Indio has Coachella, Tennessee has Bonnaroo, Somerset has Glastonbury, Japan has Fuji Rock, Reading and Leeds have, well,Reading and Leeds.
All these places have a festival to call their own, an annual outdoor mecca where thousands of the region’s music lovers congregate, joined by far-flung folks traveling on road or by plane just to revel in the distinct experience each festival offers.
All these festivals make us Pinoys wistful: we wish we had something even remotely that awesome to look forward to year after year.
So why not do it in Manila?
Terrific climate? Say hello to our tropical weather, made even warmer in the summer months. Acres of open land? You’d be surprised how much free space there still is in this big, bustling metro. A guaranteed crowd? Just look at the swarms that flock to concerts and gigs every day. A scream-your-lungs-out, up-for-anything attitude? It’s not even a question.
Enter the Manila Music Festival, the first major music festival of its scope and kind to be staged in Metro Manila, hatched by the same team behind the Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival in Puerto Galera.
Besides giving Pinoy artists a massive venue to conquer and a thousands-strong audience to rock, the Manila Music Festival will serve as a doorway for our music fans to welcome and appreciate novel sounds from abroad, and for outsiders to fly in and discover what the local scene has to offer.
With an impressive mix of nearly 20 local and international acts set to wreck the stages, including American hip-hop trailblazers Afrika Bambaataa and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Japan’s electro-house genius Shinichi Osawa, and local rock greats Razorback, Kjwan, WilaBaliw, and Sinosikat, the first Manila Music Festival looks to be a sign of greater things to come.
On May 1, march to Alphaland Bay City, Paranaque for the first-ever Manila Music Festival! Be seen, be heard, and be counted in this bold new phenomenon in Philippine music.