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Guide to the Biggest Music Festivals in PH

Huge music fan who’ve yet to experience Coachella or Glastonbury? While you put that dream on hold, you’d be happy to know that more bands and musical performers from around the world are making their way to the Philippines to heat up the stage at our very own locally hosted music festivals. Better call your music-loving friends, grab your tickets, and get ready to sing your hearts out and dance until morning as you see your favorite acts perform live in the country’s biggest music fests! (Flower crowns optional.)

1. Wanderland Music and Arts Festival
Wanderland Music and Arts Festival was launched in 2013 and the event just keeps on getting bigger. Well-loved indie acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Bon Iver, Nada Surf, and The Drums have given memorable performances at the the Globe Circuit Events Ground in Makati, which hosts the annual music fest. Local favorites like Up Dharma Down, Urbandub, Franco, and Hale along with many other less popular, but equally amazing bands have also been known to be mainstays. 

Despite its scale and the heavy talent it features, Wanderland is known for its ~really chill~ atmosphere where everyone is just there to enjoy the music. Attendees are sure to be delighted with the different themes Wanderland comes up with each year. Get ticket information by following the Wanderland FB page.

2. Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival
Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival, held every year at the foot of Malasimbo Mountain overlooking Puerto Galera Bay in Mindoro, is a true blessing to music and art lovers for its celebration of jazz, reggae, and folk music, as well as local art. 

The festival has drawn thousands of revelers from here and abroad since it started in 2011. Held every year just in time to welcome the start of summer, Malasimbo regulars know this is the place to appreciate good music and unique art installations by local artists, all in the midst of nature’s breathtaking beauty. Follow Malasimbo on Facebook and discover the #MalasimboMagic for yourself. 
3. Neverland Manila
Named after the fictional faraway place where everyone stays young forever, Neverland Manila music festival delivers EDM tracks and electro-pop  beats that are sure to make you feel quite, well, infinite. From the quality of production to the consistently impressive roster of DJs including the likes of DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Axwell & Ingrosso, and Afrojack, expect nothing less than world-class entertainment and endless fun at Wanderland. This is an event that makes for a memorable year-ender. Get ticket information on the Neverland Manila FB page. 

4. Tokyo + Manila Jazz & Arts Festival
If you’re a big fan of jazz, Haruki Murakami, or anything remotely Japanese for that matter, the Tokyo + Manila Jazz & Arts Festival would offer an experience you’d never forget. As part of an initiative to strengthen diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Japan, the event was launched in 2012 featuring jazz artists from both countries. The Tokyo + Manila Jazz & Arts Festival yet again proves how music can be an instrument that bridges cultures. The event also features art workshops for aspiring musical artists. All proceeds go to music scholarships and non-profit organizations. Get more info on the Tokyo + Manila Jazz & Arts Festival FB page. 

5. Rakrakan Festival 
If frenetic bass lines get you pumped and flashy drum intros send you into a feverish frenzy, the Rakrakan Festival features OPM rock legends and today’s favorite rock+alt acts all in one huge event. Held every year since 2013, underground bands as well as their more mainstream counterparts converge to rock the stage or rather, three different but simultaneously held stages--Mosh, Move, and Groove--for everyone to enjoy. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from the laidback types to the most hardcore punk rockers and metalheads. 

The event also highlights a Skateboarding Exhibition and Competition, as well as some wicked live Street Art. Visit the Rakrakan Festival FB page and see what it’s all about.
There aren’t many annual music festivals of Woodstock proportions our side of the planet. From time to time, huge-scale music fests featuring international bands and DJs pop up our feed and we hope to see more of these becoming a regular thing in the coming years.

But for now, it’s a good thing we could enjoy some quality music in the events mentioned above. Go make it a point to see them before tickets are sold out!