Wednesday, September 21, 2016

#MCSList: 10 Fort Bonifacio Open Field Concerts

Before big concerts held outdoors in Pasay City - the MOA Concert Grounds, Makati City - Circuit Makati Event Grounds and in Mandaluyong City - the Greenfield District Park, there is one venue that became Manila's concert destination during the last decade and that is the Fort Bonifacio Open Field. The location of this venue is just around Bonifacio Global City (when there was a field) because back in the days, the whole Global City still not yet developed but the most famous location is the big field situated beside Bonifacio High Street - 11th Ave. & 26th St. and behind of NBC Tent. Although this field is now converted to a condominium and office buildings called High Street South Block. Some of the country's biggest shows from local to international full scale concerts held here and this is Kevin Pableo of Manila Concert Scene, take a look on our #MCSList of 10 Fort Bonifacio Open Field shows. #WeLikeOutdoorShows

1) Collective Soul
The band played here for the launching event of then-new MTV Philippines in February 13, 2001

2) The Eraserheads...a lot of times
Of course, this legendary Filipino rock group performed here in many occasions most particularly music festivals such as the Nescafe Open Up Party in 2000 which the band shared the stage with APO Hiking Society and Pulp Freak Show in 2001. But their most notable show here was the reunion major concert in August 30, 2008. The group's first ever performance since Ely Buendia's departure in 2002. Over 30,000 attended the said show and was cut short due to Ely's heart condition which led to the Final Set in March of 2009 at MOA Grounds as 100,000 fans as reported showed up to their show.

3) Avril Lavigne (w/ Simple Plan)
-Pop rock superstar Avril Lavigne came here first in March 31, 2005 with Simple Plan as part of the Bonez Tour 2005. It is one of the hottest pre-summer shows in Manila during that time.

4) Mandy Moore
-Mandy's first Manila appearance held here for MTV Music Summit 2003 on November 14, 2003 - six days before her major concert at the Araneta Coliseum. She came back here for an Eastwood City show in 2008

5) Exception Music Festival
-This music event in November 24, 2012 wasn't held at the usual open field but still in BGC and one of the first dance music festivals held in the Philippines featuring world's hottest dance music DJs in the names of BT, Mat Zo, James Zabiela, W&W, EDX, Andy Moor and Tydi that brings the dance music scene here to the next level.

6) Christina Aguilera

-Even the Genie in the Bottle made it here! Christina Aguilera brought her Back to Basics Tour here in Manila in July 6, 2007.

7) My Chemical Romance
-Hooray for emo fans and yep, the black parade came here. This is part of their "The Black Parade World Tour" in January 25 of 2008. The group's first and only Manila concert....well let's see in the future?

8) Mariah Carey

-Before her Elusive Chanteuse show in Mall of Asia Arena few years ago, Mariah Carey came here with Charmbracelet World Tour in November 16, 2003. The show gathered 35,000+ Mimi fans.

9) Beyonce
-Of course, she came here and she's a total performer! Beyonce brought her "The Beyonce Experience" tour to the Philippines on November 7, 2007. Reported over 70,000 fans packed the field to see the queen B in action. And yes, Manila, we're still hoping for the #FormationWorldTourMNL. Please. Please. Please.

10) Rihanna & Chris Brown

-Down finally to the last, billed as "2 Concerts for the price of 1". Then-couple, Rihanna and Chris Brown, two of the hottest RnB superstars came for one big concert. Held on November 16, 2008 and the show is part of Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad Tour". This show attracted over 70,000 fans and Chris Brown's only Southeast Asia show of the tour.

And that's the list, did I missed your favorites? Tell us on Twitter: @manilaconcerts. Follow us on Facebook: and on Instagram: manilaconcerts. Also follow me on Twitter: @kevin_pableo. I'll see you on the next #MCSList

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