ever, a two-night party.


The 2010 edition of ZoukOut was a special one as it marked the 10th anniversary of the festival. To celebrate, organisers invited renowned DJs Tiesto and David Guetta to bring the atmosphere at Siloso Beach to new heights.


Performers at ZoukOut 2018 included the likes of Galantis, Jeffrey Sutorius, Kshmr and Timmy Trumpet.

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