Oh Wonder Live at Ayala Malls
In 2016, Oh Wonder debuted on the Philippine stage as one of the performers at GoodVybes Festival. A year later, they were back for a solo show in Samsung Hall, which they said was one of their favourite performances. And only seven months later, they came back to Manila for a series of mall shows. Mall shows, as I’ve mentioned before, are one of the five types of concerts you should experience at least once in your life.
For Oh Wonder’s third time in Manila, their mall tour was comprised of three shows. These three shows also kicked off their 2018 tour. After a successful leg with LANY’s mall shows last August, I was super excited to see that Ayala Malls and Karpos Multimedia were working together again for Oh Wonder’s mall tour.
What I love about Oh Wonder’s music is its lyrical play. There are so many narratives and storylines explored in their music. While waiting for their first show of 2018, my friends were discussing about how there’s an Oh Wonder song perfect for any moment. The more I thought about it, the more it rung true. No matter the season, no matter what you’re feeling, whether that’s loneliness or love, there’s a song that will go with that moment.
What I noticed from the two mall shows that I attended was the slow crowd build-up, but once the show began, people gravitated to the stage area. People were everywhere.
As soon as the O and W symbols lit up on stage, the crowd screamed in anticipation. And finally, the show began. The light display intensified the emotion of the song, whether that’s a soulful, synth-infused ballad or an upbeat anthemic song.
Experiencing their music live is something that any Oh Wonder fan must do. You’ll see how Anthony and Josephine’s personalities translate into the live experience, especially Josephine’s bubbly, energetic personality that’s infectious. Then there’s also the fun banter between them.
As Josephine introduced themselves, she addressed the crowd in Filipino. “Kami ay Oh Wonder. Ako si Josephine at siya si Anthony. Masaya kami makabalik dito.” It’s lovely when artists make an effort to speak in Filipino even if it’s a few phrases. Bonus points for Oh Wonder for quite the spiel.
Set list at Alabang Town Center:
High on Humans
All We Do
I’m still reeling on the whole Oh Wonder live music experience. This is definitely something I’m documenting in my concert journal.
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