Updated 13:13 PM PHT Thu, January 5, 2017
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This 2017, Fusion Philippines Music Festival comes out with the third edition of continuing its vision of “voicing the imagination of a better nation” through Filipino music.
Last year’s installment tapped into “millennial” sensibilities, empowering the youth to acknowledge and take on the role of hope for the future. Fusion’s theme this year — “Forward,” which the 2017 festival has attached to its name — stays true to its patriotic essence by looking ahead and looking “forward to a better future, united in songs and spirit.”
Fusion promises a “monumental” experience by bringing fans up and close to their favorite OPM stars, both emerging and established — popstar royalty Sarah Geronimo, Asia’s songbird Regine Velasquez, rock icon Bamboo, Pinoy rap pioneer Andrew E., pop-rock queen Yeng Constantino, ‘90s legend Aegis, former Urbandub vocalist Gabby Alipe, and one of the nation’s most in-demand love teams, James Reid and Nadine Lustre. Also playing are rock bands and university favorites 6cyclemind, Gracenote, and Callalily, as well as indie darlings The Ransom Collective and Miles Experience.
Audiences can also revel in the voices of acoustic duo Migz & Maya, and The Voice kids Kyle Echanrri and Lyca Gairanod, and the moves of budding dance star Yassi Pressman among others.
The festival also gives way to upcoming talent in the realm of rock, pop, and hip-hop by showcasing the winners of the talent search Alab: The Independent Musician Rising Awards. The contest prides itself in its openness to independent artists outside of any industry networks, by providing them a sustainable boost in their career — cash prize, talent management, a record deal, artist grooming, and a performance spot in Fusion 2017. The champions will be revealed on the night of the concert.
Besides big supporters from the music industry (such as FILSCAP) and media agency giants (Carat Philippines), Fusion Forward made sure to include youth organizations such as as the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants in NCR, UP Communication Research Society, and Junior Financial Executives of Polytechnic University of the Philippines. With the festival’s roster of artists sweeping across the whole OPM timeline, it’s sure to be a celebration enjoyed by all ages.
Fusion 2017 will be held on Jan. 27 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. The show will start at 3 p.m. and tickets are available for ₱2,000 for VIP, ₱1,000 for Gold, and ₱300 for Silver. Tickets can be purchased online at SM Tickets and TicketNet.
UPDATE: The bands Slapshock, Fourth Impact, and Upeepz are no longer part of the line-up.