It's that time of year when we do year-end lists. While we wait for our annual best albums roundup, we asked the Bandwagon contributing photographers to share with us their favorite music moments this year.
Britney Spears Live in Manila 2017
I don't shoot Pop.
Don't get me wrong -- I love the genre, especially the ones I listened to growing up. But these mainstream Pop shows are usually stricter and harder to shoot, and I had little experience covering them. Naturally, that made me nervous. But after really struggling to get decent shots, I guess you could say that I came out stronger (wink wink). Because of Brit's debut Manila show, I'm now more excited to photograph things out of my comfort zone. So thank you, tita Brit!"
Tagayatay Art Beat 2
Bandwagon gave me many great music experiences this year (island festivals! rock 'n' roll star interviews!) but if I have to pick my favorite music moment, Tagaytay Art Beat 2 takes the cake.
I mean, natural air conditioning, diverse lineup, throwback rooftop jams, and sold out even at 1k prices?! Felt like it was a win-win for everyone. It was a great way to reconnect with the community just as it was a great way to introduce people to local music.
Yumi Zouma Live at 19 East
There were a lot of great gigs in 2017 for me personally, with artists like Corinne Bailey Rae and Phoenix whom I’ve come to love over the years dropping by the region. But this year nothing came close to the feeling of falling hard and fast for Yumi Zouma.
The first time I listened to the band’s music was also the first time I had even heard of them, which was when they announced that they were playing a gig in Manila. The next couple of months were a heady mix of infatuation and endlessly looped playlists as I weighed the cost of flying in from Singapore.
In the end, I’m glad I made the trip, and Yumi Zouma’s intimate gig at 19 East, with UDD playing the opening set, proved to be my most memorable gig of the year.
This shot of Christie Simpson, taken during an in-between moment, perfectly encapsulates that sentimental/melancholic feeling I get whenever I listen to a Yumi Zouma song.
The Rest Is Noise Year-End Gig
This was taken during The Rest Is Noise Year-End last November 25. After more than 12 hours of shooting, it was almost 3AM, and Autotelic was playing, yet the crowd just kept on going. I chose this moment because it's a reminder that music will always be something that brings people together no matter what you're going through in life."
Cheats, Red Ninja Year-Ender Fest 2017
I just started shooting for Bandwagon this year and it helped me develop my skills in live music photography. I chose this photo because Cheats is one of my favorite bands to shoot live. Out of all the photos of them that I have, this photo is 'The One'."
For more live music photos, check out our photo galleries.