From live music acts to dance parties that would last the entire weekend in Puerto Galera, Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2020 is back on its 10th year continuing to uplift the Filipino music and arts scene. The twist: It finds a new venue away from the Mindoro sun and greenery. Set to happen on February 29 to March 1, 2020, the Volume Unit Entertainment-produced festival warms up its new home at La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City.
This transfer in location isn't just what's new at this year's Malasimbo—here's what else music lovers can expect!
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1. (Still) an amazing scenery
As mentioned, moving from the mountains and beaches in Puerto Galera, Malasimbo heads to Metro Manila and stages its festival in one of the few green spaces in the metro called La Mesa Eco Park—home to over one million trees and various species of flora and fauna.
2. Lots of family activities!
Malasimbo is not only about music, it's also about connecting with your inner self through art and wellness programs. It will hold such like meditation, yoga, dance, journaling, healing through musical instruments and resonant tools, and a DJ party right there and then—so it might just count as the next hottest escape within the metro!
3. Eco-friendly transportation
Since Malasimbo is a key player in environmental conservation, solar-powered vehicles will be provided for use to get around the park. Talk about staying true to the cause with green technology!
4. More local and international artists lined up
This year's line-up of artists as usual features a mix of international and local acts, with Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles and Mike Love headlining the festival. Joining are Melbourne hit-maker Laneous, Canadian keyboardist Anomalie, Colombian jazz pianist Jesus Molina Quartet, Uncomfortable Science, and Intergalactix. Local music artists include Brigada, Yosha, Kadangyan, Leanne & Naara, Marga Jayy, Project Yazz, Talata ni Tala, Malana and Tago Jazz Collective.
Alongside these artists, Malasimbo also brings in DJs with The Reflex, David de Barce, Squid 9, Kristian Hernandez, Abdel Aziz, Edge Pamute, Marvelous, Norris King, Gian Romano, Salamangka, Vapors, Luh Masheen, Mafia, Up Dharma Down’s Ean Mayor, She’s Only Sixteen’s Roberto Seña spinning as St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Deej Fabian spinning as Someguy, Bass Relief, Norris King, Put3ska’s Bing Austria, Rei Ka, DJ duo Bignay Sound System, and Jigga Who!
5. Talks on digital marketing and monetizing music, songwriting, artist management, and more!
The music festival is all for supporting the livelihood of artists, especially musicians. “Since we live in the streaming age, some revenue streams aren’t significant anymore. It’s important to equip local musicians with the knowledge to understand how to sustain themselves in the music industry,” as Malasimbo founder and festival director Miro Grgic said in a statement.
Talks about royalties, publishers and collection societies, digital marketing and monetizing music, record labels, songwriting, performance, artist management and booking agents, making it in the Philippines versus overseas, and more will be especially held at the festival. Keynote speakers heading these at the "music business conference" will include Rolling Stones tour manager Sam Cutler together with Quincy Jones MGMT, Jacob Collier MGMT, FKJ MGMT, Warner Music, and Filscap.
6. More environmental conservation efforts
Aside from supporting artists' livelihood, Malasimbo does efforts to protect the environment through mangrove planting, reforestation, beach clean-up projects, and supporting indigenous people’s livelihood. This year, Malasimbo is looking towards raising cultural and environmental awareness through continuous listening, creating, and discovering the Malasimbo music and arts scene. To stress, 10 % of tickets sold will be donated to Bantay Kalikasan (or a minimum of PHP 250,000) to help rehabilitate the La Mesa Nature Reservoir.
Tickets for Malasimbo 2020 vary on the date release schedules. From Jan. 1 onwards, two-day passes are at (PHP 8,000) and one day pass is at (PHP 4,500). For more information, follow Malasimbo on Instagram and Facebook, on Twitter, or visit their website at www.malasimbo.com.
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