Hey there, Bingers! I bet you do miss attending concerts, events, and gigs as much as I do. To be honest, I REALLY DO!!! Before the whole COVID thing happened, I frequent a bar in Cubao every weekend, the now closed TodayXFuture. Also, it has been a hobby of my friends and I to have a pre-game either in Cubao X or Katipunan. There is something about watching live gigs and enjoying the artistry of local artists and musicians. So, now that we are on the sixth month of staying at home, I bet we all have been craving for the experience again. Well, worry no more because Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino is here to give our fill.
Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) continues its commitment to promoting Filipino music in varied forms and functions through its maiden online edition.
Considered as the first digital music festival in the country, LMP brings the stage at the comforts of your home with an inclusive and diverse programming that fits the new normal setup.
The virtual festival is slated to take place from August 19 to 28, 2020, featuring a multi-format showcase spanning music performances, busking sessions, single and album launches, concerts, workshops, creative webinars, talks, and more.
This year’s celebration sets its sights on the theme, “Musikang Pinoy. Buhay At Ipagpatuloy,” as a response to the Philippine music industry’s enduring power to rise above extraordinary times and hurdle the challenges of the pandemic with the spirit of bayanihan.
“Now on its 6th year, though it is still in its infancy, LMP is continuously building a strong foundation in the creation of a tradition that would instill in the consciousness of every Filipino to, not only patronize, but embrace, love, and live our own music,” LMP Festival Director and OPM Board Member Noel Cabangon shares in a statement.
Presented by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), PhilPop Music Foundation, and Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), the annual music festival is part of the local government’s ongoing pledge to promote and develop the local music industry through the creation of Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP), which was granted by the Presidential Proclamation 933 in 2014.
The music celebration will kick off with #LMP2020Launch, a virtual press conference happening on August 19, and will continue with #TugtuganNewNormal, which will be streamed live on OPM’s Facebook page from August 22 to 28. Under this newly revamped format, up and coming artists are given the opportunity to perform their material, launch their new singles and albums, and interact with a live audience.
Expect a variety of performances with #LMP2020Sessions, a special initiative of LMP to highlight regional music acts from North and South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
LMP will be mounting music workshops and webinars for aspiring music industry professionals, amateur musicians, and music fans. Learn from the top industry figures about different topics like songwriting, history of pop, and many more. Guest speakers include Ebe Dancel and Jazz Nicolas for Songwriting Workshop, Marlon Barnuevo for Home Recording Workshop, Tina Dumlao and Mr. Ryan Cayabyab for History of Pop OPM, Bian Orenciana of Believe Digital and Ian Monson of Warner Music Philippines for Digital Marketing for Music Artists, and PETA for Let’s Get Creative Webinar.
A digital press conference for the launch of OPM Archive will also take place on August 26, as well as an open mic competition where anyone can submit OPM covers.
Wrap up your virtual festival experience with world-class performances courtesy of #LMP2020GrandFinaleConcert. The online event will be headlined by some of your favorite Filipino music acts: Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, The Itchyworms, This Band, Bayang Barrios at Ang Nilayagan, Clara Benin, Lara Maigue, and Aikee.
For more details about the LMP’s digital music festival, visit its official website.