Music festival Baybeats to feature rap and hip-hop acts for the first time

(Clockwise from top left) Sherene's Closet, Force Vomit, Caracal, and Yung Raja and Fariz Jabba.
(Clockwise from top left) Sherene's Closet, Force Vomit, Caracal, and Yung Raja and Fariz Jabba.ST PHOTOS: DIOS VINCOY JR, AXEL SERIK, ARIFFIN JAMAR

The 17th edition of the annual alternative music festival will see rap and hip-hop acts alongside alternative rock groups

From the indie-pop and shoegaze vibes of Obedient Wives Club to the post-rock stylings of I Am David Sparkle, alternative rock music has always been the central sound of Baybeats - the annual, free, alternative music festival at the Esplanade which kicked off in 2002.

But in its 17th year, the organisers are switching things up and throwing rap and hip-hop acts into the mix, with home-grown rappers Akeem Jahat, duo act Yung Raja and Fariz Jabba, as well as Malaysia's Zamaera.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2018, with the headline 'Baybeats gets hip-hop'. Print Edition | Subscribe