Six hot international acts—The 1975, Third Eye Blind, Panic! at the Disco, James Bay, Elle King, and Twin Pines—are performing in one music festival dubbed “In the Mix” on Aug. 18 at SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, MMI Live and Ovation Productions confirmed to the Inquirer today.
The 1975, which visited the country last year on a promo tour, has a new album, “I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It,” that went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart with the hit singles “Love Me,” “Ugh!,” “The Sound,” and “Somebody Else.”
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Third Eye Blind, also a returning visitor to the Philippines, gained fame in the late 1990s—its self-titled debut album selling 6 million copies in the United States. The single “Semi-Charmed Life” peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned the group a Billboard Music Award for modern rock track of the year.
After its first visit to the country in 2008, Grammy-nominated Panic! At The Disco is returning with a new album, “Death of a Bachelor,” which the band’s sole remaining founding member Brendon Urie describes as “a mix between Sinatra and Queen” and featuring collaborations with the likes of Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Semisonic’s Dan Wilson, and songwriter/record producer Sam Hollander.
Among the newcomers is British singer-songwriter James Bay, a 2016 Grammy best new artist nominee whose 2015 debut album, “Chaos and the Calm,” went to No. 1 in the United Kingdom. It featured the singles “Let It Go” and “Hold Back the River.” James also nabbed Grammy nominations for best rock album and best rock song (“Hold Back the River”).
Also in the line-up is American singer-songwriter Elle King, whose debut album “Love Stuff” yielded the US Top 10 single “Ex’s and Oh’s” and earned two Grammy nominations.
She is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and former model London King.
Rounding up the roster is the band Twin Pines from Glasgow, Scotland, composed of frontman Barry Morrell, drummer Graham Brown and bassist Callum McConville.
The band got its name from the mall in their favorite film “Back to the Future.” Its single “Young Heart” is scheduled for release this May. CDG
Tickets to “In the Mix” go on sale starting May 21. Follow #MMILive (on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and #OvationProd (on Instagram and Twitter and Ovation Productions on Facebook). Log on to www.smtickets.com or call 470-2222.