As a band, we were big fans of the other bands that performed at Route 196, so it was quite surreal going from watching from the booths to performing up on the stage. Route 196's smaller stage made sounds much more detailed and an echo chamber of good tunes, so it was a very intimate experience to perform here.
If we’re talking about more established gig-going places around QC area, Route 196 has definitely housed some rising bands and artists since 2006.
For me, Route 196 has never had a gig that never had a solid line up. It might be a relatively smaller venue, but every time I do go there, the place always seems to be jam packed with so much people, which proves just how much production houses and gig-goers love Route.
Discover a new anthem before it hits the mainstream! Route 196 is home to many of OPM’s emerging acts, where local music lovers gravitate to like their second home.
Electric guitars, road signs, and street art decorate the space. On clear nights, crowds hang out outside, with a bucket of beer and sumptuous bar bites on their the table. Inside, music washes over the crowd—from the nostalgic hits of rock band Sandwich to the folksy soul of Ben & Ben, Route 196 takes you through through the diverse scene of Filipino music.
Do Poetry and Music run in your blood? Time to check out Conspiracy Garden Cafe along Visayas Ave. What I love about this place is that they promote not just mainstream artists but also indie musicians, singers and poets.
19 East is a bar that hits really close to home because it’s literally close to my home! But also, this was our first performance in a high-end bar and we got to perform with legends like Imago for a fun Halloween set.
Back in 2018, way before we were signed to Sony, we were the front act for huge names like Moonstar88, Typecast, Stellar, and so many more insane bands, so it was humbling to perform on the same stage as them at 12 Monkeys since no one’s heard of us at this point. Later that night, we had a brief encounter with the vocalist of Stellar in the restroom and he was like “S--t, man you guys are f--king good!” and they gave us a shout out during their set!