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Exciting concert season

Concert promoters confirmed only a few numbers of shows to be staged in local performance venues from February to April, which is also known as the Manila concert season. In the same period last year, the local concert circuit was alive with more than 20 foreign acts including big music stars such as Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne and Simple Plan, to name a few. They staged sold arenas and dazzled Pinoy fans who partied and sang along with their popular hits. Local artists also had a great year as they made their presence felt scheduling shows in smaller venues one after another. Around a dozen foreign acts are confirmed to perform on local concert stages this concert season, obviously it’s a fewer number compared last year, yet this still makes avid concertgoers brimming with excitement. American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez will be back at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for a Valentine concert. She is joined by another AI finalist, Colton Dixon. Jessica’s one-night show rivals the Foursome Valentine’s Day Concert of Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, and real life couple Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez at the SM MOA Arena. It’s good to note that the Foursome ticket price is half cheaper compared to Jessica’s VIP seats which are sold at P10,560 each. The next day, American rock band Paramore will be at the SM MOA Arena. The band shares the stage with upcoming rock group mewithoutyou, as its support act. On Feb. 16, American post-hardcore bands Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens will hold a back-to-back concert at the SM City North Edsa Skydome. On the same day as well, Korean pop star Psy headlines Ang Tanging Family Valentine Gangnam Style. The show is billed by Ai Ai delas Alas with the special participation of comedic duo, Wally Bayola and Jose Manalo. Ending the love month with his “Reelin’ and A-Rockin” show, British pop icon Cliff Richard will serenade the fans of old school ballads as he returns to Manila for a one-night performance at the Big Dome. After his successful debut on local concert stage, American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert, will hold his second gig in the country on March 1 at the SM MOA Arena. The Manila concert is one of the pit stops of his “Trespassing” world tour. Again at the Arena, pop-punk/alternative rock bands Miss May I, Of Mice and Men, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk, We Start Partys, Sum 41, and All Time Low will join forces for the second edition of Smash Project happening on March 8. Journey’s Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and our very own Arnel Pineda return to the country on March 21. From the SM MOA Concert Grounds in 2009, the group will share its classic and hit songs with its Filipino fans this time at the MOA Arena. The Script, the Irish alternative rock band behind the hits “Breakeven” and “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” will raise the roof of the Big Dome with its one-night-only show at the Big Dome on March 31. Another exciting show to hit the Philippine shores is the concert tentatively scheduled in April. “Call Me Maybe” singer Carla Rae Jepsen is slated to stage a concert at the newly built Globe Circuit Events Ground in Makati City.
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