The annual Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival, scheduled Feb. 29-March 1 at the La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City, will present 16 acts, 21 DJs, 20 business conference speakers and five visual artists.
This marks the first time that this year’s edition of the event, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will be held in Metro Manila. For eight years, it was held at a mountainside called Malasimbo, a 10-minute drive from Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro. Last year it was held at White Beach in Puerto Galera itself.
The decision to hold it this year at La Mesa Eco Park is welcome news to music fans who’ve been unable to travel to Mindoro to attend the festival, which has gained a cult following for its dynamic roster of international and local alternative music acts.
In the lineup of performers are Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Mike Love, Laneous, Anomalie, Jesus Molina Quartet, Intergalactix, Kadangyan, Brigada, Yosha, Uncomfortable Science, Marga Jayy, Malana, Rhythm Masala, Tago Jazz Collective, Project Yazz, and Talata ni Tala.
Among the DJs are The Reflex, David de Barce, Kristian Hernandez, Abdel Aziz, Ean Mayor, Edge Pamute, Squid 9, Bing Austria, Marvelous, Bignay Sound System, Bass Relief, Norris King, Gian Romano, Salamangka, Vapors, Luh Masheen, Jiggawho, Rei Ka, Mafia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Someguy.
Malasimbo 2020 also has a Music Business Conference section with the following speakers and panelists: Sam Cutler (forrmer tour manager, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, etc.), Michael Peha (senior manager, Quincy Jones Productions), Kate Cudbertson (manager, FKJ), Nicolas Dupuis (Anomalie), Mike Love, Lachlan Mitchell (Laneous), Nicolas Laugier (The Reflex), Ian Monsod (managing director, Warner Music Philippines), Roselyn Pineda (GM, Sony Music Philippines), Bianca Orensiana (label manager, Believe Digital), Pat Sarabia (A&R, Offshore Music), Allan Silonga (manager and booking agent, IV of Spades), Brian Perley (international IP lawyer), Greg Lim (Heineken), Genaro Castro (country manager, Panasonic), Mony Romana (marketing program head, Mint College), Reese Lansangan (singer-songwriter), Clem Castro (Dragonfly Collector, Orange & Lemons), Niki Cabardo (Stick Figgas), and Karel Honasan (Yosha).
The five visual artists who will exhibit their works are Olivia D’Aboville, Kawayan de Guia, Cherry Ann Fulo, Hohana, and Govinda Jean.