2023 was a rollercoaster of a year, particularly in the world of live music. Here in the Philippines, there have been a plethora of great performances, concerts, and music festivals that have occurred throughout the twelve months –– with many of them marking memorable moments for the audiences in attendance of these shows. As it stands, live music plays such an important role in the community aspect of Filipino fans in the crowd, which is why kicking off the new year with great music with all these festivities is probably one of the best ways to jumpstart 2024.
From the dazzling fireworks lighting up the skies of Manila to the A-list performances from some of the best local (and some international) musical acts, these celebrations aren’t holding back from putting out all the stops to usher in the new year with an unparalleled level of style and glamour. So without further ado, here are seven of the most sensational New Year’s Eve events that are sure to set the stage ablaze and make your 2024 countdown unforgettable.
Makati City’s Nostalgia Meets The Future Event
Headlined by Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and SB19, — Billboard Philippines’ maiden issue cover stars, Makati City’s Nostalgia Meets The Future celebration offers a whole variety of talents that are sure to get the crowd going. Joining the two revered acts are Sponge Cola, and Al James are just a few of the musicians performing for the festivities, with the direction of Paolo Valenciano sure to deliver an absolute spectacle of a show.
As a partnership between Ayala Land and Make It Makati, the event doesn’t hold back from keeping the party alive with a whole-night dance party, including a pre-show DJ set at 6 PM, a grand fireworks and light show display, and another post-show DJ set that is set to go beyond 12 AM onwards. Entrance to Makati City’s Nostalgia Meets The Future Event is absolutely free of charge, but those looking to obtain prime seating for the celebration’s performances can purchase VIP tickets starting at Php 6,500++.
Eastwood City’s Metaverse Mayhem
True to its name, Eastwood City’s Metaverse Mayhem offers a multiverse of Filipino talents –– ranging from powerhouse acts like Morissette, Silent Sanctuary, and Armi Millare, to rising acts like PLAYERTWO, Sunkissed Lola, and a whole lot more.
Beginning at 6 PM at the Eastwood Open Park, those in the area shouldn’t miss the chance to watch all of these great performances with the free price of admission and to also catch the event’s Dazzling Star Drop and Grand Fireworks Display once the clock hits midnight.
Light The Towne
Those looking to live up to a rocking New Year’s time should check out the Light The Towne celebration, which is set to take place at the Bridgetowne Concert Grounds in Pasig City.
Filipino rockstars Sandwich, Motherbass, MC Pao Avila, DJ Loonyo, and television personality Kaladkaren are just some of the many artists to make an appearance at the New Year’s Countdown party at The Victor. With free entry and free parking to all in attendance, fans of these musical acts shouldn’t hesitate to get the party started once it begins at 10 PM onwards.
Quezon City’s QC Countdown To 2024
Happening in Quezon Memorial Park, musical performances from The Dawn, Mayonnaise, Cueshe, Autotelic, Imago, and Orange & Lemons are set to take place at QC’s Countdown To 2024 Event. Other performers present include Vice Ganda, Shamrock, Tropical Depression, and Drag Race Philippines alumna such as Precious Paula Nicole, Captivating Katkat, Arizona Brandy, and Bernie.
Beginning at 4 PM in the afternoon up until 2024 rings in at midnight, the event is sure to be jam-packed with good music and good company all around for one of the biggest city countdown celebrations in Manila.
Okada Manila’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration
Okada Manila’s grand celebration for the New Year has OPM heavy hitters like Moira Dela Torre, Erik Santos, Kayla, and rising P-Pop act VXON performing alongside leading man Piolo Pascual across a variety of venues in the luxury hotel and casino.
From the Grand Ballroom, Cove Manila, and The Fountain, the simultaneous events around these venues offer attendees different experiences and performances to behold. Though The Fountain’s event offers free admission to anyone who wants to participate in the festivities, prices for the events at the Ballroom and Cove begin at Php 10,000++, including an unlimited buffet and beverage spread.
Sadomasodisco’s Happy New Year
Those looking for a more grounded celebration with friends can celebrate the new year at local music collective Sadomasodisco’s second annual Happy New Year event that’ set to take place at the Seltsam in Poblacion, Makati City.
Begining at 10 PM onwards, stellar DJ sets by renowned local DJs, Ian Crane, Gubwubs, Wax, Christal, Dignos, and a whole lot more are sure to get this roaring rave going at full speed –– which is sure to welcome 2024 in a memorable manner.
Bonifacio Global City’s NYE At The 5th
OPM meets K-pop in BGC’s New Year’s Celebration!
In partnership with Coke Studio, Bonifacio Global City’s NYE at the 5th Event features a star-studded lineup of performers, including the one and only Ely Buendia, KZ Tandingan, and Adie –– together with K-pop phenomenons like Red Velvet’s Seulgi, Irene, and Wendy. The party kicks off at 6 PM onwards at Fifth Avenue in BGC, with free admission to anyone hoping to attend the festivities in Taguig.