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Catch Sting performs in Manila on October 2 at Smart Araneta Coliseum



Currently on tour throughout Europe, Sting’s My Songs concert is a rollicking, dynamic show featuring his most beloved songs, written throughout the 18-time Grammy Award winner’s prolific career both with The Police and as a solo artist. Hailed a “masterful performance from start to finish,” fans can expect to hear Englishman In New York, Fields of Gold, Shape of My Heart, Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message In A Bottle and many more, with Sting accompanied by an electric, rock ensemble.


Members of Sting’s Fan Club will have the opportunity to access exclusive pre-sale tickets July 1st through July 2nd
prior to the general public by visiting www.sting.com.
Sting: My Songs Live In Manila is presented by Cherrytree Management, Live Nation, and Ovation Productions.
Tickets available starting July 3 via www.buytickets.asia and www.ticketnet.com.ph. For inquiries, call (02)911-5555 or (02)532-8883. #StingManila2019 #OVATION40 Years Promoting the Biggest Names in Live Entertainment.
  

Tiny Moving Parts on new single, Medicine; album out on September 13

Tiny Moving Parts is Dylan Mattheisen (guitar/vocals), Matthew Chevalier (bass/vocals), and Billy Chevalier (drums).


Hopeless Records is excited to announce the signing of Tiny Moving Parts. Today, they’ve shared “Medicine” the first single off the band’s forthcoming album breathe, out September 13th, 2019.

Speaking to the track, Dylan Mattheisen said, “‘Medicine’ is about everything around you falling apart. When people come and go in a lifetime, I try to focus on the happiness and guidance they’ve provided me instead of the sadness of them leaving.”

Mattheisen is afraid of death. That’s nothing new. In fact, it’s a fear that has flowed, in one form or another, through every album the Benson, Minnesota band has released so far. But on ‘breathe’, the band’s fifth proper full-length, it’s become more obvious and prevalent than ever. At the same time, this set of songs is designed to help quell those anxieties, both for Mattheisen and the dedicated following he and his cousins – brothers Matt and Billy Chevalier – have built up since forming the band in 2008.

“I just feel as time goes on that everything means more and more,” says Mattheisen. “So this record covers things we’ve talked about in the past – the fear of dying, losing someone through moving away or the passing of someone – but it concentrates more on the positives, and being happy things happened instead of sad they’re taken away. It’s about finding that mindset to keep on powering through.”

Written in between tours since the release of their last record, ‘Swell’, released in January 2018, breathe finds the band moving forward sonically as much as they are pushing through emotionally. Recorded with longtime collaborator Greg Lindholm, who oversaw seven songs, and established pop producer John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Goo Goo Dolls, All Time Low), who handled the other three, breathe is full of the same emotionally-driven blend of math-rock, pop- punk and emo that they’ve made their own, but it also branches out.

‘breathe’ is more than just an album. It’s an emotional crutch. It’s moral support. It’s the friend we all need at our darkest times. It’s the sound of a band coming to terms with their own mortality, their own anxieties, their own self-doubts. And it’s a reminder that, as long as there are songs sung back as if our lives depend on them, we are never alone.


  

‘breathe ’ tracklisting: 

1. The Midwest Sky 

2. Light Bulb 

3. Medicine 

4. Icicles (Morning Glow) 

5. Vertebrae 

6. Polar Bear 

7. Bloody Nose 

8. Soft Spot 

9. I Can’t Shake 

10.Hallmark 
 


Follow Tiny Moving Parts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    

Good Kid$ Make 'Saucy' Comeback in New Single


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Get ready to sauce it up as the Good Kid$ return with their comeback single "Saucy."

With their debut track "Show Me (feat. TALA)" hitting its first million streams on Spotify, the boys (rapper Gaby Singson and producer Bernie Margulies) bring the heat further in this latest track released under mustard music.

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"Saucy" brings back the Good Kid$ magic - mixing fun, upbeat, and memorable elements in one track, as they bring the titular slang word to life in song. The term 'saucy' pertains to something or someone that is "cool and stylish; being confident without having too much bravado."

That is exactly what the hip-hop duo want to embody, as they go about their daily lives as young kids. Talking more about the track, Singson says "it's all about being yourself - being cool despite all the hardships that gets in your way, and just stayin' saucy."



More than just bringing a cool slang word into song, the Good Kid$ also use this track to explore a new groove - wanting to put a vibe that hypes people up.

With its release, the Good Kid$ hope to sauce the music scene up - bringing a memorable summer anthem to fans and new listeners alike.



'Saucy' is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music under mustard music.

A celebration of TOYCON's 18th year in the Asian Pop Culture Scene


The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, better known as TOYCON PH, is celebrating 18 years of serving pop culture enjoyment to its fans both local and international. It is, simply put, the longest-running and premiere pop culture event in Asia.  
Early this year, TOYCON PH presented a fresh visual identity, through a new logo, to cater to the growing millennial crowd, and also attract visitors from all over the world with a global perspective to promote the Philippines as the leading pop culture playground in Asia, that showcases Filipino creativity, innovativeness and talent through toys, games, entertainment and digital content.


TOYCON PH – Where Asia Comes to Play!
TOYCON’s new tagline indicates the direction of where it is going.
It is now an International event that will flex its muscle to further increase the international visitors that are coming.
This all means that a better and grander line-up of activities is expected for this year. These activities are guaranteed to give its enthusiastic followers and the casual fans more to enjoy in TOYCON.
TOYCON has had 17 years of excellent experience in making the Philippine pop culture scene the most dynamic and the most fan-centric experience in the region!  It started the pop culture revolution in the country. And now it is capturing the heart of pop culture enthusiasts in the whole Asia Pacific region.
This year is the 18th year of the event, and through the years it has been adding value and uniting the different toy and pop culture communities in the Philippines.
TOYCON’s Exclusive Toys and merchandise
One of the things to anticipate this year are the exclusive toys, collectibles and merchandise that will come out of the event.
This year, there will be more exclusive toys that will come out in TOYCON. And if you are a toy collector, it will be one of those events that you can call heaven sent.
Headlining as the marquee TOYCON exclusive is the Zeta Manila Killa PH Colorway designed and created by Quiccs Maiquez, who was awarded Toy Designer of the Year and Toy of the Year in the recently held Designer Toy Awards in New York City.
In addition, the much-anticipated Jollibee Flocked variant Funko Pop will also exclusively be distributed by the Funko Funatics Philippines during the event this year.  We also have Filipino-inspired toy exclusives of Tiny Ghost by Bim Toy, Dino by Ziqi Toys and the first release of the Batman Imperial Palace warrior vinyl toy by Mindstyle.
TOYCON’s Toy Designer Line-up Gets Bigger
When there are exclusive toys, not far behind are the big toy brands and toy designers. There will be more local and international brands and toy designers that will grace this year’s event.
Brands like Lego, Funko, Bandai, Good Smile, Hot Toys and XM Studios, along with internationally renowned toy designers: Ron English (the legendary godfather of street art), Quiccs, Wetworks, Anatoy, Yoii, Hariken, Creon Chkn Head, Happy Garaje, Jessica Emmett, Daniel Yu, Fanny Kao, Mumbot, Rusho Toys, Jwon, Kaze Studio, Messymaru, Mupa, Non World, Siam Ruf, Tangent and Too Natthapong will line up the event with their distinct brand of collectibles. These designers from all over the globe certainly get the art toy enthusiasts excited in all the international toy shows and certainly, art toy aficionados will get spoiled in this year’s event!




TOYCON’s International Influencers and Celebrity Guests
The era of the digital influencers is here. TOYCON, with our partner Pop Life Global, is giving the community a taste of the future and beyond.  First up are influencers from the Pop Life’s Pro-Am Studios, which is in the business of making movies out of their studio and post-production facilities in China. They are slated to release five movies this year and next.   
One highlight of this year’s FanXperience event will be the Battle Dance Champions featured in the Pop Life produced movie, No Dance, No Life.  World-class dance will take over the FanXperience stage featuring talents such as Former Bboy of the Year: Bboy Morris, World of Dance 2019 Champions: The Kings, World of Dance Team of the Year: Academy of Villains, and The Creator of the dance style, Krumping, Tight Eyez.
The international artists are a staple of TOYCON. Through our partner, Pop Life Global, we have had guests from Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Power Rangers, Superman and X-Men, and other great franchises.
This year two guests confirmed to arrive are from the hit AMC series The Walking Dead. These are actors Michael Cudlitz, who played Sergeant Abraham Ford, and Steven Ogg, who played Simon and also plays Trevor in the hit video game Grand Theft Auto V.


TOYCON’s Sound Arena
We love music, who doesn’t? This year, fresh new talent will hit the stage of TOYCON with band performances and idol groups joining the fray. This TOYCON, you will cheer your heart out, guaranteed!
Up and coming bands Souldrift, Lila, The Lock Pickers, The Glass O, Project:Materia, Kanjiru, Asterysk, Lunar Rhythm, as well as fan favorites Aidoru Sozai, CH4U, and Pastel∞Mix will be performing at the TOYCON stage for its Music Festival.

TOYCON’s Comics and Gaming Exhibition!
TOYCON is also our country’s undisputed Comic Con with top-caliber comic book artists gracing the event.

The line-up this year includes:
Berlin Manalaysay: Creator of the well-loved cyborg, ‘Combatron’, one of the most well received characters in Funny Komics in 1992.

Ed Tadeo: A prolific Filipino comic book artist, colorist and inker for Marvel, DC, and Image Comics. Titles of his works in coloring and inking include: Wolverine, Silver Surfer, High Roads and District X.

Heubert Khan Michael: Former guidance councilor turned legendary comic book artist. Judged by Neil Gaiman himself, Hubert won 3rd place in the Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards back in 2010 and has been inking since then! Some of his awesome works include: Vampirella, Unstoppable, and The Owl.

Miguel Mercado: Miguel is a Cosplayer and Illustrator. Miguel has is known within the Comic Book community for his epic cover art for Back to the Future (2015), Buffy The Vampire Slayer (2019) and Over The Garden Wall (2017).

Harvey Tolibao: Harvey first got involved in the comics industry in late 2006 when he penciled and inked the twelfth issue of Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He also did the art for Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Psylocke, the Avengers and has also done some work for Top Cow and for DC.  

Pol Medina Jr: Pol is a Filipino cartoonist best known for creating Pugad Baboy, a comic strip about a community of fatsos and a dog named Polgas, highlighting domestic life and the characters’ commentary on relevant societal issues and pop culture. Pol is the 2018 recipient of the TOYCON Pinoy Pop Culture Icon Award.

Raymund Bermudez: Filipino Comic Book Artist, Penciler and Cover Artist for DC Comics. Some of his notable works include: Justice League, Pathfinders and Lex Luthor.
Raymund Lee: Professional Digital Comic Book Colorist who is known for his painterly style and classic renditions of superheroes.

And finally, Steve Gan: One of the most accomplished Chinese-Filipino Comic Book Artists to date. Best known for co-creating the legendary comic book “Ang Panday” as well as Marvel’s “Star-Lord” and “Skull the Slayer”.

Another exciting comics-related news is that ABS-CBN will launch the Ravelo Komiks Universe in TOYCON 2019, the first ever unified comics universe in the Philippines,
with a legacy display of new merchandise for its prominent stable of heroes, Darna, Captain Barbell and Lastikman.  Watch out for life-size statues of these character on display!

Other TOYCON 2019 Highlights
Exhibits from epic movies coming soon will make the TOYCON scene more engaging. Headlined by movies from Sony Pictures, Spider-Man: Far from Home, and Warner Brothers’ line-up of movie icons from the horror genre, the Annabelle doll from Warner Brothers upcoming Anabelle Comes Home, Pennywise the Clown from IT: Chapter 2 and Chucky from Reality Pictures’ 2019 adaptation of Child’s Play. Meet them up close, but don’t blink!

This year’s TOYCON will also feature a new fun zone, the Play Hub!
This is where fans of comics and gaming will find the young and upstart artists in the design, graphic and digital spheres come together to exhibit their craft and talents! The Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) will host TOYCON’s Gaming Conference, while the Animation Council of the Philippines will showcase more than 50 short films in the Theater Room.

TOYCON POPLIFE FANXPERIENCE will also be the stage for the unveiling of the biggest Batman statue in Asia, the 22-foot tall Imperial Palace Batman which is a likeness of the Dark Knight never seen before until now. Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Batman, DC Collectibles has announced a collaboration with Pop Life Global and China’s Imperial Palace for a special series of figures featuring DC Comics characters in costumes themed after ancient Chinese warriors and soldier armors. This Batman statue is going to be one for the history books!

This year’s World Cosplay Summit Philippines (WCSPH) National Finals will also be held at TOYCON 2019, with Japanese Cosplayer Reika and WCSPH Alumni Ming Miho and 2018 Philippine Representative Team Sekai (Sergio Sta. Ana and Kai Raito) headlining this activity. Five cosplay pairs selected from parts of the country will compete for the right to represent the Philippines at the 2019 World Cosplay Summit in Japan.


Aside from these, TOYCON 2019 will host a number of activities such as a Mobile Legends gaming Tournament in partnership with InFlux TV, The TOYCON Cosplay KO Competition and bestow the Pinoy Pop Culture Icon Award, which honors the icons that made our Filipino pop culture heritage truly distinct and long-lasting.

TOYCON’s line-up of vendors and exhibitors also gets bigger and better every year with more than 300 merchandise booths of toys, pop culture memorabilia, apparel, collectibles and more, with more international brands coming to town.

TOYCON Pop Life FanXperience 2019 – It’s a Whole New Playground!
TOYCON PH and Pop Life FanXperience is proving indeed that it is the leading pop culture playground in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. There will be more sights to share for your various channels and social media, engaging activities, shows and panel discussions, interactive brand activations, collectibles and merchandise, and YOU are definitely going to be a part of what will make TOYCON great this year!

TOYCON POPLIFE FANXPERIENCE happens on June 28-30, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
[The event is made possible by PLDT Home Fibr, MaxiCollector, Big Boys Toy Store, Filbars, Great Toys Online, Ano Toys, Arigatoys, Hobbiestock Collectibles, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, Kramer Toy Warden and main media partner, ABS-CBN. With thanks to our official residence partner, Tryp by Wyndham Mall of Asia Manila.]   
So cheers for TOYCON’s 18th year and we hope you join us in this ground-breaking international event. Always check out the TOYCON website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for more updates:
toyconph@gmail.com

Boyzone serenades PH fans for the last time


A thrilling trip down memory lane, courtesy of our Irish lads





After a massive success of their concert last year, Irish 90’s boyband Boyzone once again performed a one-night only show as part of their “Thank You and Goodnight Farewell” Tour at the Mall of Asia Arena last Sunday, June 23rd.






We’re halfway through the year and more concerts are yet to happen, but Boyzone’s farewell concert seemed to be one of the most memorable live shows that has happened so far…with Brian McFadden, a former Westlife member as front act. He performed Westlife hits such as “Mandy”, “World Of Our Own”, “Swear It Again”, “Flying Without Wings”, “My Love”, and “Uptown Girl.” Before ending his set, Brian shares, “Westlife became Westlife because of Boyzone. I respect you and I love you.”








There’s just something with 90’s heyday music that transports us back to that familiar feeling and comfort, and that’s what Boyzone made us felt during their 90 minute-concert last night. Their black suit and sequined suit made them even more sleek and dashing on this special evening.


“We’re gonna make you feel young again. We’re going back to 1995” Keith enthused.


A throng of delighted crowd gleefully sung every lyrics from the heart, deafening screams at Ronan’s solo, and even stirred everyone’s emotion when the lads paid a heartfelt tribute to their late brother, Stephen Gately.



Boyzone, composed of members Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, and Shane Lynch crooned out all their chart-topping hits from the past and new ones with “Who We Are” “Love Is A Hurricane”, “Father and Son”, “You Needed Me” and more.


“We’ll sing songs that’ll remind you of your first kiss, first dance…” says Keating.


On the second half of the show, they went more mellow as they performed their all-time favorite hits, “Everyday I Love You”, “Words”, “No Matter What” and a unique twist in their 1995 version of “Love Me For A Reason.”

Mood went a bit of somber as the band spoke about their moments with their late brother, Stephen Gately, and then performed a very emotional tribute song titled “Dream.”


They ended their set with “Picture Of You” and Ronan’s “Life is a Rollercoaster.”


Without a doubt, BOYZONE still got it. They may not be young anymore, yes - but the way they pour their hearts out on every song, old and new - proves that they’re still the boys we’ve loved during our teenage years, and made us love them even more now. Compared to usual concert with technical and choreographed steps on a dance number, our boys literally just had fan on stage, grooved, and showed us what a real boyband concert experience is.


Thank You and Good Night is Boyband’s seventh and final studio album released in November 2018.

We’re going to miss you, guys! Please come back soon!

Kudos to All Access Productions for this memorable concert experience!

Photos by Danilo Factor for Manila Concert Junkies

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda set to visit Manila on September 6 for Post Traumatic Tour









Following his widely-acclaimed world tour earlier this year, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park announces Asian tour dates for this September, in support of his debut solo album, Post Traumatic. He will make stops in Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, and Japan for a performance at WIRED Music Festival. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10:00AM at www.InsigniaPresents.com, with a special fan pre- sale for Linkin Park Underground (LPU) starting Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:00AM. 
A detailed itinerary can be found below.

Shinoda states, “It has been a long time since I played Taipei, Manila and Jakarta! I’m thrilled to bring the Post Traumatic Tour to fans in these very special cities."

The raw and inspiring solo album Post Traumatic garnered a slew of positive reviews and profiles in Rolling Stone, Complex, Time , Pitchfork, Forbes, GQ, People, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, and more since its release on Warner Records late last year. To celebrate the one year anniversary of the album’s release this month, Shinoda released a never-before-seen rough sketch version of the “Crossing A Line” video, which was shot, directed, and edited by Shinoda himself. Watch the video here.



TOUR DATES:

August 31 – Taipei – Taipei Metro Park (with special guest Don Broco) September 4 – Jakarta – JIExpo Kemayoran (with special guest Don Broco)
September 6 – Manila – New Frontier Theater (with special guest Don Broco) September 8 – Nagoya – WIRED Music Festival

Listen to Linying's exquisite tribute to Frank Ocean's Self Control



“the best version I’ve heard…” Dan Gentile, VICE (for Noisey)

Fresh from a standout performance at SXSW 2019, Linying now releases a studio-recorded version of her cover of Frank Ocean's ‘Self Control’.

Initially performed live at the SXSW Music Festival 2019 in Austin, Texas, Linying's take on the Blonde album number has drawn attention from fans and critics alike.  VICE music outlet Noisey was present, and praised Linying’s performance of ‘Self Control’ after the event -  “I’ve listened to Frank Ocean’s “Self Control” a few hundred times at this point,” begins VICE music writer Dan Gentile, “but the best version I’ve heard came from Singaporean pop artist Linying, [...] fluttering between registers without any effects and earning literal gasps from the crowd.”



Linying is also in the midst of recording her follow-up to 2016's critically acclaimed debut EP, Paris 12 - more information to come. ‘Self Control’ will be available worldwide on Friday, June 21, via https://smarturl.it/LinSelfControl

Kamara is bringing the gig scene "Out of the Bar'

Kamara’s first out-of-the-bar gig! 

This year, indie rock band Kamara launches a series of gigs called the Out-of-the-Bar series. This aims to bring the indie music scene to places you wouldn’t expect: from brunch cafés to laundry shops. Rooted in Kamara’s vision to capture life’s moments in our songs and bring it everywhere, the Out-of-the-Bar series aims to bring the gig experience to everyone wherever they may be. 


The first of this series will be on June 22, 10:00 AM at NIC’s Park Terraces, Makati (beside Glorietta 2). For this first gig, Kamara will perform alongside Keiko Necesario and EJ de Perio. Early bird tickets will be available. For reservations and more details, follow Kamara’s social media accounts: Facebook (@kamaraband), Instagram (@kamaraband), Twitter (@kamaraofficial). Kamara is a four-piece indie rock band with songs about love, hope, and finding meaning in uneventfulness. Their playful sound is inspired by the diverse interests of the new band members -- from Japanese rock, classical music to jazz. You can listen to the reimagined version of their hit single, Makalimutin, on Spotify.

Mark Siwat 1st Live and Meet in Manila 2019


It is truly a dream come true! Finally, Mark Siwat had his first ever solo fan meeting in Manila - "Mark Siwat 1st Live and Meet in Manila 2019" held on Sunday, June 16. Organized by Wish Us Luck (Philippines) in partnership with 2gether House (Thailand), Mark Siwat came back to the Philippines once again to meet his fans and to get closer to them. Of course, with much more charm and a fresher look!

Mark Siwat is a Thai actor who played the role of Kongkla from the Thai BL series Love By Chance. It was February 2019 when Mark Siwat had his fanmeet together with the other casts of Love By Chance – Gun, Perth, Saint, Mean, Plan, Title and Cooheart for Love by Chance the Series 1st Live and Meet in Manila 2019 held at SkyDome, SM North of Edsa.

But this time, it is even more special when he had finally held his solo fan meeting at 500 Shaw Zentrum.

Fans had gathered and waited for long hours outside the fanmeet venue in order to see Mark Siwat! Everyone seemed to be prepared and thrilled for the fan meeting. There were banners, stickers, posters, tarpaulins, fan projects, and other stuff that fans have prepared for the fanmeet. Everyone was really looking forward to seeing and meeting Siwat.

Getting to know more about Mark Siwat

During the press conference, Mark Siwat have answered randoms questions and shared his thoughts on becoming one of the rising stars in Thailand and other parts of Asia as well.


At first, he was asked if how he was in the Philipines and Siwat said that “It is really a warm country because of the fans who had welcomed him warmly. He could feel the love and support from the fans.”

Then he was asked if he had something to say in Filipino words and responded, “Masaya akong nandito ulit.”(He is happy to be back again in the Philippines.)

In addition, Mark Siwat also shared that it has been his Mom’s dream for him to become an actor but more than that, it was also his dream to become an actor.

Siwat also asked the fans to support his upcoming new series, another new series that will be shown on Netflix and his videos and vlogs that are uploaded on his Youtube channel.

Showcasing Mark Siwat’s Talent

Right after the press conference, the fan meet started and the fans finally got to see Siwat live on stage! Fans have cheered on Siwat and showed their excitement to him. Siwat greeted the fans by telling and letting the fans know that he could the love of them that made him so happy.


Then after the short greeting and introduction part, Mark Siwat started showcasing his dancing skills by performing some of the popular K-pop songs such as Black Pink’s Dududu and EXO’s Love Shot!

Siwat also showcased his singing skills by serenading the fans some sweet songs of Ed Sheeran’s such as Photograph and Perfect and even sang his one of his favorite Thai songs for the fans.



Not to mention his talent in modeling, Mark Siwat also got a chance to walk the ramp as he tried on one of the Philippine traditional costumes from Mindanao! When asked if how he was while wearing it, Siwat responded that he really loved it!


Fun Games with Mark Siwat

Fans got a chance to interact with Siwat by playing games with him. Fans got to play with Siwat and him being playful with the fans on stage. Surely, it was one of the best moments that fans had with Siwat!




More to that, fans truly made Mark Siwat feel so special during the fan meeting by showing him a lot of surprises! From roses to gifts, to video greetings, and to a loud cheer from the crowd – it undeniable on Mark Siwat’s face that he was really happy to see all the effort that fans had made for him. It was written all over his face the entire fan meet!

WWE LIVE™ returns to the Philippines on September 20 at Araneta Coliseum



WWE will return to the Philippines for the first time in three years when WWE LIVE MANILA comes to the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, September 20, 2019. Tickets for WWE LIVE MANILA go on-sale on Saturday, June 22 at 10AM via TicketNet.com.ph, TicketNet hotline 911-5555 and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide.



Fans attending WWE LIVE MANILA will be able to see their favorite WWE Superstars including Roman Reigns™, Kofi Kingston™, Charlotte Flair™, Finn Bálor™, Asuka™, Elias™, Xavier Woods™, Big E™, Shinsuke Nakamura™, Rusev™, Kevin Owens™, Bayley™, Carmella™, The IIconics™ and many more! *

WWE LIVE MANILA is presented in partnership with Wilbros Live, a leading concert and live events promoter in the Philippines. “Wilbros Live is thrilled to bring WWE LIVE back to Manila this year,” said Winston Llamas, Executive Producer of Wilbros Live. “This one-night-only action-filled show is a must-see for all families and friends!



“We are excited to return to Manila where the passionate WWE Universe can see their favorite WWE Superstars live,” said Chris Marsh, Vice President and General Manager, WWE Asia Pacific. “Our fans can look forward to experiencing another action-packed night of family-friendly entertainment that will create life-long memories.

#WWEManila2019
* Talent line-up subject to change.

syd hartha Takes a Pro-Women Stand on new single "ayaw"





Upcoming singer-songwriter syd hartha breaks out from the mold with the release of her new single, "ayaw."

Known for her intricate folk-pop sketches and disarming vocals, the 17-year-old artist takes a step back from her confessional musings to affirm her stand against sexual harassment and abuse towards women in general.

The empowering number, which syd hartha wrote as a reminder for people to respect boundaries, delivers an inspiring message that puts into light the importance of consent. "It is undeniable that sexual harassment continues to be a prevalent issue that we face today," syd hartha points out. "I feel for the victims of catcalling and rape, and understand how hard it is to talk about their experience. As a musician who some people look up to, I know I have to use my voice in behalf of all the victims and survivors. This inspired me to write ayaw." 


A well-conceived effort that embraces her newfound strength as a singer-songwriter, "ayaw" suggests lyrical confidence and maturity that's beyond her age. Production-wise, it's her most sonically adventurous release to date: an excursion to a more bluesy territory, a more organic vibe that gives her personality the spunk and edge it needs.

"ayaw" is syd hartha's third single, and her first official release under Sony Music Philippines. The song is now available on streaming and download platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes store and Deezer.

Mark Oblea experiments with new sound for his latest single, Ain't It Lovely








Singer-songwriter Mark Oblea is back with a new sound with his latest single 'Ain't It Lovely.'

Ain't It Lovely delves further into Oblea's exploration of the alternative pop genre, being a love song that features more of a folk sound than his previous outings. His rendition of Paraluman's classic song 'Tabi' has garnered over 3.7 million plays on the streaming platform Spotify.

Talking more about the song, which is written and produced by fellow Universal Records artist Fern., he says "I've always wanted to do a song such as this - one that gives off an indie romantic vibe. And at the same time, I want to offer something new to my listeners, as I explore new vocal styles and with this being my first original English track."




Ain't It Lovely is certainly not a track to miss, with its romantic vibe and a sound that will resonate with today's generation.

The track is now available to stream and download on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon Music under Universal Records.

#KWMF2019 Delivered K-Pop's Diversity

K-Pop fans definitely had the time of their lives last Sunday night when the Korean World Music Festival 2019 took place at the Mall of Asia Arena with headliners NCT 127 and Red Velvet!


Surprisingly, the show was hosted by local Korean TV host Ryan Bang who brought nothing but laughs for the audience every time he delivered his spiels. He basically introduced the artists/groups and had the chance to interview them on stage for the fans to witness. The night started off with a solo performance from Sohee, a member of Elris.

Sohee definitely brought the heat and prepared the energy for the night with her songs "Mannequin", "Spotlight", and "Hurry Up". The K-pop artist wore a red outfit that definitely served the right amount of charm and fierceness.
Kim Donghan from JBJ immediately followed with his heart-stopping performances. He definitely made fangirls scream over his visuals and breathtaking dance skills. He performed "Sunset", "Goodnight Kiss",  "Focus", "Idea", and "Ain't No Time".

The first girl group of the night was ELRIS who made MOA Arena filled with screams not only from fangirls but with fanboys this time. The girl group wore a matching blue and white outfit although Bela, a member, had to rest backstage because of a sprained ankle. However, she made sure fans of their group see her by coming out during the interview session with Ryan Bang. ELRIS served a very pure and sweet performance that made our hearts soft for their music. Their choreographies were also very in sync considering one member is not present during the performances.
NCTzens definitely made the MOA Arena into a green ocean with their NCT 127 lightsticks as the boys from the group performed on stage. NCT 127 performed "Fire Truck", "Cherry Bomb", "Simon Says", "Regular", and latest comeback single "Superhuman". It definitely was the hottest performance of the night as the boys performed their choreographies breathtakingly.
Last but definitely not the least, the girls of Red Velvet brought the house down with their performances. It was definitely the loudest part of the show in terms of screaming fans and fanchants. Filipino fans of the girls definitely made their love felt by the girls. There was even a part when fans screamed "solo con" during the interview and the girls took notice. Indeed, Reveluvs were the loudest that night. The girls performed their hits "Red Flavor", "Power Up", "Moonlight Melody", which got some fans to wear their banana outfits, "Bad Boy" and "Really Bad Boy (RBB)".
It's refreshing to see some K-Pop groups perform their music alongside other groups as attendees of this type of festivals will see how diverse K-Pop is. With the level of love and support K-Pop fans showed Sohee, Donghan, ELRIS, NCT 127, and Red Velvet, we are sure these acts will keep coming back to the country. With that being said, see you next year the KWMF2020!

She’s Coming Home returns with an endearing anthem, Kahit Saglit.



She’s Coming Home released its third single digitally-distributed by Warner Music Philippines. The song is set as an ode of two lovers caught in between a romance ignited at a wrong time. Despite the dismay, they find an alternate reality where their souls connect and pure bliss was felt.



Written by the band’s vocalist, Karla Lopez, the song highlights the band’s unique approach in creating music rooted from real-life experiences. The band aims to inspire and leave a mark to their listeners, thru this single.

Kahit Saglit’s music video was released last June 7 on Myx Philippines, in partnership with BMLab, Café Lupe and Asia Pacific College. The single is now available for streaming on Spotify.



She’s Coming Home is an alternative band officially formed in 2015 in Manila, Philippines. It consists of lead guitarist Robert Besana, rhythm guitarist Ron Padilla, bassist Vladimir Besana, drummer Jeariel Mira, and lead vocalist Karla Lopez. For more information about the band, please contact 0945.784.9162 or email shescominghome.music@gmail.com. Follow the official social media accounts: facebook.com/shescominghome and @shescominghome.music on Instagram, and @shescominghome on Twitter.

Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches set to return in Manila for their Love is Dead 2019 tour


It will be the third time that Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches as they set to return in the country on August 13 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as part of their Love Is Dead 2019 Asia Tour.

Crafting songs with notable synths and edgy hooks, Chvrches combine their roots in Glasgow’s indie community – the group features former members of alternative rock bands with a love of chart-friendly pop. Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty made an immediate impact on the music scene in summer of 2013 with the bittersweet-yet-anthemic debut album The Bones of What You Believe, and later found ways of bringing an extra sheen to their music without sacrificing its depth.





Chvrches’ critically acclaimed third and latest album, Love Is Dead, just marked its first anniversary last May since its release, but it continues to break worldwide streaming records. The band reclaims the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts ruling both rankings for a second time. 

The trio scored their No. 1 on each tally, following the chart-topping debut of preceding album Every Open Eye, which also opened at No. 1 back in 2015. Tracks Get Out, Miracle, and Graffiti concurrently reign on the Hot Rock Songs chart, which blends streaming, radio airplay, and digital sales. Love Is Dead is Chvrches’ first album to feature outside production, with Greg Kurstin (hitmaker for Adele, Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, Sia, Foo Fighters) having produced a total of nine songs. When Chvrches began creating the record, they only had one definite plan. “We wanted to sound more like a live band,” recalls Iain Cook. “We’ve always felt like a rock band and all three of us have long histories in rock, so it was inevitable we’d eventually turn in that direction.

Over the past eight years, Chvrches has built a loyal fan base and landed on a handful of high-profile festival gigs with their catchy synth-pop tunes. However, the group just recently notched their biggest career milestone yet with their new Marshmello collaboration, Here With Me. The blockbuster single rose to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, earning Chvrches their first ever entry to the Hot 100 list. It also debuted at No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales and has charted on Dance/Mix Show Airplay for three consecutive weeks.

Chvrches is more than thrilled to incorporate all their classic hits with brand new singles on this much-anticipated global tour. Indeed, the Scottish pop band is experienced at finding balance between fresh songs that are exciting to play and old favorites that the crowd demands for. Chvrches lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry says, “We go to enough shows ourselves and watch bands we like to what's a good mix. You have to be aware that yes, it's a creative process for you, but you're there because people love those songs. Just give the people what they want."


Other Chvrches hits include The Mother We Share, Gun, My Enemy, Never Say Die, Leave A Trace, Recover, among many others.


Chvrches’ Love Is Dead 2019 Asia Tour live in Manila is presented by Ovation Productions in cooperation with TAP Sports and FOXlife. Ticket prices are P5,810/ 4,760/ 3,700/ 2,640 available via Ticketnet online and TicketNet outlets. For inquiries, call (02)911-5555 or (02)532-8883.