REVIEW: Pinoy Rock Festival

Our verdict on the huge rock fest at Al Nasr Leisureland

Hundreds of Filipino music buffs in the Emirates were treated to a captivating selection of musical styles featuring the Philippines’ top rock bands Slapshock, Siakol, Barbie Almalbis and The Youth at Friday (May 9) night's Pinoy Rock Festival at Al Nasr Leisureland.

The Youth kicked off the night by performing one of their greatest hits 'Tao Po', an energetic opener indicating things to come. The band's frontman Dodong Cruz was absent but in the spirit of rock ’n’ roll, the show went on. The remaining members carried out the ensemble's songs 'Basura', 'Mukha ng Pera', 'Laruan' and their biggest hit 'Multong Bakla'.

The Youth were followed by Siakol who did not fail the expectations of their fans. The four-piece motivated the crowd to get moving and singing while belting out their popular hits including 'Biyaheng Impyerno', 'Barkada', 'Bakit Ba' and 'Lakas Tama'.

'It is actually a dream come true for our band to be performing here in Dubai and I thank the Filipino fans for the warm welcome and for watching us tonight,' said lead vocalist Noel Palomo before performing their final song 'Lakas Tama'.

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Rocker-mom Barbie Almalbis on the other hand proved her skill in guitar playing and versatility performing her greatest hits. Her set became more amusing when she asked someone from the audience to sing with her. She ended her set singing her hit 'Overdrive'.

Slapshock was undisputedly the star of the night. The crowd went wild when frontman Jamir Garcia stepped off the stage with full of explosive energy belting out their first song 'Ngayon Na' followed by 'Cariño Brutal', 'Anino Mo' and 'Salamin' among others.

A crowd participating throughout their set have seen. Garcia motioned for the fans to sing lines of their prominent songs on several occasions that kept the energy bubbling as the show went on. The crowd kept on jumping and screaming along through almost in every song that they performed.

The night was brought to an end with an encore with the band's favourite hit 'Agent Orange' as a sign of saying farewell and the band promised a return performance in the succeeding years.

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