‘PH Coachella?’ This Puerto Galera-based arts and music fest is now in Quezon City


Spoiler: It ain’t your regular festival

Formerly held in the mountains or by the beach in Puerto Galera, ‘Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival‘ has found a new home right smack in the metro. 

Dubbed as one of the first music and arts festival in PH, Malasimbo is now holding its 10th year at La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City from February 29 to March 1 – a three-day festival for local performers, artists, bands and music lovers alike.

With La Mesa Eco Park as one of the few green spaces in Metro Manila, Malasimbo is bringing in eco-centered events in the park from art and wellness programs, parties in the middle of the rainforest, to even a nightly silent disco stage.

Malasimbo will also provide transport inside the park via solar-powered vehicles throughout the 3-day festival. Meanwhile, La Mesa Eco Park’s amphitheater will hold the main acts of the night.

‘[The amphitheater] has ideal outdoor acoustics and reflects the same conditions of our last amphitheater [in Puerto Galeria],’ said Malasimbo founder Miro Grgic.

One of the firsts for the festival is a music business conference where both budding artists and professionals from the music industry have the chance to exchange conversations on how to make it in the business.

Keynote speakers include Rolling Stones tour manager Sam Cutler, Quincy Jones MGMT, Jacob Collier MGMT, FKJ MGMT, Warner Music, and Filscap. Pretty big names, TBH.

Over the years, Malasimbo has been contributed efforts to cultural and environmental conservation through reforestation, beach cleanups, and donating to indigenous people. It may sound like your regular ‘Coachella-esque‘ festival but with its homegrown roots, the festival has proved to be more than that.

Tickets are sold here. 10% of the profits sold will be donated to Bantay Kalikasan.