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Ben&Ben, Itchyworms, Bullet Dumas come together for Leyte

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Catch your favorite OPM artists at For The Love of Leyte, a music and arts festival on November 30 to December 1

IV of Spades set to play at Clockenflap in Hong Kong

Oct 20, 2018 - 11:13 AM

The festival will run from November 9 to 11

IV OF SPADES. The trio is playing at Clockenflap. Photo from

Watch your favorite OPM act live during this BGC music festival

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Pinoy Playlist 2018 is a 6-day musical festival featuring that runs during two weekends in October

Sarah Geronimo to perform in music festival in Japan

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:32 PM

Sarah will be performing with other artists from around the region

SARAH GERONIMO. The pop star is representing the Philippines in the ASEAN-Japan Music Festival. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

7 dead, 5 in coma after taking drugs at Vietnam music festival

Sep 17, 2018 - 5:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'Police investigators are trying to figure out what type of drug that was,' deputy director of Hanoi police Nguyen Van Vien tells reporters

LISTEN: All the Philpop Top 30 songs

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Which song is your favorite?

IN PHOTOS: Your Pinoy rock faves share the stage at Orange & Lemons’s Moonlane Festival

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Moonlane Festival’s solid lineup, curated by Orange & Lemons, was a mix of longtime favorites as well as up-and-comers.

ORANGE & LEMONS. The band celebrated the re-release of their 15 year-old debut album, ‘Love in the Land of Rubber Shoes & Dirty Ice Cream,’ and brought friends along to play for Moonlane, a day-long music festival. All photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Meet the Philpop 2018 semi-finalists from Visayas and Mindanao

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'If you give us an open door, then we will show up'

Lorde, SZA and more rock Jakarta’s We The Fest 2018

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The 2018 edition of the Indonesian music festival boasted a massive lineup that included Vince Staples, Miguel, James Bay, Honne, Eric Nam and more

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

COA finds Montano’s P12M contracts questionable

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Montano approves the contracts for Intramuros and a music festival without a go-signal from the board, and in one instance, he disregards approval of the winning bidder and negotiates directly with the losing bidder instead

QUESTIONABLE CONTRACTS. Cesar Montano's contracts with performers and music festival organizers in 2017 are flagged by auditors for violating procurement and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) rules. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra wins Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The MSJO ties with Israel's Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna String Orchestra for the top prize

Photo by Miracle Romano

1 dead, 3 injured as van hits pedestrians near Dutch music festival

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:37 PM

The driver flees the scene following the incident at about 4:00 am (0200 GMT) by the Pinkpop Festival in the southern town of Landgraaf, near the German border

Your Rakrakan Festival survival guide

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Are you ready for the biggest OPM music fest in the country?

Playback Music Festival: a retrospective

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:00 PM

It was a night of throwbacks and nostalgia for those who eagerly returned to the nineties

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Fire Underwater

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:19 PM

The band is playing at Rappler HQ ahead of the UP Fair

Beyonce, The Weeknd, Eminem headline Coachella 2018

Jan 04, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Hold on to your flower crowns, because this year’s lineup is insane

BOW DOWN. Beyonce is one of the headliners in this year's festival. Screengrab from

Duterte on Trudeau, MRT3 accident, ASEAN music festival canceled | Midday wRap

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:27 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 15, 2017

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Hi! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

PH, foreign performers react to canceled ASEAN Music Festival

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:02 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Filipino and foreign performers who were at the festival – Ben&Ben, The Ransom Collective, Nading Rhapsody, and more – speak up about the cancellation

BEN&BEN. The Filipino folk-pop band is among the acts that were part of the ASEAN Music Festival lineup. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ASEAN Music Festival canceled as people faint from overcrowding

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:30 PM

(5th UPDATE) Makati police chief Senior Superintendent Gerardo Umayao says the event was canceled because 'people began passing out'

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Eint Chit, Nading Rhapsody, Nimith & Sophea

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:53 PM

These Southeast Asian acts are jamming at Rappler HQ before the ASEAN Music Festival!

The week in photos: September 30-October 6, 2017

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SLUTWALK. Women's rights activists march against gender inequalities during what the organizers called 'the third annual Amber Rose SlutWalk' in downtown Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2017. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Robredo, Faeldon, Paddock | Midday wRap

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Fyre Festival organizer arrested for wire fraud

Jul 01, 2017 - 4:22 PM

William McFarland promised a life changing music festival but in actuality delivered a disaster says US attorney Joon Kim

Guide: Stages at Fête de la Musique 2017

Jun 11, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Check out maps of Fête de la Musique 2017 stages here Which stage are you hitting up?

IN PHOTOS: Wanderland 2017

Mar 08, 2017 - 4:31 PM

See photos of The Ting Tings The Temper Trap Woodlock Up Dharma Down and many more at Wanderland 2017

Free classes, workshops at Makiling Music Festival, March 5-7

Mar 01, 2017 - 6:37 PM

[PRESS RELEASE] The 3 day music festival is free and open to the public

GoodVybes Fest: We have paid Passion Pit's agency

Feb 20, 2017 - 10:49 PM

UPDATED Our lawyers are working on the appropriate actions for those who have made slanderous and libelous statements says GoodVybes after Passion Pit s Michael Angelakos says he has not yet been paid for his 2016 performance

Rakrakan 2017 hopes to remove stigma with anti-drugs theme

Jan 07, 2017 - 1:50 PM

The Rakrakan 2017 music festival is themed OPM Against Drugs

FULL LIST: Wanderland 2017 lineup

Dec 20, 2016 - 10:35 AM

The Temper Trap and The Ting Tings headline Wanderland Music Festival 2017

“Jamming with Bach and Friends” at the Classics at the Hill Year 2

Jun 17, 2016 - 10:49 PM

PRESS RELEASE The 2016 Baguio Summer Music Festival features award winning young music artists Andrew Constantino and Gabriel Allan Paguirigan

Young Baguio musicians to perform in Acoustic Adagietto

May 19, 2016 - 1:02 PM

The concert features soprano Stefanie Quintin and guitarist Anton Luis Avila

Robin Thicke won't be coming to Manila for Summer Sun Music Festival

Apr 28, 2016 - 10:02 PM

I feel so bad I have to apologize for not being able to make the show Robin says

epa05194960 US singer Robin Thicke performs during the Java Jazz Festival 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia, 04 March 2016. EPA/MAST IRHAM

'King of Congolese rumba' Papa Wemba dies

Apr 25, 2016 - 12:07 AM

Papa Wemba one of Africa s greatest music stars dies Sunday after collapsing on stage during a festival in the Ivory Coast

PAPA WEMBA. Papa Wemba, aka the 'king of Congolese rumba,' died after collapsing during a set in the early hours of Sunday at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. This photo is a still from the music video for his song 'Yolele.' Screengrab from YouTube/Real World Records

Robin Thicke to headline Summer Sun Music Festival in Manila

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:13 PM

The Blurred Lines singer is set to perform at the Summer Sun Music Festival with Fedde Le Grand Shogun Jonn Hart and more

epa05194961 US singer Robin Thicke performs during the Java Jazz Festival 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia, 04 March 2016. EPA/MAST IRHAM

IN PHOTOS: Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa thrill PH crowd at Paradise International Music Festival

Apr 11, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Paradise International Music Festival headliners Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa play amazing sets alongside Austin Mahone 4th Impact Up Dharma Down Rudimental Itchyworms and more

Photos by Stephen Lavoie/Rappler

WATCH: Kanye West performs 'Famous' live for the first time in PH, gives speech about it

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Kanye performs the controversial track which references Taylor Swift live for the first time in Manila s Paradise International Music Festival – thrice

'FAMOUS.' Kanye West debuts a live performance of the controversial track that references Taylor Swift. Photo by Stephen Lavoie/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Kanye West performs for PH crowd at Paradise International Music Festival

Apr 10, 2016 - 9:53 AM

Yeezy has graced Manila with a spectacular show

YEEZY. Kanye West performs at Paradise International Music Festival. Photo by Stephen Lavoie/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 4th Impact performs at Paradise International Music Festival

Apr 09, 2016 - 8:27 PM

The Filipino girl group wows fans with their powerful vocals at Paradise IMF

4TH IMPACT. Sisters Almira, Mylene, Irene, and Celina belt it out on the Paradise International Music Festival stage. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

LOOK: Kanye West arrives in Manila

Apr 09, 2016 - 9:38 AM

The rapper is in Manila for Paradise International Music Festival where he is headliner alongside Wiz Khalifa

KANYE WEST. The rapper arrives in Manila for Paradise International Music Festival. Screengrab from Twitter/@ParadiseIMF

[Playlist] Paradise IMF: Watch these amazing live performances from the acts

Apr 08, 2016 - 3:40 PM

You may have heard their amazing tracks but how are the acts of Paradise International Music Festival live? Watch some videos of their live performances here

KANYE AND WIZ. Rappers Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa headline the first-ever Paradise International Music Festival. Photos by Ferdy Damman (Kanye West), Steve C Mitchell (Wiz Khalifa)/EPA

Wiz Khalifa to perform at Paradise International Music Festival

Mar 21, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Wiz Khalifa joins the Paradise IMF line up led by Kanye West Afrojack Rudimental Austin Mahone and more

File photo by Steve C Mitchell/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie, and more thrill fans at Wanderland 2016

Mar 06, 2016 - 8:44 PM

The Naked and Famous CRWN and Jess Connelly San Cisco Panama Cheats and others also made the 2016 edition unforgettable

Playlist: CHVRCHES, Passion Pit to headline GoodVybes Fest 2016

Feb 18, 2016 - 3:42 PM

Indie pop duo Oh Wonder Montreal based rockers Stars and ex Daft Punk manager Busy P join them along with other stellar local musicians and international DJs Here is our roundup of tracks to help you gear up for the festival

British indie band Viola Beach die in Swedish car crash

Feb 14, 2016 - 8:03 PM

UPDATED Viola Beach s car hit a barrier and plunged off a canal bridge in Stockholm

Screengrab from Facebook/Viola Beach

Laneway Festival SG releases 2016 lineup, including PH band Cheats

Sep 22, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Indie rock band Cheats is the first PH act to play for the regional music powerhouse festival The lineup also includes Flume CHVRCHES Beach House and more

A wrap up of Invasion Tour Davao

Aug 23, 2015 - 4:46 PM

Davao was the first stop in this year’s Invasion Tour and it was awesome

LIVE: Invasion Tour Davao 2015

Aug 21, 2015 - 5:18 PM

Davao is the first stop on Spectrum Philippines’ Invasion Tour Check out how it went

Chris Brown promoter Mike Roda detained by Immigration

Jul 24, 2015 - 4:52 PM

UPDATED Chris Brown s Filipino Canadian concert promoter John Michael Pio Roda is apprehended by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration on immigration violations

IN PHOTOS: Closeup Forever Summer 2015

May 17, 2015 - 6:37 PM

Closeup s summer music event is back

Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler