After a three-year long wait, Wanderland Music & Arts Festival is officially back on track after announcing their first wave of artists for their highly-anticipated return set on March 4 & 5, 2023.
The Wave 1 lineup consists of 11 acts that span across the globe with different styles, flairs, and influences, so there’s plenty to be excited about.
Let us give you a rundown.
Phoenix makes pivotal return Right off the bat–Phoenix, a pop-alternative band from France, was announced to headline next year’s season.
Phoenix has been well-loved by Filipino fans, many who have been following them since the early 2000s. The opportunity to catch the band’s electrifying sounds and infectious melodies live is a champion move and is something one simply cannot pass up–again.
Wanderland 2023 will mark Phoenix’s third visit to the country and we can only imagine what a spectacle it will be.
Soulful, swoon-worthy superstars Fall into a dream-like state with soft, lush, and sentimental tunes from Men I Trust (CA) and Stephen Day (US). With carefully-curated melodies and thoughtfully-written lyrics, both artists lead the pack for music that’s perfect for embracing and romanticizing life.
If there’s something that could get you feeling like you’re on cloud nine, you’ve found your go-to’s.
Applaud to Asian acts Wanderland also sets the stage for discovery and celebration of Asian music. Hailing from Taiwan are alternative-indie pop rock band, Sunset Rollercoaster, and singer-rapper, Leo Wang and making waves from South Korea are alternative K-Pop band, Balming Tiger and K-HipHop artist, George. They are all set to make their debut in the Philippines next year and we’re pumped to experience the diversity and exciting talent from our friends in the region. It’s about time we make more noise for Asian music!
Locals with versatile sounds and vocals No Rome, a homegrown artist now based in London, is known for his collaborations with The 1975, Charli XCX, and dijon, but don’t be fooled—his solo music gets you even more hooked through his mix of shoegaze, R&B, and electronic dream-pop guaranteed to fall into your last song syndrome list.
Blaster, who recently pursued a solo career from the band, IV of Spades, made headlines when he debuted DISKO FOREVER (Japanese Version)—yes, the song is completely sung in Japanese! If this is any indication of what an experimental journey his music holds, then we’re all ears (and dance shoes ready) for what he has prepared for his festival performance.
August Wahh has been establishing her name in the music scene not only locally, but internationally, having been invited to the ASEAN Music Showcase Festival and opening for artists like Daniel Caesar and RAC. If you’re looking to get into the vibe of neo-soul music, August Wahh is your girl.
The Sundown, based in Cebu and champions of Wanderbattle 2020, is finally making their way to Manila to bring their nostalgic anthems and tasteful Cebuano sounds on the Wanderland stage. As their name suggests, should we have them play the sunset slot?
It’s already a packed roster but it’s just the beginning of the greatest comeback of team Wanderland.
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Award winning pop superstar Harry Styles is coming back to Manila for his Love On Tour – Asia stadium show on March 2023 which will be held at the 50,000+ capacity venue Philippine Arena. This will be Harry’s third appearance in Manila after their massive One Direction show in 2015 and his first solo show at Mall of Asia Arena in May 2018. Harry Styles’ Love On Tour is one of the hottest global concert tours today. The tour grossed a total of $95 million and sold 719,000 tickets from 42 shows performed in North America from September to November 2021. The tour made another $55 million and sold 638,000 tickets from the 23 shows performed in Europe from June to July 2022.
Live Nation Philippines presents Love On Tour 2023 HARRY STYLES Live in Manila March 14, 2023 Philippine Arena
TICKET PRICES Early Entry Premium Standing – ₱ 17,750 Premium Seat – ₱ 16,250 Floor Standing – ₱10,750 Lower Box A Premium – ₱9,250 Lower Box A Regular – ₱8,250 Lower Box B Premium – ₱7,000 Lower Box BRegular – ₱6,250 Upper Box A – ₱5,250 Upper Box B Premium – ₱4,000 Upper Box B Regular – ₱2,750
ON-SALE DATES Live Nation PH Pre-Sale: November 23, 2022 -12nn General On-sale: November 24, 2022 – 12nn www.livenation.ph
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bryan Adams announces the Asia leg of his ‘So Happy It Hurts Tour’ with a concert in Manila on March 15, 2023 at the Araneta Coliseum. Presented by Wilbros Live. Tickets go on-sale on Friday, November 25, 10AM via TicketNet.com.ph and TicketNet outlets nationwide.
Bryan Adams is one of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals are guaranteed to thrill and entertain. His classic hits include Summer of 69, Heaven, Straight from the Heart, Cuts Like a Knife, Run To You, Please Forgive Me, All For Love, Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman, I Finally Found Someone, and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.
Adams’ influence extends four decades, over which time he has released 16 studio albums. This year alone, he has released two new studio albums – So Happy It Hurts and Pretty Woman – The Musical. He has also re-recorded some of his classic hits – Classic PT I and II were released digitally with Platoon and are available physically with BMG.
His song writing has garnered him numerous awards and accolades including three Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, a Grammy award, an American Music Award, ASCAP Film and Television Music Award, and multiple Juno Awards among others. He is a recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his charitable concerts as well as the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his lifetime contribution to the arts in Canada. He is also set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this fall.
Wilbros Live presents So Happy It Hurts Tour BRYAN ADAMS Live in Manila March 15, 2023 Araneta Coliseum
TICKET PRICES VIP (first 10 rows) – Php12,800 VIP – Php8,925 Patron A – Php7,875 Patron B – Php6,825 Lower Box A – Php5,250 Lower Box B – Php4,200 Upper Box – Php2,625 General Admission – Php1,050
Due to popular demand, Live Nation Philippines will bring back the best-selling boy groups of all time, Backstreet Boys LIVE for DNA Tour 2023 at the Mall of Asia Arena on February 20. This marks the group’s 7th appearance in the Philippines which was started in a promo tour back in 1996.
Live Nation Philippines presents DNA Tour BACKSTREET BOYS Live in Manila 2023 February 20, 2023 – 8pm SM Mall of Asia Arena
TICKET PRICES Prices to follow.
ON-SALE DATES Fan Club Pre-sale: November 7, 10am – 11:59pm LNPH Pre-sale: November 8, 10am – 11:59pm General On-sale: November 9, 10am via SM Tickets outlets and online at http://www.smtickets.com
English pop rock group, The 1975 are back for the first time since 2019 and bringing the group’s “At Their Very Best” tour at Mall of Asia Arena this May 2023 and the show will be produced by Pulp Live World. The band just recently launched their fifth studio album, Being Funny in a Foreign Language this October with singles “Part of the Band” and “Happiness”.
Pulp Live World presents THE 1975 At Their Very Best Live in Manila May, 3, 2023 SM Mall of Asia Arena
Live Nation Philippines proudly announces that Australian-based Filipino-Norwegian singer-songwriter Clinton Kane is bringing his highly-anticipated MAYBE SOMEDAY IT’LL ALL BE OKAY World Tour to the Philippines. The concert will be held at the New Frontier Theater on December 3, 2022.
Clinton Kane will visit Manila and will perform for his Filipino fans for the first time as part of his tour in Asia, as announced by concert promoter, Live Nation Philippines. He’s also set to perform in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Tokyo. Tickets to his Manila leg will be on sale on Friday, August 19 at 10 AM via www.ticketnet.com.ph. For fans who have purchased tickets during the Presale, Clinton is now adding a special experience upgrade where you can meet him up-close, take selfie, and attend his soundcheck.
The Filipino-Norwegian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist pens pop with “chords that soothe you and lyrics that bite you.” While growing up between Perth, Australia, and The UK, the self-taught singer, guitarist, pianist, and drummer ultimately found solace in music. His debut album, MAYBE SOMEDAY IT’LL ALL BE OKAY, is led by singles “Chicken Tendies,” “I GUESS I’M IN LOVE,” “GO TO HELL,” and the recently released “14” via Columbia Records. The reflective record transports listeners to Clinton’s 14-year-old self and follows his inner monologue as he grows into adulthood.
In speaking about the new song, Clinton says: “This song breaks my heart into a million pieces every single time I listen to it. I wrote it two years ago when I was at my lowest with myself – doubting every single thing about me: how I grew up, where I’m from, and who I am. This song took a year to write, with 30 different choruses and verses being written to this track. I hope you find peace when you listen to this song and know that you are not alone in this world.”
The 2022 Vevo DSCVR Artist to Watch embarked on a sold-out North American headline tour. The 23-date run brought the Norwegian-Filipino singer/songwriter to Chicago, Boston, New York, Nashville, and more before concluding at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre.
Here’s your chance to join a one-of-a-kind music festival from the comfort of your home. Awesome Play NFT Festival, a 2-day concert to be held in Jaraseom, Gyeonggi-do Province, will be available for online streaming in the Philippines.
Viewers get to enjoy performances from South Korea’s most talented artists including AILEE, LABOUM, DJ Soda, and many more. Streaming is available from August 13-14, 2022 via Bigo Live.
The festival boasts a one-of-a-kind concert experience through the “Z-Band,” a smart device worn on the wrist that checks the heart rate of the user. Moreover, users can share their heart rate with others in real-time via the heart-sharing platform “Z-Beat.” The amazing surprises don’t end there. Awesome Play is also hosting a treasure hunt for Z Planet users with a prize amounting to 100 million won.
Tickets for the online streaming are now on sale until August 12, 2022 via cdmentertainment.ph. Prices and other information are available below.
8/13 | EDM FESTIVAL | 12:30-21:30 KST (1:30PM – 10:30PM Philippine Time) DJ SODA TPA WAD X_X BLOSSO KIRIN
8/14 | KPOP FESTIVAL | 18:00-21:30 KST (7:00PM – 10:30PM Philippine Time) (Treasure Hunt will take place first from 12:00-18:00 KST) YONGYONG MUSTB HI-L TRENDZ BLANK2Y LABOUM AILEE
Ticket Prices (streaming only) are as follows: 8/13 (1 Day): PHP900 8/14 (1 Day): PHP900 2-Day Ticket: PHP1,200
After kickstarting their career as a global group selected by K-pop fans around the world, ENHYPEN achieved the “Million-Seller” title within a year of debut with 1st Studio Album DIMENSION : DILEMMA, released in October 2021, selling over 1.1M copies (as of October 2021) according to Korea’s Gaon Monthly Album Chart.
The record-breakers moved on to reach another milestone as 1st Studio Repackage Album DIMENSION : ANSWER, released in January 2022, became a “half-million seller” album with over 510,000 copies sold only in the first week of release.
ENHYPEN have solidified their status as the new destination for K-pop fans worldwide with the successful release of album after album. Armed with powerful music, next-level performances, and one of a kind visuals, they are now prepared to leave their mark and “wow” global audiences once again as the new powerhouse of K-pop.
ENHYPEN Prove They Are Worthy Of The Throne
Upon their debut in November 2020, ENHYPEN achieved the highest first week sales for a single album among K-pop groups to debut the same year with 1st Mini Album BORDER : DAY ONE. They continued their upward trajectory, breaking their own records with subsequent album releases and making waves as the breakout boyband to watch. In addition, they further solidified their status as the new destination for K-pop fans everywhere, taking home 14 trophies from major Korean award shows before their 2nd anniversary.
Through their appearance on Mnet’s ‘I-LAND,’ the seven members of ENHYPEN came together as one of a kind global rookies with a massive worldwide fanbase even prior to their debut. With the support and expertise of a major record label, the septet were bound for success from the start.
Ironically, however, a part of them felt as though their success wasn’t the result of their own efforts and capabilities. They had to overcome the pressures and responsibilities of living up to their coveted “Million-Seller” title and continue to show improvement as artists. Instead of giving into their doubts and anxieties, ENHYPEN come to the conclusion that they will prove for themselves that they truly deserve love and attention.
Through their previous ‘BORDER’ and ‘DIMENSION’ album series, the band came to realize their role and calling while connecting to a new world in which they faced an array of complex emotions. Now based on this awakening, MANIFESTO : DAY 1 paints a portrait of the boys confidently standing at the starting line to take control of their own life and connect with the future of their generation.
3rd Mini Album MANIFESTO : DAY 1
As a culmination of ENHYPEN’s reflections on their identity, MANIFESTO : DAY 1 is an album that portrays the story of seven boys paving their own path and taking the first step forward for their generation to follow in their footsteps. The previous ‘BORDER’ and ‘DIMENSION’ series told the story of young boys connecting to a new world for the very first time. They realized their new world past the border of the debut was even more complex and multidimensional than envisioned, and fell into a dilemma as they saw their desires collide.
Doubting the conventional standard of success stipulated by grown ups, the septet take their first leap forward to think for themselves and independently find the correct answers. As they begin their journey as authors and “protagonists” of their own narrative, the seven boys hold up their mics and declare to their peers—“We’ll take the lead forward. Come along with us.” They pass their mics, almost like a torch, to their fellow generation to set fire to a new beginning.
Through the teaser contents, the versatile visual talents reflect a sense of solid determination and compelling energy incomparable to their previous albums. The three different concept photos ‘D’, ‘J’ and ‘M’ each portray an individual story that is designed to piece together as one.
The septet’s newest album includes six tracks covering various genres: “WALK THE LINE”, “Future Perfect (Pass the MIC)”, “ParadoXXX Invasion”, “TFW (That Feeling When)”, “SHOUT OUT” and “Foreshadow.” The lead single “Future Perfect (Pass the MIC)” features ENHYPEN’s rapping, the first since their debut, and member JAKE participated in the writing of the lyrics for B-side track “SHOUT OUT”—a reflection of the band’s artistic and musical growth over the years.
Lead Single “Future Perfect (Pass the MIC)”
The album’s lead single “Future Perfect (Pass the MIC)” reflects ENHYPEN’s refusal to be hindered by the chaos of the world and unapologetically pave their own path that will eventually connect themselves with their generation in the future. Revealed through the lyrics, “I wanna stand on my own feet. Anything else is meaningless. Bring out my real voice. And draw our future,” this song is an ambitious declaration to begin living life on one’s own terms.
The performance for the track also focuses on expressing the course of finding one’s true self in a lively and free-spirited manner. While constantly shifting formations as the track progresses, the septet dominate the stage with a raw and powerful, yet perfectly synchronized performance. Key details in the choreography, such as the “mic check” and “mic pass” dance, cleverly highlight the “mic”, which pulls together ENHYPEN’s unequaled performance.
Backed by an energetic Hip-Hop sound, the accompanying music video unravels a movie-like sequence of scenes where the members are caught in their emotions or showing off their dynamic performance. ENHYPEN, dressed in pilot jumpsuits, make their way through the open runway heralding their bright future ahead. The trendy pops of color and large-scale outdoor sets reflect the boys’ spirit and confidence which capture the attention of the viewers throughout.
Evolving from “New K-Pop Destination” to the “New Powerhouse of K-pop”
As rising authentic storytellers, ENHYPEN expand their idea of “connection” they have thoughtfully built through the ‘BORDER’ and ‘DIMENSION’ album series. The septet once expressed their complex emotions facing a new world for the very first time. Now, they are set out to take control and become pioneers of their own narrative.
Revealing a rebranding logo trailer that redefines ENHYPEN’s meaning of “connection” to start, the band organically weaves a powerful and generationally relevant message into the story behind each visual content to craft a monumental addition to their discography.
Rooted in ENHYPEN’s internal struggles in the real world as they enter the trajectory of success, this album not only captures their advancement as artists, but also leads them to a new starting line. They sing of their transition from a group that was “made” to a group that “makes” a name for themselves—a story that naturally resonates with their generation beyond the premise of the album.
To top it off, ENHYPEN exude their charms and versatility showcased through their mesmerizing visuals and energetic performances that are sure to capture the hearts of K-pop fans everywhere.
ENHYPEN broke out into the global K-pop scene achieving the “Million-Seller” title with a single album within a year of debut as well as notable success on major global music charts. With ever-evolving music, performances, and visuals as their source of power, your new K-pop destination ENHYPEN is now set out to become the new powerhouse of K-pop.
WALK THE LINE
“WALK THE LINE” is a Hip-Hop track that opens the album with its 808 bass and powerful guitar distortion sounds. It encompasses a dual meaning of “walking along the line” and “staying in line/not crossing the line.” Applying a strikethrough across “Intro : Walk the Line”, the opening track of ENHYPEN’s debut album BORDER : DAY ONE of the same title, expresses refusal of existing rules and determination to cross over to a world of one’s own. While “Intro : Walk the Line” sang of the joy standing at the border of one’s dream world, “WALK THE LINE” illustrates the boys’ determination to connect to those around them within the newly drawn lines of this world. The members’ narration spoken in three different languages leaves a lasting impression and raises anticipation for the remainder of the album.
Future Perfect (Pass the MIC)
“Future Perfect (Pass the MIC)” is a Chicago Drill Hip-Hop track which is a relatively unfamiliar genre within the K-pop scene. The seven boys, who now realize their role and calling, declare to their peers “We’ll take the lead forward. Come along with us.” The boys deliver a powerfully resonant message—“Instead of using our abilities for our own good, we will use it to lift the voices of those around us.”—to reflect their unyielding resolution. ENHYPEN take on the challenge of rapping for the first time since their debut which maximizes the intensity of the track.
“ParadoXXX Invasion” is characterized by an old school Hip-Hop sound that was popular in the early 2000s. The lyrics declaring “This world filled with contradiction, [we] crash into it again and again. We are free, [the] illogic is logic” act as a bold statement aimed at the grown ups who underestimate them as mere childish teens. A catchy melody accompanied by the groovy vocals of the members is sure to be an earworm.
TFW (That Feeling When)
“TFW (That Feeling When)” is a continuation of ENHYPEN’s signature Soft Pop Rock sound following “Polaroid Love” and “Not For Sale.” ‘TFW’ is an acronym commonly used on social media to provide context or commentary for images with an emotional attachment, such as adorable pets, beautiful ocean views, etc. This song reflects ‘that feeling when’ you’re reminded of a loved one while looking at a photo that puts a smile on your face. The delicate nature of the lyrics enhances the romantic mood of the track that is perfect to listen to on a cool summer night.
With the combination of electric guitar distortion and bass sounds, “SHOUT OUT” is an Alternative Rock track that is sure to get hearts pumping and become THE song fans jam along to at an ENHYPEN concert. Member JAKE participated in the writing of the lyrics which illustrate the excitement and thrill of shouting out for the very first time that “I” am the subject of this world. This track acts as a ‘shout out’ to their peers who have helped them gain the confidence to “shake up this world, louder and louder.”
“Foreshadow” is an Electropop track characterized by its psychedelic sidechaining technique fuzed with a unique groove. The overall mood of the track is dark, but it is juxtaposed by the melody and lyrics which reflect the boys’ hopeful future as they move forward to the next chapter. The narration, spoken by all seven members in three different languages, is the key point to pay attention to.
Multi-platinum GRAMMY®, Juno and Polaris Prize nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen announces a fall North American headline tour. Her first North American headline tour since 2019, The So Nice Tour will kick off September 24th at MTELUS in Montreal, QC and will make stops at marquee venues including Radio City Music Hall in New York City and The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Empress Of will support tour dates from Sept. 24 to Nov. 5 with her forthcoming EP Save Me out June 24.
Artist presale is Wednesday, June 8 at 10am local time. Fans can register for artist presale codes on Jepsen’s tour dates page: www.carlyraemusic.com/tour. General on sale is Friday, June 10 at 10am local time. Jepsen has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to The Ally Coalition’s work to support homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth.
Two already announced co-headline dates with Bleachers; September 21 in Cleveland, OH and September 22 in Toronto, ON, are already on sale and precedes The So Nice Tour. Jepsen will also make a stop in Austin on October 7 for the Austin City Limits Festival. See below for a complete list of tour dates.
Jepsen’s The So Nice Tour announce follows the May release of her highly anticipated single “Western Wind”, and the accompanying video, which Jepsen first performed during her set at Coachella. Co-written by Jepsen and Rostam Batmanglij, “Western Wind” continues a collaboration the two musicians first kicked off with EMOTION. A major creative milestone for Jepsen, EMOTION inspired in-depth analysis from cultural critics and landed on multiple year-end “best of” lists including Pitchfork, Stereogum, Noisey, NPR, and many more. Released in 2019, her follow-up album Dedicated covered even more musical and emotional ground. Working with a crew of trusted songwriters and producers (among them John Hill, Jack Antonoff, Captain Cuts, Patrik Berger, and her longtime collaborator Tavish Crowe), Jepsen indulged in more sonic experimentation than she had in the past. She returned the following May with a gift for her fans: Dedicated Side B, a buoyant set of dance-floor tunes that affirmed her status as pop’s undefeatable ambassador of love. Much more to come from Carly Rae Jepsen in 2022.
Below is a complete list of North American tour dates for Carly Rae Jepsen. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.carlyraemusic.com/tour
88rising, the pioneering and internationally-renowned music and media company amplifying Asian talent and culture, and Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based company behind concert events like Coachella and Stagecoach, are thrilled to announce the 2022 Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival lineup. Head In The Clouds will take place on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, 2022 at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Presale begins Thursday, May 26th (purchase passes HERE). Passes will officially go back on-sale Friday, May 27th (purchase passes HERE).
On the heels of a history-making Head In The Clouds Forever performance on Coachella’s main stage, 88rising’s Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival returns with an impressive range of curated talent include headliners Jackson Wang (Magic Man Experience), NIKI, Rich Brian, Yebi Labs (Joji DJ Set), BIBI, Jay Park and CHUNG HA. This year’s festival also includes live performances from Filipino star Ylona Garcia, mxmtoon, the debut of Audrey Nuna + Deb Never’s joint project, eaJ, ATARASHII GAKKO!, MILLI, and many more. Last November’s festival had record-breaking attendance each day.
New activations this year will include Magic Man and the Thunder Theatre, Joji’s Pop Up Shop and Enjoy YEAR OF. In addition, the iconic 626 Night Market has partnered with Head In The Clouds as the festival’s official food curator for the 4th year in a row. More details to follow on vendors and food & beverage activations to be announced.
GA passes are $249 excluding taxes and fees, VIP passes are $405 excluding taxes and fees and South Bay Surf Club passes are $750 excluding taxes and fees. Parking passes are also available starting at $50 for both days. Preferred parking is also available for $100 for both days. Payment plans are available for passes. For more information, please visit la.hitcfestival.com.