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Malasimbo’s 10th Anniversary is Happening at La Mesa

Malasimbo 2020 is creating quality music at the La Mesa Eco Park amphitheater.
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Malasimbo, a key player in environmental conservation, celebrates its 10th year at one of the last green spaces left in Metro Manila. The La Mesa Eco Park has over one million trees and various species of flora and fauna. It is also situated beside the La Mesa Dam and Reservoir, which contains the primary source of drinking water for over 12 million residents in the metro.

Discovering Paradise in the City

Whether held up in the mountains or by the beach in Puerto Galera, Malasimbo has opened up to a diverse community of performers, artists, bands and music lovers, elevating the local festival experience not just in its backyard but in the entire country. Now, it has found a bigger home in the lush rainforest right in the middle of the metro. 

Photo by Malasimbo.

Great Acoustics at Malasimbo

With La Mesa Eco Park’s amphitheater, Malasimbo is set to produce quality sound as attendees discover this paradise in the city. “La Mesa Eco Park’s amphitheater has ideal outdoor acoustics and reflects the same conditions of our last amphitheater. Sound travels in time and space at 343m/sec. It’s a science, which if neglected compromises the quality of the experience for the performers and the audience,” said Miro Grgic, Malasimbo founder and festival director.


In the past years, Malasimbo has seen some of the world’s best jazz, soul, world, and dance music legends and contemporaries make their way into the country’s longest-standing festival. This year's lineup 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 Malasimbo are Melbourne hit-maker Laneous, Canadian keyboardist Anomalie, Colombian jazz pianist Jesus Molina Quartet, Italian guitarist Matteo Mancuso, and Uncomfortable Science. Local music artists include Brigada, Yosha, Moro Beats Collective, Tanikala, Project Yazz, Talata ni Tala, and more.

Malasimbo also brings in nine DJs with Up Dharma Down’s Ean Mayor, Roberto Seña of She’s Only Sixteen, Deej Fabian, Bass Relief, Norris King, Bing Austria of Put3ska, Rei Ka, DJ duo Bignay Sound System, and Jigga Who.

Creating Conversations with Music Industry Professionals

Since its establishment in 2011, Malasimbo has been supporting the livelihood of artists, especially musicians. For this year’s music business conference, notable international music business executives will discuss critical topics about how the music industry works. These include digital marketing and monetizing music, artist management and booking agents, making it in the Philippines versus overseas, and more.

“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,” Miro says. Keynote speakers include Rolling Stones tour manager Sam Cutler together with Quincy Jones MGMT, Jacob Collier MGMT, Warner Music, and FILSCAP.

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Saving the Last Green Space

Over the past years, Malasimbo has been contributing to cultural and environmental conservation through mangrove planting, reforestation, beach clean-up projects, and supporting indigenous people’s livelihood.

This year, it hopes to raise cultural and environmental awareness through listening, creating, and discovering the Malasimbo music and arts scene. Ten percent of ticket sales or a minimum of P250,000 will be donated to Bantay Kalikasan for the benefit of the La Mesa Nature Reservoir.

Malasimbo Ticket Prices

From January 1 to 31

  • Two-day passes: P8,000
  • One-day pass: P4,500

From February 1 to 29

  • Two-day passes: P9,000
  • One-day pass: P5,000

Door prices (walk-in)

  • Two-day passes: P10,000
  • One-day pass P5,500

Malasimbo 2020 is happening on February 029 to March 1, 2020 at the La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City. 

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Twitter: @malasimbofest

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