The third edition of Malay Youth Music Festival, GALA LAGA, is here to shake up Singapore’s music scene.
Presented by Wisma Geylang Serai, previous editions of the annual festival typically saw music lovers swarming the venue’s all-too-familiar interiors. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the signature event will be moving online and broadcast from Facebook and YouTube on 28 November, 8PM.
Hosted by radio and entertainment veterans Najip Ali and Fiza O, the lineup this year boasts many recognisable names. On the lineup are Aisyah Aziz, Fariz Jabba, Bani Haykal, OMS Belia, Faizal Salim, Deformed, The Its, NADA, Namie and Ismahairie, and Rico Setiabudi and Syafiq Halid.
The news comes after the announcement of an open call for aspiring musicians last month. If chosen, the top three acts will have a chance to perform at the festival, work with industry veterans, and win cash prizes.
The finalists so far have been revealed to be El Bonekas, Amanda Ong, Arshad Sunday, and Batidas Centro & Ardi Arjuna.
GALA LAGA aims to champion cross-genre music and provide a platform for budding artists stepping into Malay vernacular music. Last year, The Stoned Revivals, The Pinholes, and Fauxe were some of the artists to grace the stage at Wisma Geylang Serai, while its inaugural 2018 instalment saw Akeem Jahat, Wicked Aura, and more.