The 7107 IMF post-mortem: It’s their party, and we can’t cry even if we want to

7107 International Music Festival

As mentioned in the live thread, we were this close to having a live review of the 7107 International Music Festival from Clark itself. Since a series of weird events meant Dexter couldn’t go, we went for plan B: a tweet roundup, and a few more thoughts from me, too. Let it be said that we tried. We have more tweets from 7107 weekend here. Your stories from the festival are very much appreciated in the comments. Many thanks to Krizzie Syfu for allowing us to use one of her photographs from the festival.

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The 7107 IMF open thread

[We posted our last update on 02/21/14. Click here to see our post-festival tweet roundup.] Since it’s now clear that we’ll be spending more time than usual with the already controversial 7107 International Music Festival, we’ve decided to do an open thread blog entry. We’ll update this with the things we hear and/or observe as they come and/or occur to us. If we write something long again, we’ll post it here. So think of this as your one-stop shop. Or at least we’ll try to make it so. The updates are ordered reverse chronologically, meaning the newest ones are on top. You can also read my take on the festival’s recent conduct, and also follow us on Twitter for even more snap thoughts. [NB]

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How 7107 IMF irreversibly damaged itself

7107 International Music Festival

I honestly thought I was alone when I began, two weeks ago, a campaign calling for the organizers of the 7107 International Music Festival to reveal their whole line-up, so those who want to go but are still having second thoughts can make their decision quickly. The thing took off slowly, and only a few of my friends were on board (after some prodding on my part). All I really wanted was for the producers to notice my little call – assuming that all they were doing was holding off on the announcement and that everything was in place.

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7107 IMF must reveal its whole line-up now, before we decide to buy tickets

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[Final update: eleven days after we started the campaign, 7107 finally confirms the full line-up. See their tweet here.] I’m not attending the 7107 International Music Festival in Clark this February. Frankly, I can’t afford it. But seeing that the organizers of the event are touting themselves as the “biggest music event of the year” – a claim that’s not exactly unsubstantiated, thanks to a line-up that includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Empire of the Sun – then I figured, even if I am just an insignificant blogger with no stake in things, I should at least keep a closer watch over them.

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Foreign indie acts in Manila? They don’t make much sense. Yet.

The only way to buy a Feist album here is on vinyl, and frankly, that is not right.

In the past few years we’ve seen more relatively out-of-mainstream acts perform in Manila. Gone, it seems, are the times when the only foreign artists who would stop here are 60s and 70s bands targeting baby boomers, or the obviously big pop acts. Now we’ve had visits from Grimes, the xx and Tegan and Sara. We’ve had the Wanderland Festival last April, an attempt at bringing summer festival culture to the Philippines (albeit with half of the line-up being Aussie acts with, likely, a very small following). And, of course, there were the bigger acts, like Joss Stone at Malasimbo (which has been going on for a while and has been, so far, mostly under the radar) and, last month, the Killers.

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