MANILA -- Prepare for the psychopomp.
Top American dream pop artist Japanese Breakfast will headline the second edition of Summer Noise. The one-day music festival is pegged on May 18 at Circuit Makati Concert Grounds in Makati City.
Japanese Breakfast is the music project of Korean-American musician Michelle Zauner whose two studio albums, "Psychopomp" and "Soft Sounds from Another Planet," have garnered international acclaim. The melancholic songs sung to shoegaze arrangements have resonated well with fans with the albums making many year-end best of releases.
Zauner’s videos have been not only artsy but also ambitious, likewise garnering the nods of critics and fans.
Other international acts slated to perform include American indie rock outfit Turnover, Australian psych-pop trio Last Dinosaurs, Thai singer- songwriter Phum Viphurit, and Norwegian sensation Jakob Ogawa.
Also participating in Summer Noise are regional acts Sobs and Subsonic Eye from Singapore, Manic Sheep and SEN from Taiwan, and the Philippines’ very own Up Dharma Down (UDD), Cynthia Alexander, Sheila and the Insects, tide/edit, The Ringmaster and Uprising.
"Our goal with Summer Noise is to showcase established and independent musicians from various countries, particularly within the region and beyond, and foster talents that
are rarely given the platform to share their music at large-scale events," festival co-founder Mary Christine Galang shares.
"We believe this to be an incredible opportunity to not only produce a high-quality music festival but keep the spirit of grassroots community that we've built throughout almost four years in the industry, which we believe to be what sets us apart from other music events in the country, and hopefully expand that ethos throughout the Asian region and beyond. In the long run, we want to nurture a community that celebrates diversity, representation and cultural pride."
Summer Noise has always been an advocate of representation and diversity, hence, promoting the accessibility of concert-going experience to the deaf community.
"We will have Filipino Sign Language (FSL) interpretation as part of our program. We strive to ensure that our shows are inclusive and provide a safe space literally and also figuratively, to express our individuality without compromising our values," Galang points out.
On top of the non-conventional programming, expect a burst of culture and color as Summer Noise offers a curated bazaar space supporting local brands, products and startups.
There is also a spot for curated and sponsored art installations with works ranging from large format canvass to mobile displays.