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The 1975, Ed Sheeran, The Vamps and One Direction will visit Manila in 2015

I know a lot of you is excited to see the lads next year! As Brit rock band, The 1975, crooner and multi-awarded songwriter Ed Sheeran, The Vamps and One Direction set to invade Manila for the first quarter of 2015! 

You heard me right! Upon learning about it few weeks ago, I was ecstatic...I mean, me and Ian are excited! As Music Management International brings you these guys here in our shore!

As Matty, Ross, George, and Adam will return for their own headlining show on January 24, 2015 at SM Mall of Asia Arena. Lots of my friends want to see these lads perform once again...this time in a bigger venue!

Then, on February 1, the guys behind the songs, "Can We Dance", and "Wild Heart", The Vamps will be performing also in the Arena. This is their first time to visit Manila.  

I was shocked when I read the news on Ed Sheeran's upcoming visit to our country, as he will serenade his Filipino fans on March 12. His latest album, "X" debuted number 1 in the Billboard 200. and he earned three Grammy Award nominations from his debut album, +.

And finally, I know a lot of girls crazy over these guys from One Direction. As Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson set to perform for two days on March 21-22 at SM Concert Ground. It is part of their On The Road Again Tour 2015. 

Ticket deets:

Ed Sheeran:
Start of ticket sale: October 9, 2014
Ticket price: 8450, 6860, 5280, 4750, 3170, 1050 

The 1975:
Start of ticket sale: October 18, 2014
Ticket price: 7500, 6500, 5500, 3500, 2500, 1500

The Vamps:
Start of ticket sale: October 18, 2014
Ticket price: 5000, 3000, 2500, 1500, 1000

Tickets will be available thru SM Tickets or call their hotline at 470-2222.

For more info about the upcoming concerts, check out MMI Live's Facebook page.

A night to remember | Our #FinalAnberlinShowInManila experience

A night to remember. As rock band, Anberlin staged their farewell show recently held at SM North Edsa-Skydome. It was their third time to visit the country. Ian and I were both ecstatic over what will happened on the night of Sept. 13.

Last July, upon learning the news that the guys from Winter Haven, Florida, Stephen Christian, Deon Rexroat, Joseph Milligan, Nathan Young and Christian McAlhaney will be having their last concert here in Manila, we're both excited to watch them because it was our first time to see them live.
Our Anberlin tix

Thirty minutes before it started, I arrived after travelling from an awarding ceremony, and exhausted over the horrible traffic that I ended up taking some risk hoppin' in the MRT. A staff from Pulp Live World recognized me (we visited to Pulp office few weeks back.) and placed the tag for the Gold section on my right wrist. Ian came in just minutes before the show began.

Fantastic setlist that Pulp conducted a survey online which the band performed that night. Gushes over *Fin, sang our heart out with the tune of Godspeed, Adelaide, Paperthin Hymn, Take Me (As You Found Me), Dismantle.Repair, and also slammin over Time and Confusion. I think they sang around 20 songs during that night!

One of my favorite part of the show when they sang Godspeed at the end of the concert which the crowd waving the crossed fingers' gesture. I was a bit sadden when I learned that Anberlin will end their final tour because they are breaking up. I've been a fan since 2005, and teary eyed when I finally saw them on stage.


"When memories fade
 We've got each other
 When time and confusion collide
 Singin' I hold it all when I hold you"-Anberlin's Time and Confusion

Onto our next concert adventure soon! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for gig updates!

How OPM boy band 1:43 showcase their talent

Foir years ago, when Pinoy boy band 1:43 started, there are quite a handful of detractors didn’t mince words in saying that they were K-Pop spin-offs, that they didn’t have the range to become successful music performers. They immediately dismissed the group as flash-in-the-pan, something that the audience would forget as soon as another hot male group comes along.

Three best-selling albums, a string of monster hits, multi-million views of their music videos on Youtube, and hundreds of jam-packed performances across the archipelago later, 1:43 members Anjo Resurreccion, Argee Golding, Gold Aquino and Yuki Sakamoto have not only proved their detractors wrong. They have also exceeded expectations by become one of the country’s most successful (and most desirable) music groups in recent memory.

“We didn’t allow the hate to affect us,” says Yuki. “What has been important to us is the music. We know in ourselves that we have always been hungry to learn and improve every step of the way. The goal has always been to give our audience the best performance that we can deliver.”

This focus on learning and growth shows in their latest album, #KalyePop,(KPOP) released under MCA Universal. While the record still carries the “kilig” ballads in the vein of ”Sa Isang Sulyap Mo” (hailed as Song of the Year by 5th PMPC Star Awards for Music ), it’s notable for including tracks that straddle genres: pop, novelty and dance. The accusation that they are some K-Pop wannabes is dispelled by this album that captures the musical blend beloved by the Filipinos: a combination of lightness, humor and catchy hooks. In 1:43’s music is a true-blue Filipino heart.

“Ang Saya-Saya” is the song that best represents this identifiable Filipino streak. Days after the song has hit airwaves, music channels and YouTube, it has caught fire, making people replicate the signature dance moves that the 1:43 boys demonstrate with a smile (and a dose of sizzling sexiness). Proof that it is now part of pop culture is its becoming the official theme song of the GMA sitcom Ismol Family and the dance craze of Sunday All Stars.

“After the success of our single ‘Hayop sa Ganda,’ we were quite nervous how the audience would respond to ‘Ang Saya-Saya,’” says Anjo. “Good thing that the song has really caught up. In our shows, the people just naturally do the moves whenever we sing the song.”

Accolades for the group have been coming. This year alone, the group was nominated for Best/Group Duo in the 6th PMPC Awards for Music alongside SpongeCola, Rocksteddy and Parokya ni Edgar. They also won the Most Promising Recording and Performing Group in the 45th Box Office Entertainment Awards of the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, a barometer of the most bankable local talents.

It doesn’t hurt that 1:43’s musical growth coincides with their maturity as men. When before they looked like your typical boys next door as they were starting in the industry, now the 1:43 members are full-fledged men, with well-defined muscles (Anjo’s rippling abs are legendary) that make girls swoon. In fact, even some of them faint during 1:43’s perfomance.

The boys’ oozing confidence and sexual appeal translates into a heart-stopping showmanship and stage presence each time they perform in corporate events, campus and mall shows and festivals. No less than Rated K, hosted by the indefatigable Korina Sanchez, certified the group as one of the hottest local celebrities today.

With their string of successes, 1:43 is emboldened to do more projects that push the envelope. They started this with a story-telling twist in the music video of “Hayop Sa Ganda.” The woman that is being “wooed” in this video is not your typical damsel but the transwoman Miss International Queen Kevin Balot. So far, the music video has garnered over half a million views in YouTube.

Also embodying this twist is their soon-to-be-released music video, “Pwede Bang Malaman,” which features beauty queen and actress Chloe Dauden. This time, the boys will showcase their mature sensual side. Whatever they will “reveal” in the video will definitely send heartbeats and pulse rates racing. “Our fans will definitely love this video,” says Gold. “We have been working hard in the gym, so they better watch out.”

While the four boys have found success as a group, individually, they still pursue their own passions. Anjo, Myx VJ Search finalist, is now doing hosting gigs; Gold is an entrepreneur and about to launch his own perfume company; while Yuki and Argee are honing their acting chops to prepare them for eventual appearances in soaps. “It’s important to us to have our own projects,” says Argee, the latest addition to the group. “It makes us bring something new to the table each time we perform together.”

Despite having proven their mettle in the cutthroat music industry, 1:43 continues to challenges themselves, hone their musical style and reach out to as many fans as they can to bring their refreshing and captivating take on Original Pilipino Music. With their hearts in the right place, the 1:43 boys are here to stay.