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Music Festivals in the Philippines

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Why pay for the price of 1 when you can see plenty of artists all in one stage. Agree?

There are plenty of reasons why we attend concerts and music festivals. One of which is the exuberant feeling of hearing the crowd scream, and meeting some fellow fans sharing that common love for that specific band or artist.

Here in the Philippines, popularity of festivals is increasing every year. Roster of talented local and international acts come together to perform in one stage for a one-of-a-kind live music experience.

So let loose and make sure you mark your calendars with these exciting list of music festivals in the Philippines you might be interested to watch next year!


Music Festivals in the Philippines
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Doesn’t it excite you when music festival takes place in some of the most beautiful locations in the country? Well guess what, fam! Music and Travel aficionados can enjoy this annual music festival in Puerto Galera – the Malasimbo Festival.

What differs Malasimbo from other festivals is that they celebrate music, arts, and nature. The festival is usually held at the grass-terraced amphitheater at the foot of Mount Malasimbo overlooking Puerto Galera Bay, while artists – local and international – play along in the open air.

Next year, Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival will be held on March 23-25, 2018. The first round of performers was announced on their Facebook page. Say hello next year to Hiatus Kaiyote, Laneous, Ruby Ibarra, Stick Figgas, Skarm, Crwn, and Yung Bawal.

For more information and reservation of tickets, kindly visit


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This annual music festival which started 2013 is the go-to place of indie music lovers during summer. Same with Malasimbo’s concept, Wanderland is also a music and arts festival based in the Philippines, with performance of great international indie bands and homegrown indie acts.

Some international acts who performed in this festival are The Temper Trap, The Ting Tings, LANY, Honne, and Bon Iver to name a few.

Also, Wanderland Festival is scheduled to take place on March 10, 2018 Filinvest City Event Grounds Alabang. First set of line-up include Ben&Ben, Quest, Kodaline, and LAUV.

Tickets are available at SM Tickets outlets and


Here is Kanye West during the Paradise Music Festival held in 2016. Image via Bandwagon Asia.

Get ready for some multi-sensory live music experience at Paradise International Music Festival. Last 2016, the star-studded event was headlined by Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Afrojack, and our very own Up Dharma Down.

Although there are no further announcement on 2018 lineup, the IMF organizer promises a grander and bigger show next year. Make sure to save early as ticket prices could go as high as PHP 15,000.


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Known to be one of the most famous EDM festival worldwide, bringing thousands of EDM listeners in one big venue.

Last 2017, Road To Ultra was held at the Mall of Asia Arena with international acts like Hardwell, Zedd, supported by fast-rising stars Getter, RESS, and Sam Feldt. Everyone loved the pyro, impressive pre-loaded clips and graphics at the DJ’s background, and more!

Some of the biggest electronic talents which perform in Ultra are Alessa, A-Trak, Skrillex, and Tiesto.


There’s so much love with this much-awaited music festival happening on February, 10, 2018! 90’s kids are sure to get stoked with Playback Music Festival featuring artists such as Leigh Nash from Sixpence None The Richer, Blue, Stephen Speaks, and Vertical Horizon.

Tickets are available at any SM Ticket and online. For more information, kindly visit their official Facebook page at

Read our full article here: Playback Music Festival to happen in 2018


A Rocket To The Moon at the BRF stage. Image from Philippine Concerts.

Fans of rock music unite at this annual rock festival organized by Pulp Live World. It is said to be the first indoor music festival in the Philippines featuring artist from different genre: from pop rock, punk rock, metalcore, alternative, and more.

Started in 2012, some of the international rock bands which have performed are Mayday Parade, The Used, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, You Me At Six, The Maine, Anberlin, Taking Back Sunday, and more.


Visual treat from The 1975 during their In The Mix performance in 2016. Photo from Philippine Concerts.

Now here is an exciting music treat for millenials! Leading concert promoter in the Philippines, MMI LIVE started this music festival in 2016 with artists such as Third Eye Blind, The 1975, Elle King, Twin Pines, and Panic! At the Disco.

After the successful run in 2016, MMI LIVE decided to put up another amazing line-up just this year with amazing performances from Daya, Dua Lipa, Zara Larsson, DNCE, and Two Door Cinema Club.


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Lastly, let’s not forget the biggest OPM festival in the country – the Fusion Music Festival. The annual event takes pride on their purely local artist in the country. It is a gathering of the best artist in the country. They uphold their advocation of igniting all OPM artist in the country.

This became an annual festival after the successful run last 2015 which was headlined by Bamboo and Sarah Geronimo. Other performers include Kitchie Nadal, Gloc-9, Rico Blanco, Kamikazee, Ebe Dancel, and more talented OPM artists.

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Written by Denise Alyssa G. Villamar

Dog whisperer, literature organizer at Thought Catalog, and a sucker for music photography.

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