In case you need more reasons to block off March 4 and 5 on your calendar
We said it before, but let us repeat it: 2023 is coming in hot with many concerts and music festivals for our taking. Enter Wanderland Music and Arts Festival, produced by Karpos Multimedia, presented by Globe Telecom and co-presented by GCash and foodpanda. After a virtual run in 2020 and a three-year hiatus, the well-loved music and arts festival will once again take over the Filinvest Event Grounds in Alabang. So buying a ticket means enjoying nostalgic tunes, witnessing long-awaited debuts on Philippine shores and being part of grand returns long overdue.
To be completely honest, the headliners themselves are enough reason for many to cop tickets to this two-day affair. But if you need a lot more egging on before blocking off March 4 and 5 on your calendar, Team Wonder would happily play enabler. Up ahead, we bring you reasons why you have to make it to Wanderland: The Comeback weekend.
Witness your favorite international acts
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While we know Carly Rae Jepsen and Phoenix will headline the two-day music and arts festival, there’s still a lot to be said about Wanderland: The Comeback’s stellar lineup. First things first, FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) marks his return to the Wanderland stage, ready to play tunes from his 2022 release, V I N C E N T. But that’s not all, because Dashboard Confessional will also play for long-time fans waiting for this day. So whether you love Men I Trust’s dreamy indie sound, Stephen Day’s daze-inducing music or find comfort in Raveena’s soulful voice, the Wanderland festival will bring all these and more.
But of course, Asian acts will also surprise everyone with their electric sets during the jam-packed weekend. Reps from the South Korean hip-hop scene are rapper george and rap collective Balming Tiger, the minds behind Sexy Nukim ft. RM of BTS. In a push to further elevate the best Asian music has to offer, Bangkok-based pop duo HYBS will also join Taiwanese acts rapper Leo Wang and pop band Sunset Rollercoaster on the Wanderland stages.
Watch Wanderartists bring their creations to life
Music festivals are always bursting with color. For the Wanderland festival, four Filipino artists will bring their creations to life and add some visual vibrancy to the show. So get ready to witness Wanderartists Alaga, Amiel Rivera, Faith De Leos and Wika Nadera add to the brimming creative energy of the festival by putting together a visual spectacle for all to see.
Support the local music scene
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Why hold a music festival in the Philippines if you don’t elevate talent from our home court? Wanderland festival, once again, brings us closer to our favorite Pinoy acts. Ylona Garcia, fresh off her 2022 achievements, will have the entire grounds Vibin to her soaring pop anthems. Philippine-grown and London-based singer No Rome will perform his long-awaited homecoming stage at the Filinvest Event Grounds. OPM rock legend Rico Blanco will bring everyone the best type of nostalgia with his classic songs, while Wonder cover star BLASTER will land his Kosmik Island Disk over at Wanderland: The Comeback.
Flow where the motion goes with August Wahh’s cosmic take on neo-soul or dance with FLU’s vintage soul and funk sound. Next, Cebu-based five-piece and Wanderbattle 2020 champions The Sundown will bring their anthems to Manila for everyone to experience. Lastly, the alternative-folk band, The Ridleys, is set to serenade and soothe the festivalgoers at Wanderland. With this diverse set of acts gracing the stage, you bet that copping that ticket is worth it.
Bond with your friends
We all know that music is best experienced live. And to make that even better, why not share it with your closest friends? Nothing screams bonding like a weekend filled with your favorite sounds and well-loved company. Wanderland festival knows this, so their Wanderbuddies bundles are best for a gang planning to go together. Get five two-day tickets at a discounted price: Regular Wanderbuddies cost the group P35,000, while Star Wanderbuddies, with extra perks, cost P60,000—both bundles exclusive of the ticketing service charges. So make the March 4 to 5 weekend your friends will remember at Wanderland: The Comeback.
Thinking about which Wanderbuddies package to get? Wanderland breaks down the perks on the official website.
Discover new artists
Possibly one of the best things in the music festival experience is exiting the grounds a brand new person. Picture this: you plan to stick around for a song or two before going around. But then, your plans transform into undivided jamming, dancing and singing for the entirety of the set. You look them up on their socials, hit follow and by the end of the night, you’re adding them to your Spotify profile. We all know the joy of discovering a new artist—it’s like love at first listen. But love at first listen with a live performance? One for the books.
Already excited about Wanderland: The Comeback? Get your tickets and Wanderbuddies bundles through tickelo.com. For more updates, follow Wanderland Festival on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok.
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver