Hyperplay, ASEAN’s first integrated esports and music festival took place last weekend, with youths from all 10 ASEAN countries competing in the first ASEAN League of Legends competition at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The festival was also accompanied by a line-up of stellar music performances in their MTV Spotlight segment, with both regional and international superstars taking to the stage.
Over the weekend, Hyperplay certainly lived up to the hype it’s been building up to, and attendees were fully immersed in the quintessentially youth experience. Guest-of-Honour Deputy Prime Minister, Teo Chee Hean officially opened the show, as he introduced and presented the inaugural Hyperplay trophy the winning team of the tournament will walk away with, before signaling the official start with a cry of ‘Let’s Hyperplay!’
In the esports segments, fierce competition was seen from each and every team representing their respective countries, with Team Malaysia defeating Team Philippines and Vietnam’s Super Star Destroyers knocking out Singapore’s Sovereign, despite putting up a commendable effort against the fan favourites in the semi-final rounds. In the Grand Finals round on Day 2, Team Malaysia emerged triumphant against Team Vietnam who seemed poised to win, surprising even themselves as they defeated Team Vietnam in a thrilling 2–0 victory and walking away with the first-ever Hyperplay champions.
Says ArrHedge, team captain of Team Malaysia: “It was absolutely awesome to be part of Hyperplay. To represent Malaysia and be crowned champions of Hyperplay ASEAN League of Legends tournament was truly an honour.”
In between matches, audiences and attendees were also kept entertained by the various artists invited to perform as part of MTV spotlight, hosted by MTV VJ Hanli Hoefer. The performances kicked off with local band The Sam Willows as they opened with a nine-track set that included favourites such as All Time High, hot new single Papa Money and of course, mega-hit Take Heart.
On Saturday evening, Korean superstar CL showed Singapore why she truly was Asia’s Baddest Female with a 13-track set that never let up in energy, with one high octane hit after another with sizzling dance numbers and powerhouse vocals, ending off with a wild rendition of her hit song I Am the Best, to her crowd of adoring fans.
As attendees returned on Sunday, the festival heated up with even more music acts than the day before, opening with Thai rock band Slot Machine, who blew the crowd away with hardcore rock hits such as Interlude, MRT and Sky Burning Stars, playing against a mesmerising backdrop of 3D laser orbs lighting the stage. The band ended off with the powerful Chan Chao (Goodbye) in their seven-track performance, crushing it as they upped the ante and belted out their lungs.
The next performance of the day saw Indonesian idol and heartthrob Afgan taking to the stage as he crooned through a six-track performance, with moving songs like ballad Count on Me before continuing with Sudah and Heaven. Afgan closed off his set with the upbeat Panah Asmara, leaving a trail of melted hearts amidst his sea of adoring fans.
Making her Singapore debut, Alessia Cara showed that the night was just beginning as she opened with her chart-topping global hit Here, while Alessia showed off her percussion skills by playing the tom drum for the introductory beats of her performance of Wild Things, before she sent energy levels flying with How Far I’ll Go, showcasing good audience interaction as she picked a flower garland from a fan mid-performance. After a number of slower, emotional hits from A Little More, to Scars To Your Beautiful, to Growing Pains, Alessia ended off with fan favourite Stay, leaving fans hungering for even more.
Hyperplay ended off with a fitting end with international superstar Nick Jonas’ performance, with a crowd who roared with anticipations fulfilled at last once Jonas stepped onto the MTV Spotlight stage. Exuding plenty of charm and energy, Jonas performed a sizzling six-track medley that had the crowd raring to go, starting with Close and Teacher, before acknowledging and thanking his fans for his support, having last been in Singapore four years ago. The crowd was serenaded with the smooth, soulful track Chains and Levels, before Hyperplay 2018 came to an end with his rendition of fan-favourite Jealous, ending the night on a high with a spectacular show, setting the right tone for future editions of the festival to come.
Photo Credit: Hyperplay
Hyperplay took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from 4th – 5th August.