Bullet Dumas, BP Valenzuela, Techy Romantics, Taken by Cars, and KZ Tandingan have already canceled their slated performances at the Rakrakan Festival happening on Saturday, Jan 14 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay.
Several artists who’ve pulled out took to social media to announce their decision to their fans and followers that they will not perform on the said event due to “political agenda” involved.
On his Facebook and Twitter accounts, Bullet Dumas said his personal beliefs and convictions may affect if he continue to join the show.
“Ayaw ko sa droga dahil sapat na ang amats ng musika para sa akin. Ngunit tinututulan ko ang walang patumanggang pagpatay ng mga sinasabing sangkot sa droga. Hinahangad ko na ang kasalukuyang laban sa droga ay naaayon sa landas ng hustisya at katotohanan, hindi ng kamatayan,” he added.
Meanwhile, BP Valenzuela also posted a photo on her Twitter account also saying that she will not be performing on the said event. A week ago, she quasi-complained that the organizers failed to inform the artists about the “messaging of the festival before the promos.”
the rakista radio ppl have done a lot for local music but they didn't tell the artists about the messaging of the festival before the promos
— boop ✾꒡ .̮ ꒡✾ (@valenzuelabp) January 9, 2017
In a series of tweets, Flying Ipis Guitarist Ymi Sy raged about how Rakrakan’s producer didn’t even brief the artists on their “advocacy” nor did the festival inform them of the alleged invitation that the organizers extended to Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and President Rodrigo Duterte to make an appearance during Rakrakan.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Sy said that Rakrakan released posters containing their band photo with the branding “OPM AGAINST DRUGS” without permission.
“I’m not playing for this concert para lang maging ambassador ng gobyerno sa drug war nila,” she added.
— ymi ⚡ (@flyingymi) January 10, 2017
In an interview with Rappler, Rakrakan producer Keith de Latorre said that they “want to divert our attendees from drug abuse and addiction through music, sports, and the like…we would also like to remove the stigma that the music scene is a breeding ground for drugs.”
Rakrakan 2017 is the fourth edition of the music festival that launched in 2013. Billed as “Rakrakan: OPM Against Drugs,” this year’s event aims “to inform and educate the youth on the dangers of drug abuse and addiction,” which they unfortunately did not inform the artists about. One hundred bands were slated to perform on 5 stages.