The 9th staging of the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival will feature a couple of firsts this year.
Perhaps its most noticeable change is its bigger and more accessible venue. The international music festival moves from the Malasimbo Amphitheater to White Beach, Puerto Galera. The new venue allows for bigger and more stages this year. There will still be a traditional main stage in a natural amphitheater nestled among trees. The main stage will feature jazz, soul, world music, and OPM.
Dance music will be played at the DJ stage, which will play until early morning. Acts for this year include New York DJ Danny Krivit, Kristian Hernandez, Manolet Dario, Emel Rowe, Badkiss, and Nomoclasiq. Meanwhile, there will also be a Silent Disco stage, which will feature three DJs providing different music choices.
Apart from those mentioned, this year’s lineup features a heady mix of returnees and first-time Malasimbo artists. Headliner Robert Glasper joins music producer, keyboardist and beatboxer Taylor McFerrin for the first day. McFerrin released his debut album Early Riser in 2014, which features guest appearances of several Malasimbo acts including Glasper and Nai Palm of Haitus Kaiyote. Filipina lyrical rapper Ruby Ibarra, who wowed the crowd at last year’s event, returns, this time with a full band.
In-the-moment rock-funk band IV of Spades will lead day two, along with fellow Malasimbo rookie CoffeeBreak Island. The latter is one of the more well-known bands in the Manila ska, reggae, soul, punk and rock & roll scene. Anomalie, Ian Lofamia band, Extrapolation, I Belong To The Zoo, Carousel Casualties, Extrapolation, and Dayaw are also some of the confirmed acts performing.
For this year, Malasimbo has partnered with a professional travel provider to offer customizable all-inclusive travel packages. With the help of AirTrav, you can get a tailored package that is comfortable and convenient for you. Apart from the music, the festival will also feature works by visual artists such as Leeroy New, Olivia D’Aboville, Agnes Arellano, Hohana, and Denis Lagdameo.
For more information, visit malasimbo.com. To purchase tickets, go to buytickets.at/vuetix. Special discounts are available for students and Puerto Galera residents. Children ages of up to 6 can come in for free while its 50 percent off for 7 to 12 year old.