By Euden Valdez
SINCE its very first staging in Paris in June 1982, Fête de la Musique has become an international phenomenon that continues to promote music through a free-for-all event in more than 700 cities in 120 countries every year.
In the Philippines, Fête de la Musique is celebrating its 25th year of showcasing the best of the best in the local music scene, while providing a cross cultural experience between the Filipino and French people thereby forging friendships and building a community.
Opening this June 21 and then continuing on June 28 and 29, Fête de la Musique continues its tradition of producing several main stages across Metro Manila and in six other cities all over the country. With the addition of over 50 pocket stages, Fete offers once more a variety of music styles and genres.
Filled with new, exciting and meaningful events for everyone, watch out for these at #FetePH25:
1. Manila main stages
Fête de la Musique’s returns to Makati City for its two main stages on June 22. At A-Venue Main Stage, catch Irie Sunday Crew, Bawal Clan, Anima Tierra x Flow Arts PH, Extrapolation, Ang Bandang Shirley, Unique, Speech from AFM, Dicta License, Apartel, Ebe Dancel, Itchyworm and the #GlobeFete Prod Number.
The second main stage is happening simultaneously at Greenbelt Park featuring Dayaw, Pinkmen, CRWN x August Wahh, Todo Pasa, She's Only Sixteen, The Ransom Collective, Project Yazz x Skarlet Brown, Hernandez Brothers x Quest, Ciudad, Autotelic and Urbandub.
Then on June 28, head on over to the Intramuros Main Stage at the Puerto Real Gardens. Musical acts include The Vowels They Orbit, Rice Lucido, One Click Straight x Ena Mori, Stickfiggas, Munimuni, Leanne & Naara, Radha, Sandwich and Juan Karlos.
2. Secret lineup
Of the countless stages at this year’s Fete, one will carry a secret lineup for the first time ever. Festival goers will only know who will play on the night of the gig itself, happening on June 22 at Warehouse Eight in Makati City. No hints. Just trust that the Discovery Stage, presented by Echoes PH, will deliver the promise of Fête de la Musique.
This milestone year also gives Fête de la Musique fans a chance to win round-trip tickets to France through the #FeteStories social media contest by simply sharing a 25-second video of their fondest Fête de la Musique memories through the years.
4. An all-female ensemble
There will also be a special All-Female French-Filipino Medley on June 28 at the Intramuros Main Stage, led by Pinay musician Radha, and in collaboration with Vanessa Monot, Fatima Palma-Loo and more.
5. Provincial stages
Six cities were selected to host the festival outside of Metro Manila. On June 29, watch out for: Baguio Main Stage by Funkybeat Entertainment at Malcolm Square; Batangas Main Stage by Hardbound Production and Rakista ng Batangas at La Consuelo Spring Resort, Rosario; Bulacan Main Stage by Beach House Production X Darkus Music at Pangnan Grill & Restaurant, Tabang, Guiguinto; Laguna Main Stage by Harry Boy Productions at Da Pip/Da Pipols Indie Stage, Pagsanjan; Palawan Main Stage by FloppyHaus Production and FatJack Production at Puerto Princesa City Baywalk; and Pampanga Main Stage by At the Back MNL @Anchor Bay Gastro Pub, Balibago, Angeles City.
6. Closing party
To cap off Fête’s 25th anniversary festivities with a bang, Doc Def and Gabi Na Naman Productions will hold a closing party on June 29 at 20:20, La Fuerza Plaza 1 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati.
Fête de la Musique in Manila is organized by Alliance Française de Manille together with B-Side Productions and the Embassy of France to the Philippines.
To know more about this year’s celebration and the line-up of new activities, download the FetePH mobile App or visit www.facebook.com/FetePH.
(An original version of this article by the author first appeared at Philstar.com.)
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