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Culture Club charms Manila with throwback hits

One of 80s iconic band led thousands of its Filipino fans to a night of a trip down memory lane last Saturday, June 18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Culture Club, featuring the charismatic vocalist Boy George, easily enchanted everyone in attendance who cheered as the English band opened with the song “Church of the Poison Mind.”
At 55, George displayed his lively stage presence and rocked the house together with drummer Jon Moss, bassist Mikey Craig, and guitarist Roy Hay as they performed a throwback playlist that includes “I’ll Tumble For Ya,” “Move Away,” “Victims,” “Church of the Poison Mind,” “It’s a Miracle,” and “Miss Me Blind.”

The Grammy and Brit Award-winning pop band also showcased their own renditions of 70 hits like "Everything I Own" by Bread, "Starman" by David Bowie and their finale song "Bang a Gong" by T. Rex which were all well received by the very appreciative crowd.
The loudest screams from the people, who danced and sang along with the band, came when Culture Club performed two of their biggest hits “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and the videoke-favorite “Karma Chameleon.”
This production brought by Royal Chimes Concerts & Events Inc. ended with a standing ovation from the satisfied concert goers as members of the quintet thanked their fans who trooped the coliseum and chanted, “Mahal Kita, Philippines!”
Update: Culture Club was scheduled to perform to four more cities across the globe after their concert in Manila--- Tokyo and Osaka in Japan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Orlando, Florida. It is expected that his stop in Orlando, where a recent heinous hate crime left 49 members of the LGBT community dead, will be an emotional one since Boy George is also a fashion designer is proudly gay and has been one of the global icons for androgynous or genderless style.

Photo credit: Mike Yap

Culture Club will perform for one-night only concert on June 18

Due to logistical travel issues beyond their control, the recently announced two-night concert in Manila of 80's supergroup Culture Club will now be forced to limit their visit to a "one night only" special event. Boy George and Culture Club will be performing for the first time in Manila on June 18Saturday, at the Araneta Coliseum.

For those who've purchased tickets to the June 17 (Friday) show, they can refund their tickets or replace them with tickets for June 18.

As promised, Boy George and the original lineup of Culture Club will give their audience a night of unforgettable music and partying. The group will be performing all their hits like Karma Chameleon, War Is Stupid  Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Miss Me Blind, Move Away, Love is Love, and a lot more.

Culture Club's show in the Philippines is part of a 40-city tour of the iconic group in over twelve years, which includes cities in the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Japan.

Since this is the first time that Boy George and Culture Club (with members Mikey Craig on bass guitar, Roy Hay on guitar and keyboards, and Jon Moss on drums and percussion) will be performing in the Philippines, those who grew up in the eighties as well as music lovers are excited for this news and can’t wait to see them perform their greatest hits. "This is one big party," says George about the concert.

As the first multi-racial band with an openly gay front man, Culture Club has set many records, including being the first band since The Beatles to have three Top Ten hits in America from a debut album. In the eighties, the band dominated the charts in over a dozen countries, with multi-platinum albums and more than 50 million albums sold worldwide to date. In 2014, Culture Club reunited to create new music and has been in the studio putting the finishing touches on their new album Tribes, available now for pre-order, set to release later this year. The band recently headlined iHeart Radio’s 2016 "iHeart 80s Party" at The Forum in L.A. to a packed crowd.
To make things more exciting for the Manila leg concert, one hundred pieces of special VIP tickets worth P25,000 each will be on sale. Aside from enjoying the concert, ticket buyers get a privilege to attend a 'meet and greet' event and have their photo taken with Culture Club on June 16, 3PM at Novotel Manila, Araneta Center. They will also receive a double disc of Culture Club's greatest hits album and a commemorative concert T-shirt. Tickets for the 'meet and greet' event will be available (cash basis payment) on June 10 (Friday), 7pm to 11pm, at Greenfield District's Kaleidoscope event area which will have a special Boy George and Culture Club night and sing-and-look alike contest.

Culture Club Featuring Boy George Live In Manila is a production of Royale Chimes Concerts & Events Inc. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketnet (911-5555) or log on to You can also use your BDO credit and debit card to purchase tickets and enjoy a 15% discount.

For more info and to those who want to join the Boy George Sing and Look Alike contest, call (0918) 497-2121and (0906) 418-0786.

Fashion and music fusion at Manila X Festival

Fashion has always been heavily influenced by music, and the same can be said vice-versa. Street style provides evidence: music festivals are as celebrated for fashion as much as its musical acts, so much so that festival dressing has evolved to be a style genre of its own.

Milking this charmed connection between fashion and music is the Manila X Festival, where the metro's hottest musical acts perform in the midst of a full-blown fashion showcase. Festival goers are in for a treat: four fashion shows will have models walk the runway in four different fashion themes: grunge, Coachella, sleek and activewear. Each show, scored by live musical acts, will be styled by one of Manila's most sought-after celebrity stylists: Bang Pineda, John Paul Dizon, Myrrh Lao To, and duo Rain Dagala and Em Millan. Hip fashion retail website Zalora will also hold its own fashion show featuring its in-house brands. During this segment, the audience will be encouraged to purchase pieces worn by the models on the spot, entitling the live buyer to exciting discounts.

Now on to the music, Manila X Festival has an exciting line-up of live OPM performers and DJ acts. New boy band The Juans will be taking the stage, as well as real-life couple and songwriter duo Thyro and Yumi. Alternative rock band Kjwan lead by vocalist Marc Abaya will be performing alongside celebrated indie rock band Up Dharma Down. Under hip-hop, award-winning rapper Gloc 9 will definitely keep the audience tongue-tied in excitement. Fashion blogger and versatile singer Kiana Valenciano is a fresh inclusion to the line-up, while pop-rock singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino is sure to perform her hits. Manila's most-followed DJs will also be on rotation. To make sure everyone gets to have even more fun, DJs Badkiss, duo Curse & Bless, Jessica Milner, Tom Taus, Marc Marasigan, Mars Miranda, and Ace Ramos will be spinning the night away.

Sponsored by make-up label BYS and online shopping site, and powered by TaskUs Philippines, the fastest growing startup firm in the country, Manila X Festival is the first of its kind in the Philippines—an event where music and fashion are both front and center. The festival happens on June 04, 2016, Saturday, 7PM at Globe Circuit Event Grounds, Carmona, Makati City.

Tickets are available at or on site at the day of the festival. They are being sold at PHP 800 for VIP and PHP 500 for general admission.To know more, visit the Manila X Festival website at, follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@ManilaXFestival) and check the hashtag #ManilaX.

YouTube Fan Fest 2016 in Manila is for the fans!

It all started with the hashtag ‪#‎BringYoutubersToManila‬, the worldwide trend with the help of Philippine street teams, the second YouTube Fan Fest Manila happened last May 27 at the World Trade Center.

The night started with an electric dance performance from a Filipino dancer, actor, musician, percussionist, choreographer and producer Gab Valenciano—leaving the YTFF fans wanting for more.

YouTube sensations Tanner Patrick and Tiffany Alvord serenaded their Filipino fans with their original songs followed by a question and answer portion hosted by the online influencer Lloyd Cafe Cadena with the help of Wengie.

Mikey Bustos made thousands of fans laugh with his skits and song numbers, followed by a video of a stroll at the Manila Bay with the one and only Connor Franta.

The line-up included YouTube personality with 5 million subscribers, global trendsetter, entrepreneur, Connor Franta. Connor played "How Well Do You Know Connor Franta" and "How Well Do You Know The Philippines" at the YTFF Main Stage in front of thousands of fans.

Coming all the way from Riverside, California, AJ Rafael played a few songs for his Filipino fans. It was AJ's second time to be at the YTFF stage!
Filipino-American content creator Alex Wassabi was up for quite a few (embarrassing) challenges at the YTFF stage. The guy had to eat balut and he hula-hooped while making coffee! Highlight of the night was when he belly danced! He even brought out his brother for help.

The Filharmonic brought their powerhouse vocals to the YTFF stage. The LA-based a cappella group performed a few songs, one of which is for Nescafé!

Filipino rapper Abra took the stage to spit some rhymes and even gave out albums to the crowd! It is indeed amazing to see that the YTFF team also supports local acts.

With over 100,000,000 views, Bogart The Explorer was also part of the line-up, the guy gave the YTFF crowd a couple of laughs as well. Can we talk about that accent though?

The night ended with a beautiful performance from singer, songwriter, Tyler Ward. The YTFF crowd put their hearts up while Tyler performed "Hoopty Hoop", you can also check out the song he wrote for the Philippines here.

The YTFF experience just keeps getting better and better every year! The Fan Fest is indeed for the fans and aspiring YouTube content creators.

Photo credit:: Mike Yap for Manila Concert Junkies