These are exciting times for Singapore, with in-person events back in full swing. Seeking to shine a spotlight on local talent, BAZAAR is here to share all the local events and talents you need to know about, as we explore what the city has to offer in terms of the finest in arts, fashion, film, culture and more.

Branding itself as a local, home-grown music festival with international flair, Legacy Festival first kicked off in December 2019 with a party on Siloso Beach. Now they’re back with GLOWHARD, Singapore’s very first festival dedicated to hard dance music, taking over The Coliseum at Sentosa’s Hard Rock Hotel from 3pm til late on 5 November. Connecting local talents with global acts to create a truly world-class event which shows off the Singapore spirit, Legacy now hopes to build a legacy of its own – which will endure in Singapore for years and decades to come.

Below we speak with Andrew Teo, Festival Director and resident DJ at CÉ LA VI, about Singapore’s up-and-coming dance music scene, how the festival is supporting local music talent, and what partygoers can expect from the event. As one of the region’s most respected and sought-after DJs, Teo, a born and bred Singaporean, has shared stages and lineups with globally-renowned artists like Tiesto, Zedd and The Chainsmokers.

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Give us your thoughts on Singapore’s dance music scene! How is it evolving and growing? What do you think makes it special?
During the pandemic, people have explored more genres of music, and are more open to different styles of party music than before. We have seen more underground music explode onto the clubbing scene, and there really will be more exciting times ahead in terms of curating various genres of music events.

Tell us more about supporting local DJ talent with this year’s edition of GLOWHARD.
One of the biggest challenges for local artists is the lack of awareness and support from the local community, and I believe that providing more opportunities to showcase and support our local talents is the way to go in growing the music industry in Singapore. Through this year’s GLOWHARD festival, we hope to bring a new experience to festival-goers with a fresh line-up of up-and-coming artists who will be making their festival debuts in Singapore including Atomix, Our Culture, Paramercy and DJ Rey, showcasing a comprehensive selection of hard dance genres.

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What do you hope makes GLOWHARD different from other music festivals across Singapore this year? 
We’ve been anticipating the comeback of our music festivals since 2019, and we’re glad that we finally have the chance to introduce this genre of harder style music to the Singapore scene while creating memorable experiences for music lovers of the new era. This year, we’ll be taking audiences on a sensorial experience through an array of specially curated soundtracks fusing electronic and Asian music influences, along with spectacular user-interactive light displays made possible through Nebula.

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