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Live Review: The xx came, saw and conquered Manila on I See You Tour

Live Review: The xx came, saw and conquered Manila on I See You Tour
Live Review: The xx came, saw and conquered Manila on I See You Tour

Following the release of their polished third studio album, I See You, last year, The xx embarked on their biggest world tour to date.

I See You Tour saw the South London trio play headlining shows in many Asian cities for the first time, from Jakarta to Taipei. Not Manila, however. The band concluded their Southeast Asia outing here on last Wednesday (Feb 7) at World Trade Center Metro Manila. It took them five years to come back, but guess what, it was all worth it.

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Coverage: Music, style, and mania for William Singe at Manila X Festival

Coverage: Music, style, and mania for William Singe at Manila X Festival
Coverage: Music, style, and mania for William Singe at Manila X Festival

The last few days of May was rainy and having to attend an outdoor event with a known chance of rain is something you would easily say no to. But when it’s Manila X, a festival that promises both music and style in one event, how could you resist?

With the weather in mind, Manila X, taking place on Saturday, May 27, specifically implied that it was a rain or shine event. The venue was an open space at the Globe Circuit Events Grounds. Attendees learned early on that they weren’t going to just get wet and it wasn’t just raining. They were soaked and it was pouring.



Coverage: Dua Lipa blows minds with acoustic showcase in Manila

Coverage: Dua Lipa blows minds with acoustic showcase in Manila
Coverage: Dua Lipa blows minds with an acoustic showcase in Manila

Dua Lipa is a 21-year old British singer-songwriter and model of Albanian descent behind synth-pop hits like “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” and “Be The One”. If her name rings any bell, one reason is probably you’ve heard her hit collaboration with Martin Garrix, “Scared To Be Lonely”. Or because she is named second to only Adele among female British music artists. Or, well, she’s just that good despite her emergent status.

Rising to fame with her YouTube covers of pop artists, Lipa signed with Warner Bros Records in 2015. By August of the same year she released first single “New Love”, followed by “Be The One” in October, which debuted atop the UK’s Singles Chart and, together with her Sean Paul-collaborated single “No Lies”, made her the only artist beside Ed Sheeran to hold both No. 1 and 2 spots on the Top 20 Chart. 2016’s “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” became her first entry to the Billboard Hot 100, claiming the 72nd spot before reaching No. 23 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.

Dua Lipa brought her impressive profile and chart-toppers to the Philippines for the first time on Saturday, May 13. The singer put on her pop prowess in a stripped down private media showcase and meet a few chosen LOVEs (her official fan club) ahead of her return this August 17 at In The Mix Manila, where she’ll join the ranks of DNCE, Zara Larsson and 5 Seconds of Summer.

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Gig Coverage: Matthew Koma launches Chaos Manila residency

Gig Coverage: Matthew Koma launches Chaos Manila residency
Gig Coverage: Matthew Koma launches Chaos Manila residency

Matthew Koma. The name, to be honest, might take time for others to recognize. The voice, however, is a different story. Because what does Zedd, Alesso, Hardwell, RAC, Showtek and Tiësto all have in common apart from being EDM’s heavy hitters? Simple. They’ve been touched by Matthew Koma’s golden voice.

He is versatile enough to be featured in a number of collaborations with the aforementioned names but Koma is more than a vocalist. A writer and record producer in his own right, he’s behind the chart toppers you used to sing a lot to, namely Zedd’s “Clarity”, Far East Movement’s “Turn Up The Love” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “This Kiss”. He’s also a DJ and it was through this mantle that he returned to Manila as Chaos club’s International Resident Artist for 2017.

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Gig Coverage: Kiiara celebrates /ESCAPE’s First Anniversary in Manila

Gig Coverage: Kiiara celebrates /ESCAPE’s First Anniversary in Manila
Gig Coverage: Kiiara celebrates /ESCAPE’s First Anniversary in Manila

It seemed just like an ordinary Friday night as you plodded to Metro Manila’s premiere partygoer playground, The Palace Pool Club in Bonifacio Global City. As usual, there were lots of well-dressed people ready to get their groove on.

But on this particular night, Friday, March 3, it was different. Since it’s the celebration of /ESCAPE’s first year anniversary the venue was supplied with free cocktails, jello shots and cotton candy. Cotton candy

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Live Review: Summer never ends at Yellowcard’s Final World Tour

Live Review: Summer never ends at Yellowcard’s Final World Tour

Emo nostalgia was in the air as Filipino fans flocked to Skydome at the SM North EDSA to see Yellowcard last Friday, February 10.

They were first introduced to local act Gracenote. Frontwoman Eunice Jorge’s voice was powerful and undeniably similar to the high hitting notes we know of Hayley Williams. The comparison became clear as they performed Paramore’s “That’s What You Get”. The audience often brushes aside the front act but this time that wasn’t the case. They were enjoying themselves and even charmed as the band covered Stevie B’s “When I Dream About You”.

Yellowcard took the stage to kick off their career-epitomizing setlist began on a mellow note with “Believe”. Sean Mackin had a chance to gloat his violin prowess to a very heedful audience before the latter was sent into a frenzy during “Lights and Sounds”. In our defense, it’s what tonight was supposed to be. We were gonna party like summer never ends.

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A Definite GIF guide to Yellowcard The Final World Tour in Asia

A Definite GIF guide to Yellowcard The Final World Tour in Asia
A Definite GIF guide to Yellowcard The Final World Tour in Asia

Jacksonville-born, Los Angeles-based band Yellowcard was formed exactly two decades ago this year. Most 00’s kids who’ve gone through an emo phase (or ever watched MTV, really) would recognize at least one of their bright-eyed anthems or mellow, heartrending tracks.

Ever since their major label debut with Ocean Avenue in 2003, Yellowcard toured rigorously over the next few years. Although the band went through a hiatus between 2008 and 2010, it didn’t take long before fans could rejoice in their return, critically-acclaimed When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, succeeded by two more records and a we-didn’t-know-we-needed-it acoustic album back-to-back.

However, to fans’ shock and dismay, Yellowcard announced in June 2016 they’re breaking up after a final tour, which, thankfully, Asia gets to be part of. So without further ado, here’s a 10-GIF guide to Yellowcard’s The Final World Your.

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Giveaway: TWO tickets to Yellowcard: The Final World Tour in Manila

Yellowcard: The Final World Tour in Manila

Calling all fans and followers of Yellowcard! You can win TWO tickets to watch Yellowcard on their last show here in Manila, Philippines courtesy of AsiaLive365! Join this giveaway and you might get to scream your lungs out to fan favorites, “Ocean Avenue”, “Only One”, and “Lights and Sounds”! Know more about this once in a lifetime chance by reading through this post...

Five exciting indie artists completing Wanderland 2017 lineup revealed

Five exciting indie artists completing Wanderland 2017 lineup revealed (repost from AsiaLive365)
Five exciting indie artists completing Wanderland 2017 lineup revealed

The long wait is finally over for us, Wanderbuddies! After weeks of speculation, we finally have the names of the artists who are completing Wanderland Music & Arts Festival 2017 lineup.

If by any chance, you’re just finding out about Wanderland now, allow us to fill you with the deets. Wanderland Music & Arts Festival is, as the name suggests, is an event dedicated to music and the arts. Since the conception in 2013, it’s never failed to bring us good music, amazing performers and unique themes every year.

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John Mayer brings you Love on the Weekend with new single and tour

John Mayer brings you Love on the Weekend with new single and tour
John Mayer brings you Love on the Weekend with new single and tour

It’s not that we’re over his powerhouse singles like “Your Body is a Wonderland”, “Back to You”, “Gravity” and “Daughters”.

It’s just that, like from many solid performers, you can’t help wanting more of John Mayer’s talent. It’s been over two years since we last heard new music from the singer-songwriter and producer (that’s a cover of Beyoncé’s “XO”); and three years since the release of Paradise Valley, his countrified sixth studio album.

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Full details on The Vamps’ surprise Manila concert are in!

Full details on The Vamps’ surprise Manila concert are in!
Full details on The Vamps’ surprise Manila concert are in!

It was a few hours before the end of October when all of a sudden, The Vamps was all over my news feed. Again.

Truthfully, my initial reaction was maybe Filipino fans were still not over guitarist James McVey’s posting a throwback photo of him and the exquisite Liza Soberano, a Filipina-American model, and actress. But upon skimming through all those posts, I realized I was wrong. It turned out the British pop band had announced they were coming back to the Philippines for the third time.

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10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Neverland Manila 2016

My first ever article published online!

So the past few days have really been busy as heck, but I'm not complaining because I, myself, wanted it. Recently, I became a Writer/Contributor for AsiaLive365, a news/media website dedicated to music and events, as its name suggests. It is truly an achievement for me to be able to still do what I love: music, events, and writing, along with my full-time corporate job. With that, allow me to repost my articles here every now and then which is originally posted at and written for AsiaLive365. Let's start with 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Neverland Manila 2016.

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