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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CONCERT ROUNDUP: Finally the long wait was over. Tegan and Sara live in Manila!

Written by: Kix Suarez
Photos by: Karen De La Fuente
Finally the long wait was over. Tegan and Sara live in Manila! It was a dream come true for all their fans in the Philippines. They never deemed it possible but thanks to Styles Entertainment, Manila had the privilege of seeing the twin indie rockers live in the flesh for a one-night she-bang!

Lines ran as far as the eyes could see with giggling girls and boys giddy to get in to the concert venue. To them, it was finally happening. After so many years, the crowd couldn’t contain their excitement to finally get some closure for their teenage angst while the others just wanted to dance. Two different crowds but all gathered for the love of Tegan and Sara Quinn.

Spin Magazine regards their current album, Heartthrob, as one of the top 50 albums of the year you’ve got to hear. What they should have told us too though is that they’re probably one of the top 50 acts you’ve got to see live.

Not exactly neophytes to the performance scene, they’ve toured around the world and have been doing so for more than 10 years. They’ve been one of the biggest crowd drawers at festivals as of late and it’s not hard to understand why. From their brilliant musicality, right song choices and crazy antics on stage.
The lights dimmed the shrieks and screams were amplified. Up Dharma Down opens and as always delivers. They performed 5 songs. All crowd favorites. They open with Indak and got the audience hyped up and ready for the show by closing their set with Turn It Well from their album Capacities.

And the moment had arrived. The performance everyone was looking forward to has finally been realized.. The stress from the traffic and the worry of needing to finish a school paper were easily forgotten. Tegan and Sara hit the stage! In a mad dash, they open their set with Drove Me Wild! Knees weak and ready, the crowd jives and sings along. Two step and scream was something of a go-to move. (Not too shabby, if you ask me.) They segue way to Goodbye, Goodbye. Confusingly, lyrically the songs cut deep yet the synths and beat kept you moving. More importantly, the crowd kept the energy level up there. The excitement was high and everyone was just genuinely having such a grand time.

A mix of old and new songs, Tegan and Sara did not disappoint. They knew which songs to perform while the crowd just sang and reveled in the anthems and soundtrack of their lives and moments. From probably their first I love you to their most recent heartbreak, there seemed to be a Tegan and Sara song for everything.

On top of the great music that night, Tegan and Sara’s on-stage antics won the Filipino audience’s hearts over.  It was the icing on the cake, the cherry on top of your sundae. Their witty whips and antics from One Direction references to petty squabbles on stage kept their fans laughing.

It was truly a great night. Something we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. We’re excited for what’s next. If this was any premonition for what 7,107 festival holds then we’re sold! Thanks to Styles for putting up such a great party. We can’t wait for the next one!

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