It's nice to look back at the good times of finding love in the moshpit. The closeness of the crowd, the loudness of the music, the wonderful feeling you get when you meet your favorite bands—these are the little things we can't have right now.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has forced the entire world to shift to survival mode with no guide and no parachutes, keeping everyone indoors and shutting down small businesses all over, including the music scene. It's been a while since we've all gotten together under one roof to meet our friends, make new ones, grab a drink or two, and bask in the glory of live music, and frankly, it's what we miss the most.
What do you miss most about going to gigs? #WhatIMissInGigsPH pic.twitter.com/6DLSIOPjmz— Bandwagon PH (@bandwagonPH) May 27, 2020
Last May, Bandwagon asked readers what they missed most about going to gigs. From the bands' energetic sets to the awesome food, here's what they've got to say:
Life in the moshpit
The likes of Fools & Foes' Isa Romualdez misses dancing with the crowd.
Moments like this https://t.co/DjKbr8cKyp— e a r l y b o i : - ) (@early_boi_2018) May 28, 2020
Dancing like a lunatic with the crowd 😭— Isabelle (@IsaKarina_) May 28, 2020
this. in every show. https://t.co/ni6MO1xyMv pic.twitter.com/zhw0svVqtq— Chain Messages (@itwontworkelija) May 28, 2020
The Itchyworms' guitarist Chino Singson and Bandwagon's own contributing editor, Ginny Palma long for their favorite tastes from venues and post-gig spots.
The post-gig hotpot ❤️ https://t.co/VBGAHCRqwv— #HoldTheLine (@chinosingson) May 27, 2020
yung deviled tofu sa Route https://t.co/hNZT3sXP6G— Ginny (@likeadisco_) May 27, 2020
Bands like One Click Straight miss their street team, The Nostalgics, while fans like Jay looked forward to meeting his fave musicians after the show.
The Nostalgics. https://t.co/VFPUVou4Ec— One Click Straight (@oneclkstraight) May 27, 2020
Meeting amazing musicians after their sets! https://t.co/VVwdj6mTXg— Jay Pasicolan (@johns_project) May 27, 2020
Life from the stage
The sing-alongs and connection hit Peregrine the most, while BrassPasPasPasPas simply miss the thrill of being onstage.
Having the whole bar/venue sing along to Peregrine songs and most importantly, the connection. Missing everyone! Can't wait till this whole pandemic is over. Stay safe and stay alive! 🖤 https://t.co/vA5z8exUaa— Peregrine PH (@PeregrinePh) May 28, 2020
We miss playing! 🎷🎷🎺🎺 https://t.co/MHG8YyDAmg— BrassPasPasPasPas (@BrassPasPas) May 30, 2020
The growing community
The scene wouldn't be what it is without the magic of the people.
Meeting people x the energy of people enjoying the show. https://t.co/jjbNoI5Xea— Riz (@khaleesiriz) May 28, 2020
people, beer, and moshing :-( https://t.co/cPxe7Amylh— #JunkTerrorBill (@unjellythemoon) May 28, 2020
Meeting new people! And this was also the time LANY was still barely known in the Philippines. I loved that small community. https://t.co/UP7ploC3aK— CU (@cyrilluy) May 28, 2020
Discovering the scene
Janlor Encarnacion, who has been documenting gigs under JLE Music since 2017, misses capturing unforgettable moments.
Discovering new bands and seeing people enjoy the music https://t.co/3jqti0VlYj— janlor, mba (@jan_lor112) May 28, 2020
Discovering new songs, singing together with the crowd, the feeling of euphoria upon hearing your favorite songs live, being together with friends with a drink or two, meeting new ppl... Hayyyy ☹️😫 https://t.co/TxqnB90Ixm— Chenny (@Chennychen88) May 28, 2020
Setting up the stage
Red Ninja Productions' Nicole Sarmiento, Sleeping Boy Collective's Imee Malabonga, Oh, Flamingo! manager, Patty General recall the scenes from different corners of their shows.
The adrenaline rush 1 minute before we open the gate. The way live music moves me and gives that extra kick of happy hormones. Having someone to drink with (in person).— Nicole Sarmiento (@neekelita) May 28, 2020
The music. The bar staff. The artists. The prod. The community. The community. The community. https://t.co/7EphTCJNRh
Seeing friends, playing shows, curating shows, meeting awesome bands I didn't even know existed https://t.co/fI4aXiAxMd— Jimi (@jmeeeatworld) May 28, 2020
just being with the band after a work day. then witnessing them performing their hearts out 🥺 @ohflamingomusic 🦩 https://t.co/18VeJ82Amn— Patty General 🍊 (@patetoes) May 28, 2020
Street Team support
The Ben&BenBBs and Telic and Friends look back on spending their time with their fellow fans, watching their favorite bands.
✔️Umiyak sa Leaves, Susi, at War— Ben&Ben BBs (@BenAndBenBBs) May 27, 2020
✔️Hawakan kamay ng aking mahiwaga sa Maybe the Night, Araw-Araw, at Fall
✔️Masaktan sa Kathang Isip, SSHB, Talaarawan, Hummingbird, at Mitsa
✔️Mag-JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! sa Ride Home
But most of all, we miss @BenAndBenMusic so bad. 😩👉👈 https://t.co/SQmTtBaTl4
sa lahat ng gigs na napuntahan ko may kahit isang member nh @TelicandF doon,,,,, kaya matic sila namimiss ko. HAHAHAHAHA https://t.co/Tgv6muBxCH— migs (@m_igol) May 27, 2020
Getting around the city
Fans and musicians alike reminisce on the mundane: getting there, getting home.
yung traffic pa-north. https://t.co/o2KCLMr4E0— rhys 🎳 (@_wampeter) May 28, 2020
mostly mag-isa lang ako so namiss ko yung mga kabadong byahe, google maps at explore explore lmao dora lang ghorl https://t.co/ksGiYsTerb— marilag • heng:garae (@magayon_marilag) May 28, 2020
Capturing moments on film
Live music photographers Roxanne Nebres, Nukie Timtiman, and Paulbrai Tubera share the moments they miss most: hanging out with the band, their friends, and working with prods.
Coffee with Ate Maysh. Swimming with Kuya Buds. Post gig kwentuhan with Kuya Bhert. Beer with Kuya Bon. Merienda with Juliet 💛 https://t.co/YskTHzTQ0w— Roxanne Nebres (@super_roxy) May 28, 2020
I honestly miss coordinating with the prods and seeing their smiles :( https://t.co/DuiEtQFUKQ— Nukie 📸#24 (@NukieTimtiman) May 28, 2020
Friends and beer tbfh— ɪᴘᴀᴜʟʙʀʏ 🍃 (@ipaulbry) May 28, 2020
Plus yung ituturo ng roadie yung monitor/s tapos magssign siya pataas o pababa. Haha https://t.co/YgH19QnJBv