Malaysia’s Raising The Bar Festival marks 10 years with virtual event: SonaOne, Arabyrd, MC Syze and more

The hip-hop festival goes online to celebrate a decade

Raising The Bar Festival (RTB), Malaysia’s premier hip-hop event, will commemorate a decade of its existence with a Virtual House Party Edition on January 30.

The line-up, unveiled today (January 6), features both illustrious and up-and-coming local acts. The likes of SonaOne, MC Syze, FORCEPARKBOIS, 0108 Slatan and Arabyrd  will perform online. Find the full line-up below.

The event, hosted by rapper/singer Dan Shiv, will run from 3pm to 11pm. Early bird tickets at RM25 are now available via the festival’s official website.


The festival’s founder, Jin Hackman, reflected on RTB’s run in a lengthy Instagram post, which includes pictures from previous iterations of the event.

“What started out as a one-off, “fuck it, why not?” moment led to the second, third, fourth RTB…and before you know it, boom. Here we are. A decade in,” he wrote.

“The time-honored privilege we’ve had to witness the growth of the artists as well as the hip-hop community as a whole (and not to mention all of the front-row seats to some of the greatest performances ever put on) are among the scenes that will be etched in our memories forever.”

Ahead of the event, the festival has shared an “RTB Staff Picks” playlist. Stream it below.

The line-up for RTB Fest’s Virtual House Party Edition is:


0108 Slatan
TT On The Move
MC Syze
Chronicalz + City Bois
Kungfu Heidi
Dato’ Maw
Orang Malaya
Yung Kai
F. Rider