Either way, house parties are difficult to pull off in Singapore. Most of us live with our parents till we’re 30, and the lucky few that are allowed to host said parties are probably the offspring of parents who are constantly overseas (read: wealthy) or insanely liberal and chilled (read: not Asian).
So I was pretty surprised when a friend of mine introduced me to Ice Cream Sundays – a fairly new party collective that acts as a sort of philanthropic house party. The idea is simple, really: booze, tunes, ice cream and banter all in the name of charity. Invitation is through word of mouth, and although tickets aren’t cheap ($35-$45), the event is free-flowing and all proceeds go to charity.
So this is where I found myself last Sunday, at a colonial house off Newton, sipping on some seriously strong g&t’s, bopping along to tunes normally confined to my SoundCloud.
Yet, in Singapore, where clubbing means spending 2K on a table to drink watered down Stoli, a good house party is a breath of fresh air. In essence, Ice Cream Sundays feels like an extension of edgier, “underground” venues such as HQ, Kilo Lounge and CATO, all of whom who cater to a small but exclusive crowd, and eschew bottle service ostentation for relaxed dress codes and cool underground DJs.
While this may deter some, isn’t that what house parties are established on in the first place? A platform that allows you to mingle with like-minded people, whilst getting comfortably drunk at the same time.
Judging from the turnout at past events, it feels like Ice Cream Sunday’s is on to something, even if in their formative stages. For the time being, it may seem like an after-party special for expat kids and their kin, but I’m hoping it will inspire other such movements in Singapore.
It’s a good enough excuse for a party anyway… Just tell Mum and Dad it’s all in the name of charity.