Events — February 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Wigging Out!


It’s time to put your hands in the air and wave them about like you just don’t care because for the first time in a long, long while, Singapore’s finally going to see a full-fledged all-day festival geared towards all things hip-hop, soul, funk, disco, moombahsoul, latin, reggae and dancehall. Dubbed as a celebration of musical diversity, the inaugural Big Wig Music Festival will transform Singapore’s Fort Canning Green into a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, with skateboard ramps, live graffiti art and breakdancing performances to heighten the festival atmosphere. While any self-respecting hip-hop fan should be familiar with the festival’s biggest names, Music Weekly hereby provides a cheat sheet for beginners, new hip-hop lovers and the just plain clueless to hype you up before these acts descend upon our shores.


Pharoahe Monch

Born Troy Donald Jameson, Pharoahe Monch’s jaw-droppingly complex rapping techniques and skills have long crowned him as a member of underground hip-hop royalty. Formerly one half of the duo Organized Konfusion with partner Prince Poetry, Pharoahe Monch will take the stage with a live backing band at Fort Canning Green with a set that’s bound to impress the socks off everyone in attendance and perhaps even cause a few collisions on the skateboard ramp, with his penchant for intelligent lyricism and rapid-fire delivery. Get your helmets on. 

Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde Live

For all those who have bumped to this album endlessly way back when it was released in the 90’s, relive the glory days of youth as The Pharcyde’s classic ‘Bizarre Ride II’ is performed live in its entirety. A refreshing, self-effacing trip into the jazzier, more free-spirited side of hip-hop, ‘Bizarre Ride II’ is proof that the rap has the ability to tell real, compelling stories beyond the overplayed themes of drugs, violence and sex. While inevitable fallouts have split the original line-up of The Pharcyde into two, founding members Fatlip and Slimkid3 will be accompanied by J Swift and LA Jay to recreate the joyfully nostalgic romp with favourites such as ‘Passing Me By’ and ‘Ya Mama’.

Four Dub

Jurassic 5 once brought the house down at Fort Canning Park and this year MC Akil returns with MC Hydro Phonics and Tech 12 as Four Dub, with their self-proclaimed “hemp hop herbal music” – we’re not entirely sure what that entails, but a quick peek into their Soundcloud page exposes some exceedingly groovy jams and even an homage to Thailand. Be prepared as they continue their Asian invasion.

Lady Leshurr

We’re excited to hear that the fierce and fiesty Birmingham-based Lady Leshurr will be hosting the all-day festival – could this mean that we might get to witness her amazing freestyle flows first-hand? Having worked with names such as Tinie Tempah, Wiley, Ms Dynamite and Orbital, we’ve got a sneaking suspicion that the multi-talented MC, singer and producer might just steal the show. 

Big Wig Music Festival: Links

Official WebsiteFacebookTwitter – YouTube Channel
Get your tickets here – early bird rates end on 28 Feb!


Fret not, we haven’t forgotten all the other acts and Lion City reps – stay tuned to Music Weekly as we get to know the rest of the line-up soon!