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Gear up for Arjun Rampal's DJ debut

IANS  New Delhi, October 24, 2012
First Published: 14:23 IST(24/10/2012) | Last Updated: 17:02 IST(24/10/2012)

Expect no Lady Gaga this time! But a mix of international DJs (disc jockeys) and entertainers from the famous Cirque du Soleil club are set to rev up the action at Arjun Rampal's official after-parties for the second Formula One Indian Grand Prix. Also, the actor-businessman is set to make his big debut behind the console.

"I will make a debut (as a DJ), but I don't put myself anywhere near to people like Emery," Arjun said humbly.

The actor, a music aficionado, will play DJ on Sunday's finale night, which will see British electronic dance music producer Gareth Emery and two hot and sexy girls from The Electroverts, spinning the disc.

"We are going with more of a DJ line-up this time," Arjun, who has the mandate to host F1 after-parties at his exclusive, members-only club LAP at Hotel Samrat here, told IANS.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/arjun-chakravyuh.jpgThe second edition of Formula One Indian Grand Prix is starting Friday and the first night will see London-based musician Darren Foreman aka Beardyman, known for his beatboxing skills, raising the momentum and party fever.

Dutch duo Peter Kriek and Ariaan Olieroock of 16 Bit Lolitas will also heat up the electronic music quotient on the same night.

On day two, expect triple fun with three international DJs spinning the disc at the 17,000 square feet LAP, which recently reopened its doors after renovation and upgradation of the sound and light systems.

DJ Ankytrixx, popular for his tech-house and progressive tunes; American record producer Junior Sanchez, who has worked with names like Madonna and Shakira; and Grammy award-winning British house trio Dirty Vegas, will set the party mood.

A common attraction on all three days will be artists from the Cirque du Soleil clubs, known for their dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment. There will be men on stilts, midgets dressed in colourful attires, acrobats and trapeze artists to entertain the guests.

"It is crazy to see these guys perform, and there is going to be something unique from them each day," Arjun said.

There's a pricey tag to the parties, with a cover charge divided into three categories - Super Premium, Premium and Walk-ins. And the prices vary each day.

If Walk-in will cost Rs. 15,000, Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 25,000 on days one, two and three, respectively; for the Premium entry, one will have to shell out Rs. 20,000, Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 30,000 in the same order.

Be ready to splurge Rs. 35,000 and Rs. 40,000 for day one and two, respectively, to avail Super Premium entry. For the final day, there will be a customised rate.

"It should be fun, and it will be a more private and intimate affair, with just about 600 to 650 people," said Arjun who is organising the parties in association with Jaypee Sports International Limited (JPSI).

The cover charge includes food and drinks.

What about the menu? "There will be mainly finger food - pizzas, tacos, and to add a dash of Indian flavour, there will be the evergreen chicken tikka and also shawarmas. Nothing heavy from the Indian platter," he said.

The first season saw a host of Bollywood celebrities, including superstar Shah Rukh Khan, his wife Gauri, Hrithik Roshan's wife Suzanne, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone, Preity Zinta, Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, apart from several F1 racers, at the after-parties.

The line-up is expected to be as star-studded this time too.

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