Local gigs are popping up left and right all over Metro Manila. Whether you’re a Northie or Southie, there’s always an opportunity to watch rising and established Filipino artists. While there are big concerts happening in the country, gigs are a great way to watch some of your favorite acts in a more intimate setting and at a cheaper price point.

Whether it’s getting a chance to catch “Leonora” act Sugarcane, rock icons Sandwich and Razorback, indie giants Ang Bandang Shirley and Megumi Acorda, and more, there’s plenty of chances to get up close and personal with the music that we love.

With that, check out our list of gigs to watch this April below. This list will be updated as more events are announced, so watch this space for the latest gigs to catch.

Greyhoundz ‘7 Corners Of Your Game’ Vinyl Launch

When: April 13
Where: Sandugo Eastside, Marikina City
Tickets: P400 (regular entrance), P200 (for those who bought the vinyl)

Nu metal giant Greyhoundz are celebrating the release of their 1999 album, 7 Corners of Your Game with a gig together with Arcadia, Vie, and Badwave. If you’re looking for a place to rock out and bang your head, head to Sandugo Eastside this April 13.

In Bituin: Star Anik 1st Anniversary

When: April 14
Where: Mow’s and Paper Lantern, Quezon City
Tickets: P400 (for access to gig and art market)

Support local music and artists at Star Anik Atbp.’s In Bituin, where you can see exciting indie acts together with a number of visual artists. The gig and art market will take place on April 14 at Mow’s and Paper Lantern at Matalino St., Quezon City.


When: April 19
Where: Sarisari Cocktails, Thai Mookata, Makati
Tickets: P350

Local production house Shoplifters United is holding the third edition of their PRIDYIDER SESSIONS featuring indie favorites Spacedog Spacecat, Tarsius, We Are Imaginary, Pastilan Dong!, and more.

Pedicab ‘Balyena’ Blast Off

When: April 20
Where: Eastside Events Place, Marikina City
Tickets: P800 (pre-sale), P1000 (door)

Dance punk band Pedicab are launching their “Balyena” (Whale) this April 20 with UDD, Ena Mori, and Megumi Acorda. Tickets cost P800 for the early bird sale and P1000 at the door. Limited shirts featuring the “Balyena” album art will also be available on the day.

A Dream: A Benefit Gig For JR Oca’s Dialysis

When: April 20
Where: 88 Fryer, Quezon City
Tickets: P450

Another benefit gig that you can go and support is A Dream on April 20 at 88 Fryer in Quezon City, which is a benefit gig for JR Oca of the JR Oca Experience. Indie favorites Oh! Flamingo, Brisom, Lions & Acrobats, Thirds, and more are playing at the event as well.

Imago, The Vowels They Orbit, Better Days, and Mizael

When: April 24
Where: 70’s Bistro, Quezon City
Tickets: P350

Pinoy rock giant Imago are headlining a gig with acts like The Vowels They Orbit, Better Days, and Mizael. Watch them play their biggest hits like “Sundo” (Pick Up), “Akap” (Embrace), “Bakit Ka Ganyan” (Why Are You Like This), and more.

Past Gigs

Hannah + Gabi Vinyl Launch

When: April 5
Where: 123 Block, Mandaluyong City
Tickets: Free entrance

The solo project of Ciudad frontman and The Itchyworms member Mikey Amistoso Hannah + Gabi is holding his vinyl launch on April 5. Joining him are Ang Bandang Shirley, Oh Flamingo!, Oh Flamingo! frontman Howard Luistro’s solo project Bird Dens, and up-and-coming indie artist Ligaya Escueta. The show is completely free, so head over to 123 Block along Shaw Boulevard and spend your Friday evening with some of the best in the Filipino indie scene.

Soupstar Entertainment Presents: Sandwich, Razorback, We Got

When: April 6
Where: Saguijo Cafe and Bar Events, Makati City
Tickets: P900

Look no further — Pinoy rock giants Sandwich and Razorback as well as reggae band We Got are heading to Makati. Saguijo is a legendary events place, where many of Filipino music’s biggest names first got their start. The show starts at 8pm and is priced at P900 per ticket.

Munimuni and Sugarcane: A Back-To-Back Live Intimate Gig

When: April 6
Where: Jess & Pat’s, Maginhawa, Quezon City
Tickets: P450

Folk bands Munimuni and Sugarcane are joining Jess & Pat’s signature intimate gigs this April 6. The events place hosts regular intimate gigs with long sets by some of your favorite acts.

Alternatrip 10th Anniversary

When: April 7
Where: Mow’s Matalino, Quezon City
Tickets: P600

Philippine music collective Alternatrip are celebrating their 10th anniversary with the launch of their compilation CD. The lineup is composed of prominent indie acts over the years. On April 2, they announced that early bird and the CD package are now sold out, so make sure to come early to get a chance for a walk-in slot.

Para Kay Kurt: A Benefit Show for Kurt Floreska

When: April 9
Where: 70’s Bistro, Quezon City
Tickets: P500

Earlier this year, Soapdish drummer Kurt Floreska was unfortunately a victim of a hit-and-run incident. As a result, his band as well as other acts like Stonefree, Boldstar, Prank Sinatra, and Long Lost Apollo are coming together to help raise funds for his speedy recovery.

Slowdive Night

When: April 11
Where: Mow’s Matalino, Quezon City
Tickets: P250 (presale), P300 (gate)

Are you a shoegaze fan? A few prominent indie and shoegaze bands are putting up a tribute to shoegaze giants Slowdive on April 11. Catch performances from cheeky things, We Are Imaginary, Cinema Lumiere, Goon Lagoon, and more.

Fragments ‘ALLINSANE’ Single Launch

When: April 11
Where: Unknown13 Pub, Katipunan Ext., Quezon City
Tickets: P300

Hardcore band Fragments are celebrating the release of their new single “ALLINSANE” with a launch gig featuring Chicosci, Calix, and more. Tickets cost P300 while the venue is located along Katipunan Extension.