[Singapore]A unique bar tucked away in the basement of an old shopping centre Heavy Metal In Singapore, music lovers will rub shoulders with international rockers who pioneered the genre.

Singapore authorities have struggled recently to attract mainstream headliners like Taylor Swift, leaving venues capable of hosting concerts for the city-state’s small but vibrant metal scene few and far between.

Just around the corner from Parliament and the Supreme Court is the Flying V, the city’s only bar specializing in metal and hard rock.

Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover was sitting at the bar on a Tuesday night in May, enjoying a strong Welsh beer, the day before the band’s concert at Singapore Rockfest.

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“I’ve been to a few places like this and this is one of the best,” Glover said.

Two days later, the bar hosted a meet-and-greet with American guitarist Marty Friedman, former member of the famous trash metal band Megadeth.

For Friedman, the music creates a close-knit community because “fans of other music genres find the good in metal.”

Metal is “not an underground community anymore,” and places like this “are very important.” nice Because they’re home to “real, hardcore metal fans,” he declared in between taking photos and signing autographs with the crowd.

The walls of the Flying V are covered with Iron Maiden advertising inserts and posters, including one advertising the group’s beer, Trooper, and the bar’s entrance reads, “Beer, Metal, Pizza.”

“It makes you feel like you’re in Europe.”

The pub attracts black T-shirt clad metalheads as well as tourists and office workers.

The latter “must always wear a shirt and a suit for work, but deep down he still has the heavy metal side of his youth,” bar co-founder George Carton told AFP.

Guests can choose their own favorite songs on the provided iPad, which will play the following music: Glam Metal 1980s Classics Garbage Metal Or even Grindcore.

“When I come here, I don’t feel like I’m in Singapore. I feel like I’m in Europe,” says Saifullah Sabri, 36, a Singaporean barber.

Daniel Hocke, a 48-year-old Dutch engineer, said he “immediately felt at home” when he climbed into the Flying V, which reminded him of the metal bars in his home country.

The pub is located near some government buildings.

In the 1990s, the punk revival made the neighborhood popular with the local counterculture movement. Skinhead or Metalheadsthere are many stores selling music and skateboards.

Flying V’s other co-founder, Ross Knudson, also owns LAMC Productions, which promotes the concerts in Asia.

To him, rock and metal are “underrated” in Singapore, and there was a need for a place where fans of these music genres could come together.

For this American, “Singapore has a very chic mentality.” With George Carton, the other co-founder, “we just wanted to bring something different,” he says.