These Filipino Artists Rocked The Stage At Expo 2020 In Dubai

Sharing OPM to the world.

Darren Espanto, Juan Karlos Labajo, and more Pinoy acts were invited to perform at the Expo 2020 to sold-out and energetic crowds.

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Pinoy music is worthy of the international stage, period. History is filled with many moments of local acts and their music making waves abroad. This year alone saw breakthrough achievements for P-pop groups and history-making songs be made by Filipino artists for Disney. That international recognition was on further display during the Expo 2020 in Dubai when multiple Filipino musicians were invited to take the stage at this global event. And the best part was that they were greeted by packed crowds ready to jam out with them.


For those who don’t know, Expo 2020 is a World Expo celebrating the cultures and advancements of the world. This year’s event is being held in Dubai from October 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022. As part of this global celebration, the expo has many events highlighting music from around the world, and that includes OPM.

It started when Juan Karlos Labajo was invited to perform at the Late Nights @ Expo 2020 Dubai stage on October 2. In doing so, he joined a lineup of international artists and became the first Filipino to headline an event at Expo 2020. Taking the stage at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre, Juan Karlos showed off his guitar and vocal skills in his 45-minute set. During his set, he also collaborated with Tarek Reda, the lead guitarist of Carl & The Red Mafia, a local band from Dubai. Meanwhile, the band who played with Juan Karlos were fellow kababayans from Dubai.⠀


The hits kept on coming as three more Pinoy acts were invited to perform at Expo 2020. Just this past November 21, Darren Espanto, December Avenue, and The Benedikte performed at the Jubilee Stage to a sold-out outdoor crowd. That concert was specifically meant to highlight Filipino music and the organizers chose a varied group of performers. Darren performed an eight-song set as he served vocals, dance moves, and stage presence.

December Avenue, of course, is one of the most iconic bands in all of OPM, so it was only fair they get to perform at a Filipino-centric concert. The five-member band took to the stage to rock out to some of their biggest hits. Meanwhile, six-member indie band The Benedikte performed a mix of English and Filipino songs. It was a night of entertainment that surely delighted all the Pinoys and OFWs in the audience and even non-Filipinos.

The Philippines actually has a booth at the expo called PH Pavillion, so feel free to stop by if you are in the area or plan on visiting. The space is dedicated to showing the unique and diverse charms and cultures of the country. OPM continues to get the respect and recognition it deserves, and it was nice to see these talented Pinoy acts perform on stage in the world expo in Dubai alongside other talented musicians from around the world.

Speaking of Dubai, there is another Pinoy-centric concert happening in the country real soon. 1MX Dubai 2021 is happening on December 3 and will feature acts like Bamboo, Moira dela Torre, BINI, and BGYO. Aside from the in-person concert in Dubai, it will also be streamed live around the world.

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