A wet and wild night with Epik High at Skechers Sundown Festival

The South Korean hip-hop group joined other artistes from all over the world to headline the annual music event

Epik High's Mithra Jin, Tablo and DJ Tukutz
Epik High's Mithra Jin, Tablo and DJ Tukutz
22 Nov 2015

Epik High's Mithra Jin, Tablo and DJ Tukutz

Videos: Tan Shi Qi

Every performer at last night’s Skechers Sundown Festival 2015 was welcomed with lots of audible support from the 9,000-strong audience, but no reception beat the one reserved for Epik High, despite the K-hip-hop trio being the last act to emerge at about 10pm – almost six hours since the event began.

DJ Tukutz was the first one on stage to ready his trusty turntables, inciting eager cheers of anticipation. Their sounds amplified further when Tablo showed up, appearing to be recording a video of the crowd with a smartphone, as he delved into their opening number ‘Born Hater’. He was soon joined by Mithra Jin (cue more hurrahs), and everyone was officially ready to rock.

For 40 minutes, the stars showed off their impressive rap skills – speedy, smooth and without tripping over any syllables. There were even a few moments when DJ Tukutz left his deck to slip into his persona as the group’s resident dancing machine, complete with valiant efforts at executing B-boy choreography and what we assume were some popping moves.

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Epik High
Epik High
22 Nov 2015

Epik High

One of the more popular songs of the night was Tablo’s version of label mate Taeyang’s ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips’, which had listeners rapping along to his self-written English lyrics. ‘Up’ (which features the vocals of 2NE1’s Park Bom), ‘Love Love Love’ and encore track ‘Don’t Hate Me’ were also especially well-received.

Music wasn’t the only thing Epik High gave to us: for some reason, the guys took great delight in drenching everyone with mineral water every chance they got. By the end of their set, there were crumpled plastic bottles all over the stage, and lots of wet front-row folks. Towels saturated in their sweat were also tossed out, causing excited devotees to scramble for the precious, perspiration-soaked souvenirs.

“This is our second time in Singapore, but it definitely won’t be the last one,” Tablo, who had introduced himself as “Haru’s appa (father)” earlier, stated. “If we have an Epik High concert here, will you come?”

Needless to say, the “Yes!” that ensued was deafening.

Click through our gallery for more photos and recaps of yesterday’s performances by INKT, Potato, Caracal, Ground Zero and more!

Epik High
Epik High
22 Nov 2015

Epik High

Epik High's DJ Tukutz tries to break-dance
Epik High's DJ Tukutz tries to break-dance
22 Nov 2015

Epik High's DJ Tukutz tries to break-dance

Epik High's Mithra Jin
Epik High's Mithra Jin
22 Nov 2015

Epik High's Mithra Jin

Epik High's Tablo shoots audiences a heart
Epik High's Tablo shoots audiences a heart
22 Nov 2015

Epik High's Tablo shoots audiences a heart

Epik High's Tablo andd Mithra Jin
Epik High's Tablo andd Mithra Jin
22 Nov 2015

Epik High's Tablo andd Mithra Jin

Epik High's DJ Tukutz and Tablo
Epik High's DJ Tukutz and Tablo
22 Nov 2015

Epik High's DJ Tukutz and Tablo

Cheryl Loon
Cheryl Loon
22 Nov 2015

Cheryl Loon

The local songbird opened the show with a few of her own originals as well as covers of Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ and ‘Titanium’ by Sia and David Guetta.

Photo credit: Red Spade Entertainment

Farrago
Farrago
22 Nov 2015

Farrago

“We’re a local band, even though I know we don’t look like one,” quipped lead singer Dave Hawkes. The four-piece band performed five original songs and took the opportunity to announce that this was the first time they were selling their official merchandise at an event.

Cashew Chemists
Cashew Chemists
22 Nov 2015

Cashew Chemists

The local band, who presented seven tracks, took a little bit of the attention off themselves by asking audiences, “Who’s here for Epik High? Who’s here for Potato?”

Ground Zero
Ground Zero
22 Nov 2015

Ground Zero

The Taiwanese indie quartet had the honour of being the ones performing while the sun was actually going down. Speaking in a mixture of English and Mandarin, frontman Ray urged the crowd to get on their feet and jump along to their “organic rock” set, which included a cover of James Bay’s ‘Hold Back the River’.

Ground Zero's Ray and Shin
Ground Zero's Ray and Shin
22 Nov 2015

Ground Zero's Ray and Shin

Caracal
Caracal
22 Nov 2015

Caracal

The local outfit describes themselves as “a noisy band”, and they’re not lying: their performance was one of the loudest last night, whether it was vocalist K.C. Meals’ decibel-defying notes or the intense riffs from Field Teo’s and Gabriel De Souza’s guitars. Halfway through their segment, K.C. removed his black shirt to reveal a lean and heavily-tattooed bod underneath, and spent the rest of their set in his topless state.

Caracal's lead singer K.C. Meals
Caracal's lead singer K.C. Meals
22 Nov 2015

Caracal's lead singer K.C. Meals

J-Rocks
J-Rocks
22 Nov 2015

J-Rocks

“Terrorism has no religion,” declared lead singer Iman, referring to the latest string of tragic bombing attacks around the world, before the band played ‘Save Our Soul’. The Indonesian rockers also performed covers of Nirvana’s ‘You Know You’re Right’ and the classic ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, which has been covered by countless other artistes.

J-Rocks' lead singer Iman
J-Rocks' lead singer Iman
22 Nov 2015

J-Rocks' lead singer Iman

INKT
INKT
22 Nov 2015

INKT

The Japanese quintet also had their fair share of boisterous devotees in the audience, some of whom even came armed with banners. “I’m very happy to be in Singapore because I’ve always longed to sing here,” gushed lead singer KOKI, a former member of popular boy band KAT-TUN. After communicating in limited English at first, he switched to his native Japanese, but some audience members were still able to understand and respond to his dialogue. At the end of their stage, a couple of super lucky fans managed to score the shirt off KOKI’s back and an autographed towel.

INKT's lead singer KOKI
INKT's lead singer KOKI
22 Nov 2015

INKT's lead singer KOKI

Potato
Potato
22 Nov 2015

Potato

While everyone looked like they were having fun on stage, the Thai group’s lead singer Pup seemed to really be having a whale of a time, as evident from the huge smile that was constantly plastered on his face. In fact, he was running and jumping around so much that at one point, his earpiece even fell out. We’d like to know where he gets all that boundless energy and joy from…

Potato's lead singer Pup
Potato's lead singer Pup
22 Nov 2015

Potato's lead singer Pup

WATCH: 
Epik High - ‘Born Hater’ + ‘Up’ + ‘Love Love Love’
Epik High - ‘New Beautiful’ + ‘High Technology’ + ‘One’
Epik High - ‘Eyes Nose Lips’ + ‘Fan’ + ‘Fly’
Ground Zero, Caracal and J-Rocks perform
INKT and Potato perform

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