MANILA, Philippines – All it took was one tweet from Manila Concert Scene to get the fans excited:
You guys love COLDPLAY right?— Manila Concert Scene (@Manilaconcerts) December 5, 2012
The tweet, posted at 6:57 pm on December 5, has been retweeted more than 500 times, proof that Filipino fans are more than excited to have the British band on Philippine shores.
In January this year, actor-entrepreneur Marvin Agustin said in a report posted in mb.com.ph that his concert production company, Futuretainment, hoped to bring Coldplay, Madonna and U2 to the country in 2012. (Futuretainment brought Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus and Bruno Mars to Manila in 2011.)
The interview was done a month after news of a Coldplay 2012 Manila concert turned out to be a hoax, when a concert poster that circulated on social media turned out to be fake. According to a report posted by gmanetwork.com in December 2011, the poster was a Computer Graphics project of student Roe Alfaro.
Dayly Entertainment appeared to be the concert promoter. The news got so big that “Coldplay in Manila” reportedly trended on Twitter.
“Usually, if an artist is on tour or going on tour, promoters get to bid,” said freelance concert publicist Louie Barretto to Rappler.
“That’s been floating around for a long time, that Coldplay will come. But I’ll believe it when I see it!”
As of press time, the Coldplay website has no listing of an Asian tour in 2013. The latest performance they announced is a benefit concert in New York for Hurricane Sandy victims “that will stream worldwide” on the week of December 10.
The Manila Concert Scene tweet turned out to be a crowd sourcing question: They were putting together a wish list of artists that Filipinos want to watch in Manila in 2013, both local and foreign.
Another tweet posted 10:01 pm on December 5 revealed the results, and Coldplay was on top of the Bands list:
Concert promoters, organizers, venue owners and concert-goers, listen up! Here’s the result of our… fb.me/MYqof1w0— Manila Concert Scene (@Manilaconcerts) December 5, 2012
Other bands in the list are Aerosmith, Bloc Party, The Eraserheads and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Solo acts listed include Adele, John Mayer, Carly Rae Jepsen and Britney Spears. (See the complete list here.) – Rappler.com