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Hip hop ya don’t stop: Big Wig Festival comes this April

By Azim AzmanEvents - 22 February 2013 11:37 AM | Updated 25 February 2013

Hip hop ya don’t stop: Big Wig Festival comes this April

Music festival lovers, add another festival to your calendar! This time, the focus is on the world of hip hop, funk and urban soul.

Happening 6 April 2013, the first Big Wig Festival bravely labels itself as an eclectic music festival in the park. With Laneway Festival and Big Night Out earlier in the year and Mosaic, the mother of eclectic music festivals coming up, organisers Propaganda Promotions would need to have a pretty unique selling point to set it apart from an already crowded festival calendar.

And unique it will be – count on a purpose-built skateboard ramp, live graffiti art and breakdancing performances to liven up the atmosphere among Singapore’s hip hop aficionados.

Luckily, the line-up looks like it might be able to carve a niche for itself too. International names such as The Bizarre Ride, Pharcyde, Four Dub, Akil the MC from Jurassic 5, Hydro Phonics and The Cuban Brothers will be performing alongside notable local acts such as Kevin Lester, Wicked Aura and DJ KoFlow, with the mercurial Pharoache Monch headlining the fest.

‘Still Standing’ Pharoahe Monch feat. Jill Scott

Pharoahe Monch is definitely one act to look forward to in his first visit to the Lion City. The legend, known for his complex rhymes and slick delivery, is acknowledged as one of the best rap artistes due to his ability to paint a complex picture with his rhymes. So for a night of education in the subtle art of turning a rhyme into art, there is no one better than Pharoahe Monch.

It seems that the organisers have gone out of their way to ensure that the festival is filled with stellar act after stellar act. Akil the MC, for example, was from disbanded hip hop heavyweights Jurassic 5, who will be reforming later this year for Coachella.

‘S.S.A’- Kevin Lester

With such an excellent line-up, it would be easy to overlook the local acts. But in Kevin Lester, you have a seasoned hip hop performer who just happens to be slowly making a name for himself State-side. We were there when Lester performed at a Tiger beer party last year and he was very good.

Wicked Aura, celebrating their 10th year in the business of Afro-Brazillian drumbeats and electronica, will be drawing their own dedicated fans as well with their irrepressible energy and live set.    

Also read: Repping The Lion City - Kevin Lester

Can’t wait? Be the first 500 through the door, and score free ‘fro wigs (literally) from the organisers.

Big Wig Festival 2013 | 3pm onwards, 6 April 2013 | Fort Canning Park | Tickets $105; $135 on event day.