Summerfrolic 2023 Sets a New Standard for Festival Excellence

Summerfrolic 2023 delivers unforgettable experiences as a vibrant blend of music, art, and coastal splendor enthralls attendees at Dahican Beach.

Last weekend, the stunning shores of Dahican Beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental, became the pulsating epicenter of the Philippine EDM scene. Summerfrolic, the much-anticipated two-day electronic dance music festival, drew together a diverse and stylish crowd of trendsetting urbanites. With its captivating lineup of local and international artists, Summerfrolic offered an unforgettable experience that transcended provincial boundaries. In this article, we delve into the immersive journey of Summerfrolic 2023, explore the lessons it imparts to other festivals, and hear firsthand accounts from renowned artists.

A Tapestry of Music, Arts, and Culture:

Summerfrolic serves as a haven for those with a shared passion for arts, music, and culture. Set against the sublime backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, this annual event has gained prominence as one of Southern Philippines’ most beloved summer music festivals since its inception in 2014. It not only provides a platform for talented artists but also showcases the breathtaking beauty of Mati City, promoting tourism and fostering a sense of pride in the local community.

A Star-Studded Lineup:

The allure of Summerfrolic lies in its carefully curated lineup, featuring both local gems and renowned international acts. The stage came alive with performances by iconic artists such as Bonka, Marnik, Standerwick, and Sandro Silva, who transported the crowd into a realm of pure sonic ecstasy. Meanwhile, local luminaries like Ron Poe, Patty Tiu, Jenil, Katsy Lee, Jet Boado, Parnassvs, DJ Young (Iloilo), Victor Jao (Cebu), and MC Boo, Jams, and MJ Collarga added their unique flair, showcasing the immense talent brewing within the Philippines’ electronic music scene.

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Bonka photo by Art Oca

Experiences – A Testament to Summerfrolic’s Brilliance

DJ-producer Jenil, a prominent figure in the Sora Music Group, expressed his delight at being part of Summerfrolic, declaring it the number one EDM festival in the Philippines. He commended the festival organizers for consistently raising the bar, especially in terms of stage design and the impressive lineup of DJs who played their own music. Jenil enthusiastically encouraged attendees to bring their friends and join the festivities next year, ensuring an even more memorable experience.

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MJ Collarga, Jenil photo by Art Oca

CB Bautista, an avid raver from Manila, embarked on a journey to Davao to immerse himself in Summerfrolic’s magic. he shared that his decision to attend was not solely based on the lineup but rather the festival’s production value and vibe. CB Bautista’s experience at Summerfrolic affirmed their belief that the Philippines can indeed host its own top-tier EDM festival, creating an annual celebration that attendees eagerly anticipate.

I have been attending rave and EDM festivals outside the Philippines not because of the line up but because of the production value and vibe. Going to Summerfrolic made me realize we can actually do it! We finally have our own EDM festival we can look forward every year.


The astute DJ-producer Jet Boado marveled at the exceptional production quality and stage design offered by Summerfrolic. For him, it stood out as one of the best festivals in the country, consistently delivering a remarkable atmosphere and an unwaveringly awesome vibe.

Summerfrolic 2023, EDM in the Philippines - Midnight Rebels

One of the best production and stage design here in the Philippines. Always a great crowd and awesome vibe.

Jet Boado

Victor Jao, a distinguished DJ hailing from Cebu, hailed Summerfrolic for its captivating atmosphere, driven by organizers who exude a shared passion for delivering an unforgettable experience. Jao extolled the festival’s exceptional stage, claiming it as the best in the Philippines without a doubt. From behind the scenes, he praised the well-organized staff and their unwavering hospitality, contributing to an event of unparalleled magnificence.

DJ-producer PARNASSVS, who graced the Summerfrolic stage for the second time, marveled at the unique energy radiating from the crowd. PARNASSVS declared that no other festival in the Philippines could rival Summerfrolic’s meticulous attention to detail in music programming, marketing, stage design, and sound. This testament to excellence sets Summerfrolic apart as a trailblazer in the country’s festival scene.

As whispers circulate through the streets, many compare Summerfrolic’s production quality to that of renowned international festivals, dubbing it the Tomorrowland of the Philippines. Key takeaways from Summerfrolic include consistency in marketing, a lineup that encompasses both international stars and handpicked local talent from different regions, and the vital collaboration with local government units, which played a significant role in bringing the event to fruition. In the words of DJ-producer Jenil, festivals should embrace EDM, booking music producers rather than just DJs, allowing them to unleash their music. Furthermore, investing in creative and unique stage designs serves to enhance the overall experience and captivate attendees.

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Patty Tiu photo by Art Oca

Summerfrolic 2023 stands as a testament to the remarkable potential of the Philippine festival landscape. With its immersive blend of music, arts, and culture, this event has solidified its status as a transformative experience that leaves an indelible mark on all who attend. By embracing innovation, fostering collaboration, and showcasing the incredible talent within the country, Summerfrolic has set a new standard for excellence in the realm of EDM festivals. As we eagerly await the arrival of Summerfrolic 2024, we can only imagine the sonic utopia that awaits us on the enchanting shores of Dahican Beach.

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Hey, I'm a music producer, DJ, and event curator for BASS N' BACON, and run a record label. I can speak English, Tagalog, and Bisaya, and I enjoy writing about music and culture. Whether it's through my music or writing, I bring a unique perspective and lots of experience to every project I do. Thanks for checking out my work!


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