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Nothing beats a weekend spent with friends and good music




When it comes to musical festivals in the country, Wanderland is relatively young. It started barely
a decade ago and its first iterations were held at Circuit Makati. Now in its sixth year, the Wanderland Music and Arts Festival has again changed the game, this time holding the musicfest over two days.

The Saturday to Sunday affair, held at the Filinvest City Events Grounds in Alabang last March 9 to 10, was a perfect way to end a hectic week. This time, Wanderers—what you call those who attend the musicfest—had more than just the music going for them. The event grounds were transformed into a magical space, with varied activities, numerous food and beverage stalls, enough to keep every Wanderer entertained. Those who live far from Alabang and who were there to experience the two-day musical
glory that is Wanderland had the option to book an overnight stay in any of the event’s partner hotels (in our case, we stayed at the Bellevue Manila).

Because Wanderland was held for two days this year, there were more performances lined up. From
OPM acts headlined by artists like Sandwich, Unique, Reese Lansangan, and indie-alternative rock band Autotelic, to international musicians like Singaporean Charlie Lim and US female singer Clairo. But the most magical of all, of course, are the front acts for each of the two days.

For day one, there were two: English electronic music duo Honne and Irish rock band Two Door Cinema
Club. The former performed on the Globe stage while the latter entertained musicfest goers on the Wanderland stage. Watching Two Door Cinema Club go all out with their performance was as entertaining
as it could get, with the crowd singing gleefully along with favorites like “What You Know” and “Sleep Alone.”

Day two was capped by front acts Masego and The Kooks (which, for me, was the most enjoyable moment
of this year’s Wanderland—yes, I am a fan of The Kooks). Masego entertained guests with his groovy music,
showcasing a style he refers to as “TrapHouseJazz.” It’s jazz but jazzed up, a genre-bender of sorts really. He opened with “Tadow,” a crowd favorite, even without FKJ, with whom he originally collaborated for the song. Then The Kooks pumped up the crowd with a lineup that covered their most famous hits and songs from their newest album, with lead singer Luke Pritchard going all out in his iconic English twang. And, of course, they sang “Naïve,” which many of the Wanderers were waiting for.

Wanderers came in their best “musicfest look,” dressed up for what many call the Coachella of the
Philippines. Some might say that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s not going over the top to say that every Wanderland Music and Arts Festival, since it started in 2013, has left Wanderers wanting for more.
And this year’s wasn’t any different.


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