Fête de la Musique 2019
On its 25th year of showcasing the best of the best in the country’s local music scene, Fête de la Musique (#FetePH25) is set to present the biggest music festival the country is yet to see.
Fete de la Musique celebrates its milestone year in the Philippines with several main stages and 52 pocket stages across Metro Manila and in six other cities all over the country offering a variety of music styles.
The festival kicks off on June 15 with three Pre-Fete de la Musique Parties simultaneously taking place. There will be the Sunset Collective Stage at KMC Skydeck, in Bonifacio Global City; the Rockeoke Stage at Salon de Ning in The Peninsula Manila in Makati City; and the SX Manila Stage at Rizal Open-Air Auditorium in Luneta Park with Dong Abay and Mojofly.
On June 22, Makati will host two main stages—at A. Venue Open Parking and Greenbelt 3 Park.
Performers at the Greenbelt 3 Park Stage include The Ransom Collective, Todo Pasa, Project Yazz x Skarlet Brown, Autotelic, and Urbandub. Meanwhile, at the A. Venue stage, Fête de la Musique-goers will see Ang Bandang Shirley, Apartel, Ebe Dancel, and Itchyworm.
#GlobeFete Production Number, a special 25-minute performance, will also happen at the A-Venue main stage. The multi-genre medley, led by Francis De Veyra, will feature artists such as Bituin Escalante Aia de Leon, Vic Facultad, Cooky Chua, Bayang Barrios, Tarsius, Kat Agarrado, Jensen Gomez, Bea Lorenzo, Zsaris, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas and many more.
On the same day, simultaneous shows featuring various musical genres will be mounted in 52 pocket stages in different bars around Makati. This includes ASPACE Philippines, Arkipelago, OTO, La Collina, YOI Sake Bar, &J Sports Bar & Restaurant, Boogie, The Ruins Courtyard, The Void, Warehouse Eight, 59C, XX XX, Dulo MNL, Annex House, Handlebar Bar and Grill, NoKal, Mang Rudy’s Tuna Grill & Papaitan, Power Mac Spotlight, Topic, Black Market and Finders Keepers, St. Giles Hotel, A’toda Madre, Limbo, Futur:st, Pura Vida Manila, Cragen’s Bar and Restaurant, El Chante, Run Rabbit Run, The Ruins, The Apartment, Bodega Kitchen & Bar, Casa Bambu Rooftop Bar, Acceler8 Co-Working, Pineapple Lab, Bistro RJ, Dusit Thani Hotel, Zibangs Bar & Grillhouse Co, Z Hostel Roofdeck, Cabin 420 Bar and Bistro, Makati Sports Bar, 121 Bar and Grill, Café saGuijo, Kartel Rooftop Ba, Sage Bar, Makati Shangri La, 20:20 / Courtyard, Alchemy Bistro Bar, Pedro Tap House, Y Café, Concepto Poblacion, The Green Door, The Belle and Dragon, Element Boutique Hotel, Gallery in the Gutter.
The festival continues at Intramuros’ Puerta Real Gardens on June 28. The main stage will see performances by Munimuni, Sandwich, Rice Lucido, Leanne & Naara, Radha, and Juan Karlos. There will also be a special production number titled “All-Female French-Filipino Medley,” featuring Radha, Vanessa Monot, and Palma-Loo.
On June 29, the festival will go to Baguio, Bulacan, Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna, and Palawan.
Performing at Baguio’s main stage, which will be at Malcolm Square, are Jensen Gomez, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, Kat Agarrado. Bulacan will host the reunion gig of Juan Pablo Dream and will also have Orange & Lemons. This will be held at Pangnan Grill & Restaurant in Tabang, Guiguinto.
Batangas stage will be at La Consuelo Spring Resort. Pampanga stage will be at Anchor Bay Gastro Pub, Balibago, Angeles City.
Laguna will have several stages in Los Banos, which will include Hip Hop stage at Jacques’ Bar; Music & Arts Stage at Entablado Café; Rock & Blues Stage at The Fat Yard Food Park; and Party Stage at Iris Resto Bar. The main stage will be at Da Pip/Da Pipols Indie Stage in Pagsanjan.
In Palawan, Acoustic Stage will be at Balayong Grill and Bar; Techno Stage at Chez Rose Beach Bar & Restaurant; and House Stage at Blue Palawan Beach Resort. The main stage will be at Puerto Princesa City Baywalk.
Closing Party will be held on the same day at 20:20 bar in Makati hosted by DocDef and Gabi na Naman Productions.
An International Phenomenon
Fete de la Musique was founded in Paris in June 1982 by celebrated French composer and music journalist Maurice Fleuret, together with France’s then-Minister of Culture Jack Lang. Their vision was “music everywhere and the concert nowhere”.
Since then, the festival 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.
Fête de la Musique Manila
In Manila, a new dimension has been added to the festival noting the healing power of music. Music Heals: Fête de la Musique Pop-Up was held last June 8 to inspire, heal, and give hope to the children of the Virlanie Foundation in Makati City with nurse-rapper Fatima Palma-Loo.
Fete 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 and is co-presented by Globe Telecom and San Miguel Pale Pilsen.
Admission is free. Audiences can also get a chance to win a round-trip ticket to France by joining the #FeteStoriessocial media contest. All they have to do is upload a 25-second video about their unforgettable Fête de la Musique experiences.
To know more, download the FetePH app by visiting www.facebook.com/FetePH.
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