Songs we'd like to hear during In The Mix music fest

by Carlo Macam
Aug 4, 2016
The 1975, Third Eye Blind, Panic! at The Disco, James Bay, Elle King, and Twin Pines will be performing on August 18, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Matt Healy leads The 1975 (left) while Stephan Jenkins (right) is the frontman of Third Eye Blind.

On August 18, six international acts--namely The 1975, Third Eye Blind, Panic! at The Disco, James Bay, Elle King and Twin Pines--will perform in Manila!

This gathering of talented acts and popular bands will be huge especially for Filipino fans who are lucky enough to attend this highly anticipated music fest to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Here is a list of songs that we want these bands to perform when they perform in the Philippines on August 18, 2016:

PEPsters, what songs are part of your dream lineup? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

1. Girls by The 1975

The 1975 is a British synth-rock band composed of Matt Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel. The group earned its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with its album titled I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.

The album with the lengthy name produced hit singles such as “Love Me,” “The Sound,” “Somebody Else” and “Ugh!” The said record was released earlier this year--a follow-up to their 2013 debut The 1975.

During their Manila concert, we hope The 1975 performs "Girls," a single from 2013 could very well set an exciting mood for audiences since it was one of their most popular hit songs here in the Philippines. Boasting of more than 28 million views, it is now their most viewed music video on YouTube.

2. Somebody Else by The 1975

“Somebody Else” is The 1975’s latest single that came out last July 7, 2016. The music video itself is over 8 minutes long and has garnered over 5 million views on YouTube already. The central idea of the song gives such a strong message that music lovers can relate to: “One must love oneself first before loving someone else.”

3. Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind

Alternative-rock band Third Eye Blind returns to the Philippines after their concert way back in 2008. Known for hits such as “Graduate,” “How’s It Going to Be,” “Losing a Whole Year,” and “Jumper,” Third Eye Blind found commercial success in the late 1990s. Their self-titled debut album reached No. 25 on the Billboard 200 chart, sold six million copies and went six times platinum in the United States. “Semi-Charmed Life” peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned the group a Billboard Music Award for modern rock track of the year.

We hope "Semi-Charmed Life" makes it the Manila setlist since it was a major hit during the heyday of Third Eye Blind. This song was released in June 1997 as the first single from their self-titled debut album. Performing this song will be a good chance for fans and band members themselves reminisce about how they started and give a nostalgic feel to the whole music fest.

4. How’s It Going To Be by Third Eye Blind

"How’s It Going To Be" was also released in 1997 as part of their self-titled album. The steady, rhythmic pattern and lyrics that tackle the pain of love lost will make your head bump to every beat of the song.

With lyrics that go "How's it going to be / When you found out there was nothing / Between you and me / Cause I don't care" this was the ultimate #hugot song way before #hugot became popular.

5. I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic! at the Disco

Only singer-songwriter Brendon Urie remains from the original lineup of American pop rock band Panic! at the Disco. He is now joined by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

The group released its newest album, Death of a Bachelor, in January 2016. Its previous 2013 album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, was even nominated for the World Music Award’s World’s Best Album.

If you hear the song "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," you’ll know immediately it’s from Panic! at The Disco. This hit song was released back in 2006 as the second single from their album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. It peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is infamous for its NSFW-language and swear words.

6. The Ballad of Mona Lisa by Panic! at the Disco

This song was released in February 1, 2011 as the first single from the group’s third album, Vices & Virtues. “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” known as simply “Mona Lisa,” was written by vocalist Brendon Urie to express personal struggles and guilt many years prior to its official production.

The song presented two sides of a person going through such a dilemma: a side that makes everything worse and destroys them and the other that tries to pick themselves up.

7. Let It Go by James Bay

This song is by far one of the best heartrending songs of James Bay, 2016 Grammy’s Best New Artist nominee. He is expected to perform his collection of blues-inspired songs from his debut Chaos and the Calm. The British singer-songwriter also nabbed Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song for his track “Hold Back the River.”

His song "Let It Go" is one composition that fans will not get tired of listening to. From the lyrics emanating heartache to his powerful heartfelt vocals, it is by far one of the best songs showcasing the talents of James.

8. Hold Back The River by James Bay

This song was James’ second single from his debut album, Chaos and the Calm, released in 2015. The song peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. In an interview with, James admitted that he wrote “Hold Back The River” when he felt isolated after going on an exhausting tour.

The song will touch those who have also felt overwhelmed at one point in their life, and will most likely have audiences singing along to its powerful lyrics.

9. Ex’s and Oh’s by Elle King

Elle King is an American recording artist whose musical style encompasses country, soul, folk, rock, and blues. She loves banjos and hobos. Born in Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, Elle retains her roots in a style that blends those worlds of both grit and mid-western charm.

The EP track “Playing for Keeps” was featured in the national TV ad campaign for AMC's award-winning Mad Men. Elle has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has toured with Of Monsters and Men, Ed Sheeran, and James Bay. Her full-length debut album Love Stuff was released to great reviews in early 2015 and was the highest new artist entry on Billboard.

"Ex’s and Oh’s" is a good mood setter to heighten the emotions of audiences. This song is an uptempo pop rock song that blend element of alternative rock, blues rock, and Southern rock that will surely engage listeners. The music video for this song already garnered over 78 million views.

10. Good Girls by Elle King

This song is actually featured in the reboot of the movie Ghostbusters that has been released in cinemas worldwide. The catchy beat, the lyrics, the hoarseness of Elle King’s voice make this song even better.

11. Young Heart by Twin Pines

Hailing from Glasgow, front-man Barry Morrell, drummer Graham Brown, and bassist Callum McConville are a three-piece anthemic indie pop band known as Twin Pines: a homage to the mall in their favorite film Back to the Future.

They made an impressionable stance with their debut Glasgow show being a brilliant slot supporting The View at the 02 Academy.The single “Young Heart” is scheduled for release on New York label, The Enigma Corporation. The track has already been featured on E4 hit show Made In Chelsea and has been one of the stand out tracks at the recent live performances.

Young Heart is their new single and many might not have heard of Twin Pines in the Philippines but they are a band from Glasgow, Scotland and this song will capture the hearts of many Filipinos.

They don’t have a Youtube video out yet but here’s the link of their Soundcloud account:

12. Given Enough by Twin Pines

This is one song of Twin Pines that came out via Soundcloud. It has a very cool vibe that's nice to the ears. Along with "Young Heart," this song will surely capture the attention of Pinoys at the In The Mix music fest.

Tickets for In The Mix music fest are available via or visit any SM Tickets outlets or call Tel. No. 470-2222 for ticket inquiries and purchases.

This show is made possible by MMI Live and Ovation Productions.

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The 1975, Third Eye Blind, Panic! at The Disco, James Bay, Elle King, and Twin Pines will be performing on August 18, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Matt Healy leads The 1975 (left) while Stephan Jenkins (right) is the frontman of Third Eye Blind.
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