Pulp Summer Slam is an annual music festival in the Philippines. It is founded and produced by Pulp Live World Productions, Inc.. The festival consists of local and international rock and metal bands with the occasional line-up of hip hop, ska, reggae, pop rock, and other genres. The event is held every year during the summer in Manila, Philippines and every year around 30,000 fans show up for the event.
Pulp Summer Slam was produced to cater to the readers of Lokal Tee Brand , a rock music magazine in the Philippines. Produced by Pulp Magazine publisher and major concert promoter Vernon Go, Pulp Summer Slam during its early years always falls on April 30 . The relevance of the date to the Pulp Summer Slam is due to Pulp Magazine's early nature - controversial and gory photo shoots were often featured on the cover. Pulp Summer Slam is famous for gathering more than 30 bands in its line up every year, as well as the 30,000 or more rock fans who show up every year. Many rock fans from all over the country come to this one day show and dress in costumes or bizarre outfits. Often referred to as "The Slam", Pulp Summer Slam has become an annual tradition for rock fans in the country.
In its latter years, Pulp Summer Slam started to bring in international bands as headliners. This made the Pulp Summer Slam become known all over the world. Many ticket buyers from Asia started to drop by the Philippines to witness the show and experience the festival. International bands who came in for Pulp Summer Slam were Death Angel, Darkest Hour, Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, Testament, Anthrax, Hellyeah and Nervecell, Arch Enemy, August Burns Red, Blessthefall, Periphery and We Came As Romans.
During the early years, Pulp Summer Slam has a two-band stage setup to accommodate quick changeovers for each local band. When headliners started coming in, the stage was made to accommodate three-band set ups. On Pulp Summer Slam 10, the stage had a four-band set up to accommodate 2 headliners.
Pulp Summer Slam is produced by Pulp Live World Productions, Inc., one of the major show producers in the Philippines. Pulp Live World is known for its ability to pull off the most outrageous, intricate technical riders and concept-themed shows. Last March 15, 2007, Pulp Live World produced a show for Shadows Fall in which a moving giant zombie was constructed as the band's backdrop. This show is featured in Shadows fall's DVD release "Madness in Manila". Another one of Pulp Live World's biggest shows are Super Junior's Super Show 2 (April 10, 2010) and Super Show 3 (February 26, 2011), wherein the production included more than 300 stages platforms, LED screens, hundreds of lights and pyrotechnic for a one night show in Araneta Coliseum for 9,000 fans and 10,000 fans respectively.
Pulp Summer Slam 1
The first Pulp Summer Slam was held on April 30, 2001 with 50 popular Filipino rock and metal bands in the lineup. This was held in the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig City, Metro Manila. During this time, there was no other existing music festivals in that scale and Filipino rock fans responded positively to the show. The poster for the first Pulp Summer Slam featured Carlo Estrada wearing a wrestling spandex in relevance to the name "summer slam" which at first would sound like a wrestling event. Bands featured in this festival were Parokya Ni Edgar, Eraserheads The Dawn, Razorback, Rivermaya, Sandwich, Greyhoundz, Teeth, Battery, Barbie's Cradle, MOYG, Brownbeat All-Stars, Bad Burn, Chicoscience, Ciudad, Imago, First Degree, Itchyworms, Dahong Palay, Shampoo Ni Lola, Huka, Mr. Crayon, Blue Rats, Moonstar 88, and more.
Pulp Summer Slam 2
After the success of the first Pulp Summer Slam, the second was moved to a bigger venue at the Fort Open Grounds in Taguig City on April 30, 2002. More than 35,000 rock fans showed up and overwhelmed the production staff of the festival. The ticket price was a measly 50 Pesos which was less than 1 US Dollar at the time. 30 local bands were featured in the line up along with a live female mud wrestling. It is also the first time that producers decided to use giant video screens to enhance the experience for the fans. Bands featured in the line up are Slapshock, Chicosci, Sandwich, Badburn, Greyhoundz, Skychurch, Pan, Cheese, Parokya ni Edgar and many more. The poster for Pulp Summer Slam 2 features a female model wrestling with a man in relevance to the name "Summer Slam".
Pulp Summer Slam 3
In 2003, Pulp Summer Slam 3 was moved to Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City. More bands were featured in this year and gates opened earlier at 12pm. This is also the year wherein the Pulp Summer Slam CD was released to public. Buying a Pulp Summer Slam CD entitles the buyer a free ticket to the festival which was raised to 150 Pesos. Bands featured in Pulp Summer Slam 3 were Agaw Agimat, Bamboo, Barbie's Cradle, Boldstar, Brownman Revival, Cheese, Chicosci, Color It Red, Cynthia Alexander, The Mongols, Gary Granada, Imago, Itchyworms, Joey Ayala, Kamikazee, Kapatid, Pinikpikan, Pin-Up Girls, Razorback, Rayyn, Reggae Mistress, Radioactive Sago Project, and more. This is also the year when underground bands were officially announced to be one of a priority in the festival. Again, in relevance to the title, the Pulp Summer Slam 3 poster features an image of Gigantor and Rusty battling it out in a wrestling ring with a referee.
Pulp Summer Slam 4
For 2004's Pulp Summer Slam, there were many changes. One of which is the poster image wherein instead of wrestling concept, a Filipino version of Uncle Sam was replaced. The poster features Filipino rock legend Pepe Smith wearing top hat made of native material and Filipino flag uniform with a sign that says "I want you! Join the Pulp Summer Slam Army!" This festival was held in Amoranto Stadium on April 30, 2004 is the first time where tickets include freebies like beer, sodas, discount to T-shirts, and more. Having a solid concept other than the "wresting" idea gained support from sponsors and grew the audience back to 25,000 rock fans, after the modest success of Pulp Summer Slam 3. Band who performed were Stonefree, Grass, Kapatid, 6 Cycle Mind, Sugarfree, Twisted Halo, the Mongols, Urbandub, Sin, Death By Stereo, Cakewalk, Imago, Bamboo, Moonstar 88, Chicosci, and many more.
Pulp Summer Slam 5
Following up on the "Filipino Uncle Sam" concept, Pulp Summer Slam 5 now has a theme. Entitled, "World War Five", this year's Pulp Summer Slam features Greyhoundz frontman Reg Rubio as the demon soldier on the poster holding a KKK flag. Held on April 30, 2005 at the Amoranto Stadium, Pulp Summer Slam experienced to receive counterfeit tickets for the first time. Ticket price to Pulp Summer Slam 5 is 180 Pesos inclusive of freebies such as beer, pizza, soda, prepaid cellphone credit, and a discount on the official merchandise. Bands who performed were Orange and Lemons, Tropical Depression, COG, the Ambassadors, Kamikazee, Itchyworms, The Dawn, Kikomachine, Shards of Ice, Spongecola, Jeepney Joyride, Sheila and the Insects, and many more.
Pulp Summer Slam 6 "The Invasion Begins"
In 2006, Pulp Summer Slam was forced to change its April 30 date. Because April 30, 2006 falls on a Sunday, the producer was forced to move Pulp Summer Slam 6 to April 29, 2006 which is a Saturday. This is also a year when a regular Pulp Summer Slam attendee who wears fake alien ears to every Pulp Summer Slam was featured as a "mascot". Entitled, "The Invasion Begins", Pulp Summer Slam 6 featured World Battle of the Bands winner Jaggedy Ann, an all-female rock band. This year's festival was supported by a poster issue in Pulp Magazine wherein bands performing at the event each got a full page poster with the alien-ear mascot called "Tenga". Bands who performed were Join the Club, Sandwich, Giniling Festival, Pedicab, Agape, Saydie, Dicta License, Juan Pablo Dream, Sultans of Snap, Queso, Kapatid, Pupil, Paramita, Valley of Chrome, Boy Elroy, and many more. The event also featured appearances of sexy female celebrities such as Ara Mina and the Viva Hot Babes. The poster for Pulp Summer Slam 6 displays an image of Tenga with the members of Jaggedy Ann in the background.
Pulp Summer Slam 7 "The Seven Deadly Sins"
Pulp Summer Slam 7 was entitled, "The Seven Deadly Sins". Because it's the 7th leg of the festival, the producer of the show took this opportunity to use the seven deadly sins concept and made several official posters featuring gory interpretations of the seven sins. This year is also the first time that Pulp Summer Slam featured an international heavy metal band as headliner. Death Angel, which was an acquaintance of producer Vernon Go, dropped by their home country to perform for the first time to fellow Filipinos. This was also the first time that Pulp Summer Slam had a triple-band stage setup. Since April 30, 2006 falls on a Monday, the producer was once again forced to move Pulp Summer Slam 7 to April 28, 2007, Saturday.
Pulp Summer Slam 8 "Forever"
Pulp Summer Slam 8 entitled "Forever" is conceptualized after the number 8 which when turned to the side is the sign of infinity. The poster for this year's festival features a stone sculpture of a woman with pythons on her hands. This festival is headlined by international heavy metal band Darkest Hour and had more than 30,000 fans in attendance.
Pulp Summer Slam 9 "Countdown to Extinction"
The title of Pulp Summer Slam 9 "Countdown to Extinction" is named in relevance the 10th leg which is "The Apocalypse". No pun intended on Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction album, the ninth leg of the festival was headlined by Shadows Fall. For this year, Pulp Summer Slam was moved back to the April 30 date which fell on a Thursday. This leg also featured underground bands from other countries such as Australia, US, Malaysia, Norway, and Hong Kong. Bands who performed were Rico Blanco, Kamikazee, Typecast, Sandwich, Kwjan, Boy Elroy, Chicosci, Skabeche, Nyctinasty, Greyhoundz, Unholy Ground, Goddamn, Shepherds the Weak, King Ly Chee, Andrea Marie, Sanctus, Paraluman, Slapshock and many more. Pulp Summer Slam 9 will also be featured in Shadows Fall's latest DVD release, "Madness in Manila" to come out on August 29, 2010.
Pulp Summer Slam 10 "The Apocalypse"
Pulp Summer Slam "The Apocalypse" is the 10th anniversary of the festival. The official poster featured four women riding on horses, thus the "four horsemen". An early poster was also released featuring an image of an old man holding a sign that reads "the end is near". Pulp Summer Slam 10 is by far the most talked about, most read about festival in Asia because it is headlined by two international metal bands Lamb of God and Testament. These two metal bands had never headline a show together in any part of the world and with the ticket costing only 300 Pesos (approximately 6 US Dollars), Filipino fans became the envy of every metal head in the world. The news was first published in Blabbermouth.com where in Testament frontman Chuck Billy was interviewed about headlining with Lamb of God for the festival. Some US fans were outraged and expressed their sentiments online when they found out about Pulp Summer Slam's 6 US Dollar ticket price for the show and began questioning American promoters why tickets to festivals in the US costs so high. The ticket price of 6 US Dollars of Pulp Summer Slam 10 "The Apocalypse" is inclusive of freebies like beer, sodas, pizzas, condoms, prepaid cellphone credits, and a discount to the official merchandise of the event.
Held on April 17, 2010 at the Amoranto Stadium, the producer was forced again to move the date from the original April 30 to accommodate the availability of the headliners. By 6pm of April 17, 2010, the show was announced to have sold out and is over capacity at around 35,000 fans in attendance. Lamb of God's drummer Chris Adler was interviewed by a local TV network and expressed his excitement for the successful show. "The response of the crowd was more than we expected for our first time here in the Philippines." Other bands who performed were Slapshock, Intolerant, COG, Greyhoundz, Chicosci, Typecast, Bhelliom, Firefalldown, Quartered, Pedicab, Arcadia, Sin, Ozawa, Bloodshedd, Alex in Wonderland, Bane, Pentavia, and many more.
Pulp Summer Slam 11 "Resurrection"
Pulp Summer Slam 11 featured three international bands Anthrax, Hellyeah, and Death Angel on April 30, 2011 at the Amoranto Stadium. For the first time in almost a decade, Pulp Summer Slam presented a new beer sponsor, Colt 45. The festival was attended by around 20,000 people who received free beer, pizza, cellphone load, sodas, discounts, and many more with their 350 peso ticket (approximately 8 US Dollars). The festival also featured a bigger stage platform and a 50-second pyro show after the set of Anthrax at 11pm.
The festival also featured local bands such as Kamikazee, Paramita, Urbandub, Franco, Arcadia, Chicosci, as well as a visiting band from Dubai called Nervecell - all of whom shared a stage with four band set up.
Pulp Summer Slam 12 "The Apostles"
Pulp Summer Slam 12 was named The Apostles after the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ. It was held on April 28, 2012 at the Amoranto Stadium. The festival featured 6 international bands as headliners, including Arch Enemy, Blessthefall, We Came as Romans, Periphery, August Burns Red, and Darkest Hour. Besides from the 400 Pesos (around 8 USD) regular ticket price, the festival also sold 60 "Pulp Royalty" VIP tickets worth 5000 Pesos (around 100 USD). The Royalty Pass gives the bearer an access to the snake pit, VIP lounge where they can meet and greet the 12 bands (although meet-and-greet with Arch Enemy is only for the first 25 buyers only), they will also have a personalized VIP pass, and an open bar with unlimited free drinks (beer, cola, water, etc.), an unlimited supply of pizza, and free Pulp Summerslam Merchandise including Pulp Magazine's April issue.
The festival also featured 6 local bands Chicosci, Franco, Kamikazee, Intolerant, Urbandub, and Sin.
Pulp Summer Slam 13 "Til Death Do Us Part"
Pulp Summer Slam 14: Children of the Damned
Pulp Summer Slam 14 is co-headlined by two gigantic acts from the United Kingdom: Bullet For My Valentine and Asking Alexandria. Both bands have never performed live in the Philippines and each has millions of fans across the globe. Pulp Summer Slam 14 will also see the first performance of thrash metal legends Kreator and new Japanese metal sensation Crossfaith. Returning for the second time are hardcore favorites Hatebreed and melodic death metal maniacs The Black Dahlia Murder. And for the third time on the back of one of the greatest metal album releases of 2013, "The Dream Calls For Blood", Death Angel will once again flatten the denizens of the Slam with their distinct brand of Bay Area thrash metal.
Supporting this heavy international line up are seven local bands bearing the pride of Philippines' underground music scene. NU Metal band from Cardona Rizal, Galaw Tao, will be opening the set. This will be followed by female-fronted Melodic Death/Thrash Metal band Voice of Tranquility, which is performing for the second time in the PULP Summer Slam Stage. Following them is Metalcore band all the way from Davao - David vs. Goliath, after which will be followed by Laguna's metalcore band Embercore. Opening for the first international act is Metal/Hardcore band from Manila, Sickpig. Taking over the stage towards the end of the festival will be Cavite's Metal/Hardcore band Sucketseven and finishing this year's slam is Grindcore Metal band from Quezon City, Tubero.
PULP Summer Slam XV: Angels Descend
Pulp Summer Slam XV is the 15th year of Pulp Summer Slam. Held on April 25, 2015 at Amorato Stadium, Quezon City. It featured foreign acts such as Killswitch Engage, Cradle of Filth, The Word Alive, Escape the Fate, Carcass, Suffocation and Chthonic (band). It also highlight local bands from the Philippines such as Slapshock, Greyhoundz, Queso, Wilabaliw, Razorback (band), Kjwan, Nobela (Red Horse Muziklaban 2014 Winner) and Godzilla vs. Tokyo (Red Horse Beer People's Choice Band). Because of the hot weather, Chthonic's bassist and backing vocals Doris Yeh passed out at the backstage after their set of the event. The ticket price also increased from 400.00 Pesos (Pulp Summer Slam 14) to 555.00 Pesos with free beer, free Pepsi bottle, free Pulp Magazine and a discount for Tribal shirt.
Pulp Summer Slam XVI: Redemption
Pulp Summer Slam XVI: Redemption was a heavy metal festival that took place at the Amorano Sports Center, Quezon City, Philippines. It featured foreign metal bands such as Megadeth, DragonForce, Whitechapel, Crossfaith, I See Stars, and Gods of Eden. Also performed there were local bands such as Slapshock, Greyhoundz, Razorback, Kjwan, Wilabaliw, and the Red Horse Muziklaban 2016 winner, Shotgun Combo.