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Star-studded ‘Fusion’’gives fans the time of their lives

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CONCERT REVIEW:

Concertgoers had a blast during popular music festival “Fusion” on its third year.

(Clockwise): Bamboo, OPM artists performing at Fusion 2017 and Alab top 3 artists (from left): Rock finalist from Alab band, Hip-hop finalist Ryke, Alab Grand Champion from Sileph band. (Photos by Marko Montesur) /mb.com.ph

(Clockwise): Bamboo, OPM artists performing at Fusion 2017 and Alab top 3 artists (from left): Rock finalist from Alab band, Hip-hop finalist Ryke, Alab Grand Champion from Sileph band. (Photos by Marko Montesur)

Hordes started gathering at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds as early as 5 p.m. all excited over what’s ahead. And why not?

“Fusion” gathered both fresh and experienced musical acts in celebrating the different genres of Original Pinoy Music (OPM), from pop to hip hop and rap to rock.

Former “The Voice Kids” contestant Kyle Echarri and grand winner Lyca Gairanod started the proceedings with their brand of pop music. Then came international artist Marcus Davis, the new P-Pop Generation artists Nitro, U Go Girls (U.G.G), After 5, Pop Girls, and teen dancers Julian Trono & Ella Cruz.

Gino Padilla and Raymond Lauchengco got the crowd in a romantic mood with specially picked love songs including “Closer You And I” and “So It’s You,” among others.

They were followed by Internet sensations Migz and Maya who performed a medley of Top 40 hits.

Audiences went wild over 6 Cyclemind, Gracenote and Callalily. Indie darlings Ransom Collective and Miles Experience continued where their contemporaries left off by performing their biggest hits.

Other performers were Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Andrew E, Salbakuta, Sarah Geronimo, Yeng Constantino, Bamboo, Aegis, and former Urbandub frontman Gabby Alipe.

The crowd reserved their loudest shrieks, however, for the most in-demand love team of today, James Reid & Nadine Lustre who performed a duet of “Till I Met You.”

James Reid and Nadine Lustre (mb.com.ph)

James Reid and Nadine Lustre

The festival also featured Sileph, grand winner of talent search “Alab: The Independent Musician Rising Awards,” together with co-finalist Ryke and the Alab band.

With generous support from the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (FILSCAP), the event saw the participation of youth organizations such as the UP Communication Research Society, the Junior Financial Executives of Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants.

Production didn’t scrimp on the presentation with amazing lights and sounds adding to the glitz.

We were particularly gobsmacked when fireworks exploded as Bamboo sang his top songs, which created an even more dramatic effect.

Lasers and beams that shone from out of the stage made the fans feel like they’re not mere spectators but actually part of the whole extravaganza.

The cloud of fog that enveloped the whole concert ground was simply awesome.

We also like it that the featured artists were announced via a 3D roulette, which made for a surprising impact.

Apart from the performances, attendees had fun with the various activities around the venue including those at the face painting and personalized balloon booths.

Though the crowd had to stand throughout the concert, nobody seemed to mind as everybody was happy singing and dancing along to the music. For sure they will be back next year, same here.

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