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Get to know the 7 Filipino artists in the 2018 Wanderland lineup

Jess Connelly, Quest, IV of Spades, Ben&Ben, Asch, Basically Saturday Night and Carousel Casualties join 6 international acts playing on March 10 at the Filinvest City event grounds, Alabang
10:18 AM March 04, 2018

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The 2018 Wanderland Music and Arts Festival, to be held March 10 at the Filinvest City event grounds in Alabang, will feature 13 acts—six international and seven local artists.


The foreign artists include Kodaline, Jhene Aiko, FKJ, Daniel Caesar, Lauv and Bag Riders.

Get to know the Filipino artists:

Jess Connelly

Born in Australia, Connelly, now based in Manila, began releasing her music on SoundCloud in 2015. The following year, she dropped her debut album, “How I Love,” which put her on Spotify’s Artists to Watch in 2017.

Her soulful voice and R&B sound stood out in songs like “Mine” and “Wait.”

Among her noteworthy stints were opening for Macklemore and joining the Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand.



Jose Villanueva III, popularly known as Quest, is the singer-songwriter behind “Sige Lang,” the theme song of the Gilas Pilipinas basketball team in 2012. The song is part of Quest’s album “Life of a Champion,” which won Album of the Year at the Awit Awards.

In 2010, Quest won Best Urban Music Video for “Back to Love” at the MYX Music Awards.

IV of Spades

Young band IV of Spades was formed in 2014 by members Zild Benitez, Badjao de Castro, Blaster Silonga and Unique Salonga.

The following year, the band joined Wander Battle—a competition to find the next indie artist to perform at Wanderland. Though it didn’t win, IV of Spades wrote a song, “Hey Barbara,” and went on to play at the Scout Music Fest, in which the band gained more exposure.

IV of Spades plays funk-driven music while dressed in retro ’70s outfits.


Folk-inspired band Ben&Ben’s original members were twin brothers Paolo and Miguel Guico. Later its lineup expanded with Poch Barretto, Jam Villanueva, Agnes Reoma, Patricia Lasaten, Toni Muñoz, Andrew dePano, and Keifer Cabugao.

The Guicos started out as The Benjamins and wrote “Tinatangi,” a song that Bayang Barrios and Cooky Chua interpreted and which won second runner-up at the 2016 PhilPop Music Festival.

Ben&Ben’s self-titled debut album was launched at a sold-out concert, with guest performances by Barrios and Chua, along with Bullet Dumas, Johnoy Danao and Noel Cabangon.


Asch—composed of Asch Catabona, Ben Ayes, Justin Ratilla and Luke Abadiano—describes itself as an “electronic soul project curated to share head-bobbing tunes.”

The band’s music combines elements of R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop. Asch has played in some of the biggest gigs in Metro Manila, performing original songs like “IDK,” “Mobius” and “Ashes to Ashes.”

It will soon release its debut album, “Mobius,” which features a live horn section.

Basically Saturday Night

Basically Saturday Night also joined Wander Battle and brought along its own fan club, whose members occupied more than half the venue.

Composed of Migie Garcia, Junoy Manalo, Faisal Tabusalla, Arvin Dale and Jairus Paul, the band wrote original songs like “El Poder” and “Chemical Love,” which have become crowd favorites.

Carousel Casualties

At the Wander Battle finals, Carousel Casualties wowed the crowd with a rousing medley of Khalid songs, getting the audience to sing along to “Location” and “Young, Dumb, and Broke.”

The band is also known for its originals like “San Junipero,” “Safety” and “Leona.”

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