Fledging Filipino pop-soul artist Juan Karlos appeared alongside Lukas Graham in their return to Manila at the New Frontier Theatre last October 22, 2023, fulfilling a collaboration only weeks in the making. Following their back-and-forth on social media, the frontman of the Danish trio stitched a clip of the Buwan hitmaker , inviting him to a collaborative performance of his band staple “Love Someone,” as well as Karlos’ chart-topper “ERE.”
@im_ihana Love Someone with THE Juan Karlos. ang rason bakit ako napabili ng ticket. ang fresh at pogiii!! @juan karlos 10.22.23 – New Frontier Theater #juankarloslabajo #juankarlosmusic #juankarlos #fyp #ERE #SSAB #thesadtour #LukasGraham #LukasGrahaminManila #lukasgraham7years ♬ original sound – im_ihana
Midway through their set, lead vocalist Lukas Forchhammer invited the audience to “open up their hearts,” and brought out JK onstage to cover their hit single. The pair pointed the microphone to the crowd in the song’s closing segments, with Karlos playfully instructing them to sing louder (mas malakas) before sharing a brief embrace.
The nearly four-minute track was not the last appearance of Karlos, who would later reappear to to for a live duet of “ERE”
@im_ihana ERE collab with THE Lukas Graham. Hell yeah 🤘 ty @juan karlos for visiting manila haha. 10.22.23 – The New Frontier #juankarloslabajo #juankarlosmusic #juankarlos #fyp #ERE #SSAB #thesadtour #LukasGraham #lukasgraham7years ♬ original sound – im_ihana
Recollecting his long-term relationship and the experience of being left behind, Lukas Graham joined in on the hymn with a cheat sheet in hand containing the Tagalog lyrics, mentioning that he “hasn’t stood with a piece of paper while performing since he was 12 years old and singing in the Copenheagen’s Boys Choir.” While Karlos predominantly led the performance, Forchhammer would chime in, singing the iconic “Oh, ‘di ba? Nakakaputang ina” line rather strongly, as if he experienced the events surrounding “ERE” first-hand.
Karlos thanked the band and those in attendance before descending from the stage.