Philippine music festivals and underground gigs seem to be all the hype nowadays. It’s a great thing for more people, especially the youth, to be interested or taking an interest in the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) industry.
I’ll be featuring a music festival + food bazaar called “Unplugged”. It is organized by De La Salle University’s Business Management Society (BMS). They aim to motivate, innovate, and inspire people by promoting not only local music, but also startup food businesses, and charity.
BMS provides educational materials to Mano Amiga, a non-profit company working to help people in need. They can be found in Minnesota, certain Mexico states, and the like. In the Philippines, Mano Amiga Academy, located in Taguig City, is encouraging families living in poverty to transform their lives, and break out through the provision of education and development services. Through Unplugged, they will be donating a portion of their profit to their services.
Now as an avid music lover and gig goer, this definitely has gotten me sold; because not only do they have a good line-up of local acts, I get to support and try out new food businesses (BECAUSE WHO DOESN’T LOVE FOOD?!), and also aid in a beneficiary that promotes social transformation (holla at my course aka Development Studies). But wait, who exactly will be playing?
I’m really excited because I love the main acts, especially Tom’s Story! I also can’t wait to hear these other names part of the Shameless Plug and the rest!
Also a list of the food concessionaires:
My stomach is ready.
NOW HOLD UP!!!
What’s that? Never really gone to a gig before? Maybe you’re asking these kinds of questions:
- What happens?
- Around what time should I be there?
- Oh no! What am I supposed to wear?
Never fear! Lexy’s here (ugh, why) to give you a rundown on Music Festivals 101.
You hang out with friends, just chilling (or dancing), listening to music, eating/drinking, and socializing. No pressure at all; all you have to do is to appreciate the type of music you like to hear.
Around what time should I be there?
If you’re the type of person that likes to go out to party, then you’re used to arriving at a much later time. What’s different about music festivals is that the program usually starts right away and people are more particular about the music they hear. Depending on which band/artist you’d like to see, there’s a certain time slot they play at; whether they’re the opener or the last act, you never really know unless they release a schedule (which isn’t often). I like to get to know more bands so I either come on time and wait for the set-up OR I come at the time I’d expect the headliner or my favorite band to play. Since this is also a food bazaar, I’m coming to check ’em out before people flood the stalls!
Oh no! What am I supposed to wear?
Anything comfy. That lazy outfit you wear when you’re not in the mood? Yeah.
I’m not kidding. I’ve gone to a gig in a pambahay t-shirt and maong shorts… Alright, so MAYBE my idea of lazy outfit could be different from yours. Although I do some shoots here and there, I’m not very particular with fashion. So if you want to come to a music festival in style, think of the ultimate comfortable/stylish/casual clothes you can think of. If you’re thinking of Coachella, that’s one perfect example, but really, bottom line is: be you. (Although I advise against wearing 4-inch+ stilettos.)
Now don’t focus too hard on your computer/gadget’s screen, it’s not gonna tell you who you are; that’s everybody’s battle. 😉 Haha! Here are a couple of my good friends and I showing some pegs you can work with:
We’re all smiles! Usually the first thing you take into consideration (other than comfort) is the venue/time. Will it be during the day or the night? In an open area or will it be air-conditioned? Unplugged will be held at 6pm, Track 30th BGC which is an open area at night, and depending on the Philippines’ ever bipolar weather, it’ll either be warm or cold.
You obviously don’t have to be limited to just pants/dresses/shorts/skirts. Bring out the beanies and baseball caps (in case you were wondering, yes, I’m a baseball fan) along with your joggers, khaki shorts, or even yoga pants! Make everyone jealous of how chill / comfortable you look.
…. We’re so cool.
March 12, 2016 (Saturday) | 6PM Onwards
Track 30th Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Door charge is P180 so whattaya waiting for?!
Save the date!
Can’t wait! I’ll be posting another related post after the event, so stay tuned. Is this your first music festival? Got any questions? Comment below or just message Unplugged’s Facebook Page!