Cinco De Mayhem Music Festival Redefines the Festival Music Scene in a Vibrant Celebration of Music, Culture, and Art

From the inception of the concept down to the mounting of its historic first, premiere events producers ProMedia Productions vowed to bring a unique musical experience with the first-ever Cinco de Mayhem Music Festival (CDM). A first of its kind, CDM brings together top local artists and DJs in a vibrant and festive celebration of music, culture, art, and community at Vista Mall Daang Hari Open Grounds last SaturdayMay 4, 2019.

Forged through the creative partnership of the events company and its actor-musician and now, Creative Director, Alexander DiazCinco de Mayhem stayed true to its promise of mixing the richness of Mexican culture and spirit of celebration and community of the Filipinos.

“Good music and a good party are the core tenets of Cinco de Mayhem when it was first conceived. Not only do we want to bring the festivity of Cinco de Mayo in the Philippines, but we want to elevate it further by bannering Filipino talent. We had visual artists, muralists, award-winning local DJs and musicians that made CDM the best summer event to cap all summer events,” Diaz enthused.

Hyping the musical festivity were DJs Out of Scratch and Dom Go followed by Divine Smith. As nighttime hit, it was the impressive set of Quest that got the crowd singing to hit songs like “Dati” and “Unang Hakbang” with the surprise appearance of Keiko Necessario. DJ Siangyoo, pumped by the dancing MC Chris Ty-Z, kept the crowd jumping followed by the special premiere of CDM’s very own, Alexander Diaz’ music video for “Broken” in a collaboration with Natasha.

The crowd cooled down as songstress Kiana Valenciano showed up with an enchanting set list, leading to the beats of DJs Euric and Nix Damn P spruced up by the country’s first female MC Marga Bermudez.  As is expected, it was the young, revolutionary crew of Careless Music Manila that got the crowd jump to their feet as AstrokiddMassiah,Curtismith, and King WaW performed hits from their first mixtape, along with the special taste of the upcoming release of their second musical outing. James Reid and Nadine Lustre, brought a high-octane set all the more pumped with songs like “Summer”. Deuce followed suit along with the special addition to the lineup courtesy of Red Bull Music 3style champs, headed by its national champion Mark Thompson.

Hosts Luke Thorssen of Team Careless Music Manila and Debbie Then of Magic 89.9 were the night’s hosts keeping everyone’s fun, vibrant spirit in check.

Apart from the exciting lineup of local acts, sumptuous treats from partner concessionaires and drinks brought festival-goers’ spirits pumped while fun games and side activities were set up at the event site from face painting, a Velcro bullseye, giant beer pong, basketball, a Pacman maze and a rodeo bull ride, and Havaianas’ giant slide and inflatables. Large-scale artistic installations courtesy of visual artists Leeroy New and Georjanno Abenoja backdropped the beautiful scenery of the concert grounds along with art group, In Mandala, as spearheaded by Emmanuel D’Aboville(inmandala.com)

“We were thrilled to have a lineup that is so fresh and diverse, but what made the night epic is the coming together of all the elements that made this an unforgettable summer event we have always envisioned—and we are just starting. With this caliber of local acts and this Mexican utopia we have set up for everyone to enjoy is all but a preview of many more CDMs to come,” said Lahaina Mae Mondonedo, Director of Operations.

Shopee brings regional brand ambassador BLACKPINK to the Philippines for their first-ever Meet & Greet

  • Get exclusive tickets to the Shopee X BLACKPINK Meet and Greet on June 6, only on Shopee

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, will bring global K-Pop sensation BLACKPINK to the Philippines for the first Shopee X BLACKPINK Meet & Greet on June 6. Avid BLACKPINK fans, also known as Blinks, will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience to interact with their favorite idols at the event, which will feature exciting draws and giveaways including signed BLACKPINK CDs and Shopee gift certificates.

Shopee users can choose from two tickets, Pink or Black, to get access to the event.

Users can get Pink tickets by purchasing any product from the YG Official Store on Shopee from May 11 to 25 using the special voucher code “SHOPEEXBP”. The first 150 successful buyers will be guaranteed a Pink ticket to the fan meet.

In addition, users can score Black tickets by registering on the official Shopee x BLACKPINK Meet & Greet page in the Shopee app. The top registered users who have an accumulated purchase of at least ₱4,000 on Shopee will receive one Black ticket that comes with an exclusive fan meet pass. To add to the excitement, the top 40 spenders will receive special autographs and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet BLACKPINK live on stage.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said “Since unveiling BLACKPINK as our first regional brand ambassador last year, Shopee has received so much love and support from their Asian fans. Hence, we are delighted to be able to bring them to the Philippines and give Shopee users a chance to meet and interact with their favorite artists in person. We look forward to once again connect BLACKPINK with their massive fanbase in the Philippines and the region.”

For more information on how to join the Shopee x BLACKPINK Meet and Greet, visit https://shopee.ph/m/blackpink-meet-greet.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

The Ransom Collective Make A #1 Comeback With New Single ‘I Don’t Care’

mustard music proudly presents “I Don’t Care” the newest single from indie/folk-pop band The Ransom Collective.

Since releasing their debut album “Traces” in 2017, the band has undergone a creative rebirth — exploring new musical ideas, and experimenting between different styles and sounds that have led them to a fresh, modern reinvention on the sound listeners and fans have come to love them for.

“I Don’t Care” brings these ideas into fruition, as the first of many songs that came to be in this new era of The Ransom Collective. The song is about discovering oneself, and all the ugliness and beauty that comes with the process.

Prior to its release, the song took the top spot on the iTunes PH New Music Pre-Order Chart – proving even more successful as the single launched on May 3rd. Aside from topping the iTunes PH Alternative Chart, the head-bopping track also entered the iTunes PH All-genre chart, taking the highest spot for an OPM song. The band’s comeback song joins the big leagues of Taylor Swift & Brendon Urie, BTS, and BLACKPINK, who similarly have released new tracks for their longtime fans.

Talking about the song, lead vocalist Kian Ransom says, “I watched someone I love go through depression, and this song is essentially about the journey they went through and the empathy that’s required to understand someone who’s going through something so difficult.”

While the song tackles rather serious matters, its backing track provides a sense of fun and lightness – giving an upbeat, retro feel that will give listeners good vibes to sing and dance along to on repeat.

Coming into this brand new take on the TRC sound, band members mention Anderson Paak, Honne, Boy Pablo, Bon Iver, Prep, Crumb, Chance the Rapper, among many artists they’ve taken inspiration from.

If this song is any indication, long-time fans and new listeners have a lot of good music to look forward to from The Ransom Collective all-year round.

I Don’t Care is now available for streaming on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music, under mustard music. Watch out for its accompanying music video, premiering on MYX and YouTube on May 4th.

Groove to the beat of the 80s

Solaire Resort & Casino brings you back to the era of move and groove with INTO THE 80s – a retro concert featuring Philippine 80s music icons Gino Padilla, Jett Pangan, Raymond Lauchengco, Lou Bonnevie, and Jam Morales, happening on May 18, 2019 at The Theatre at Solaire. The 80s were characterized by everything big: big shoulder pads, big hair, bold colors, bold fashion trends, and larger than life performers with their music through synthesizers, drum machines, reverb and, electric guitars creating music styles and a distinctive beat.

Set the rhythm of the night and recreate the beat through the memorable music of 80s international stars and their very own OPM hits! From Prince to The Police, Sheena Easton to Spandau Ballet, Blondie to Kim Carnes, Bangles to Irene Cara, Whitney Houston to Wham, Billy Joel to Rick Astley, Kool and the Gang to Queen, every single song is guaranteed to make you sigh, swoon, sing along, sway, swing, and, finally, to get on your feet and groove.

Get ready for some dancing and step to the beat with Gino, Jett, Raymond, Lou, and Jam with Session Band, Filipinas, and a whole slew of dancers – because you can’t do the 80s without the boogying!

Catch INTO THE 80s on May 18, 2019, 8PM at the Theatre at Solaire. Directed by Toto Gentica, Script by Henry Tejero, and choreographed by Butch Esperanza.

For tickets to “Into the 80s”, you can call TicketWorld at 891-9999.

Sponge Cola To Hold “Sea Of Lights” Concert On March 29, 2019

This year, Sponge Cola will be celebrating another great year of being one of the premiere OPM rock bands in the industry – and in true Sponge Cola fashion, they’re bringing their songs, both old and new, straight to their audience through their one-night intimate concert “Sea of Lights” on March 29, 2019 at the Power Mac Spotlight Circuit Makati at 7PM.

Since they started, the band (composed of frontman and lead singer Yael Yuzon, guitarist Erwin “Armo” Armovit, bassist Gosh Dilay, and drummer TedMark Cruz) has been delivering non-stop hits that are already integral to many Sponge Cola supporters and OPM fans alike. Their catalog spans all their multi-awarded albums, which include certified hits such as “Jeepney,” “Gemini,” “Nakapagtataka,” “Bitiw,” “Tuliro,” “Puso,” “Tambay,” “Kunwari,” and so much more. They have no doubt been a part of the journey of many Filipinos, may it be through teleserye soundtracks or their life soundtracks.

This journey continues with the upcoming release of their latest album “Sea of Lights,” a collection of songs that celebrates the sound and musical style that the band is known for, while also experimenting with new sounds into the mix. The album includes songs such as the previously released songs “Phantoms,” “Paliyabin Na Ang Lahat,” “Meron Ba?,” “Promises (feat. Karylle),” and many more songs that will be performed live for the first time in concert. As a bonus, concert-goers will also receive a limited edition physical copy of the album.

The concert will not only feature songs from their latest album, but will celebrate their greatest hits, together with intricate and well-planned production numbers that will be a delight to all attendees. Joining the band in concert will be special guests Leanne and Naara, I Belong To The Zoo, and Karylle. Directed by Paolo Valenciano, the “Sea of Lights” major concert will be on March 29, 2019 at the Powermac Spotlight, Circuit Makati.

A limited amount of tickets are available for PhP 1750 (Online Price) / PhP 1850 (Special Early Bird Price) / PhP 2250 (Door Price), and are available for purchase at all SM Tickets outlets. Special thanks to concert sponsors Powermac Spotlight, Lyrics, Bugsy’s, and Imperial Blue Whisky.

Watch out for the release of the music videos “Meron Ba” and “Promises (feat. Karylle), and the “Sea of Lights” album soon, under Universal Records.

WESTLIFE ‘The Twenty Tour’ Celebrating 20 Years of Hits

WESTLIFE is back and in full swing with The Twenty Tour! Celebrating their 20th anniversary with 14 number one hits, the band brings their much-awaited reunion tour to Asia including MANILA on July 30, 2019 at the Araneta Coliseum.

‘The Twenty Tour’ is Westlife’s fastest selling tour of all time. The band sold an incredible 400,000 tickets in just 48 hours. The shows will see the global pop kings perform their greatest hits and all 14 of their UK No.1 hits including ‘Swear It Again’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘If I Let You Go’, ‘My Love’, ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘A World Of Our Own’, ‘Unbreakable’, ‘Mandy’, and ‘You Raised Me Up’.

Being the UK’s top selling album group of the 21st century, Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian have also returned with their highly anticipated first new single in eight years, ‘Hello My Love’, which is written and produced by superstar hitmarkers Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac.

Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and are the only band to have their first 7 singles enter the UK chart at No.1. They also have the most singles of any artist to debut at No.1 in the UK. Overall the band have had an incredible 14 No.1 singles, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles. They have had 33 No.1 albums worldwide and as a live act have sold 5 million concert tickets worldwide.

Presented by Wilbros Live. Tickets to WESTLIFE – ‘The Twenty Tour’ in MANILA will be on-sale beginning March 30 viaTicketNet.com.ph and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide.

Limited Seats Added For LAUV In Manila

Fast-rising synth-pop artist and producer Lauv, who recently sold out the Manila leg of his 2019 Asia Tour, has officially announced that due to insistent public demand, a new Upper Box section with limited seats will be added to his much anticipated live concert on May 20 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

This will be Lauv’s third and biggest show in the Philippines to date, following a mall tour series back in 2017 and a music festival performance in 2018.

Produced by AEG Presents and Ovation Productions, general on-sale of the newly opened Upper Box section starts March 25, while few more tickets to the previously announced Cebu show on May 20 at Waterfront Hotel Cebu City are still available.

In January, Lauv surprised fans with the release of brand new single “i’m so tired” with Troye Sivan. The instant hit has now over 115 million streams on Spotify, soared up the Billboard Hot 100 Chart within a week of its release, and quickly rose to Top 13 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Lauv’s first ever Top 15 single in the United Kingdom. Other top recent Lauv collaborations include Julia Michaels for “There’s No Way,” DJ Snake for “A Different Way,” and Travis Mills for “Question.”

This past summer, Lauv performed his breakthrough hit, “I Like Me Better,” on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as the 2018 Teen Choice Awards and 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. The single reached the Top 10 of Top 40 US radio, and top 10 airplay hits around the globe including Australia, Germany, New Zealand & more. A major highlight of 2018 was the launch of his compilation album, “I met you when I was 18.” Since its release, “I Like Me Better” has gained more than 653 million Spotify streams and skyrocketed to be a certified six times platinum single globally. The song has spent a total of 13 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists Chart, and it has gone double platinum in the US, triple platinum in Australia, and platinum in other multiple markets. Lauv has now surpassed well over 2 billion cumulative streams worldwide as he continues to write and produce polished, power pop.

The 2019 Asia Tour even gets better as 4-time Juno Awards 2019 nominee and pop iconoclast bülow joins Lauv as special guest on his two major shows in the Philippines. The German-born singer just released her new track “Sweet Little Lies” via Republic Records, Wax Records, and Universal Music Canada. bülow has previously released Damaged Vol. 1 and Damaged Vol. 2 – each instantly resonated with critics and new fans alike. Damaged Vol. 1 included “Like This Guy,” “Lines,” and fan favorite “Not A Love Song,” which to date has clocked over 83 million streams.

Lauv’s 2019 Asia Tour live in Manila and Cebu is presented AEG Presents and Ovation Productions. Ticket price for the new section at the Smart Araneta Coliseum is P1,590 and will go on sale March 25, 2019 10am via www.ticketnet.com.ph and TicketNet outlets. Ticket prices for the Cebu show at Waterfront Hotel are P3,700/ 3,170/ 2,640/ 2,115/ 1,590/ 795 available via www.smtickets.com and all SM Tickets outlets. For more info, call (02)911-5555 / (02)470-2222 or follow Ovation Productions online.

Shanti Dope Drops Much Awaited-New Single ‘Amatz’

Coming off of his roller-coaster year 2018, rap phenomenon Shanti Dope is ready to drop a much-awaited new track. Since the release of his “Materyal” EP in December 2017, Shanti has enjoyed universal success – bringing in over 40 million Spotify streams for his smash hit “Nadarang” (with its accompanying music video garnering over 26 million hits on YouTube), touring the whole Philippines and multiple states in the US, and collaborating with OPM sensations IV of Spades, and international stars such as Krayzie Bone (of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) and Mimi on the track “Crazy”, as well as appearing on the track “Almost Love” with singer-songwriter Sabrina Carpenter.

This 2019, Shanti is dropping what is sure to be another hit with his newest track ‘Amatz.’ The song, produced by long-time collaborator Klumcee, features what fans have come to love with the rapper-songwriter with an infectious hook and having lyrics close to his life, while also featuring a new Oriental flavor that will keep fans and new listeners wanting more. And after the year that has been, the 17 year-old showcases an evolved style, now having more hard-hitting verses to his track.

Talking more about the track, producer Klumcee says “The song Amatz’ message is about having a natural high – being one with nature, and an awareness about our environment in society, which is bombarded by synthetics and chemicals. We made a conscious effort to make it sound like a banger so that a lot of people would enjoy and feel the vibe and message behind the song.” Asked more about what is in store for Shanti this year, the collaborator says that “as always, you should expect the unexpected [from Shanti] this coming year.”

‘Amatz’ marks the beginning of a new era for Shanti Dope, and with its release, all points lead to another fiery-hot year for this young and relentless rap phenomenon.

Amatz will be available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon on March 22, 2019, under Universal Records.


Gloc-9’s Maleta (feat. Julie Anne San Jose) debuts at Number One

OPM Rap Icon Gloc-9 continues to make his mark in the industry with yet another fresh collaboration which made its debut at the top of two iTunes Philippines charts.

The track is non other than Maleta, a collaboration with the talented singer-songwriter Julie Anne San Jose, who is also an artist under Universal Records Philippines. This marks the first time the two OPM giants are collaborating on an original track, as they have previously performed together in various television shows and events in the past. Timely too, after Julie dropped a fiery-hot performance of Gloc-9’s verse on the Parokya Ni Edgar classic Bagsakan (feat. Francis M and Gloc-9) during a spot number of the GMA-7 musical variety show Studio 7. 

Prior to its release, the track was already Number 1 on the list of iTunes Philippines Pre-Ordered songs, which inevitably led to its top debut on not one, but two charts on iTunes Philippines – namely the All-Genres Chart and the Hip-hop/Rap Chart.

Talking about the song, Gloc says “Goodbye song ko ito sa rap na ginawan ko ng kwento na parang relationship sa isang babae (this is my goodbye song to rap, which I likened to being in a relationship).” Though this is in reference to thoughts about staying in the rap scene, there seems to be no stopping the rap icon from putting out fresh music that still resonates with long-time fans and new fans alike. 

Maleta is released as a single ahead of Gloc-9’s upcoming EP which is expected later this year. The track will be included along with “Lagi,” a collaboration with fast-rising Pinoy rap artist Al James, which has now garnered over 4.2 million views on YouTube. Aside from this, Gloc also penned and appeared on the track “Pamaypay” with R&B singer and Tawag ng Tanghalan-alum JKris,  and has had various collaborations with Shanti Dope, which clearly indicates his support in grooming the next big acts in OPM and the Hip-Hop scene in the country.

Maleta is now available for streaming on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music. Watch out for its music video soon!

Alert! There are only 5 DAYS LEFT before RAKRAKAN FESTIVAL 2019!

Have you got your tickets already? Well, you better secure ‘em well or else, there would be no Rakrakan Festival for you… and we don’t want that to happen.

As the big day is nearing, the noise goes louder than ever as RAKRAKAN FESTIVAL 2019 sets its foot for two amazing days of Peace, Love, and Music on March 1 & 2, 2019 at the Circuit Makati Events Ground! 120 OPM bands and artists, 6 stages, skateboarding competitions, live art exhibitions, merch and food bazaars—need we say more?

I guess it’s time to condition our bodies for the weekend (our artists are preparing already as well!) before we go all-out smashing and moshing to the performances of each artist!

On DAY 1 we have JUAN KARLOS, UP DHARMA DOWN, MAYONNAISE, SPONGE COLA, MOONSTAR88, FERN., GEO ONG, THIS BAND, GLOC 9, GRACENOTE, HALE, QUESO, TYPECAST, MOJOFLY, BRWN, BARBIE ALMALBIS, SHANTI DOPE, 6CYCLEMIND, IMAGO,BECAUSE, MILESEXPERIENCE, MARYZARK, BETTER DAYS, LIONS & ACROBATS, INTERTWINED, ANG BANDANG SHIRLEY, ABSOLUTE PLAY, BRISOM, LOLA AMOUR, ROUGE, STICK FIGGAS, SHE’S ONLY SIXTEEN, KJWAN, QUEST, RIOT, BITA & THE BOTFLIES, TANYA MARKOVA, OVER OCTOBER, JOIN THE CLUB, CHNDTR, MAY, SUD, JUST HUSH, AGSUNTA, BENNYBUNNYBAND, SLEEP ALLEY, FREESTLYLE, SANDIWA, MADELINE, SIDE A, DRIVE ME TO JULIET, NOT INFORMED, THE LATE ISABEL, RED LIGHT GO, DOTTY’S WORLD, THE VOWELS, THEY ORBIT, WOOPIS, ISABELE DE LEON, and MIGZ HALECO!

On DAY 2 we have SLAPSHOCK, DECEMBER AVENUE, FRANCO, I BELONG TO THE ZOO, ULTRACOMBO, EVEN, CHICOSCI, COLN, SANDWICH, HILERA, AUTOTELIC, URBANDUB, MUNIMUNI, CATFIGHT, SUNFLOWER PROJECT, 123 PIKIT, BASTI ARTADI, CHOCOLATE FACTORY, SAYDIE, SUBCULTURE, BROWNMAN REVIVAL, SWITCH, WILABALIW, PHILIA, PEDICAB, BAD BURN, THE CHONGKEYS, VALLEY OF CHROME, SKYCHURCH, VIE, WUDS, WRITTEN BY THE STARS, JEJAVIEW, FASPITCH, BANDA NI KLEGGY, SHOTGUN COMBO, ATTHISMO, ROCKSTEDDY, GINILING FESTIVAL LION & THE SCOUTS, MORPHINE KINGS, REBORN, ENGKANTO, DICTA LICENSE, REGGAE MISTRESS, PHILIPPINE VIOLATORS, ARCADIA, EMBERCOER, COLLIE HERB, HAPPY 3 FRIENDS, KADANGYAN, MANILA UNDER FIRE, MR. BONES AND THE BONEYARD CIRCUS, RUNBYNINE, SALVATION ARMY, SAGIP ADIK FOUNDATION, SLOWDOUGH, JURRASIC PARDS, and THE REPUBLICATS!

Just remember to follow what’s instructed on our Do’s and Don’ts so everyone could have a fun and memorable time at the event!

Now if you still don’t have your tickets, don’t waste time no more and buy now as we are so close to being sold out! Tickets are available at all SM Tickets outlets nationwide. Prices are as follows:

1 DAY PASS:

Pre-Sale: PHP 400

Door Price: PHP 500

VIP: PHP 1500

2 DAY PASS:

Pre-Sale: PHP 700

Door Price: PHP 1000

VIP: PHP 2000

Day 1 or Day 2? Ugh, decisions are time-consuming. We say go for Day 1 AND Day 2! Don’t miss it!

Rakrakan Festival 2019: Peace, Love, and Music” is presented by Rakista Radio and Red Horse Beer Muziklaban; co-presented by Dickies; with Official Venue Partner, Circuit Makati.

Visit www.rakrakanfestival.com for all details.