IN PHOTOS: Collabs highlight OPM's bright talents in summer concert

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 02 2019 07:51 PM | Updated as of May 02 2019 08:25 PM

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KZ Tandingan got the party started, bringing the 'summer vibes' to the Coke Studios concert held at the Mall of Asia Arena last April 25. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- With it being cut short last year, due to a myriad of technical difficulties that resulted in an irate crowd, expectations were a bit low for the Coke Studios concert this past week. The fans just want the simplest of things: to finally hear their favorites perform.

They got that, and then some. A diverse lineup captured the breadth of the energy and creativity that has revitalized the OPM scene in recent times, from the disco funk-inspired rockers IV of Spades to the cream of the crop of young rappers Shanti Dope.

Urbandub, a shout-out include for those a tad older than the mainly teenage audience, delivered in their performance of their fist-pumping hit, "First of Summer," early on in the concert.

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Urbandub proves why they're one of the most beloved local rock bands at the the Coke Studios concert held at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

It perhaps helped the crowd shed their inhibitions, and by the time pop stars KZ Tandingan and apl.de.ap hit the stage, they were ready to throw themselves into a party with infectious spirit.

There's little rhyme or reason to how the sets were arranged -- this on-off approach (interviews with the artists were interjected in between) creating a glaring disparity between the highs and lows.

But with the highs being dizzyingly fun (indie darlings Ben&Ben had everyone singing along to "Maybe the Night"), nitpicking seem ill-advised. Fans want some good-natured fun, and they got it in the form of the collaborations Coke Studios is famous for.

The Coke Studios concerts are billed as celebrations, putting the spotlight on the artists they got for the brand's initiative to showcase local music with unexpected pairings.

The second season featured, other than those already mentioned above, Abra, Kriesha Tiu, DJ Patty, Khalil Ramos, Sam Concepcion, Quest, and Juan Miguel Severo.

Check out the highlights below:

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Khalil Ramos performs during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Quest and Juan Miguel Severo during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

DJ Patty Tiu performs during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Kriesha Chu performs during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

IV of Spades performs during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

IV of Spades' frontman Zild Benitez wears a Deadpool costume as he performs during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

IV of Spades performs during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Shanti Dope and IV of Spades perform during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Abra performs during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ben & Ben performs during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ben & Ben performs during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Coke Studio artists take the stage after their performances during the Coke Studio Summer Concert 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

There was an added emphasis on security and organization this time around, to keep a repeat of what happened last year from happening. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

There was an added emphasis on security and organization this time around, to keep a repeat of what happened last year from happening. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

There was an added emphasis on security and organization this time around, to keep a repeat of what happened last year from happening. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

There was an added emphasis on security and organization this time around, to keep a repeat of what happened last year from happening. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News