Music

In Photos: Wanderland 2019 was the Best Wanderland Yet

The annual indie music festival was bigger and better this year
IMAGE Jasrelle Serrano
Comments

This year’s edition of Wanderland Music and Arts festival felt like the culmination of all the others that came before it. The seventh go-around of the country’s biggest indie music festival ran like clockwork, included some pretty neat side features, and, of course, put the spotlight on some amazing musical acts. 

If you’ve been a regular “Wanderer” like me, you can tell how the festival has improved so much since it was started by events company Karpos Multimedia in 2013. There were some growing pains that the organizers had to go through in previous years in order to deliver what is now a truly world-class festival both for music fans and artists alike.

Security was extra tight this year, ensuring the safety of all the attendees; there were more food choices that catered to varying tastes; and even the sponsors’ booths included interesting offerings for people who felt like taking a break from the action onstage. The venue was packed but it never felt constricting—there was enough space to accommodate everyone, whether they wanted to rock out near the stages or take a break by walking around the Filinvest concert grounds. 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

I appreciated the efforts of the organizers to come up with a theme and stick to it not just in the event announcements, but in most every other aspect of the entire production. This year’s theme, Wanderland Magic, even included a separate venue for scheduled magic shows as well as roving magicians that performed tricks for people walking around. My friends and I had the pleasure of meeting V (yes, that was his name), who performed a card trick for us that could’ve rivaled David Blaine's act.

Wanderland highlights

But people were there primarily for the music, and this year’s lineup delivered. Reese Lansangan and Unique drew crowds even though the blazing sun had yet to set, which is a pretty big deal considering how hot it was last weekend. Charlie Lim made his big stage debut in Manila, and judging by the crowd response, the Singaporean artist picked up not a few new Filipino fans.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

It was the same for American group Joan, who channeled The 1975 and previous Wanderland artist LANY in their well-received set. Indie powerhouse songstress Gabrielle Aplin, firecracker electronic artist SG Lewis, magnetic duo Honne (who were in Manila for the third time, including a Wanderland set two years ago), and headline act Two Door Cinema Club all managed to captivate audiences and were my favorites from Day 1.

It was much the same the next day, with people trickling in as soon as gates opened at 2 p.m. I caught Clara Benin’s Wanderland debut, which people seemed to appreciate. I wasn’t familiar with Korean psychedelic group Adoy and American neo-soul act Mac Ayres, but they were the perfect backdrop to a laidback Sunday afternoon. Local rock heroes Sandwich kicked things up a notch with an explosive set that included almost all of their biggest hits.

Members of the UK band Prep hung out and posed for pictures with fans by the Star Wanderer lounge before taking the stage later that evening. Alina Baraz and Masego clearly earned the love of the Wanderland crowd, but it was UK indie veterans The Kooks that delivered some of the biggest and loudest cheers of the night.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Wanderland did right by spacing the acts out over two days, maximizing the space and resources avaialble to them, and introducing new features that only improved the festival-going experience for music-loving Pinoys. I think I even saw more foreigners this year than in previous editions, which is an encouraging sign that the Philippines now has a credible music festival that can attract audiences not just here but from other countries as well. 

Check out photo highlights of the first-ever two-day edition of Wanderland below:

Early birds at Wanderland 2019

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Live painting session

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano

Magicians walked around showing off their tricks

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Wanderers at Wanderland

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano

There were more choices for food and drinks

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Of course, there were plenty of places to take photos for the 'gram

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano

Gabrielle Aplin

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Mac Ayres

Mac Ayres IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano

Two Door Cinema Club's Alex Trimble

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The crowd during Two Door Cinema Club's set

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano

Masego

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Alina Baraz

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano

Sandwich's Raimund Marasigan

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The Kooks

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano

See you next year for Wanderland 2020

IMAGE: Jasrelle Serrano
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Comments
About The Author
Paul John Caña
Associate Editor, Esquire Philippines
View Other Articles From PJ
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
No official word yet, but construction of a bridge nearby is raising eyebrows.
 
Share
In 1582, the Japanese invaded the Philippines. It’s not what you think.
 
Share
The Avengers star previously sparked backlash for playing the Japanese protagonist in Ghost in the Shell and accepting a role that would have seen her portraying a trans man.
 
Share
How Stan Smith went from a "decent" tennis player to the most popular trainer on the planet.
 
Share
Tips for a trip to Nara, Okayama, and Himeji from a seasoned traveler.
 
Share
Filipino designer Rhuigi Villaseñor's Rhude can count A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, and Travis Scott as some of its most famous fans.
 
Share
She'll apparently play a young MI6 agent who takes on the iconic code number.
 
Share
Were the folks who were on airplanes when Thanos snapped them out of existence O.K.?
 
Share
A bitter falling out with the Estradas lead the former basketball player to the top spot in the city.
 
Share
Hype 24/7 was founded by five young guys determined to push against big familiar gym chains.
Load More Articles