In the days leading up to today’s announcement, the Filipino Metal community has been abuzz with a familiar air of excitement—one that comes around months before we all congregate at the biggest Metal event in the Philippines, the PULP SUMMER SLAM.
PULP SUMMER SLAM is Southeast Asia’s longest-running Metal festival, drawing in a massive crowd of at least 30,000 year after year. The Slam is a Metal tradition unlike any other—a tradition forged in fire and made steel by the people. The community it created has grown stronger through the years, built from an undying passion for heavy music. Now approaching two decades of Metal mayhem, its intensity hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Recently ranking at #229 in worldwide list Festival 250 (coming from #243 in the previous year), the Slam is recognized as an exceptional Metal festival worthy of being considered among the world’s best. Festival 250 is an annual project from Festival Insights, an online B2B publication focused on the international festival industry. As the “Knowledge Hub of the Festival Industry,” Festival Insights was created by Festival Awards LTD—the founders of the prestigious UK, European, and Iberian Festival Awards.
The Slam continues to build on its unparalleled legacy as it takes things on a whole new level for its 19th installment. After mounting 2017’s historic SLAYER in Manila concert, PULP Live World proudly announces that PULP SUMMER SLAM XIX will be headlined by the mighty SLAYER, and crimson rain will descend upon the Slam when Tom Araya, Kerry King, Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt make their triumphant return. The reigning titans of thrash will be coming back to Manila one final time, with the Philippines being the ONLY Southeast Asian stop of their massive Final World Tour.
It was early in 2018 that SLAYER announced that they would be embarking on “One Final World Tour” before bowing out for good—news that came as a bit of a shock to their worldwide fans, especially to Filipino fans who had just seen them at full power in October 2017. North American dates came first with support from Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Behemoth, and Testament (who, by the way, are bands that have played at the Slam), and the response has been incredible. More dates were added literally by popular demand and it was reported that SLAYER planned to continue on this farewell tour in 2019.
“We’ve been blown away by the response we’ve been getting here in North America,” said Kerry King in a statement, talking about the overwhelming response from the fans during the first leg of their North American tour, majority of which, if not all, having been sold out shows. “We’ve heard about fans who have driven five, six hours, or flown in from other cities or countries to see us, so we want to assure our fans that we’ll be on the road through 2019 and will get to as many places around the world as possible to make it easier for everyone to come and see us one last time.”
“I just want to take the time out to say thank you to all our fans who have made this first part of this tour phenomenal. You really are loyal and dedicated fans and we appreciate that so much from you,” Tom Araya added. “We still have quite a few places to play, so next year, keep your eyes and ears open so you can catch us live one last and final time. Again, thank you!”
Save the date—all hell will break loose at the Amoranto Stadium on March 23, 2019 at PULP SUMMER SLAM XIX. Tickets are available in all SM Tickets outlets nationwide (www.smtickets.com) and TicketNet (www.ticketnet.ph). Ticket prices are as follows: PULP Royalty – P10,000; VIP – P2,500; and General Admission – P999. Ticketing charges apply. Watch out for more announcements at www.pulp.ph/pulpsummerslam. More bands to be announced. See you at the SLAM!