Our music scene is no stranger to music festivals. From seeing the most sought-after international bands in the flesh to discovering rising homegrown artists, music fans cash in just to experience the epic atmosphere that only these open-air, multi-act events can bring. So, when we heard that Tagaytay Art Beat, an annual arts and music festival, is coming back for its third installment, our inner gig enthusiast couldn't resist.
Unlike the bigger festivals which fly in global musical acts, Tagaytay Art Beat's charm lies in its fully local lineup of musicians and artists and its intimate venue in the form of Museo Orlina, home of renowned artist Ramon Orlina's glass masterpieces.
With this one of a kind fusion of arts and music, we eagerly packed light, prepped our aptly all-local playlist, and drove up south. Of course, our ride of choice, the spacious and stylish Ford Ecosport, made our much-needed road trip smooth and easy!
As soon as we set foot at Museo Orlina, we knew we wouldn't be disappointed. We were instantly welcomed by a gallery of pieces from Tagaytay Art Beat's featured young artists whose works will be on display until August 2018. Live mural paintings from Jappy Agoncillo, Dee Jae Paeste, Miggy Antonio, and Aral Cru also satisfied our artsy souls throughout the day.
Outside the museum, music fans gathered at the Ampitheater to watch their favorite local acts perform from high noon to past midnight. It paid to arrive on time because we got to see Munimuni, a band praised for their "makata pop" sound, play an early set. Other acts got our afternoon groove going such as the stunning kalimba artist Bea Lorenzo, the bluesy quartet UBE, and the high-energy rock outfit Oh, Flamingo!
On the roofdeck, we got to chill in between sets while sipping whiskey and jamming to DJs Jessica Milner, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, TMACVIBE, and mikecons.
Come dusk, we joined the entire crowd as we sang and danced along to Autotelic followed by big leaguers and iconic OPM bands Mayonnaise, Hale, and The Itchyworms. It was already midnight when band of the moment Ben&Ben took the stage, but no one pumped the audience up as much as they did. Singing along to every heart-wrenching word, we knew our night was made when they played the sawi anthem, "Kathang Isip."
After fifteen hours of live music, the night ended on a high note with closing performances from Reese Lansangan and Tom's Story. We sadly missed lineup fixtures The Ransom Collective and Farewell Fair Weather this year due to unexpected conflicts. Nevertheless, it was yet another impressive round from the team behind Tagaytay Art Beat, and we're already looking forward to the next one! For a quick visual recap, let us take you through the art and music affair of the season with our video below!
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Photos from Tagaytay Art Beat PR Team
Special Thanks to Ford Philippines