While we are speeding into the second half of 2019, the Philippines has, so far, played host to ‘heavy duty’ artists at Wanderland Music and Arts Festival’s 7th edition, and filling its live stages with international stars Josh Groban, Maroon 5, BlackPink and Kodaline.
We dedicate our awesome list below to the sweltering sweat and passion poured into creating musical artworks by creatives that boast of chart topping dance moves and classic favourites that are truly unique in and out of the Philippines.
ANG HULING EL BIMBO
After its successful first run, Ang Huling El Bimbo will be back on the Newport Performing Arts Theater stage starting May 11-25, 2019. Told through the songs of the most iconic Pinoy rock band from the 90’s, Ang Huling El Bimbo original story is driven by songs that have become part of the collective Pinoy psyche. Produced by Resorts World Manila and Full House Theater Company, the musical is written by Dingdong Novenario, and directed and choreographed by Dexter Santos. Tickets are available via TicketWorld.
SUMMER NOISE 2019 Photo: The Last Dinosaurs will be performing at The Rest Is Noise.
Summer Noise is The Rest Is Noise’s midyear music show. It returns for its second edition in 2019 at the Greenfield District on May 18, 2019. Lineups include Last Dinosaurs, Japanese Breakfast, Phum Viphurit, Jakob Ogawa, UDD, Cynthia Alexander, tide/edit, She’s Only Sixteen, UPRISING. Get tickets here.
Lauv returns to the Philippines with two shows in 2019 as part of his Asia tour. The first concert is set to take place at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on May 20, 2019 and the second show at the Waterfront Hotel on May 21, 2019. His recent collaboration with Julia Micahels on the track ‘There’s No Way’, garnered just over 9 million plays on YouTube since its release September 2018. The show is produced by AEG and Ovation Productions. Get tickets here.
Juris returns to the Newport Performing Arts Theater with The Metro Music Orchestra under the music direction of Francis Concio on June 15 to serenade some of her fans’ favourite ballads ‘Dreaming Of You’, ‘Hindi Wala’, ‘A Love To Last’ and more. She is signed to Star Music, a subsidiary company that was later merged with ABS-CBN. Tickets are available via TicketWorld.
Thrice, the American post hardcore act, is set for a one-night concert in Manila’s SM Skydome this May 23, 2019. They debut Manila with Kamikazee and Chicosci opening the show in support of their tenth studio album ‘Palms’. Currently signed under Epitaph Records, the act first broke into the scene with ‘Black Honey’ in 1999 and gained recognition with some of their top charting tracks to date including ‘The Artists In The Ambulance’, ‘Black Honey’ and ‘Hurricane’. Get tickets here.
NOLI ME TANGERE
Noli Me Tangere opera ‘Touch Me Not’ [June 21-23] is based on the great novel by Filipino national hero, Dr Jose P Rizal and written by the late artists Felipe de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino. The opera is presented by Cultural Center of the Philippines & J&S Productions Inc with musical direction from Herminigildo Ranera. Tickets are available via TicketWorld.
TWICE has recently released their 7th mini album Fancy You along with their comeback, has also announced their 2019 world tour with the Asia leg of the tour including Seoul [May 25-26], Bangkok [June 15], Singapore [July 13], the Philippines [June 29] before wrapping it up in Kuala Lumpur [August 17]. Get tickets here.
BINONDO, A TSINOY MUSICAL
Mariella Laurel as Jasmine. Photo courtesy of FrancoLaurel.com
Spanning two decades and two countries, Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical [July 12-14] explores how love prevails even in times of racial prejudice, political turmoil, absence and longing. This is a story set in Manila’s Chinatown during the 1971 Mid Autumn Festival. Under the direction of Joel Lamangan, Directors’ Guild of The Philppines [DGPI], The Maritess Alava-Yong Foundation Inc produces the show with some of Philippines’ top award winning creatives including playwright Ricky Lee, musical director Von De Guzman and choreographer Douglas Nierras. Tickets are available via TicketWorld.
Daniel Caesar. Photo from Nation Of Billions. Photograph by Daniela Monteiro.
Daniel Caesar is no stranger to the Philippines. The Grammy Award winner is set to headline some of Asia’s most prominent music festivals including Fuji Rock Festival [Japan], Good Vibes [Malaysia], and We The Fest [Indonesia]. His single ‘Get You’ featuring Kali Uchis alone has garnered over 82 million plays on YouTube to date. He will be performing at New Frontier Theatre on July 23. Tickets are now sold out.
Russ is an American rapper, singer songwriter and record producer best known for his singles ‘What They Want’ and ‘Losin Control’. In support of his new album ZOO, he goes on tour and will be performing at the New Frontier Theater on July 23. Get your tickets here.
Westlife is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. The Irish pop band is bringing The 20 Tour to Manila’s Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on July 30. Ahead of the tour, they released ‘Hello My Love’, their first single in eight years, which was written and produced by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac. Filipino fans will be serenaded with classic favourites ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘If I Let You Go’, ‘Swear It Again’ and more. The tour has sold over 400,000 tickets in the first 48 hours. The Manila concert is presented by Wilbros Live, tickets available via TicketNet.
Another iconic pop boyband Backstreet Boys kicks of the Asia-leg of the DNA World Tour 2019 this October beginning in Japan [Oct 12, 13, 16], Hong Kong [Oct 19], Taiwan [Oct 22], Thailand [Oct 24], Indonesia [Oct 26], Philippines [Oct 28] before wrapping up in Singapore [Oct 28]. Concert tickets at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena are sold via MMI Live.