Emo Revival: Mayday Parade's Manila Concert Brings Nostalgia and Emotion

Team Manila Concert Junkies
Last October 27, 2023, Filipino rock fans witnessed a night of emotion, nostalgia, and pure musical magic as Mayday Parade, one of the pioneers of the emo genre, took the stage. 

Emo kids of all ages flocked to the venue, ready to immerse themselves in the heartfelt melodies and lyrics that have resonated with them for over a decade. Derek Sanders, the lead singer of the band, summed it up perfectly during the show when he declared, "Emo songs are alive and well in 2023." The audience couldn't agree more.

As fans filled New Frontier Theatre, the anticipation was palpable. The atmosphere was charged with a mix of excitement and nostalgia, as this concert marked the return of a sound and style that has played a significant role in the lives of many.

The concert kicked off with an energetic performance by the band, opening with their iconic hit, "Oh Well, Oh Well." From the very first chord, the crowd erupted in cheers, and it was clear that this was going to be a night to remember. Derek Sanders' trademark vocals resonated throughout the venue, taking fans on a journey through their favorite memories and emotions.

The setlist was a carefully curated mix of Mayday Parade's classic hits. Fans sang along passionately, each lyric connecting them to the emotions of their past and present. Hits like "Miserable at Best," "Stay," "Terrible Things," and "Kids in Love" struck deep chords, with the crowd singing in unison and some shedding a few tears.

As the concert came to a close, fans were left with a sense of fulfillment and a desire for more, ending it with their most famous song, “Jamie All Over”. Mayday Parade's Manila concert was a testament to the enduring power of music to evoke emotions and memories. The band's unwavering commitment to their signature sound and the loyalty of their fans have kept emo music alive and thriving in 2023.

For those who attended the Mayday Parade concert in Manila, it was a night to cherish and remember. It was a night where the emo spirit was rekindled, and the music that defined a generation was celebrated once again. Emo kids may have grown up, but they showed that the songs that meant so much to them are as alive and well as ever.

Words by Chelsea Gonzales
Photos by Kim Nunez

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