IN PHOTOS: The Ransom Collective performs at Singapore’s Laneway Festival 2018

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The Ransom Collective is only the second Filipino band selected to join the Singapore lineup of the Australian-based music festival since Cheats in 2016. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Singapore (CNN Philippines) — Flying out of Manila for Singapore’s Laneway Festival feels like a pilgrimage, with its sprawling venue as a hallowed ground for some of the best music acts — established or up-and-coming at a given moment. Future Grammy nominees and winners, current pop royalty, and perennial indie darlings have played on Laneway’s stages.

The magnitude of this isn’t lost on The Ransom Collective, only the second Filipino act selected to join the Singapore lineup of the Australian-based music festival since Cheats in 2016.

Since the Singapore leg started in 2011 in Fort Canning and now, in its present home at Gardens by the Bay, Laneway has evolved into becoming somewhat of a regional powerhouse for live music, and in recent editions, a showcase for musical talent in the Lion City and beyond in Southeast Asia and its neighboring countries.

“Surreal” and “overwhelming” were some words that the six members of the Manila-based indie folk band used to describe the feeling of being included in the 2018 roster, which includes the likes of Anderson .Paak, Father John Misty, The Internet, and (newly minted Grammy Best Rock Album awardee) The War on Drugs.

As if humbled by the sheer reality of it all, lead vocalist Kian Ransom tells the Asian media huddled around the band, “We worked hard to get here, but it doesn’t feel like we belong here.”

Photo-6.jpg The band speaks to members of the Asian press in a roundtable interview held before their mid-afternoon Laneway set. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Photo-25.jpg The band strikes a pose with the iconic facade of Marina Bay Sands standing tall in the background. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Propelled by their hustle, grit, and distinctively jubilant folk sound (a sort of rarity in the Pinoy music scene), the band has come far. To appropriate Drake: started from Wanderland, now they’re here.

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Photo-1.jpg Several local bands, including Laneway Singapore alumni Cheats, play in support of The Ransom Collective in a send-off gig. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Photo-2.jpg The Ransom Collective at their send-off gig, held a week prior to Laneway Singapore. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Photo-5.jpg The Ransom Collective’s jam-packed send-off gig at saGuijo in Makati, filled with fans sending the band their well-wishes. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Photo-16.jpg The Ransom Collective onstage at the 2018 Laneway Festival in Singapore. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Photo-10.jpg Friends and family of the only Pinoy band in the 2018 lineup show their support with placards, banners, and cut out faces of the band members. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

In the words of their anthemic track “Open Road,” The Ransom Collective has taken the “long way … the scenic route,” but most certainly, Laneway is just one of those pleasant “twists and turns.” There’s plenty more to look forward to.

The band’s frontman Kian holds hope not only for themselves in saying, “Knowing the talent in Manila, we’re not gonna be the last Filipino band to play Laneway, I’m sure, and it’s exciting that the whole region is waking up to that.”

“It’s an amazing time to be in the music scene, not just for the band but for everyone in the whole region.”

Photo-11.jpg Leah Halili, bass guitar. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Diptych 1 (1).jpg Muriel Gonzales, violin (left) and Jermaine Choa Peck, percussion. Photos by PAOLO ABAD

Photo-15.jpg Lily Gonzales, keyboard. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Photo-20.jpg Redd Claudio, drummer and Kian Ransom, guitar and lead vocals. Photo by PAOLO ABAD