Dance dance revolution: How Marquee is transforming Singapore’s clubbing scene

Singapore’s latest nightclub has touched down at Marina Bay Sands, bringing with it a whole lot of hype and rave reviews. It is the brainchild of Tao Group co-founder Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss, who have jointly launched more than 20 nightclubs, bars and restaurants across New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Sydney. But besides its brand cachet, the 2,300 sqm, three-storey Marquee can lay claim to other bragging rights in the nightclub scene.

It is a top draw for superstar DJs

Six headlining acts played at Marquee Singapore within 16 days of its launch, including Grammy-Award-winning Tiesto, Steve Aoki and Afrojack. All three superstar DJs are the founders’ personal, long-time friends, which means they could make regular appearances in future. “Jason and I have an affinity for people who are the best at what they do,” said Tepperberg. “When booking DJs, our first question is, will they sell out (the venue) and do they generate intrigue? If the acts aren’t relevant, we try not to book them.”

It is an A/V utopia

Top-class performances come to life at Marquee thanks to next-generation technology. A massive 20-metre 8K-resolution video wall displays custom-made visuals to accompany the music—this is the largest and highest-resolution screen ever featured in a nightclub. “Visual art is part of the mix,” said Tepperberg. “This is the first great step in creating an immersive experience. I think in the future, we are going to be… in a fully immersive nightclub where everything from floor to ceiling will have the ability to change content.” Marquee also features two separate best-in-class sound systems—one specifically for nightclub sound, and one for ‘live’ music.

That giant Ferris Wheel

Most people would have heard of the giant multi-coloured Ferris Wheel that dominates Marquee, with each of its eight arms holding a four-person photo booth. Two kaleidoscopic tube slides complete with flashing lights take guests from the top to the ground floor, lending a carnival-like vibe to the space. “With the new wave of trends, people are coming to clubs not only to celebrate moments together, but to capture them and tell people about them digitally. We have created a lot of experiential ‘wows’—it’s a playground for adults,” said Strauss.