Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Thank you, 2013 concerts and hello to #2014ManilaConcerts! Take a look back at some of the best, wildest, most epic concerts and also the list of all concerts held in Manila this year.

Sparkling Countdown To A New Year

Words by Angela Prats
Photos by Kris Rocha

We spent the afternoon yesterday with the lovely Jessica Sanchez who is back in town to lead the New Year countdown at the Eastwood City on December 31. Joining her at the grand dazzling get-together are Bamboo, Mitoy Yonting with his band Draybers, Up Dharma Down, South Border, and DJ Ace Ramos, with VJ Joyce Pring and radio host Sam YG.

The extremely talented young singer had actually started her career when she was 10 years-old as she joined the first season of America's Got Talent and had failed to go on to the finals but despite this she had continued on singing at a number of huge events in the US and had released a couple of singles too before joining the American Idol which had gained her 1st runner up spot and international recognition.

Sanchez shared to us how her year has been with highs and lows. Her highs being traveling, performing, her album release and lows being her goals not being reached. We talked about how her goals not being reached is okay since at her young age, she can still work on them in the coming years. Next thing we talked about was New Year Resolutions since we are indeed starting a new year in less than a day. "My New Year Resolutions this year would be one, is to learn Tagalog, and second one is learn how to drive."

Thursday, December 26, 2013

All Or Nothing 2014 2NE1 World Tour: Live in Manila

As announced from YG Entertainment's website, world renowned South Korean pop group, 2NE1, is set to return to Manila for a one night only concert as part of their upcoming world tour. Their 2nd Manila concert will be held on May 2014.

As tweeted by Sandara Park, the concert will be held on May 17, a very special day for 2ne1 and Blackjacks, as the group will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary!

Concert details as follows:

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis World Tour 2014: Live in Manila

Award winning rapper and record producer, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, will bring their world tour to the Philippines this March 2014. This will be their first major concert in the Philippines. Concert details as follows:

Monday, December 23, 2013

Eastwood City New Year Countdown to 2014

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Eastwood City invite you to the annual Eastwood City New Year Countdown to 2014, a get-together aimed at bringing hope and cheers to everyone this 2014. Event details as follows:

Eastwood City Welcomes 2014 with Hope and Performances from Jessica Sanchez, and Pinoy Music Stars

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Eastwood City usher in the New Year with a grand get-together featuring dazzling spectacles and spectacular performances from the country’s brightest music stars, aimed at bringing cheers and renewed hope for everyone this 2014.

Philippines, Get Ready for Capital Cities

Words by Kix Suarez

Craigslist (styled craigslist) is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing,personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.  The site is not exactly geared towards musicians but we’ve got to thank the guys behind the site for giving us the band Capital Cities. Who would’ve known Craiglist was a good place to look to to start a band? Los Angeles indie electro unit Capital Cities did just that. The group first came together as a duo of composers/songwriters Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Concert Roundup: THE YEAR OF THE ZEDD

Words by Niche Dumlao
Photos from

2013 is quite possibly one of the biggest years for DJ and producer, Zedd. Consider it his moment of clarity. Garnering platinum record status, several sold out shows all over the world, obtaining a slot on the annual top 100 DJ mag list, plus scoring the biggest dance hit of the year with "Clarity", the EDM man whose real name is Anton Zaslavski proved that he has indeed transcended to dance music royalty.

UNITED WE DANCE: United Republiq 2013 Concert Roundup

Words by Niche Dumlao

In celebration of Club Republiq's anniversary, the nightlife institution together with Driven and Worldwide Womb recently held UNITED REPUBLIQ: An Electronic Music Assembly For A Cause. The massive open air dance party brought together hordes of EDM aficionados and party lovers alike at the MOA concert grounds.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove

Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove!  Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove this holiday season at the Big Dome. Event details as follows:

Barney's Birthday Bash 2014

You are invited to Barney’s Birthday Bash! Join the loveable, huggable Barney & Friends as they sings and dance their way into your hearts in a new, interactive concert party tour. Celebrate with Barney on his birthday at this ‘super-dee-duper’ live on stage concert, featuring more than 25 much loved sing-along songs including “Mr. Knickerbocker, “Dino Dance”, “Baby Bop Hop” and “Rock ‘n Roll Star.” Concert details as follows:

UST Paskuhan 2013

Paskuhan 2013
December 20, 2013 - 7:00pm
UST Grandstand & Open Field, University of Santo Tomas
NOTE: Free concert, only UST students, staff and alumni allowed

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pulp Summerslam 14: Children of the Damned

Get ready to rock as Pulp Live World will present another edition of Pulp Summerslam, Southeast Asia's biggest and longest running metal festival. It will be held on April 2014 at Amoranto Stadium. Festival details as follows:

Thursday, December 12, 2013


PAMPANGA, PHILIPPINES. (December 12, 2013) — 7107 International Music Festival, the premier
two-day concert destination hosting the world’s most beloved and influential musical acts, have confirmed their lineup to include legendary headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers and Empire of the Sun, as well as Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Galaxy Asteroid Tour, Natives and many more.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Words by Niche Dumlao
Photos by Kris Rocha

She’s already been her several times but this time, Alicia Keys not only proved to be one amazing performer, she also proved to the Filipino people that she’s one amazing person. Despite being one of the busiest musicians in the world, Ms.Keys took time to visit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan to give them a glimmer of hope…and glimmer of inspiration.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Moment of Clarity World Tour hits Manila this December

The most anticipated EDM event of the year is finally here as Hyve Nation presents Zedd Moment of Clarity Tour Manila. Happening on December 12, 2013 at SMX Convention Center, dance music’s fastest rising star Zedd is joined by special guest DJ, French NuDisco producer Madeon.

Periphery Live in Manila

American progressive metal band, Periphery, returns to Manila for one night only major concert on February 2014. Their upcoming EP album, "Clear", set tor release on January 28, 2014. Concert details as follows:

Friday, December 6, 2013

MUSIC HEALS: A SPECIAL GIG FOR YOLANDA SURVIVORS and the Philippine Red Cross are letting music be the total pick-me-upper and do the healing on December 11, 2013 for Music Heals, a gig dedicated to the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

We Are The In Crowd Announce New Album, "Weird Kids" To Release via Hopeless Records on February 18th

We Are The In Crowd have announced that they will be releasing their Sophomore album, "Weird Kids,"on February 18th, 2014 via Hopeless Records. "Weird Kids," produced by John Feldmann (The Used, Yellowcard, All Time Low, Panic! At The Disco), is WATIC's follow-up release to their successful debut album, "Best Intentions," which launched the band into worldwide exposure.

Monday, December 2, 2013


Words by Angela Prats
Photos by Kris Rocha

Everyone couldn't get enough of Martin Nievera as they settled in at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the continuation of Martin's Tatlong Dekada concert celebration. Many celebrities were present as they showed support for the concert king. This 2nd night of his 30 years of celebration was definitely bittersweet as he dedicated the show to the victims of the vicious typhoon that had cost thousands of lives in the Central Visayas.

The Moonshine Jungle World Tour: Bruno Mars Live in Manila 2014

Bruno Mars returns to the Philippines for the Moonshine Jungle Tour 2014 which will be held this coming March 2014. See below for more details:

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Our primary goal is to raise beneficial amount of money to provide relief to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines.

What is #MCSCares / #MCSForACause? 


Wave Rave 2013: Sariaya has the coolest year-end beach house concert-party

WHEN CONCERTS in big domes and parties in crowded urban hubs are all the rage, here comes an extraordinary concert-party experience this December. Dalampasigan Resort in Sariaya, Quezon proudly presents Wave Rave 2013, the ultimate year-end beach house concert-party! What better way to end the year than be with friends and family in an out-of-town vacation, while enjoying finest music and entertainment?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

#MCSForACause Accomplishment Report

We would like to report that the first week of #MCSForACause Online Store was a success. The money collected from our 4-day operation were donated already to Philippine Red Cross for Typhoon Yolanda survivors. 

Friday, November 29, 2013


Proceeds from all-star album will be donated to Philippine Red Cross.

The global music community has come together for the worldwide release today of a new compilation that features the biggest names in music to raise money for those affected by supertyphoon Haiyan in The Philippines. "Songs for the Philippines," a unique collection of 39 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, is now available worldwide on iTunes (

The artists, record companies and music publishers who are collaborating on this project together with iTunes have all agreed to donate proceeds from “Songs For The Philippines” to the relief efforts of the Philippine Red Cross. “Songs For The Philippines” is available now globally through iTunes.

The “Songs For The Philippines” track listing is as follows:

[PR] WilaBaliW FAHIRA Video Launch

It’s been three years since WilaBaliW launched their last album 10.10.10. Now a much awaited event this coming Tuesday, December 3, 2013 we get a glimpse of what they have been working on for their new album, as their video for their latest single “Fahira” will be launched in Route 196. The single was released last 11.12.13 at Jam 88.3 and is currently on the number 8 spot in the countdown on it’s first week of release. According to vocalist Ian Tayao, the song “Fahira” is about the experience of being intoxicated, in a state of mania and panic.

Shot in one venue over an entire weekend by Bed Bug Design Ltd, the meticulously produced video showcases a 360-degree view of the “Kweba”, the band’s headquarters, which has been converted into their recording space, production and rehearsal studio.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Febfest 2014: Hostess Club Manila

The guys that brought you the massive cult hit, the xx live in manila, bring you another one. A first of its kind, FebFest 2014: Hostess Club Manila, is an indoor indie rock festival with such legends of the indie scene - The National and Mogwai - as well as festival stars and stalwarts Youth Lagoon and Warpaint.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CONCERT ROUNDUP: Finally the long wait was over. Tegan and Sara live in Manila!

Written by: Kix Suarez
Photos by: Karen De La Fuente
Finally the long wait was over. Tegan and Sara live in Manila! It was a dream come true for all their fans in the Philippines. They never deemed it possible but thanks to Styles Entertainment, Manila had the privilege of seeing the twin indie rockers live in the flesh for a one-night she-bang!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Rakrakan Festival 2013

Rakista Radio presents
RAKRAKAN Festival 2013
50 bands, 2 stages, Music + Skate + Bazaar
December 21, 2013 - 2:00pm
Coral Way Open Parking, SM Mall of Asia complex, Pasay City

7107 International Music Festival 2014

7107 International Music Festival, one of the biggest and most anticipated music festivals in the Philippines which will be held in Pampanga on 2014 featuring big foreign and local acts and EDM DJs. Festival as follows:

MKTO Live in Manila

American hip-hop duo, MKTO, makes their Manila concert debut which will be held at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls on December 2013. Concert details as follows:

Boyce Avenue Live in Manila 2013

Independent pop rock group from Sarasota, Florida, Boyce Avenue, returns to the Philippines for a one night only concert happening on December 2013 at the Resorts World Manila. Concert details as follows:

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dia Frampton Live in Manila

For one ngiht only, Dia Frampton returns to Manila on January 2014 at Hard Rock Cafe in Makati City. Her sister, Meg Frampton and Carlo Gimenez will be the special guests for the concert. Concert details as follows:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

VIBER PRESENTS: UNITED REPUBLIQ An Electronic Music Assembly For A Cause

Coming together in an effort to provide relief for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, three of the country’s biggest EDM event producers – Republiq, Worldwide Womb and Driven – have teamed up with the multiplatform online messenger, VOiP, and video chat app Viber to present UNITED REPUBLIQ: An Electronic Music Assembly For A Cause with all proceeds from the music festival to be donated to the typhoon victims.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas@Home with Bamboo

Globe Tattoo presents
BELIEVE - Christmas @ Home with Bamboo
December 6, 2013 - 7:30pm
Music Museum. Greenhills Complex - San Juan

Platform Show III: The Next Movement is set for the 23rd of November at Samsung Hall

A convergence of urban culture, Platform Show celebrates local talent with a set of curated independent fashion and lifestyle brands, back to back sets from Manila’s most in demand DJs and a display of art installations from some of Manila’s most thought provoking artists.


World-wide, multi-platinum-selling singer and actress Selena Gomez has announced that her international “Stars Dance” tour will continue with dates in Asia and Australia. The newly added dates include Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Australia, and her concert in Manila will be on January 29, 2014 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The inTENse Prince of Pop

Words by Regie Marquez and Manila Concert Scene
Photos by Kris Rocha

INTENSE, extraordinary, exceptional, fierce and powerful! Erik Santos' 10th anniversary concert lived up to these adjectives. PICC was packed and filled with people who loved and supported him throughout his career.

The opening was different from the usual concerts we’ve attended. A shadow play by Pinoy Got Talent's El Gamma Penumbra showed Erik's journey to stardom. Erik's silhouette then appeared ending the amazing shadow performance. Fans cheered and curtains fell. The star of the night kicked off the show with a mash up of  Fly & I Believe I Can Fly. Erik was beaming with happiness seeing the full house venue filled with family, fans, friends, including fellow celebrities like Jed Madela, Gary V. and Zsa Zsa Padilla.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Our primary goal is to raise beneficial amount of money to provide relief to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines.


What is #MCSForACause? 



A Fund Raising Project of MCS For Typhoon Yolanda Victims

Our primary goal is to raise beneficial amount of money to provide relief to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines.


ALL ITEMS are to be sold on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis. First donor to reserve will get the chance to purchase the item.
       • If you are the first donor to reserve, donation details will be provided instantly
       • Succeeding donors will be ranked based on time of reservation and will be kept on file.  In case the first donor failed to deposit the donation within the given time frame, the next hopeful donor in line will be contacted immediately.

A.  Interested individuals should send an email to with the following details USING THIS FORMAT:


Manila Concert Scene (MCS) will be opening an ONLINE STORE which will comprise local and foreign artist merchandises we have collected over the past years. These will be up for sale and all  proceeds will be donated to selected organizations and charities.

This Fundraising project will be tagged as:

A Fund Raising Project of MCS For Typhoon Yolanda Victims

Our primary goal is to raise beneficial amount of money to provide relief to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines.


Make sure you are following our social media accounts to get first dibs on items that we will be selling!
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Karylle shows versatility in K

Karylle lights up TV screens everyday via the noontime show Showtime, enchants nightly as Cinderella onstage the Resorts World Newport Performing Arts Theater, and bannered the Filipino Pride flag when she top billed the Pan-Asian musical series The Kitchen Musical. Primarily a singer, Karylle exhibits her versatility in her latest album K, produced by PolyEast Records. It will be launched this November 16, at the Glorietta 5 Atrium.

Stars Dance Tour: Selena Gomez Live in Manila (CANCELLED)

American pop artist, Selena Gomez is coming to the Philippines as part of her Stars Dance World Tour 2014! Concert details as follows:

Dream KPOP Fantasy Concert 2

Just announced from KPOP Republic's Facebook page, Dream KPOP Fantasy Concert returns for another big KPOP music festival which will be held on February 2014 at the Big Dome. Concert details as follows:

Saturday, November 16, 2013


Words by Niche Dumlao
Photos by Kris Rocha

First things first.

Ryan Tedder has every expressive hands. It’s probably one of the few little things that we’ve observed during their massively attended Araneta show. The vocalist of OneRepublic goes through every song feeling it with his fingers or with his fists. His hand gestures are observably very emotive. May it be caressing his microphone or beating his chest, or sharing a high five with the crowd, Tedder extends the magic of his voice though these little motions.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let us talk about OneRepublic’s show.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


MYX, the number one music channel in the Philippines, proudly presented its annual celebration of bringing you “Your Choice. Your Music.” live and loud last November 12 with MYX Mo! 2013 with an estimated 12,000 in attendance.

On a huge year for the music industry, MYX brought together over forty of today’s best acts in the music scene. The likes of Wolfgang, Rivermaya, Parokya ni Edgar, Chicosci, Callalily, Moonstar88, Never the Strangers, Save Me Hollywood, Rico Blanco, Rocksteddy, Gloc 9, Karylle, and many more took on the stage to create what was this year’s biggest event in music.

In light of the country’s current crisis after typhoon Yolanda hit Philippine shores, the proceeds of MYX Mo! 2013 went to the relief operations of ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya Campaign. From ticket sales alone, MYX Mo! 2013 was able to generate close to P400,000.

All participating artists also expressed their support in this move, with many encouraging the audience that night to participate in donations to the super-typhoon’s victims around the archipelago.


Words by Niche Dumlao

Dave Elkins back in 2009 with Katy Perry.
First a confession.

Back in 2009, when radio station U92 held a fundraising show for the Ondoy relief featuring Katy Perry and MAE, I was more nervous talking to latter than the former. I really dunno why. I guess it comes along with the territory where in I get all anxious interviewing artists I look up to. You see, I’ve openly declared MAE as one of the top 5 bands on my personal list. The minute I’ve discovered them on Purevolume, I felt in like.

But the minute I heard the whole “Destination:Beautiful” album, I fell in love.

So imagine the nerves going up to the band for an interview.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Manila Visit 2013 Nichkhun for BENCH

Words and photos by Lara Cartujano

After signing Korean superstars Lee Donghae and Choi Siwon of Super Junior, as well as Lee Minho, Philippine clothing brand BENCH had just added another K-Pop star in their roster of global benchsetters. He may be of Thai and Chinese descent, but the name Nichkhun Horvejkul is a resident name in the K-Pop scene as one of the members of the boy group 2PM.

On 8 November 2013 Nichkhun graced the press conference held at the Bench Tower in Bonifacio Global City, a day before his “Benchsetter Fun Meet.”

Monday, November 11, 2013

House Party: Hi-5 Live in Manila

They are back! Catch Hi-5 as they bring their House Party to Samsung Hall this Holiday season! Event details as follows: