For 24 years now, Fete de la Musique in Manila has been showcasing the best that the Philippine music scene has to offer. The Fête de la Musique began in Paris in 1982. This season, the summertime musical event will draw music lovers in over 300 European cities and over 540 cities worldwide.
An Experience Worth Sharing
I remember attending my first Fête de la Musique event back in 2005 I was in my senior year in college and the OPM scene was rising yet again. We wanted to see all our local favorite bands in a centralized venue for free. We dressed up, waited a few hours in El Pueblo Ortigas to witness the event. The crowd, from all walks of life, gathered in each pocket channels for the sole love for music. It was such an experience that I have to do it annually as a pilgrimage. It has been more than 10 years since that time and whenever I meet new people as I get older, I will always introduce them to Fête de la Musique festival.
Free gigs, covering all music genres, take place across France and around the world (including The Philippines) as part of this festival for the summer solstice on June 21st.
Alliance Française de Manille, the Embassy of France to the Philippines, and other local partners will host the 23rd streak of this audio sensory event in Manila. 30 pocket events covering all genres in music peppered across the following centralized venues;
Schedule of Performances
- Stage locations
- Artist line up
- Other event details
What I love about this event is how they give importance to different music genres, it’s a buffet to your audible sensories. It is a portfolio of the best Filipino music has to offer from OPM legends, mainstream bands, independent artists trying to get into the scene, weird-electronic enables to downright world music beat creators.
Personally, I forego going to the main stage as it tends to be more mainstream and too much waiting time. If you’re a FETE DE LA MUSIQUE virgin and your cherry needs to be popped properly by experiencing their pocket stages. I am strongly recommending you to at least go to these 3 stages in Makati before transferring to the rest of the partner venues.
- The Acoustic Stage (A Space Greenbelt): A Proper early afternoon induction
- The Soul Funk Stage (H&J Poblacion)
- The New Wave Stage (The Woodman’s Head)
Few pointers to remember:
- Pre-select stage venues you will go. If you’re bringing a car better park somewhere safe and just transfer to each pocket venues either by walking or taking a short cab/jeepney ride.
- Bring water as it could get really humid and hot due to the influx of people
- Last 2017 most of the crowd was over at the Indie Stage. So if you’re planning to go there make sure to come early.
- Wear light and comfortable clothing. Again it could get really hot and humid.
- Immerse, Enjoy!
If you haven’t been to any Fête de la Musique event then you should go at least once. You can never go wrong with music and engagement.
As we always say, go forth and wander! Be a storyteller of your experience.
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