• Manila’s rock scene comes alive this weekend


    It’s going to be a guitar-screeching, punk-rockin’ weekend as some of the top American rock bands are set to play in Manila’s concert stages this coming 25th and 26th of May.

    Saturday will kick off with the first ever international music and skate festival in the Philippines, which includes the sickest names in the skate and punk genre.

    Circuit Fest 2013: Music and Skate aims to bring the board and strings together, fusing that intense punk-rock raucous with the “I don’t care if I hurt myself” culture of skaters in the local and international community.

    American bands such as We Are The In Crowd, Mayday Parade, Downtown Fiction, This Cetury, All-Star Weekend, A+ Dropouts, and Before You Exit will rock it out with separate live performances, together with flip-tricks and meters-high jumps by skateboard star Riley Hawk and local pro Willy Santos.

    Filipino punk rock enthusiasts will definitely look forward to the performance by Yellowcard, one of the most famous pop-punk, alternative rock bands in the world who first visited the Philippines last February 2011.

    Mark Salling who plays “Puck” in the hit television show Glee will host the event, and the audience should also expect additional performances by youtube sensation, Megan Nicole.

    Gates open at 2 p.m., so make sure you roll down Circuit Makati’s 21-hectare grounds until 12 midnight while the music and skate festivities play all day long.

    One word: Deftones

    But the weekend won’t be over even after Saturday’s Circuit Fest. In fact, it’s just going to get heavier.

    Save your Sunday praises for the much-awaited return of the kings of alternative-rock-metal, Deftones.

    In their second Manila visit, the American alternative metal band is scheduled to hit the stage on May 26 at the World Trade Center, with opening acts from local bands such as Queso, and Splintr.com’s contest winner, Philia.

    Deftones is on tour to promote their seventh studio album, Koi No Yokan, which means “Premonition of Love” in Japanese. ‘Swerve City’ and ‘Tempest’ are some songs featured in the new album, and Deftones’ fans are assured to enjoy the band’s past singles in this Sunday’s event.

    It will be another night of mind-blowing riffs and intense drum beats as Chino Moreno (vocals), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion), Frank Delgado (bass and turntables), and Sergio Vega (bass) from the band Quicksand return to the local stage to deliver their world-renowned melancholy tunes to the hearts of die-hard, Filipino Deftones fans.

    Expect to ride that rollercoaster of emotions brought by the beloved Deftones, as they mourn the passing of their original bassist, Chi Cheng, who fell into a coma after a 2008 car accident that led to his death just last April 13.

    Despite their loss, Deftones has maintained their distinct character that makes their sound diverse and immortal. Since their debut album in 1994, the band has transitioned from their screeching days to a more tamed and sorrowful sound that enable them to connect with music lovers of different generations and genres.

    Without a doubt, their music has put them at par with rock legends such as Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, Foo Fighters, Tool, and Pearl Jam, to name a few.

    From punk to metal, the young and wild Filipino rock community has more than enough reasons to enjoy a weekend of live music performances before reality sets in and back-to-school in June begins.

    Get ready for a weekend of madness as you grind into the mosh pit and feel the Filipino music rock scene live on!


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