Swing Singapore, a mass party, was first sponsored by the then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. About 250,000 people attended the party in August 1988 on Orchard Road to boogie, shimmy, shake or twist to music blasted from huge loudspeakers by popular singers and disc jockeys who were perched up nine metres on mobile cranes. Orchard Road was turned into a kaleidoscope of lights for the event.
The event was organised by Singapore Armed Forces Reservists’ Association (SAFRA) and sponsored and produced by Fraser Neave. Swing Singapore revelries brought fun, frolic and merry to many a Singaporean’s life. However, in 1992 it was discontinued despite its continuing success.