Megumi Acorda, KRNA, Novocrane, and more are set to play at ‘Fantome’ in Davao City this March 23.

Billed as a celebration of Filipino indie rock, dreampop, and shoegaze, the intimate gig hopes to introduce the Davao and Mindanawon music scene to the rest of the country. Joining Megumi Acorda, KRNA, and Novocrane are Davao-based shoegaze bands Precal Dropouts and WeRideDynamite.

The gig is slated to happen at South Republik. Tickets are priced at P350 for pre-selling and P450 for walk-ins. Ticket prices are inclusive of P100 consumable for foods and drinks. Interested attendees can avail of pre-sale tickets here. Gates will open at 5PM.

Megumi Acorda and KRNA were recently featured on Billboard Philippines’ year-end lists of 2023. Megumi Acorda’s Silver Fairy was named as one of our best albums and EPs of 2023, with Music Editor Jason Caballa writing, “With a packed roster that includes members of beloved indie acts like The Strange Creatures, July XIV, spacedog spacecat, Memory Drawers, and more, Megumi Acorda (the band) are arguably the brightest stars of the local shoegaze and dreampop scene right now, and their first full-length album delivers the goods. ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Borrowed/Burrowed’ build on the sublime melodies previously heard on the band’s debut EP (2018’s Unexpectedly), while anyone with a Fender Jaguar and more than one reverb pedal will certainly enjoy surround-sound fuzzfests like ‘If They Come’ and ‘Nothing/Forgotten.'”

On the other hand, KRNA’s “Dream Again” was part of our top 25 songs of 2023, with writer Gab Saulog writing, “With a dreamy opening that envelops you in its first few seconds, KRNA’s ‘Dream Again’ sounds like a track that fits perfectly with the climactic scene of a ’90s coming-of-age movie. The Cagayan De Oro-based band use their talents to craft a sentimental ambience within the song’s four minutes that utilizes bittersweet lyricism as a weapon that strikes emotional damage to its listeners. In some ways, the track features familiar sound that is comforting, if not devastating  — somewhat as if it was a fleeting dream from our memories.”