The 'Music Everywhere, Concert Nowhere' Music Festival is Back for its 25th Year
by Jace Amodo, June 13, 2019 4:05pm
Art by Dani Elevazo. Photos by Maria Romero/Inside Manila
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for audiophiles because Fête De La Musique returns for its 25th staging on June 21, June 22, 28, and 29. This year, the well-loved, free-for-all music festival will bring thousands of artists to the fore through nine main stages and over 50 pocket avenues across and outside Metro Manila.
Organized by Alliance Française de Manille in partnership with B-Side Productions and the Embassy of France to the Philippines, Fête de la Musique aims to showcase the best of the best in the local music scene, all while forging a stronger relationship between the Filipino and French community. On how #FêtePH25 became possible, apart from the hardworking teams and organizers behind it, Ambassador of France to the Philippines Nicolas Galey said it is due to the Filipinos' great taste in music. No arguments there.
Kicking off the music festival are three pre-Fête parties. Witness Mojofly, Dong Abay, and more at the Pre-Fête de la Musique Stage by SX Manila at Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium. If that's too far from home, try jumping or swaying to the lineup at the Sunset Collective Stage by Groove Manila at KMC Skydeck in Bonifacio Global City or those at the Rockeoke Stage at Salon de Ning, The Peninsula.
Over the years, Fête de la Musique has become one of the most recognized French events in the country. And rightfully so, as it ceaselessly provides a generous cross-cultural experience to Filipinos through the performances, which is why the main stages are much awaited.
Go on a grandiose musical experience along the streets of Makati because this year's Fête is holding two main stages on the 21st and the 22nd. Ang Bandang Shirley, Unique Salonga, Bawal Clan, Apartel, Ebe Dancel, Extrapolation, Itchyworm, and more are slated to set foot on the A-Venue Main Stage at the A-Venue Parking Lot on June 21. Meanwhile, The Ransom Collective, Autotelic, Ciudad, Dayaw, She's Only Sixteen, Urbandub, and more will play fan-favorites and new releases at the Greenbelt Main Stage at Greenbelt Park on the morrow.
Fête de la Musique wouldn't have reached this milestone had they stopped at main stages. According to Jean-Pierre Dumont, director of Alliance Française de Manille, Fête has seen an increase in the number of spectators throughout the music festival's history. Staying true to its "music everywhere, concert nowhere" vision, #FêtePH25 is holding 52 pocket stages—notably a lot more than its preceding editions. Keep your senses peeled for the lineup from your favorite Makati bars, cafes, hubs, and coworking spaces; you might just find an alt stage on the 22nd if ever you won't make it to the main ones.
Come June 28, The Intramuros Main Stage at Puerto Real Gardens will be brimming with a promising lineup, including Munimuni, Leanne & Naara, Juan Karlos, The Vowels They Orbit, and Sandwich. Moreover, a special “All-Female French-Filipino Medley” will occur, featuring Filipina musician Radha and French-Filipina singer-composer Vanessa Monot among others.
Manillennials can end the eargasmic experience on June 29 at Fête de la Musique's 25th Anniversary Closing Party by Docdef Productions and Gabi Na Naman Productions at 20:20 Bar and XX XX Club in Makati. Non-Manila residents will also be thrilled to know that on the same day, Fête will venture outside Manila, touching stages in Baguio, Batangas, Bulacan, Laguna, Palawan, and Pampanga. No more excuses, amirite?
With an event as "packed" as Fête, getting lost or confused is expected—that's where the Fête de la Musique app comes in. All relevant information that Fête-goers need to know about the annual music festival is one tap away through the app (available on Google Play Store; coming soon in Apple App Store). And because 25 years is a milestone for Fête, fans get to win round-trip tickets to France through the #FeteStories social media contest by sharing a 25-second video of their fondest Fête de la Musique memories.
An international phenomenon with an assortment of musical acts, Fête De La Musique will cater to all types of people by serving different genres, making it a momentous festival one cannot simply miss. Whatever stage you fancy, and whether you're particularly fond of seasoned or rising acts, Fête's got it for you.
- Fête De La Musique
- Music Festival
- B-Side Productions
- Embassy of France to the Philippines
- Nicolas Galey
- Sunset Collective Stage
- Pre-Fête de la Musique Stage
- Rockeoke Stage
- A-Venue Main Stage
- Greenbelt Main Stage
- Kat Agarrado
- Intramuros Main Stage
- Makati City
- Vanessa Monot
- Docdef Productions
- Gabi Na Naman Productions