Wanderers flocked to Filinvest City Event Grounds for this year’s Wanderland Fest filled with 12 hours of music, art, and games. The theme for this year’s instalment is Wanderland Pixels. Previous themes include Wanderland Jungle (2017) and Wanderland Planet (2015 & 2016). Here’s my first time experience at Wanderland: Wanderland Festival 2018 March 10, 2018 Filinvest City Event Grounds Alabang Website: www.wanderlandfestival.com/ Facebook: wanderlandfest Instagram: @wanderlandfest Twitter: wanderlandfest https://flic.kr/p/Fxt7QP This year’s event was held at Filinvest City Event Grounds. I find this venue to be appropriate as it’s far removed from the heavy traffic of the Metropolis, but also not too isolated from the urban scene. https://flic.kr/p/FxsWJM A booklet with a map of the grounds and the lineup schedule is provided upon entry. https://flic.kr/p/Fxt1yk A long line of people exchanging their cash for Wandertokens is the first thing you’ll see. https://flic.kr/p/25cBTMg Merchandise is available for purchase for the fans. https://flic.kr/p/258V6H1 Globe, a major sponsor, had their own set of booths in the middle of the grounds. https://flic.kr/p/247XkPE The weather that afternoon was perfect for a concert. Not too hot, not too humid, and with just the right breeze. https://flic.kr/p/FxsTJZ Various food stalls lined the border of the premises. Wanderers came in all sorts of garb – ranging from streetwear to Coachella-esque outfits. https://flic.kr/p/23QxMSr A separate Star Lounge was provided for Star Wanderers. https://flic.kr/p/25cAUev The Star Lounge had chairs that lit up at night! https://flic.kr/p/H4Z3mw There were even VIP toilets for Star Wanderers! This eliminates the need for long queues. https://flic.kr/p/22rEHA7 Staying true to the Pixels theme, there were various games that you could find in an arcade in the area as well. https://flic.kr/p/FxsEY8 Crafts and trinkets were also available for purchase. https://flic.kr/p/258UB4Y A single cube was dedicated for live art. https://flic.kr/p/247WWnQ The art installations made for perfect OOTD backdrops. https://flic.kr/p/H4YvYC There are two stages – the Wanderland stage and the Globe stage. Performances alternate between the two stages. Fans started trickling into the arena as the bigger acts started to play. https://flic.kr/p/H4YmpN Daniel Caesar had the crowd singing to his hit “Blessed.” https://flic.kr/p/H4Y7r7 Jhené Aiko kept Wanderers bopping and grooving to “Pressure.” She even brought some Wanderers on stage! https://flic.kr/p/23Qx2tB San Miguel, another major sponsor set up beer pong tables for added entertainment. https://flic.kr/p/23QKyhX Star Wanderers get a free drink stub, which can be used to claim one San Miguel Beer. I had the Flavoured Beer in Lemon. I don’t like beer but I was able to finish this one! https://flic.kr/p/H4YbZA Wanderers who preferred not to be part of the standing crowd laid their mats and watched through a screen. Headliner Kodaline closed the night with crowd favorite “All I Want.” https://flic.kr/p/H4XZky You can bet that Wanderers made sure to record this song on their phones as keepsake. https://flic.kr/p/22rDNXG The night ended with explosive confetti, with smiles visible on everyone’s faces. https://flic.kr/p/247WgLS Overall, I had a great first time at Wanderland and I can definitely say that this won’t be my last. Live an Awesome Life, Monique of Team Our Awesome Planet Disclaimer: Our Awesome Planet is an official media partner of Wanderland Pixels. I wrote this article with my thoughts, biases, and insights. https://flic.kr/p/Fxs2Wc P.S. Buy your drinks and food right before nightfall and during a big act so the lines and waiting times aren’t as long.