If there’s one thing that unites us all in the country, it’s the sense of Pinoy pride we feel when someone of our heritage gets recognized in the international music stage.
Music is what binds all of us Filipinos together and that reigns true when a fellow Pinoy gets acknowledged and praised around the world. It’s evident in the viral videos of Filipino singers who compete in international shows. American Idol, The Voice, The X Factor–all of those shows have at least one video with millions of views because of a Pinoy wow-ing the judges.
Of course, it’s already an achievement on its own to be performing for your own people, but we’re all the more proud when we see them prosper outside of our country. Aside from Filipinos who compete in international shows, we list down all the Filipino artists who have made it in international festivals and making our country proud by their music and talent.
The most recent announcement is Kiana Valenciano performing in SXSW: the music festival in Texas that brings artists who shape the future of music. Every year, the SXSW Music Festival assembles a lineup of artists from around the world, with established performers playing alongside cutting-edge acts. The first essential event on the music industry calendar, the SXSW Music Festival takes place March 16 to 22, 2020 in Austin, Texas, and Kiana Valenciano has been chosen to be one of the performers.
James Reid and Curtis Smith
On March 7, 2020, James Reid and Curtis Smith will be performing at Overpass Music Festival, a one-day music festival that celebrates diversity in pop-culture by bringing together artists from different sides of the globe. Along with James Reid and Curtis Smith, Jhene Aiko, Phum Viphurit and more established performers will be part of the lineup in California.
We The Fest is an annual summer festival of music, arts, fashion, and food in Jakarta, Indonesia. Last year, Jess Connelly joined the line up of artists performing for the festival, alongside well-known artists. These acts for We The Fest included Joji, Troye Sivan, Lorde, Sza, Anne-Marie, Rae Sremmurd, Cigarettes After Sex, Daniel Caesar, and more. Jess was also part of the diverse line-up of Good Vibes festival in Malaysia, the Wonderfruit festival in Thailand, and Wanderland festival in the Philippines. Which makes you wonder… Where can’t you find this talented musician?
No Rome made headlines last summer when he performed with The 1975 at the biggest festival in America. Performing his hit synth-pop single, Narcissist, the Filipino singer took Pinoy Pride into the main stage of Coachella. If you want to catch No Rome play, you can find him at this year’s Wanderlast festival in Filinvest Grounds, Alabang on March 8, 2020.
Last 2018, Michael Seyer joined the line up of Tropicalia, a two-day festival that took place in Pomona. The lineup for the music festival also included Kali Uchis, Cardi B, Morrissey, and more international artists.
Last year, a fellow (pun intended) Filipino, Mellow Fellow performed at Tropicalia. The lineup for the music festival also included Kali Uchis, Boy Pablo, Wallows and more international artists.
Beabadoobee is a British-Filipina musician, playing at the Leeds festival this coming August. Reading Festival 2020 is a famous UK music festival that takes place in Reading every summer. Leeds Festival 2020 takes place simultaneously in Leeds over the same weekend. On August 29, you’ll catch Beabadoobee at the Republic Stage along with Girl In Red, 070 Shake, and The Hara.