Summer Noise brought the heat (and consequently, took a lot of it) in the most figurative and literal ways this year.
For the second installment of the regional showcase, Summer Noise featured a stellar lineup, which included the likes of returnees Turnover, Phum Viphurit, Sobs, and Last Dinosaurs, alongside Japanese Breakfast, who made her Manila debut at the festival, with Subsonic Eye, Manic Sheep, SEN, UDD, Cynthia Alexander, a stunning collaboration between tide/edit and The Ringmaster with Candy Gamos, She's Only Sixteen, UPRISING, and Jakob Ogawa.
However, despite leaving music fans starry-eyed with its marquee and promoting inclusion with FSL interpreters, The Rest Is Noise fell short in delivering the ultimate music festival experience.
This edition of Summer Noise was The Rest Is Noise's first try to hold an event outside the comforts of an indoor space. Originally to be held on the grassy grounds of Circuit Makati, Summer Noise transferred its stage to Greenfield District in Mandaluyong City, making the festival too hot for its attendees as they spent the entire day on the asphalted lot under the blistering sun.
Performers also raised concerns regarding tech issues, especially with the sound, that consistently hit them. Security is another issue that should be raised for both the artist and the audience. At one point, enthusiastic fans made their way past the barricade to the front of the stage with no bouncer in sight. Speaking of being unable to see things, concessionaire stands were poorly lit and left goers confused on where to line up for alcohol or water.
While Summer Noise was met with numerous misses, The Rest Is Noise series remains to be promising and we're looking forward for whatever they have in store for their next show.
Here's a look at our favorite moments from Summer Noise 2019.
Sheila and the Insects
tide/edit and The Ringmaster with Candy Gamos
She's Only Sixteen
Concerts in Manila 2019: A list of all the major concerts taking place this year
SOBS and Subsonic Eye
Summer Noise was presented by The Rest Is Noise.