BiggaFish x BBC 1xtra Club
Date: 4th June 2012
Photographer: Andrew Saffo
So on the 4th of June 2012, I headed down to BiggaFish x 1xtra Club at XOYO in Old street. Prior to this, I had never been to one of the Biggafish events and only knew them as the events for Under 21’s but by the end of the night I knew what they were all about, as well as being partially deaf and very sweaty!
DJ Target gave a warm welcome to the audience and kept the crowd hyped. To be honest, it was hard to differentiate if this was a rave or a live music event. I saw numerous guys in sunglasses *raised eyebrow*.
First up performing was South London group SWB-[Stars With Bars] made of four fresh faced teenagers. They were deemed cute by most of the audience with their simple, catchy yet relatable lyrics: ‘Stars with bars…we do this thing…Ima move this ting… has she got bum?’
Ard Adz & Shallow took stage next, performing Tump Her Up sending ‘mandem’ into the ‘gunfinger pose’. The crowd showed mad love and Ard Adz was almost dragged off stage by a remarkably strong female fan.
DJ Target B regained control and announced the upcoming acts, sending the whole room into a screaming fit. DJ policy joined him and broke out the Bashment and Afrobeats at, like, 7:45pm. Did the audience care that it was that early? Nope. They still danced and whined like grown folks. Jazzie jumped on stage and was the definition of a ‘Hypeman’ for the crowd! Special guest Sneakbo randomly popped on stage to do a live PA – at this point, it is now a rave.
Yungen jumped on stage kicking off with his rendition of Tyga’s Rack City, which had Sneakbo crashing the stage when he heard the line, “Sneakbo, we in a set. We on a wave.” He continued his set with Rick Ross’ Stay Scheming, Paranormal Activity Part 2 (which saw the whole of Play Dirty - Krept & Konan - flood the stage) and Go Down South.
I caught up with Yungen after his set to ask him what he thought of his performance in three words.
Que: Yungen, describe your performance in 3 words!
Yungen: Crazzzzzzzzy with BARE z’s, Nuuuuuuuuts with BARE u’s and Epic!
Josh Osho graced the stage, taking the tone down by opening his set with a cover of Coldplay’s Paradise, and ending with his first single Redemption Days.
Stooshe, looking as flamboyant as usual yet still effortlessly good, performed their ballad Blackheart, and closed their set with first single Love Me with Lioness, Roxxxan & Adot rushing the stage to do the remix.
Roxxxan, Adot & Lioness each performed a track after, holding it up for the female MCs. Stylo G took the stage before headliner Tinchy Stryder! Stylo once again turned the event into a rave, with his ‘Call Me A Yardie’.
Tinchy Stryder ended the night with his bangers ‘Gangster , Number 1, Spaceship and Off the record’ leaving the audience on a relaxed vibe. Seemed a fitting way to end such an eventful day.
By the end of the night I understood that the biggafish events are not just U21 events, but empowering young people to do something themselves! This event hit capacity in the space of 30-minutes.
Lastly, asking Rachel wood to sum up Biggafish,’ Opportunity to empower young people, BiggaFish is a movement a family!
Words by: Que @ImCalledQ
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