SINGAPORE – Kilo Lounge will move out of its current location at Tanjong Pagar Road at the end of the year, after nearly three years at the venue.
The night club, known for underground house and techno music as well as live gigs, announced the closure on Monday (Nov 4), citing an increase in operational costs and saying it was no longer financially sustainable to run the spot.
Kilo Collective co-founder Joshua Adjodha told The Straits Times: "We rode out our lease while continuing to do what we love best – bring quality music and entertainment to our community, but right now the focus lies in finding a place at the right price, and then, the challenge is to find such a place that will get approved for licensing."
The Kilo Collective also comprises outdoor restaurant Camp Kilo Charcoal Club in Kampong Bugis and Asian-Latin fusion restaurant Kilo Kitchen in Duxton; as well as Kilo Kitchens in Bali and Jakarta, and the recently-opened Kilo Lounge in Jakarta. These other outlets will remain operational.
Before the shutters go down, Kilo Lounge promises to rage on till its last day with parties, with local DJs booked every week.
It is business as usual, and this month the club has everyone from Canadian-Filipino hip hop duo Manila Grey to American DJ duo Soul Clap and legendary German DJ duo Ame – one of their biggest bookings of the year – performing at the lounge.
In the interim between the closure and finding a new venue, Kilo will also continue to hold pop-up parties with acts that have been booked for Kilo Lounge Jakarta.
This is not the first time Kilo Lounge has had to move out. At the end of December 2015, the club was booted out of its original home in Kampong Bugis due to zoning issues tied to the area not being approved for nightlife use.
But much like their farewell then, Mr Adjodha says the club's final three parties at its Tanjong Pagar location – culminating in a final blowout on New Year's Eve – "will focus on the backbone of what has made both venues successful: the DJs of the Singapore scene".
"We have invited everyone who has ever graced our decks to jump on for individual or back-to-back sets, saying goodbye by taking charge of the dance floor in our space once more," he says.
One of the local DJs who will be spinning at Kilo's farewell gig on New Year's Eve is Brendon Perera, better known as Brendon P.
The nightlife veteran, who has almost four decades of experience in the scene here, including long-term residencies at Zouk and Ce La Vi, says that Kilo was "special because they had a mission to play alternative music".
"I will always welcome a place that champions music above and beyond the norm of your commercial top 40 or EDM (electronic dance music)," says Mr Perera.
But catering to niche audiences has its own set of challenges as Mr Zaran Vachha, co-founder of events agency Collective Minds, notes.
"During (Kilo Lounge's) genesis at Tanjong Pagar almost three years ago, there was not much competition, but now you have venues like Tuff Club, who are only open a few nights a week, and the other end of the spectrum with places like Marquee that can spend money bringing in acts…that'Read More – Source