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Vance Joy to Delight Filipino Fans at G Music Fest 2021

Ahead the weekend's festivities, Metro.Style talks to the Australian singer-songwriter about his music, inspirations, collaborations, and more

Break your quarantine routine, we have a music fest to attend this weekend.

Australian musician Vance Joy (James Gabriel Keogh) is ready to serenade the Philippines as he joins the roster of artists who will perform at the G Music Fest 2021 on September 26 that will stream for free on Globe’s official Facebook page.


Vance Joy first exploded in popularity with his song “Riptide” which became an instant classic globally. The song became the longest-charting song in ARIA Charts’ history and was certified 5x platinum in the United States. His debut studio album “Dream Your Life Away” in 2014 sold over two million copies creating hits such as “Mess Is Mine,” “Georgia” and “Fire and the Flood.” He followed it up with another successful album entitled “Nation of Two” in 2018. Both albums kicked off tours around the world that gained him more fans and followers. Highlights of his career include being handpicked to open Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour and to join P!NK’s European stadium run of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour. He has also performed on festivals from Lollapalooza in Chicago and South America, Coachella, Splendour in the Grass and the AFL Grand Final.

Vance Joy’s brand of musicality and lyricism coupled with a unique, charming mix of folk music and pop influences continue to capture the hearts of music enthusiasts worldwide.

Metro.Style got a chance to catch up with the talented artist as he shared his thoughts on his current works.

“I found that when I’m really excited about a song, I kind of emotionally connect with it. Those are the kinds of songs that connect with other people too so it’s like a confirmation of what I was thinking. I’m writing a song and [I’ll go] ‘this feels good’ and I get excited on my own and get goosebumps. I feel this adrenaline rush when I play a song and to feel that same feeling kind of come back to me from people I play the song to is like ‘Oh, this must be something pure and good,” Vance Joy said.

Asked about the inspiration behind his recently released song “Missing Piece,” the singer readily shared his thoughts.

“Usually, my songs aren’t that personal. I might incorporate a few of my memories but there are a few other things. It might be like I saw a movie and I put some of that detail in the song. You might start in a personal place but it just might take a turn and be something a bit more broad. I find I like my songs to be broad enough for some people to kind of resonate with them. I’ve also been doing long distance with my girlfriend here in Spain so at the time, I was in Melbourne in lockdown so I was drawing on some of my memories of our fun times here,” he explained.

The year 2021 also led to the release of the song “You”, a collaboration with Benny Blanco and Marshmello.

“I went to a songwriting session in 2019 and I did a session with them—a couple of lovely songwriters. The original demo was very different from the song that came out with me, Benny, and Marshmello. I think what happened was that Benny heard the original song and some parts he loved and some parts he decided to get rid of. I heard this new finished version that worked and wow, it really was improved! It was my first collab song with other artists. I want to do more of that,” he happily narrated.

He mentioned Mark Ronson, Ryan Tedder, Kacey Musgraves, and Taylor Swift as the artists he would love to collaborate with.

This year’s G Music Fest, an annual event hosted by Globe in line with its 917 Day celebration held every September, will bring Vance Joy together with English electronic music duo HONNE, singer-songwriter BEKA, Australian artist Vance Joy, local pop band Silent Sanctuary, indie-pop bands December Avenue and Alamat, indie musical artist I Belong to the Zoo, Filipino rock band The Juans, and SB19 in one massive online music festival.

On September 25, fans will be greeted by their favorite music artists in the exclusive event “Up Close” from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, while on September 26, both local and international acts will perform their famous hits and debut Philippines-exclusive performances at the G Music Fest 2021, happening from 4:00pm to 10:00pm.

Bianca Wong, Head of Globe’s Feel Valued Tribe shared, “Globe provides Filipinos with novel ways to make it a #GDayEveryday. One of the ways to do so is to build meaningful connections through shared passions like music.”

Vance Joy shared what fans can expect from his set at this weekend’s highly anticipated music festival.

“It’s nice to be playing live again. The songs all sound a bit different. I’ve never had this exact band setup. I have a guitarist, we have saxophone and keys, it’s just a really fun setup. We haven’t had all these instruments together and I think these guys all come from a jazz background so it’s got a really nice feel. I think it’ll sound different from the sets I’ve played before just because of the different talents,” he said.


The songsmith also took the time to share a heartfelt message to his Filipino fans.

“Thank you so much to all my Filipino fans and I really appreciate the opportunity to get to play again. I hope I can actually come to the country and play live one day. Hopefully, that’s not too far away. Thank you to everyone who watches the show. Sending my love and appreciation,” Vance Joy, aptly living up to his stage name, smiled.

To enjoy the concert this weekend, subscribers can redeem 2GB worth of free data through the new GlobeOne App. After registering, the free data can be redeemed under the Rewards section of the app. The new GlobeOne Super app is now available for download on the Google Play Store for Android users and on the Apple App Store for iOS users.