All-girl band Flying Ipis to represent PH at music festival in Texas

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Filipino band Flying Ipis will perform at the South by Southwest music festival in Texas on March 18.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Filipino all-girl band Flying Ipis will represent the Philippines at the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas from March 11 to 20.

Flying Ipis is set to rock the SXSW stage on March 18.

They are the third Filipino band that has been invited to play at SXSW. The first two Filipino acts who have previously performed at the music festival are Turbo Goth and Taken By Cars.

SXSW is an annual event held in Texas which aims to educate and inspire musicians. It is seen as a "premier destination for discovery" because the festival showcases around 2,000 musical acts from all over the globe.

Flying Ipis bassist Tanya Singh, who spoke on behalf of the band, told CNN Philippines they are looking forward to their SXSW stint.

"We're very excited to go there... it's our first gig in the U.S.," said Singh. "We'll play our original songs. Hopefully we can perform two Tagalog songs."

She said that the band is fortunate to have been chosen as one of the thousands of bands who will perform at the SWSX.

Singh added that this opportunity might eventually lead to more gigs and bookings for the band in the U.S.

Raising funds for the trip

The indie garage punk band, along with their manager, is scheduled to leave for Texas on March 10.

However, they will need to come up with around P400,000 to cover their expenses, including visa processing fees and transportation costs, and allowances that they might need for the trip.

To help them cover the target amount, the group will stage a series of fund raisers in three venues:

February 17 - 12 Monkeys: Pledge Night

February 24 - BSide: People Power Gig

March 4 - Saguijo: Send-off party

Other bands, such as The Buildings, Read Between the Lions, Slow Hello, and Squid 9, will also perform at the fund-raising events.

Singh also said members of the Filipino community in Texas have reached out and are willing to provide any help during their stay there.

Fans of the band and people who would want to donate to the band's cause can log on to ArtisteConnect.com.

Aside from Singh, the other members of Flying Ipis are Deng Garcia (lead vocals), Ymi Sy (guitar), and Gaki Azurin (drums).

They broke into the local music scene in 2010 and released a full-length album in 2013.

Over the course of their music career, they have produced several hits: "Past is Past,B----!" "Lundagin Mo, Beybi," "Sssikreto," and "This Song is Not About You."

The band announced the news that they would be performing at the SXSW music festival in December 2015.