• Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jose Gonzalez concerts in 2014

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    Paul John Caña

    Paul John Caña

    With just over a week to go before the end of the year people are already looking forward to 2014. Music-philes, in particular are spoiled for choice with the wealth of foreign acts expected to perform here in Manila in the first quarter of the 2014.

    Indie pop duo Capital Cities kicks things off with performances at Alabang Town Center on January 11 and Marquee Mall and TriNoMa on January 12. Phoenix finally realize their date with Manila at the World Trade Center January 21. Also on that date, the Voice Season One finalist Dia Frampton makes a return engagement at the Hard Rock Café, this time with her sister, Meg.

    Indie rock artists Mogwai and Warpaint play for the hipster crowds February 13, followed by The National and Youth Lagoon one week later on February 20. Both will be held at the Metrotent at Metrowalk, Pasig City. In between, Mrs. Chad Kroeger herself, Avril Lavigne, plays for the Sk8r Boi’s and gals February 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Bruno Mars also returns to Manila on March 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The big news, however, concerns two international music festivals to be held in two separate venues outside Mega Manila. The inaugural edition of the 7107 International Music Festival will happen at the Global Gateway Logistics City in Clark, Pampanga.

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been announced as headlining act. That should get all those fanboys and girls drooling over the “Californication” rockers. Over at Oriental Mindoro, the annual Malasimbo festival happens February 27 to March 2, with Swedish acoustic sensation Jose Gonzalez as marquee act.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m getting dizzy just thinking about all of these big name artists. Plenty of other smaller-scale shows are scheduled during the first quarter. It would be interesting to see whether audiences will fork over enough cash to catch their favorite acts in the flesh, or if concert fatigue starts setting in and people just give up and stay home. One thing’s for sure though, the Philippines has never had it so good in terms of big-name artists dropping by and playing for their fans, so if these announced acts are anything to go by, 2014 should be a stellar year for live music in general. Stay tuned.

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    Speaking of live music, one of Asia’s most important music festivals is back. Music Matters 2014 happens from May 22 to 24 in the Lion City and they’re sounding the call for local artists and musicians to participate. As the Asian music scene continues to heat up at an accelerated speed, Music Matters Live continues to connect the industry and fans with a dynamic line-up of international and local bands. For three nights, over 60 bands from 20 countries will play over 160 shows in venues across Singapore.

    Music Matters Live is the music festival component of the award-winning Music Matters conference. Dubbed “TED meets SXSW” by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, Music Mattersincorporates DigitalMatters and Social Media Matters and will take place from May 20 to 25 at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore.

    In just eight years, Music Matters has succeeded in becoming a globalplatform representing the Asia Pacific music industry and a gateway for artists looking to breakinto the world’s most populated region.

    Jasper Donat, CEO of organisers Branded Ltd.said: “We see tremendous value in what Music Matters Live can do for new and breakout artists by providing a unique gateway into the Asian market and Asian audiences. Music Matters had opened many doors of opportunities for musicians and bands over the past years with our Academy mentoring programme, valuable networking opportunities with label executives from around the globe and a chance to tap into the vibrant music scene here in Asia.

    Applications for Music Matters Live are now open, but entryrequirements are stringent, performing artists are carefully selected and picked from more than300 applications each year.”

    Music Matters Live had previously hosted acts like Simple Plan (Canada),Jezabels (Australia), Boyce Avenue (USA), Katie Noonan (Australia), Gurrumul (Australia),Prata Vetra (Latvia), Kate Miller-Heidke (Australia), Little Boots (UK), Electrico (Singapore),flumpool (Japan), Kreva (Japan), Drunken Tiger (Korea), Indus Creed (India), Nidji(Indonesia), Faber Drive (Canada) and many others. Artists and musicians from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Latvia, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, UK and USA and more had performed at Music Matters Live over the years.

    Artists who want to perform at Music Matters Live, may contact .sammy@branded.asia.Submissions close on January 17, 2014.For more information on Music Matters Live, visit musicmatterslive.com.Email pjcana@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter @pauljohncana.

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