Best Concerts of 2017
By Karina Sitaldas
We’re about to enter 2018’s concert season and we can’t wait for all the amazing shows to come! But before that, let’s do a throwback to 2017 – which proved to be a fantastic year for concert-goers in the Philippines. We had some amazing international artists come to our side of the world just to share some of their greatest hits, and we couldn’t be happier about it.. We mean… we got to see bands that we’ve been waiting to see live in Manila after forever, what could be better? Here are 8 of the best concerts that we got to watch in 2017:
Coldplay: “A Head Full Of Dreams”
Coldplay in Manila was without a doubt the best concert of 2017. The tickets may have cost an arm and a leg — but at the end of the day, it was so worth it. Anyone who was at that show will agree that it wasn’t just a concert, it was way more than that. When you combine Chris Martin’s voice, the energy, the light effects, the fireworks, and Coldplay fans from all over; you get a night of pure undeniable Magic.
The Chainsmokers: “Memories… Do Not Open”
If you were at the show in September, we don’t need to tell you how epic their set was… and if you weren’t there, you probably had pangs of jealousy watching all the Instagram stories and snaps of this show. Everybody in attendance was on a different kind of music high, singing along and dancing the night away with the DJ duo. Only The Chainsmokers could pull off playing Disney songs as part of their set, and still have everybody on their feet, having the time of their lives.
Last year’s Wanderland was amazing, despite the new venue that not too many of us were thrilled about. The theme they went with was a jungle adventure, and they took a more Instrumental Indie approach to it. They had International bands like LANY (which the Philippines now cannot get enough of), Woodstock, The Temper Trap, and Explosions in the Sky, among many others, and they also had local acts like Tom’s Story (which has gained a lot of hype in the past year, and for good reason), Reese Lansangan, and others. Just like all the past Wanderland Festivals, it was filled with good vibes, friendly people, and incredible music.
Britney Spears Live in Manila
If the fact that concert-goers continued the singing outside the arena and creating their own mini concert isn’t an indication that it is was an amazing concert, then we don’t know what is. Britney took us back to the 2000’s with lots of her classic hits like “…Baby One More Time,” “Oops!.. I Did It Again,” and “Toxic,” just to name a few. From the second she got on stage until her very last second of performing, she gave it her all, and gave us a show to remember forever.
LANY in Manila
LANY first came to the Philippines to perform at Wanderland in March and based on how much love they got from their Filipino fans (because obviously, we’re the best fans in the world), they came back to perform in a bunch of Ayala malls the following August, and they showed us what a good time really means. Their lead singer Paul even broke it down with kilig-worthy moves. Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait long to see more of those.
Phoenix: Ti Amo Tour
Wow. We still have no words when we think back to what an amazing time Phoenix showed us. It was an energy-filled performance by the band, which had everybody dancing, jumping, and singing along to their every word — which of course made them really happy. In exchange, we got an exclusive performance of Fior Di Latte which they hadn’t performed live before. As a treat at the end of the show, we even got their lead singer, Thomas Mars attempting to crowd surf.
In The Mix 2017
In The Mix brought us a combination of well-known artists like 5 Seconds of Summer, Two Door Cinema Club, DNCE and Zara Larsson, and artists that we had no idea would blow up like Daya, Dua Lipa. They were so full of life and energy, and all the performers gave us something unique to remember each of them by. Just like lots of other things, In the Mix keeps getting better through the years. We can’t wait to see what the lineup will be like for 2018.
Oh Wonder Live in Manila
Oh Wonder Live was one of those concerts that even though you went into the concert just knowing two or three of their most popular songs, you came out with an LSS of pretty much every single one of their songs. Trust us — every single song that they sang ended up in our most played on Spotify for this year.
What was the best one for you? Tell us about them below!