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Australian rising star Ruel set to bring Ready Tour 2019 to Manila on March 16




Wilbros Live is thrilled to present Australia’s young rising star RUEL to perform in Manila for the very first time on Saturday, March 16th at the TEATRINO in Greenhills, San Juan. Tickets will be on-sale on February 1st starting at 10AM via TicketWorld.com.ph or at the Music Museum box office.


Shortly after releasing his 2017 breakthrough single “Don’t Tell Me,” the now 16 year-old, London-born, Sydney-raised singer and songwriter Ruel has emerged as one of the most exciting new recording artists and live performers in the world.

Things had begun to spark for Ruel upon thre release of “Don’t Tell Me.” Ruel was invited to perform on Australian radio station Triple J’s “Like A Version,” where he sang a stripped-down version of “Golden Years” and a cover of Jack Garratt’s “Weathered.” The jaw-dropping performance showcased Ruel’s dazzling voice, and the video quickly became one of the most-viewed “Like a Version” performances of the year after receiving over half a million plays in just 48 hours.

Not long after the release of “Don’t Tell Me,” Ruel was invited to write with Julia Stone, which led to him supporting Angus & Julia Stone on their sold-out Australian tour. In the same year, Elton John requested an interview with Ruel for his show on Beats 1, praising him: “You have the most amazing voice that I've ever heard from a male singer at 14 years of age and it's quite incredible.” Ruel was then invited to support Khalid on his Australia/New Zealand tour, performing to more than 5,000 people a night.

Ready, his debut EP has already amassed over 100 million global streams and features standout singles “Don’t Tell Me,” “Dazed & Confused,” “Younger” and “Not Thinkin’ Bout You,” all of which have been propelling Ruel on a swift, upward trajectory. The video for EP track “Younger” caught fire and has enjoyed over 5.5 million views since its release in August, with “Younger,” “Dazed & Confused,” and “Don’t Tell Me” all certified Gold in Australia. Having wrapped 2018 on a major high, Ruel became the youngest recipient in history to win the prestigious Aria Award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year,” he performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, released a remix of EP track “Not Thinkin’ Bout You” featuring Grammy-nominated rapper GoldLink, performed at Tyler The Creator’s “Camp Flog Gnaw” festival, and completed very own sold out “Ready World Tour” through North America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK. Ruel is just getting started!

88rising’s NIKI got big “PLANS” this 2019



19-year-old Indonesian rising star NIKI wraps up 2018 with catchy tracks such as “Warpaint” and “PLANS.”




In “Warpaint,” NIKI is an epitome of a strong and independent woman. The track, which was released back in July, talks about the process of getting through a failed relationship. The song, despite its laid-back vibe, is actually an empowering piece. “Warpaint” conveys the emotions of going through a heartbreak, the stage where you’re feeling both the pain of moving on and the will to start anew. Additionally, the chorus has strong yet easy to sing-along to lyrics: “Everyday, I put my warpaint on. I'm a warrior, I'll find another one. Step aside, I'm moving through. All by myself, I don't need you,” as sang by NIKI.
“Warpaint” is one of NIKI’s songs. Looking back, the singer, who first started in the industry with her real name, Nicole Zefanya, released her first track “Polaroid Boy” in 2016. She then released various singles in 2017, including "Anaheim," "I Like U," "Chilly," and "See U Never." Come 2018, NIKI finally shared her first solo album, Zephyr, which she describes as an EP centered around young love.
Her most current track, however, is “ PLANS.” The song emits the same chill and laid-back vibe. But, unlike “Warpaint,” “PLANS" talks more about an on-going relationship. 
NIKI also lent her voice to musical collective 88rising's album called "Head In The Clouds." Her songs "La Cienega" with Joji, "PLANS" with Vory, plus "Poolside Manor" and "I Want In" with August 08, and solo song “Warpaint” solidified her musical style this 2018. Come 2019, the singer-songwriter got bigger plans when it comes to her music career. 
Stay tuned for more of her tracks this 2019!

Peace, love and music at Rakrakan Festival 2019

The country’s biggest, loudest, and most exciting all-OPM festival is BACK!

Cheers to another year for OPM! In celebration for this momentous occasion, we are bringing back RAKRAKAN FESTIVAL as we become BIGGER, LOUDER, and BOLDER! Oh, we just can’t get enough OPM in our veins, don’t we? Well, get ready to make history AGAIN as we celebrate Peace, Love, and Music with astounding back-to-back performances from our roster of OPM’s finest artists on March 1-2, 2019 at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds! Yep, you read it right—TWO DAYS of Rakrakan Festival this year because one day just won’t be enough to satisfy our OPM cravings.

It would still be a massive production set-up complete with 120 OPM artists, 6 stages (with 3 stages per day), skateboarding competitions, live art exhibitions, a merch bazaar, carnival games—name it!



What’s the complete band line-up, though? Well, you gotta stay on the lookout as we drop ‘em in the days to come! We’re still spicing things a bit to give you one hell of a rock n’ roll experience that will leave you a week-long festival hangover!

And if 6 music-filled stages aren’t enough to satisfy of an OPM fan, “Rakrakan Festival 2019: Peace, Love, and Music” offers these pocket events to maximize the Rakrakan experience:

·         Skateboarding Exhibition and Competition a staple since 2013, the skateboarding exhibition and competition feature a free-for-all skateboarding area for attendees, with freebies and prizes at stake for contest participants in several categories including Best Run and Best Trick.

·         Street Art Contest – five street art teams will endeavor to bring their creativity to life in this activity; winning teams will be judged based on their originality, style, and design. In addition, a “freedom wall” will be setup for all guests who wish to express their creativeness and leave their impression for future generations of OPM supporters.

·         Merch Exhibit – currently the largest congregation of indie merchandisers in Metro Manila, with over 70 brands participating annually. Festival-goers will find everything here from tees and tank tops to shorts and jeans, jackets, socks, jewelry, footwear, artworks, sunglasses, pins, caps, toys, and plenty of other goods at very affordable prices!

·         Peace, Love, and Music” efforts shall also be undertaken in cooperation with several advocacy groups such as LoveYourself, Peace & Equity Foundation, United Nations (Philippines), Global Peace Youth, Act for Peace, and more in order to educate the audience regarding awareness of several advocacies about social issues in the country.
  
·         Side activities such as face painting and henna tattooing, brand-sponsored games, information drives, and artist meet-and-greet (for VIP ticket holders) will be there to complement the whole festival experience. Note this! Rakrakan Festival goers wearing WHITE will be given a free baller upon entrance while goers wearing RED will be given a free rose as a symbol of love!


Tickets are now 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


So, are you going for Day 1? Or Day 2? Better yet, 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 more details.