Coke Studio Homecoming Christmas Concert canceled, rescheduled to 2019

Coke Studio Homecoming Christmas Concert canceled, rescheduled to 2019

Thousands of fans headed to the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds today (12/07) for Coke Studio Homecoming's Christmas Concert. The concert served as the culminating event for Coke Studio Season 2 which went on air last September.

The free concert kicked off early in the afternoon with Filipino pop-rock act December Avenue, plus a collaboration with pop singer Khalil Ramos.

By 5 PM, the organizers shared that the venue has reached full capacity and entry to the event has been temporarily suspended. 

Thirty minutes later, the organizers revealed that entry to the venue is permanently closed for the safety of everyone in the vicinity. 

Coke Studio Homecoming artist QUEST got up onstage to ask fans to cooperate with each other and show one another respect for the sake of everyone's safety.

At 6:51 PM, the organizers revealed that the show is experiencing some technical difficulties and for fans to expect a 2-hour delay in the performances.

Young local bands Lola Amour and Any Name's Okay both posted on their social media accounts that they will no longer be performing at the concert. The bands extended their apologies and wished for the safety of everyone in the crowd.

At 10:16 PM, Manila Bulletin News tweeted that Coke Studio Homecoming Christmas Concert has been rescheduled for early 2019.

Coca-Cola Philippines's official Twitter account confirmed the news with an official announcement. The Coke Studio Concert will now take place in the first quarter of 2019. The organizers emphasized that they made the decision to cancel the event together with the Philippine National Police, SM, the government of Pasay, and all of the artists involved. "The safety and security of our audience is our number one priority," Coca-Cola Philippines writes in a statement. They also expressed their thanks for the public's continued support for their Coke Studio campaign.

Musicians who were supposed to take part in the scheduled event also shared their well-wishes for the massive audience that has gathered at the MOA concert grounds.

Coke Studio Homecoming host Saab Magalona-Bacarro wished for everyone to reach their homes safely.

IV of Spades members Blaster Silonga and Zild Benitez thanked everyone for coming to the show despite the cancelation, asked fans to protect themselves and wished them well in their journey home.

QUEST expressed his love for everyone who went to the MOA Concert Grounds and apologized for the day's unfortunate experience. 

Ben&Ben, who were also scheduled to perform, asked their fans to take care of themselves - wherever they may be.

*Header photo from Coca-Cola Philippines's Twitter account.