Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Party, Bangalore
History was made on November 27 when 14 countries, six continents, 18,000 people, 50 DJs and 200+ bartenders joined forces for a never-before-seen, omnipresent, one-night only global affair across 10 time zones. And if you weren’t at one of Smirnoff’s ravishing Nightlife Exchange Project parties, then where the bloody hell were you?
I’m delighted to say that I was there. I was exceptionally fortunate to get a taste of Canada’s very chilly after dark scene at the Toronto-themed party hosted by exchanging sister-city Bangalore in India’s south. As a first-time Aussie in India, it was a real treat to learn how local Indians boogied and let their hair down to headlined sets by DJ Sultan, Zara Taylor and Max Graham while enjoying Canada’s famed specialities. Think traditional poutine (hot chips, cheese, gravy) and signature maple syrup-laced vodka concoctions at the ice bars.
Merrymakers around the globe were also partying hard. Brazilians were Aussified with Van She tunes and German techno God Marcus Schultz dropped beats in Cape Town. Peaches and South African famed Gazelle teamed-up with new song material at Berlin, while Zane Lowe played a Miami-inspired set in London. Argentina experienced the best of Dublin pubs. And as for Thailand, they hooked up with belly-dancing Lebanon. Speaking of Thailand, I enjoyed a week of Bangkok hotspots and Mumbai gems in the lead up to the big Smirnoff event, so stay tuned for all the latest trends in my next Lost At E Minor feature video highlighting my foreign adventures.
[London, Buenos Aires and Bangkok pictured below. Also see Sydney's Nightlife Exchange party]