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Artists speak up on canceled ASEAN music fest

The music festival, aiming to bring together artists from all over the region, was cut short “for reasons of public safety.” Photo courtesy of Leann Magimot

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino performers took to social media their concerns and disappointments over the canceled Association of Southeast Asian Nations music festival at the Ayala Triangle Gardens Tuesday night.

The music festival, aiming to bring together artists from all over the region, was cut short “for reasons of public safety.”

Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda hit the organizers, noting that the incident should serve as a lesson for them to be more prepared.

“Sana [next time] hindi na ma-understimate kung gaano kabuhay ang local music scene. Di daw kasi nila ine-expect na ganun kadami ang pupunta kaya di nila napaghandaan nang maayos,” Miranda said.

Around 15,000 fans attended the free concert.

READ: ASEAN music festival canceled due to overcrowding

Before the show was cut short, Sandwich frontman Raymund Marasigan said the show was stalled because there were people standing on seats.

He added that it was a smart move to cancel the show before more people get injured.

Indie folk band The Ransom Collective apologized to their fans for the cancelation, but said the organizers chose to prioritize the safety of concert-goers.

“It was a tough decision but all the artists understand. We all just want to support,” the band said.

Silent Sanctuary also expressed their gratitude to the organizers for inviting them to be part of the gathering of ASEAN music artists.

Folk-pop band Ben&Ben thanked their fans for coming to the show despite the outcome.

Completing the lineup were Franco from the Philippines, D-Hask from Brunei, Chamroeun Sophea and Chhith Sovann Nimith from Cambodia, Mia Ismi Halida from Indonesia, Sack Cells from Laos, Nading Rhapsody from Malaysia and Eint Chit from Myanmar, Asia 7 from Thailand and Tran Thieu Anh from Vietnam. 

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