Hundreds of "ultranauts" went to party at Road To Ultra: Philippines 2017 last Friday night, September 15, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Two of the most sought-after DJs—Zedd and Hardwell—made their highly-anticipated return to the Philippines to perform for Filipino partyphiles and other music fans from neighboring countries including Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand.
Organized by Ovation Productions, the electronic dance music festival had a line-up consisting of EDM heavyweights Getter, Rezz, and Sam Feldt.
Pinoy DJs Marc Marasigan (photo below) and Deuce Manila were also tapped to open the concert and set the mood that night.
SAM FELDT. Dutch DJ Sam Feldt made his way back to the Philippines after the success of his solo show at The Palace in Bonifacio Global City last May.
The 24-year-old musician performed some of his original tracks at the concert including "Runaways," his collaboration with fellow DJ Deepend ft. Teemu; "Fade Away," a collaboration with x Lush & Simon; and his 2016 solo single "What About Love."
Sam also played his remix of Robin S.'s "Show Me Love," which catapulted his career as a DJ back in 2015.
After a few songs, he greeted concertgoers by saying, "Philippines! It's so good to be back!"
Sam also gave his version of chart-topping hits such as Dua Lipa's "New Rules" and Eurythmics's "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)."
His set list also included his remixes of Axwwll & Ingrosso's "Reload," Major Lazer's "Lean On" with DJ Snak and "Cold Water" with Justin Bieber, Avicii's "Hey Brother" and "Wake Up," Martin Garrix's "In The Name of Love" with Bebe Rexha and "There For You" with Troye Sivan, and Galantis's "No Money."
REZZ. "Manila this is my first time ever here right now!" shouted Canadian DJ Rezz during her set at Road To Ultra: Philippines 2017.
Also known as Isabelle Rezazadeh, the 21-year-old DJ got the crowd dancing with her dub step tracks including "Relax" and "Diluted Brains."
She also played "Delusion" and "Edge" from her The Silence Is Deafening EP album.
GETTER. The 24-year-old American musician, Tanner Petulla, also known by his stage name as Getter, is the third foreign act to hit the DJ booth.
Getter continued the party Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" and "Swang." He also played his remixes of DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win," Ookay's "Thief," and Lil Uzi Vert's "XO Tour Lif3."
"This is my first time, its so [expletive] awesome! Thank you," Getter told the crowd mid-way through his set.
At one point, Getter trolled the crowd with Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up."
Getter also played remixes of his songs "Bury Me," "Rip N Dip," and "Head Splitter."
ZEDD. Russian-German musician Anton Zaslavski, popularly known as Zedd, performed again before his Pinoy fans.
This marks the 28-year-old DJ's 5th performance in the Philippines. His last visit was in 2015 for his True Colors Tour at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Fans went wild upon hearing the first few beats of his 2015 chart-topping hit titled "Beautiful Now."
It was soon followed by his remix of other popular pop songs including Hailee Steinfeld's "Starving," Fat Joe and Remy Ma's "All The Way Up," and Black Eyed Peas "The Time."
After a few songs, Zedd pumped up the crowd by asking: "Philippines, how are you feeling?!"
His set list also included remixes of MAGIC!'s "Rude," Avicii's "Wake Me Up," Alesso's "Heroes (We Could Be)," DJ Snake's "Let Me Love You," Major Lazer's "Cold water," David Guetta & Showtek's "Bad," Katy Perry's "Chained to the Rhythm," and Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
He also played some of his previous hits including "True Colors" with Kesha, "Stay The Night" with Hayley Williams, "Into You" and "Break Free" with Ariana Grande, "Follow You Down" with Bright Lights, "I Want You To Know" with Selena Gomez, "Clarity" with Foxes, and "Stay" with Alessia Cara.
For the second half of his set, Zedd played remixes of Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," Icona Pop's "I Love It," Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You," and Daft Punk's "One More Time." He ended his set with his 2014 hit track "Find You" followed by "Spectrum" and Empire Of The Sun's "Alive."
HARDWELL. The last act to perform that night was Dutch electro house music DJ Robbert van de Corput, better known by his stage name Hardwell.
The 29-year-old DJ finally made his highly-anticipated comeback to the Philippine concert scene after the cancellation of his solo show back in December 2015.
Hardwell was also scheduled to perform at the sophomore edition of Road to Ultra: Philippines last year but he had to cancel last minute due to bad weather.
Hardwell emerged on stage while his 2017 concert intro "Hardwell Is In The House" filled the arena.
He greeted fans by encouraging them, "If you're ready to [expletive] party, make some noise!"
During his set, he played the songs "Follow Me," "Going Crazy," and his latest song "Power."
"What's up, what's up Manila?! If you're ready to party, put your hands up," he instructed concertgoers during his set.
His setlist also included remixes of Dimitri Vegas, Martin Garrix, and Like Mike's "Tremor" and The Chainsmokers & Coldplay's "Something Just Like This."
PEP SPOTTED. PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) also went celebrity spotting at the venue.
Here are some of the stars who partied with Zedd and Hardwell at RTU:PH 2017:
GMA-7 actor Kristoffer Martin
Former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Luis Hontiveros
Kapuso actor Phytos Ramirez
Phytos was joined by fellow Kapuso stars Jake Vargas and Inah de Belen.
MYX VJ Donny Pangilinan on duty for an interview with Hardwell.