On the first of October, Bandwagon held its first ever Music Market in the Philippines. It has had several runs in Singapore–the country where Bandwagon originated–but finally made its way to Manila this year.

The Bandwagon Music Market (BWMM2016) showcased creativity be it through art or music. Located at the PowerMac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati, it was a music lover’s haven that showcased talent both from Singapore and the Philippines: Tom’s Story, Beast Jesus, Bullet Dumas, CRWN, Eyedress, Shadow Moses, BP Valenzuela, Inch, Oh, Flamingo, Runway Crimes and Intriguant.

There were vinyl records, record players, band shirts, instruments, recording equipment, ukuleles, artsy stickers and Funko Pop! Music photographers Iya Forbes (Eggcheeks), John Marcelo (Infinity Blues) and Karen De La Fuente (Rocket) sold their prints. Johnoy Danao sold his albums and Gabbi Buencamino of Moonwlk sold her poetry book When Words Fail.

Music lovers didn’t have to leave the venue as there were food stalls and drinks available on site.

Bandwagon had loads of freebies up for grabs too: iflix subscriptions, ukulele classes, Satchmi’s Motorino Mk II, speakers, a bean bag, and powerbanks.


Music photographers Iya, John and Karen

Shadow Moses
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Gabbi Buencamino selling her poetry book When Words Fail
Gabbi Buencamino selling her poetry book When Words Fail
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As the night progressed, more and more people made their way to the PowerMac Center Spotlight. You could see the palpable enjoyment as music lovers experienced the artistic collective that is Bandwagon Music Market.

Congratulations on a successful event, Bandwagon!

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Izzy launched Days in Wonderland as an avenue for avid music fans and travel bugs to find inspiration. Days in Wonderland features concert photos and write-ups, song suggestions, interviews and travel guides.

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