Highlights: Jack Daniel’s Future Legends Indie Fest

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‘Hindi natin kailangan ng International act para mapuno ang Circuit’, Jensen and the Flips’ frontman Jensen Gomez said as they wrapped up their set. With 38 bands, most of which were carefully selected by the different gig productions, the Jack Daniel’s Future Legends Indie Fest proved that point.

The recent music festival mishap (resulting to 5 deaths) had the Makati PNP on alert the entire night, on the look out for any suspicious activities. Their presence was felt the moment you enter the venue with the thorough bag inspections which was a good call for the organizers. Everyone were cooperative and went through the security checks without hassles.

Attendees were anticipating a downpour but instead, it rained support, good vibes, and that united aura of the local indie music fans that were usually evident at the small bars like Route 196, Saguijo, and Mow’s. Knowing the kind of crowd these bars get nowadays, you know that you are with good company of youngsters and young at heart who champions the local independent scene.

BP Valenzuela at the main stage.

Circuit Makati housed the three JD Future Legends Indie Fest stage: the Barrel House stage which featured performances from indie scene favorites like Reese Lansangan, Fools & Foes, Run Dorothy, Oh, Flamingo!, and Jensen and the Flips; the On The Rocks stage with performances by acts with heavier sound like Curbside, Runway Crimes, Peso Movement, and Wilderness; and the  Old No. 7 stage or the main stage which featured performances by the JD On Stage top 3 (Farewell Fair Weather, Flying Ipis, and Autotelic), and the event’s headliner bands’ Up Dharma Down and Brain Salad.

Alasmedya at the main stage.
Run Dorothy at the Barrel House stage.

It was a beautiful night. Not a drop of rain was felt despite the constant afternoon-to-night downpour almost everyday all week. Maybe the music gods were really on our favor because the genuine support to all the acts was felt. The turnout was the number that you usually see whenever there’s a festival with a international act as headliner. Most people were raving about performances by Oh, Flamingo!, Autotelic, Thea, and of course the rare set of hybrid band Brain Salad.

Paolo Tabuena of Runway Crimes at the On The Rocks stage.

Not all the opening bands were on their pristine shape like they normally do when they perform on smaller bars — their home court. But the event is also a great gauge to up their game. Regardless of the technical difficulties and other issues of some bands on each of the stage, the important thing is everyone enjoyed playing, felt the solid support, and had a smile on their faces.

tide/edit at the Barrel House stage.

Kudos to the team behind Jack Daniel’s Philippines for hosting a solid event and getting the bigger part of the scene involved. The event had different booths from supporting gig productions and media sponsors. They also had a preview of the new Jack Daniel’s app that everyone had the chance to try out, and getting a free drink or two for doing so which was really awesome. Giving a platform to the underrated local musicians to showcase what they can offer is exactly what the thriving Philippine music scene needs.

Here are more snaps from the Jack Daniel’s Future Legends Indie Fest:

Earthmover at the main stage.
The Red Ninja Productions crew were there and gave their support.
We Are Imaginary at the main stage.
Tandems ’91 at the main stage.
Jin and Jaja of Farewell Fair Weather.
The Squibs at On The Rocks stage.
Davao represent! Thea rocking the Barrel House stage.
2/3 of Tandems ’91 at the main stage.
Blue Boy Bites Back at the On The Rocks stage.

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