Bringing Thailand’s vibrant street life into the heart of Singapore’s production hub, Chang Beer shines a light on the underground with Chang Urban Pulse, a one-night only Thai invasion celebrating honourable rivalry between neighbours. Touted as Singapore’s first ever fight club, thankfully – unlike Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club – we’re allowed to tell you about it.
Bringing together Thailand’s leading urban creators in the realms of music, movement and combat to tackle our homegrown heroes, invited guests will feel a surge of adrenaline as competitors go head-to-head at Infinite Studios. While honouring rivals and respecting brotherhood between our two nations, Chang Urban Pulse serves as a platform for art forms that go against the grain to come together for a rare spectacle, from breakdancing and beatboxing to rappers warring with words and Muay Thai fighters warring with devastating kicks.
In a match unlike any other, the urban gig will see Thai fighters Kanpetch Pornpichit and Chomyong Kaewwichai take on Singaporean contenders Brandon Ng and Cherly Gwa in a bid to be the king of the ring. For the faint of heart who’d rather witness a more artistic physical challenge, b-boy crews Radikal Forze and 99Flava will bring ferocity in the form of gravity-defying moves and dizzying maneuvers. While beatboxers Dharni Ng and Blish break out in rapid-fire percussion that’ll have spectators in awe, lyrical wordsmith TeCh’1 will grapple in vocal fisticuffs with Fast & Furious-featured Masia One, before a list of seasoned selectors, including party-starting pros Bangkok Invaders (read our recent chat with the trio in our December 2016 issue on ISSUU) bring the evening to an explosive crescendo.
Just as the contenders of Chang Urban Pulse will be bringing their A-game, only guests who can party the hardest will be granted an invitation to take up the challenge. If you think you have what it takes to dive in and discover the unexpected, register your interest before you miss out.
Chang Urban Pulse takes place on February 24 from 9pm till late at Infinite Studios. Register your interest at changbeer.com/changurbanpulse.
Text Trent Davis
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