E-sports and music festival Hyperplay ended with a bang on Day 2 as youths gathered to catch the highly-anticipated ASEAN League of Legends finals, accompanied by a line-up of stellar music performances for MTV Spotlight. Performers included Slot Machine, Afghan, Alessia Cara and Nick Jonas.
August 7, 2018
By Sherlyn Seah
Hyperplay, the first integrated ASEAN e-sports and music festival, ended with a bang on Day 2 as youths gathered to catch the highly-anticipated ASEAN League of Legends finals between Malaysia and Vietnam, with the former eventually emerging as champion.
The exhilarating Hyperplay Grand Finals was accompanied by a line-up of stellar music performances for MTV Spotlight, which included Slot Machine, Afghan, Alessia Cara and Nick Jonas, capping off an amazing weekend of e-sports and music entertainment at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This was organised as part of the weekend’s YOUTHx celebration.
Day 2 opened with Thai rock band Slot Machine, who blew away the crowd with a fierce, stand-out performance as the first MTV Spotlight of the day. Kicking off the show with hardcore rock hits Interlude, MRT, and Sky Burning Stars, Slot Machine was a magnetic force on stage against a backdrop of mesmerising 3D laser orbs lighting the stage in tandem to the band’s musical expression.
Evolving their sound since they were last here in Singapore, Slot Machine brought a more experimental sound with Rue Du (Grey Sky), Pharn (Yesterday), and Spin the World. For Chan Chao (Goodbye), the hit track and the last song of their seven-track set, the band upped the ante and belted their lungs out to crush it for the audience.
Indonesian idol Afgan next took to the stage with his own brand of charm. This heartthrob crooned his way through his six-track performance to a sea of cheering fans, which included Love Again and Knock Me Out. He also performed a breathtaking ballad Count On Me before continuing his set with more smooth grooves with Sudah and Heaven. The set closed with an upbeat number Panah Asmara. Undoubtedly, Afgan melted hearts across the arena.
A quick switch-up of the stage turned the Singapore Indoor Stadium into the arena for the highly-anticipated Hyperplay League of Legends grand finals between Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Hunters and Vietnam’s Super Star Destroyers.
Team Malaysia set themselves up for success against the community favourites right from the get-go with several huge kills, led by ArrHedge. Despite the early setback, Team Vietnam maintained its poise and demonstrated superb team communication and discipline, which made closing the game out hard for Team Malaysia. But alas, after the 63-kill massive bloodbath, Team Malaysia made it a 2-0 victory, crowning them the first-ever Hyperplay ASEAN League of Legends Champions.
“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,” said ArrHedge, team captain of Team Malaysia.
Making her Singapore debut on MTV Spotlight, Alessia Cara opened her performance with the chart-topping global hit Here. Highlighting the percussive nature of the track, Alessia played the tom drum for the song introduction of her performance of Wild Things. Energy levels were through-the-roof with fans singing along to Alessia’s chart-topping track, How Far I’ll Go, where she picked a flower garland from a fan mid-performance. She stole fans’ hearts as she continued the set with her latest stripped-down song Alessia put out as a small gift for her birthday, A Little More.
Against a backdrop of projecting different people, Alessia then took a moment to speak to fans to reinforce the importance of body acceptance in her award-winning song, Scars To Your Beautiful. Dressed in a life oversized suit that showcased how she felt as a teenager having to grow soon into adulthood, she performed Growing Pains. Alessia ended her seven-track set with a lively performance of yet another fan favourite, Stay, leaving them hungry for more.
Eagerly anticipating international superstar Nick Jonas’ performance, the crowd roared as Jonas stepped onto the MTV Spotlight stage. Exuding charm and energy, Jonas’ sizzling performance comprised a six-track medley that had the crowd rocking to the beat of his music, starting with Close and Teacher.
Jonas took a moment to thank his fans, recognising he was last in Singapore four years ago before he performed Under You. The crowd swooned as they were serenaded with the smooth, soulful track Chains. Jonas slayed the ladies in the crowd with Levels. As the night came to a close, Jonas performed fan-favourite Jealous, bringing the crowd’s energy levels to its peak. A stunning show with a fitting end to a spectacular weekend at the inaugural Hyperplay.
In celebration of ASEAN Singapore 2018 and part of YOUTHx, Hyperplay is powered by Riot Games and MTV, presented by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the National Youth Council, and supported by gold sponsor Clear Men and official telco partner Singtel.