Festivals — February 12, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Double trouble: Malasimbo’s festivals set to take over Philippines this March


Set in the tropical gardens of Puerto Galera, Malasimbo’s two groundbreaking festvals are returning for triumphant sixth editions in less than a month.




The Malasimbo Music and Arts festival is set to take place from March 4 – 6 with a showcase of soul, jazz and world music whilst the Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival, held between March 24 – 26, focusses on electronic acts for a three day party with some of the brightest stars in the beats realm.


The festival has grown year on year, initially hosting 1,500 revellers for its first edition to 2015’s edition, which saw 6,000 festival goers attend the event. Both festivals take place in a spectacular setting on the north side of Mindoro island, approximately 120 kilometres south of Manila. Nestled at the base of Mt Malasimbo, the festivals are set amongst the palm fringed hills and the site is dominated by a grass terraced amphitheatre overlooking the stage.


The two festivals have quickly established themselves as some of the best showcases of Filipino music for the year and its growing popularity attracts thousands of revellers from right across the region. The lineup has traditionally been focussed on local acts with a sprinkling of international talent thrown in for good measure.


The Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival features 24 live acts and five DJs, a deliberately diverse lineup featuring everything from soul to jazz, hip hop to symphonic music.


Headlining this year’s music instalment is the acclaimed UK musician Jacob Collier. Twenty-year-old Collier is a musical prodigy backed by noted American record producer and composer Quincy Jones (who worked as conductor and arranger with Frank Sinatra and co-produced Michael Jackson’s multi-platinum solo albums). Collier, who is set to launch his debut album this year, is hailed for his stunning ability to create “a digital one-man band using contemporary technology: multitrack recording, looping pedals, and a strange Vocoder-like program that enables him to sing audacious harmonies through a Novation keyboard,” says The Guardian of the UK.




The Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival has collected some of the most talnted electronic artists from across the globe. The lineup boasts a huge lineup of performers from across the globe and some of the best home grown talent. Among the international DJs making their debut on the Malasimbo stage are English record producer Lapalux with his brilliant, eclectic mix of R&B and house, French hip hop beatmaker Onra, and house and techno DJ San Soda from Belgium.


The festival has secured a Funktion One sound system; widely regarded as one of the best and clearest sound systems in the world, a treat to the ears of party goers on the island.