The festival’s headliners are English boy band Blue and American acoustic pop act Stephen Speaks, along with ‘90s hitmakers Vertical Horizon and Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer. On the other hand, OPM giants Rivermaya, Moonstar88 and MYMP will show the audience what timeless Filipino talent is all about.
The festival is expected to be one nostalgic event for those whose hearts remain chained to the past two decades and a chance to see rare live performances of artists from that era.
Before you head for the Circuit Grounds in Makati on Saturday, February 10, make sure you refresh your memory so you can sing along to every line of those time-honored hits. Here’s a playlist to get you started.
“Kiss Me” – Sixpence None the Richer
The breakthrough single that brought Sixpence None the Richer mainstream and international success was also used in the soundtrack of the 1999 teen flick She’s All That. The film itself is yet another ‘90s gem; catch snippets of it in the Kiss Me music video.
“Everything You Want” – Vertical Horizon
More than being the hit that made Vertical Horizon a wonder, Everything You Want is everything you’d want in a song: an engaging intro and an effective hook, beautifully written and relatable lyrics, and vocals and instrumentation that can give justice to an outstanding composition.
“One Love” – Blue
Nothing like a hit from a ‘90s boyband to make you do a song and dance number, imagining you’re walking on a city street, crossing your arms over your chest and shrugging your shoulders to the beat. Try it!
“Passenger Seat” - Stephen Speaks
Now slow down a bit with this acoustic favorite. Bring out a lighter, raise your arms and sway it slowly while the flame is burning, just like how a proper kid from the ‘90s and early 2000s would.
“Need To Be Next To You” – Leigh Nash
Written by Diane Warren and sung by Nash, Need To Be Next To You showcases the latter’s crystalline singing voice sans her band. The song was also used as part of soundtrack, specifically of the 2000 romantic drama Bounce, which stars Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow.
“You’re a God” – Vertical Horizon
The third single off Vertical Horizon’s debut album and follow up to the song Everything You Want is slower in tempo, almost as catchy, but a steady, relaxing listen nonetheless.
“Out of My League”- Stephen Speaks
It’s a beautiful ode to a very lucky beautiful person—whoever Stephen is singing about. And it’s not just the lyrics (‘Cos she’s all that I see and she’s all that I need and I’m out of my league again) that makes it enchanting. Listen to the piano.
“Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” - Blue with Elton John
The mere fact that it was written and originally sung and recorded by Elton John, and that John agreed to sing with Blue for the remake means that this song is gold.
“There She Goes” - Sixpence None the Richer
Although a cover of an original song by The La’s, Sixpence’s version perfectly complemented Leigh Nash’s voice and the rest of the band’s sound that the cover became an instant hit.
“We Are” – Vertical Horizon
Although it was not as well-received as Everything You Want and You’re a God, We Are is actually Vertical Horizon’s first ever single. The band will most likely play it—get familiar.
“Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Sixpence None the Richer
Leigh Nash lent her quintessential dreamy vocals to this Crowded House original and this is the result.
The Playback Music Festival will be held at the Circuit Makati Event Grounds on Saturday, February 10. Gates open at 4pm and festival closes at midnight. Tickets are available via SM Tickets. Visit http://www.theplaybackmusicfest.com/ for more info and https://www.facebook.com/playbackmusicfest/ for updates.