Exhibitions, commissions, transformations and brand spanking new galleries – there was a lot worth looking back in 2018. World Trade Center Metro Manila
hosted most of the most influential art and music events in the country this year, here are some of them:
- Foster The People (January)
Foster The People is an American indie pop band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. It currently consists of lead vocalist Mark Foster, lead guitarist Sean Cimino, keyboardist Isom Innis, and drummer Mark Pontius. After Foster's song "Pumped Up Kicks" became a viral success in 2010, the group received a record deal from Startime International and gained a fanbase through small club shows and appearances at music festivals.
The last time indie music fans had seen Foster The People live was in 2012 when the band launched their first studio album, Torches. Several albums later, they were all set to return to perform new tracks from their latest offering, Sacred Hearts Club.
- The XX by Music Taste (February)
Five years after their first concert in Manila, the xx returned to promote their third album. The xx is an English indie pop band from Wandsworth, London, formed in 2005, consisting of Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals), Jamie Smith, also known as Jamie xx (beats, MPC, record production), and formerly Baria Qureshi (keyboard, guitar).
They are known for their distinct and minimalistic sound that blends indie pop, indie electronic, dream pop and electro-rock. Their unique music style is certainly one of the highlights of this year’s music scene.
- Wanderland Music and Arts Festival (March)
Now a yearly staple for indie music fans, you can always count on Wanderland Music & Arts Festival to fill your summer with independent music from foreign and local artists alike. Wanderland is a 12-hour affair of music, food, and just having a great time in general.
Fulfilling their promise to play in the Philippine terrain, indie folk-rock band Kodaline jumpstarted the line-up as this year’s co-headliner, as well as French multi-instrumentalist, singer, and musician, FKJ, bringing along infectious beats and electronic sounds that will make Wanderers groove to every song. American indie-pop musician, Lauv, was set to “Come Back Home” to his Filipino fans and delivered a performance. There are also Wanderland rookies this year — Basically Saturday Night and Carousel Casualties. Overall, this is a music festival that won't be forgotten soon.
- Manila FAME (April/October)
Manila FAME aspires to promote the Philippines as a reliable sourcing destination for high quality home, fashion, holiday, architectural and interior pieces. It is the country's premier lifestyle and design event. This biannual trade show provides a platform that nurtures creative freedom among creators and showcases the distinct design imprint of the Philippines to the global audience.
- Dutdutan 2018 (September)
Dutdutan is currently the nation’s biggest and grandest annual tattoo exposition, presented by Tribal Gear Philippines. Highlights of Dutdutan include competitions of creativity and innovation among the best tattoo artists in the local scene. Premier inkers battle for prestige in various categories, exhibiting ingenuity and artistic mastery in the field of skin art. The expo also displays exceptional pieces done by sought-after tattoo artists, and the various styles and designs one may choose to get inked.