8 Ways the “Playback Music Festival”

Will Give You the Ultimate 90s Feels

By Tynne De Leon

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We’re always up for taking trips down memory lane, and the 90s to the early 2000s are definitely one of our favorite eras for throwbacks. From pop culture to fashion trends, these eras never fail to trigger our childhood memories.

Here’s the good news: the first-ever throwback music festival will be held next week in Manila, and it’ll be filled with nostalgic vibes from two decades ago. Feel old and young at the same time as you relive the decade with your favorite 90s and 2000s music—as the artists themselves sing to you live!

Put on on your nostalgia glasses; here are 8 things to expect from this sure-to-be-memorable festival:

Relive the UK boy band fever with Blue

Blue’s song “All Rise”—which smashed music charts in the United Kingdom for years—always reminds us of the bootcut jeans and sweatbands era. Will they sport these early 2000s fashion when they perform live? We’ll find out!


Be next to Leigh Nash of Sixpence None The Richer

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Most 90s kid will remember Sixpence None The Richer through their famous song “Kiss Me”—the soundtrack from the classic romcom, She’s All That. It was on repeat on every radio station back then. We still hear it every Sundays on the radio, but we’re excited to actually watch Leigh Nash sing it live!


Remind yourself why you loved the Vertical Horizon

Vertical Horizon’s “Everything You Want” is definitely your theme song for that grade school crush who doesn’t like you back. It’s the ultimate friend zone song! Sing along with them on the 10th and you’ll be surprised you still know every line.


Go out of your league with Stephen Speaks

“Passenger Seat” and “Out of My League” are still our go-to music whenever we want to feel in love. And it’s more magical when you hear them sing these hits live–whether you have an SO or not.

Recall some past memories with the sawi hits of Moonstar88

Moonstar88’s “Migraine” was the ultimate anthem for one-sided love affairs. The band has been playing for two decades, but every time we hear them live, they still trigger within us a lot of memories.


Sing-along to the old Rivermaya songs

Rivermaya is a classic—one of the groups that dominated the 90s gig scene in PH. Their songs like “Awit ng Kabataan”, “Kisapmata” and “Elisi” were our ultimate jam up until the early 2000s, and we’ll definitely sing along to these songs today!


Feel the acoustic soul of MYMP

The chill acoustic music of MYMP were pure earworms especially during the early 2000s, with most of their songs being featured in TV series and commercials. The band may have changed their vocalist, but the vibe still remain.


Travel back in time with all the 90s activities during the festival

Aside from the awesome lineup, the whole venue will transform into a whole 90s playground. You can relive your childhood with their arcade zone, photo booth filled with 90s posters, movie screenings of your favorite 90s films, and even chill stations with hammocks—just like in the camp scenes from those 90s movies!


Which part gets you excited the most? Share with us in the comments below!

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