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Old January 19th, 2004, 07:30 AM   #1
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Believe they'll be opening in March 2004!
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Old January 19th, 2004, 09:11 AM   #3
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Old February 13th, 2004, 03:34 AM   #4
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Zouk Club KL

A new place to party in the city



By K. ANURADHA


CLUB culture denizens should be ecstatic to be part of the Zouk family. This superclub, which was one of the main movers and shakers in Singapore, will open its Kuala Lumpur outlet next month.

In fact, work on the sprawling dance club is moving at a bewildering pace at its premises in Jalan Ampang (opposite Grand Maya Hotel) at what used to house Mississippi Slim's.

At a recent press conference, Zouk KL's executive director of marketing and business development Cher Ng outlined what was in store for this new baby on the KL's clubbing scene.

He promised that Zouk KL would change the clubbing scene in the capital city, with cutting edge dance music and numerous international deejays slated to appear at this club in the coming months.

He said the Klang Valley clubbers could expect a lot of activities once the club opened.

“There will be resident deejays performing here; this group will be trained by their Singapore counterparts and there will also be some sort of exchange programmes where they will travel to Zouk Singapore and vice versa,” he said

Ng, who has over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, started Zouk Singapore in 1992. He later left and formed a company called TAC Promotions.

TAC has over the years been responsible for bringing to KL such big deejay names like Sasha, Paul Van Dyke, Carl Cox, Armand Van Helden, Deep Dish and John Digweed.

Zouk KL also draws a lot of benefit from the experience of its executive director of operations Karen Seah, the woman behind the successful Salt nightclub in Melbourne, and KL's own Nuovo.

With the setting up of Zouk KL though, the team will be pushing the envelope. This is one ambitious project that seeks to establish itself as the place to party in Kuala Lumpur.

Towards this, there are three outlets in the Zouk KL complex. Firstly, there is the hub, Zouk The Mainroom, the largest party zone with the capacity to hold 2,000.

Main events will happen here, where deejays will spin the latest dance hits day after day. House heads, look up; here is your habitat.

The next outlet is Velvet Underground, a plush, refined atmosphere that should exude class throughout its 465 sq m of dance space.

With the cool sounds of the lounge/chill-out genre finally arriving in a big way to our shores Velvet Underground aims to be the cynosure of sophistication, as far as clubbing is concerned.

The Loft and Terrace Bar completes the Zouk KL family. Not a dance bar, but certainly more than just a pub.

It is said to offer an excellent view of the Petronas Twin Towers, and while it may be an aperitif to the main course of clubbing, this is also an experimental ground where a lot of new sounds will be introduced.

Kuala Lumpur, welcome to club education in a big way.
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Cool! Another reason to head north
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Old February 14th, 2004, 09:34 AM   #6
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Great News for KL. This is a review about this place from Swiss Financial Gloom & Doom guru Marc Faber:

Asia's best discotheque

22-Dec-01, Marc Faber

On my way to Switzerland - after a brief stop over in Bangkok, where Nana Plaza is still one of the best entertainment venues (go to Hollywood One on the second floor for an excellent show with some spice) - I spent a few days in Singapore where two of my oldest friends from Hong Kong who now live in Singapore own Zouk (official website), in my opinion, Asia's best disco.

I have been traveling to Singapore for the last 27 years and I have to say that its nightlife has always impressed me - contrary to the conventional wisdom. Singapore always had a number of discos, bars, high-class nightclubs, escort services, which provided locals and visitors with a wide variety of choices. Moreover, because of Singapore's relatively strict application and enforcement of laws, it is perfectly safe to go out in Singapore. (In general, I find Asian nightlife very safe, but some prudence is in order in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.) Now, for a while Singapore's entertainment industry lagged somewhat behind other places in Asia, but in recent years it seems to me that the Singapore Government has become more lenient and tolerant toward how leisure time is spent and, actually encourages the development of Singapore as a regional cultural and entertainment hub. A new impressive Opera House and Theatre is under construction, art exhibitions and performances are actively promoted and the nightlife is flourishing.

The disco Zouk - located in an alley off Havelock Road - was opened about - I guess 12 years ago - by my friend Lincoln Cheng, with whom I used to go boating and hunting at night in Hong Kong in the 1970s. Lincoln is a high tech buff and coming from a very prominent Hong Kong family he also had, right from the start, the necessary financial means to invest in all the latest audio equipment. In other words, unlike other discos, which are usually financially on shaky grounds, he had the money to overcome the downs of the disco business, which occur from time to time and built what I consider a hugely successful entertainment business.

At present Zouk, is licensed for a nightly capacity of 3,500 people who sit outside or inside at either Zouk or Velvet - the latter catering for the more affluent and mature patrons. A disco of this size would be impossible in Hong Kong because of the disruptions created by the triads who would want to seize "part of the action". In Singapore, however, where internal security is by far the best in Asia this is not a problem. Thus, if you are passing through Singapore I recommend you to enjoy its thriving nightlife. Start at Brix in the basement of the Hyatt Hotel around 10.30 pm, move on to Orchard Tower, where you will find on each of its floor a collection of swinging girls - to put it mildly -coming from all over Asia and then move on to Zouk or Velvet (in the same complex) shortly before 1 am. I just like to mention that Singapore is home some of Asia's best Hotels, such as Raffles, Shangrila, Westin, and the recently opened Fullerton, which is a piece of art having been converted from the old Singapore Post office building into a hotel by my friend Robert Ng who owns Hong Kong listed property developer Sino Land.
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Great News for KL. This is a review about this place from Swiss Financial Gloom & Doom guru Marc Faber:

Asia's best discotheque

22-Dec-01, Marc Faber

On my way to Switzerland - after a brief stop over in Bangkok, where Nana Plaza is still one of the best entertainment venues (go to Hollywood One on the second floor for an excellent show with some spice) - I spent a few days in Singapore where two of my oldest friends from Hong Kong who now live in Singapore own Zouk (official website), in my opinion, Asia's best disco.

I have been traveling to Singapore for the last 27 years and I have to say that its nightlife has always impressed me - contrary to the conventional wisdom. Singapore always had a number of discos, bars, high-class nightclubs, escort services, which provided locals and visitors with a wide variety of choices. Moreover, because of Singapore's relatively strict application and enforcement of laws, it is perfectly safe to go out in Singapore. (In general, I find Asian nightlife very safe, but some prudence is in order in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.) Now, for a while Singapore's entertainment industry lagged somewhat behind other places in Asia, but in recent years it seems to me that the Singapore Government has become more lenient and tolerant toward how leisure time is spent and, actually encourages the development of Singapore as a regional cultural and entertainment hub. A new impressive Opera House and Theatre is under construction, art exhibitions and performances are actively promoted and the nightlife is flourishing.

The disco Zouk - located in an alley off Havelock Road - was opened about - I guess 12 years ago - by my friend Lincoln Cheng, with whom I used to go boating and hunting at night in Hong Kong in the 1970s. Lincoln is a high tech buff and coming from a very prominent Hong Kong family he also had, right from the start, the necessary financial means to invest in all the latest audio equipment. In other words, unlike other discos, which are usually financially on shaky grounds, he had the money to overcome the downs of the disco business, which occur from time to time and built what I consider a hugely successful entertainment business.

At present Zouk, is licensed for a nightly capacity of 3,500 people who sit outside or inside at either Zouk or Velvet - the latter catering for the more affluent and mature patrons. A disco of this size would be impossible in Hong Kong because of the disruptions created by the triads who would want to seize "part of the action". In Singapore, however, where internal security is by far the best in Asia this is not a problem. Thus, if you are passing through Singapore I recommend you to enjoy its thriving nightlife. Start at Brix in the basement of the Hyatt Hotel around 10.30 pm, move on to Orchard Tower, where you will find on each of its floor a collection of swinging girls - to put it mildly -coming from all over Asia and then move on to Zouk or Velvet (in the same complex) shortly before 1 am. I just like to mention that Singapore is home some of Asia's best Hotels, such as Raffles, Shangrila, Westin, and the recently opened Fullerton, which is a piece of art having been converted from the old Singapore Post office building into a hotel by my friend Robert Ng who owns Hong Kong listed property developer Sino Land.





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Old February 15th, 2004, 03:43 AM   #8
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I think the exterior design of the Zouk KL looks funnier than the one near Singapore CBD. Nevertheless, I can'r wait for it to be completed
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Now the structure of the building is completed. Just waiting for it to be painted.
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Old February 22nd, 2004, 06:20 AM   #10
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Old February 27th, 2004, 03:40 AM   #11
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KL's CLUBBING scene

Centro moves into KL scene



By GOH EE KOON




STAR Metro ’s reporter GOH EE KOON did a little bit of snooping and snared Michel Lu, owner and head honcho of Singapore’s other giant club Centro, who gave an exclusive interview on the club’s expansion into Kuala Lumpur and finally Japan.

BIG changes are about to hit the Malaysian clubbing scene – and transform it forever. While people are still “all hot” over news of Singapore’s most revered dance club Zouk, opening in KL, few realised that another is hot on its heels.

If some punters are saying Zouk will make massive changes to the scene then others might say it is not the only one that promises to wield that kind of power and clout.

Hot on the heels of Zouk’s opening is another club complex from the Lion City – Centro, which is expected to make its impact on KL clubbers in the second half of this year.


Centro’s move to establish itself internationally is by no accident, according to owner and head honcho Michel Lu.

Lu had always envisioned it to be an international brand since starting up in 2001 itself.

And after making waves in Singapore, and most recently, Indonesia, Lu’s sights are now firmly fixed on making the name known in Malaysia and Japan as well.

At the rate things are going, Centro may well be the fastest growing Asian dance brand today.

With Lu’s emphasis on making strong investment decisions quickly, it is easy to see how fast new branches seem to mushroom through both the established and emerging clubbing capitals in the region.

Lu, 33, thrives on rocking the boat and admits to it as well.

Culling his experiences in working in advertising, public relations, model and artiste management as well as having been in London and Ibiza, the Hong Kong-born entrepreneur was operating a small bar called Lush in Singapore in 1999 when he spotted available waterfront property and recognised its potential.

“I was looking for something with 5,000 sq ft,” he reminisced, “but I saw the place and knew I wanted it.

“My partner nearly jumped out of his skin when I told him how big it was – 22,000 sq ft!”

Lu said the name Centro was picked to reflect the meaning of “the centre of the nightlife scene and the central point of activity”.

“Also, it rolled off the tongue quite well,” he said.

Lu’s early days saw him moving along the learning curve: “We had no F&B experience then, but our understanding and expectations for the scene have changed greatly since.”

As it quickly established itself as a dance venue in Singapore, the club would also host artiste appearances and concerts, having the likes of the Soul Bossa Trio and the James Taylor Quartet perform there as well.

“It’s not just just dance music, it’s about quality acts. The brand is all about lifestyle.”

Since starting up, Centro has been aggressively bringing international deejays to Singapore and every weekend sees a big party or two taking place.

In December last year, it opened its first international branch in Jakarta, brought fresh competition and introduced new deejays to the burgeoning Indonesian scene.

“We didn’t intend it to be this way at first,” he said, of the packed-to-the-brim, stylish new joint.

“But people wanted to play for us here, because they already knew about the brand itself.”

Just like Singapore, Centro Jakarta’s concept is multi-themed, attracting the progressive, trance and techno crowd to one part and the soulful, sexy house fans to another.

Lu’s vision of building brands around different genres of music is consistent and constant. It fits directly with the multi-theme big club ideals that Kuala Lumpur’s masses have embraced.

“When clubbers hear the name of a brand, they know what happens and what to expect.”

Just like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur’s Centro will be eclectic, with theme nights and parties, rooms, lifestyles and visions made to suit different tastes from trance to hip-hop.


Lu plans to cover the majority of popular dance styles available in the market, bringing in the international deckmasters as well as precocious talents and newcomers as well.

But with its opening coming fairly close to Zouk’s, comparisons and stories abound.

“I’ve always said that it’s not too bad to be a little controversial.

“They grab attention.”

Lu stated an example in 2002, when Centro announced the Asian Electronic Music Festival on the same day as Zouk’s popular Zouk Out dance music extravaganza.

“Yes, it was strategic. It made headlines. We built the brand overnight.”

Centro will be built in downtown Kuala Lumpur. In Singapore, the two clubs are about 15 minutes away from each other.

With the clubbing activities centred in a small space, speculations are rife as to where Centro will be situated and though plans to build it are already drawn by architects, the still-secret location is on the brink of being finalised at press time.

“It’s a big club in Singapore. But Jakarta seems to be better. Kuala Lumpur will be better than Jakarta, more of a superclub.”

Kuala Lumpur is set to emulate parts of the Singaporean Centro, with Embargo (the big dance arena for more tech-friendly sounds) and Lola, a more exclusive, chic hangout.


Lola in Jakarta has been reincarnated as La Dolce Vita: “So as not to confuse the punters,” he said.

The club’s presence in the near future brings a new level of competition to all the clubs. Most prominently, clubbers and industry figures will be making comparisons with Zouk.

“It’s no issue. Being the underdog is one of the things that have kept us new and fresh.

“Zouk was around for 10 years in Singapore, and we were the first guys who had a club who gave them a run for their money.”

But he was also eager to establish that the competition is business-only and healthy.

“I have tremendous respect for Zouk. This is, after all, a club which brought dance to Singapore and beyond. Without them, there wouldn’t be us.”

Between Centro and Zouk, a top-draw deejay is practically assured every weekend for Klang Valley clubbers, notwithstanding the local clubs, as Lu asserts both clubs have active booking schedules.

Regular parties and concepts will also be introduced. Wild Cherry, for instance, is a ladies’ night party while Centro Sundays is a great time for men to let the adrenaline loose and party before Monday comes along.

“I think competition between clubs makes a scene fresh. Instead of getting a superstar deejay once a month, you might get once a week with us (Centro and Zouk) in the picture.

“And what’s more, we also concentrate on the lesser-known ones. We try to balance the superstars and the ones who we think and hope might be the next Sasha or John Digweed, and help build their careers before they hit the big time.”

No matter what the status and profile of the jock is, at Centro, the deejay is king.

The dance floor is created in a way that the deejay’s music and his presence is always accessible and partying is like an interactive experience between clubber and music-maker.

Investment-wise, Centro Kuala Lumpur is estimated to cost about RM10 million to set up. Lu is happy with how things are done.

“I don’t mind spending a little more as long as it contributes to the scene and the clubbing community. Yes, I enjoy making some money, but not a lot.”


What the entrance of an aggressive yet vibrant new face in the nightlife scene may portend for the rest of the local boys remains to be seen – but the impact will be great and far-reaching.

The situation will buck everybody up, from club owners to sponsors to promoters to partygoers once again.

“Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife will change. It is headed for a major overhaul. There will be new hubs for people to go,” he promised.

“As for us, we will do our best, put everything we have into here and hope everybody has a good time.”
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Old February 27th, 2004, 04:21 AM   #12
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Great stuff! Zouk actually looks like Mushroom
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Great news for the KL scene!!

Zouk's opening next month right?
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Great news for the KL scene!!

Zouk's opening next month right?
I think so......the place is almost complete.....in fact the exterior are finished already!
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I think so......the place is almost complete.....in fact the exterior are finished already!
Yeah. Almost complete. They are currently constructing a short cute gate in front of the building
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Cool Pics!! Anyone have any renderings of how Centro will look like?
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