It is that time of the year once again, especially for music-lovers in the metro. Fete de la Musique, the annual music festival organized by Alliance Francaisede Manille, (the French cultural body in the country) will once again bring rhythms of different genres on June 21, Saturday at various venues around the metropolis. This year marks the 20th year of this music festival. To mark this occasion, Fete de la Musique will be celebrated simultaneously on the 3 main stages across 2 cities and 19 pocket stages where one can check them out for free.
This event aims to “showcase the breadth and depth of Filipino talent while promoting universal values such as freedom, cultural diversity as well as generosity, as most of the artists are performing for free….brotherhood among nations and the joy to share together the same passion for music, art and culture.”
The Fete will start at 3;30 PM across the 3 main stages: the A-Venue Parking Area and Greenbelt Park in Makati and the Maestranza section of Intramuros in Manila. In addition, a number of bars will serve as pocket stages for different genre performances.
If the description above is not enough, how about you check out the list of artists you can expect at the Fete:
A-Venue Open Parking Main Stage
Alvin Cornista’s Jazzmatik feat. Med Messiah, Words Anonymous, Blue Rats, Philippine Human Beatbox Alliance, LDP feat. Ron Henley, Philippine All-Stars, Kalayo feat. Joey Ayala, Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community, Planet Zips, Flow Arts Philippines, Tropical Depression feat. Lolita Carbon of Asin and The Boys, Radioactive Sago Project feat. Kat Agarrado, DJ Jon Attend Motherbass feat. June Marieezy, Basti Artadi feat. Radha, Ebe Dancel feat. Lee Grane, Pedicab, Samba School Imperatriz Filipinense, Kadara Capoeira
Greenbelt 3 Park Main Stage
Brass Pas Pas Pas. Kate Torralba, Noli Aurillo, Badkiss, Christian Hervé, Flippin’ Soul Stompers, Bleu Rascals, Reggae Mistress Caliph8 & Red-I
Makati Pocket Venues
Acoustic Stage by Li Perez + Generic Mawmaw/Fête Throwback Photo Exhibit@A_Space Gallery / Union Bank on G/F 110 Legazpi St., opposite Greenbelt 5 Line-up: Acoustic Performances by: Bullet Dumas, The Sun Manager, Reese and Vica, BP Valenzuela, Lee Grane, Manskee, Isha Abubakar, Toni B, Tao Aves, Johnoy Danao plus special guests / Fete Throwback Photographs by: Brendan Goco and Romain Rivierre
Chillout Stage by Radar MNL@Buddha Bar / Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue Line-up: Techy Romantics, Beach Please, Caliph8, Cheeba, A problem like Maria, Buddha Bar DJs, Alley Kat, Mulan, Emel Rowe, and more.
Rock, Reggae and Ska Stage by Chronic Wheeze + Fool Moon Productions@B-Side / The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village Line-up: Wilabaliw, Embercore, April Morning Skies, The Chongkeys, Faintlight, Imbueno Kudos, Lost Thread, Bad Weather, Fun City Boys, Citrus Lane, Jejaview, Sirens, Give Chance To Run, VOC, Read Between The Lions, On The Spot, Sanctus, Absolute Play, Tropical Depression, Collie Herb, Dreadknot Used, Coffeebreak Island, Goodleaf, Dandimites, Nyte in Tunesia, Surevibe, Tea4two, Barrio Morning Glory and more…
House Party Stage by Personal Space + Durrty Hotdog + Riot House@Black Market + Finders Keepers / Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Plaza 2, Sabio St. near Pasong Tamo Line-up @Black Market: Red-I, Soulflower, Don P, The Zombettes, Major Chie, Samantha, Migs Fuckin’ A., Ras Taro, Asela, Karlo, Xtina, Raymond Ang, Kix Suarezy, Yanna and more, Visuals by Coup D’ Disqo and more… Line-up @Finders Keepers: Boyet Sison, (note: yes, the ANC newscaster) Manolet Dario, Angelo Mendez, Huang + surprise DJs
World Stage by Luna Fest + Musikeraw@Café Curieux / G/F Bel-Air Soho Polaris corner Badajos St. Line-up: Ukulele Philippines, Planet Zips, Flow Arts Philippines, Kadara Capoiera, Talahib, Navy Blue Pants, Dayaw, Kontra Gapi, UP Kekeli West African Ensemble, Jam Perez, Karen Lou Mesina, Anahata, Christ Man, DJ Tribal Enkanto, DJ Lapu Lapu Art Installation by: Cherry Ann Fulo, Levi Cruz, Beatrice Cruz Puertollano, Delfin, Luis Hernandez
Latin Stage@Chihuahua / 7838 Makati Avenue Line-up: Salsa Manila and Samba School Imperatriz Filipinense
Blues, Soul & Funk Stage by MamboRat Productions@H & J / 5081 Felipe St. Line-up: Kosmikskala with Nitoy Adriano, Kala, Chillitees, Ian Lofamia Blues Band, Conscious & The Goodness, Gin Rum N’ Truth, Bignay Soundsystem, Kakoy Legaspi and The Pasay Jazz
Hip-hop & RnB Stage by Boogie Down Manila@M Café / G/F Greenbelt 4, Makati Ave. cor Dela Rosa St. Ayala Center Line-up: Mike Swift, Qyork, Philippine Allstars, Legit Misfits, Nathan J and more…
Cabaret Stage by PI Jazz Festival Foundation@Murphy’s Pub / Cityland Condo III, 105 V.A. Rufino St. corner Esteban St. Line-up: Michelle Fitzgerald, Stella Ignacio, Carina Quiogue Dignos with Ed Carino & Boy Trillanes, KT Mas, Masashi Tsudaka, Cacophony, Ghost Pepper, Johnny Alegre Trio, Kizotano, The Jireh Calo Project, Tonet Lipana & Lynn Sherman
Mod Stage by MOD Philippines + Ava Prime@Society Lounge / G/F Atrium Bldg. Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Line-up: Neighbors, Dandimites, Goodleaf, Minerva, Dragonfly Collector, Edralins, Flippin’ Soul Stompers, Escolta 3am, The Royal, Sundown Muse, Shane Cosgrove, Chicochongchu, Papamod / With the participation of Body Shots 2014 Models, Vespa Club, Mini Cooper Club, Lee Cooper Fashion Show
Jazz Stage by PI Jazz Festival Foundation Hosted by Sandra Lim-Viray@Bayleaf Lounge / 2/F St. Giles Hotel Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue Line-up: Ed Castañeda, Sara Bichachi, Rayie (Ray & Ayie), Christian Herve, Koko Marbella, Anything Goes with Michael Puyat & Friends, Romy Posadas, Colby de la Calzada, Jun Viray, Arthur Manuntag, Cheryl Santaromana, Margaux Salcedo, Megan Herrera, Rosanna Gaerlan, Sean Manuntag, Tessie Garcia
Electronica Stage by Nomad Massive@Time in Manila / 7840 Makati Ave. (across A-Venue Mall) Line-up main room: Alley Kat, Herbie Walton & Her Cabral, Miss Badkiss & Emel Rowe, Ingo Vogelmann, Pav Parrotte, Martin Lugtu, Alinep Line-up roof deck: Sparkee, Joee Mejias, Modulogeek, ProcopioKillsAll, GYHT, Turbo Goth, Fdog 13, Red-I, Bauhaus Cloud, No-Rom, Anomaly 1, Liquid A, Soulflower, Toro, Mecha, Kishore, Helen
Indie Stage by NDFY@12 Monkeys / 5/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City Line-up: Ourselves The Elves, The Ransom Collective, Hana, ACBD, Three.!, The Jireh Calo Project, Farewell Fair Weather, Sud, Carlos Castano, Brisom, tide/edit, Pitik, Earthmover, Identikit, Autotelic, Sinyma, Tarsius
Maestranza Plaza Main Stage
Banda Kawayan, Chocolate Grass, Similar Objects, Imago, Peryodiko, Barbie Almalbis, Wilderness, Ea Torrado feat. Erick Dizon, Coco Jam, Humanfolk, Kjwan, Mr. Bones & the Boneyard, Circus Curbside, Taken by Cars, Jack Versus the Crab, DJ John Attend (France)
Maestranza Plaza Art Installations & Street Performances by Julia Nebrija, Ea Torrado, Leeroy, New Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Kulay Labitigan, AI Garcia, Chris Aronson, PJ Rebullida, Flow Arts Philippines, Planet Zips, Pasyal Sunday Buskers
Intramuros and Malate Pocket Stages
Alternative Rock Stage by Red Ninja@Sazi’s-Kalye Nakpil6 / 44 Nakpil St., Malate Line-up: Tonight We Sleep, Jejaview, A Music Theory, Imelda, Diachroma, The Kents, Sirens, Flying Ipis, Thieves, Paranoid City, Ephesus, Blue Boy Bites Back, Eddie Shawarma
Spoken Word Stage by Speak Philippines@Sev’s Café / Basement Legaspi Towers 300, Roxas Blvd. corner P. Ocampo, Malate (across CCP) Line-up: Speak Philippines, Ipat Luna + Open Mic
Dub Stage by Torta Manila@Heaven Malate / Nakpil St. corner Orosa St., Malate Line-up: Abdel Aziz, Adadub, Allrock, Reiz, SilverFilter, Xombie, Gabby-Z
Nouveau Jazz Stage by PI Jazz Festival Foundation@JPL Hall of Freedom, Lyceum of the Philippines / Muralla corner Real Sts., Intramuros Line-up: PI Jazz artists
Experimental/ Hip Hop Stage@Eat Cafe, V Hotel / 1766 Adriatico Street, Malate Line-up: Similar Objects, BIN5, Like Animals, NoR, Ayon, Moki Mc Fly, After School, Special, Floating Sound Nation, Sleeper Second, The BGNR, Inkeyes, Zomtendo, Lustbass, Jamessushe, Fxxxybint, Sloj, Impulse Project
That is a lot of talented performers you should check out at Fete de la Musique this year. It will be impossible to see them all; try to catch some of them, especially those who you would like to see. So plan ahead and enjoy the sights and sounds of the festival!
Acknowledgements to Alliance Francaise Manille for the info about this event. Check out their website for more information about Fete de la Musique here