When In Manila, and you have heard and have been dying to go to music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Splendour in the Grass and Optimus Alive! (to name a few of the famous music fest all over the world) but have limited financial means to travel out of the country just to be at these three-day or more events, worry no more our dear fellow music fest lovers, Volume Unit Entertainment (VUE) is once again delighting all of us with another music festival. Brace yourselves and get excited for the first ever music festival in Manila, – the Manila Music Festival.
The very same organizers, Volume Unit Entertainment (VUE), that delivered us the very successful and recently concluded Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival (March 2-4, 2012) at the stunning Mt. Malasimbo in Puerto Galera, now in its second year, will once again stimulate our music festival loving selves with this well deserved first ever Manila Music Festival.
The mere thought of having the a Music Festival in Manila this 2012 is one thing but here are the few other important things that you need to know in order to pump that excitement up:
A. Partnership with Department of Tourism:
The Manila Music Festival is aligned with the Department of Tourism’s Multi-Festival Tourism Strategy. This festival will help promote the Philippines and that it would be another statement of “It Is More Fun In the Philippines”. Filipinos are encouraged to be part of the tourism campaign of DOT, by showing the world that we too can have a music festival that we could call our own, that it is more fun to be at the Manila Music Festival.
“Philippines is the easiest place to promote due to its vibrant culture and amazing music scene. This country can be considered as the soul of Asia. Promoting Philippine music is an easy thing to do because of these very reasons” said that of Volume Unit Entertainment’s (VUE) President, Miro Grgic during the press launch held at Sofitel Hotel last April 18, 2012. He also stated that, “the music festival will help unify and create another platform to the local music scene and promote the Philippines.”
Volume Unit Entertainment in partnership with Department of Tourism aim to make the Philippines number one in Asia in terms of the new and upcoming music and arts festival.
B. The Line Up:
The best thing about a music festival is the coming together of both international and local artists in the music scene. Festival goers will be given two (2) stages to enjoy the Main Stage and the Redbull Stage.
Shinichi Osawa (Mondo Grosso, Japan), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest, NYC) and The “Amen Ra of the Universal Hip Hop Culture” himself, Afrika Bambaataa (Zulu Nation, NYC)
Razorback, Kjwan, Wilabaliw, SinoSiKat, Lady U and June Marieezy (and more)
Noodles, Katsunami, Angelo Mendez, Skratchmark, Liquid A, Kishore, Kristian Hernandez and DJ Complex
With this massive line up, the Manila Music Festival will sure make a definite mark.
C. The Venue:
The festival will take place at the Alphaland Bay City at Aseana Avenue, Parañaque. A 32 hectare office and residential integrated-mix-use area that would offer the festival goes a grand view of the Manila Bay sunset, the best possible spot for the first ever Manila Music Festival.
In addition, Volume Unit Entertainment (VUE) has started an Indie Band Competition where in 5 Indie Bands will be chosen out of the 32 entries. One indie band will be hailed the best the public through a Facebook App – by clicking the band the viewer likes the most, which will be launched today, April 18, 2012. The winner of this competition shall be the first ever band that will open the first ever, Manila Music Festival. Aside from having the best indie band in the Philippines opening for the festival, the Redbull also has a DJ Competition which will be open until April 27, 2012. Two winners will be announced whom will have the honor of spinning in the Redbull DJ booth.
With all these happening on May 1, 2012, there is no reasonable excuse why you would not go.
So When In Manila, prepare for the first ever music festival we can call our own, Manila Music Festival.
Date: May 1, 2012
Venue: Alphaland Bay City, Aseana Avenue, Parañaque.
Tickets: Php 1,500 available at http://www.ticketworld.com.ph and Php 2,000 available at the event gate
Bundle ticket promos available until April 25, 2012 at http://www.ManilaMusicFestival.com
Gates Open at 1pm. Please do keep in mind that the event is 18 years and older to ensure safety of the goers.