THERE won’t be SRO tickets to the sold-out Charlie Puth concert on Aug. 14 at the Kia Theatre in Cubao, says the show’s promoter, Rhiza Pascua of MMI Live.
But kids who feel sad that they won’t catch the gig have something to look forward to, four days later—“In the Mix,” Aug. 18 at SM Mall of Asia (MoA) Arena, another concert for the youth crowd which features six hot acts: The 1975, James Bay, Panic! at the Disco, Third Eye Blind, Elle King, and Twin Pines.
The 1975’s latest album, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart as well as in the United Kingdom (UK), with the hit singles “Love Me,” “Ugh!,” “The Sound,” and “Somebody Else.”
Third Eye Blind’s 1997 self-titled debut album sold 6 million copies and went six times platinum in the United States.
Grammy-nominated Panic! at the Disco’s fifth and latest album “Death of a Bachelor” went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The band’s sole remaining founding member Brendon Urie describes it as “a mix between Sinatra and Queen.”
The blues-influenced James Bay has several nominations in the 2016 Grammy Awards: Best New Artist; Best Rock Album for “Chaos and the Calm”; and Best Rock Song for the track “Hold Back the River.”
Singer-songwriter Elle King’s music has elements of country, soul, rock and blues. Her 2015 debut album, “Love Stuff,” contained the US Top 10 single “Ex’s & Oh’s,” which earned her two Grammy nominations.
Twin Pines is an indie band from Glasgow, Scotland, composed of vocalist Barry Morrell, drummer Graham Brown and bassist Callum McConville.
Named after the mall in their favorite film “Back to the Future,” Twin Pines’ debut single “Young Heart” was released only last May. The track has been featured on the UK digital TV channel E4 show “Made in Chelsea.”
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After watching Charlie Puth, a nice place to eat and have a few drinks is Pepeton’s Grill (109 Mother Ignacia Ave. Quezon City; tel. 376-5302, 412-5351). Its specialty is “Kapalmuks”—deep-fried pig’s head, which has a bit less fat than crispy pata especially if you go for the tenga that’s mostly cartilage.
And after “In the Mix,” a highly recommended nightcap destination is Heaven’s Barbeque (7th Ave. Bonifacio Global City; tel. 519 2070), which is open 24 hours. But of course you should sample the BBQ which comes in four sticks per order; the pork is tender and has just a small bit of fat in between every piece.
Taken with San Miguel Pale Pilsen and engaging talk with friends, you won’t notice the sunrise and early morning joggers.