They're Back Onstage: The SPOT.ph Guide to Fête de la Musique 2022

Surround yourself with great company and even greater music.

Fête de la Musique 2022.
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(SPOT.ph) Get ready to (still safely) surround yourself with great company and even greater tunes live and in-person after two years of being held online with this year’s edition of Fête de la Musique. Yup, so for those who miss going outside and getting to watch artists, musicians, and audiences come together to celebrate the local music scene right in front of your very own eyes—all for free!

Also read: How Fête de la Musique Became Home to the Pinoy Music Scene

What to expect in this year’s Fete de la Musique festivities:

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Fête de la Musique 2022, with the theme “Tara, Allez!” asks its Filipino audience to join the stream of events stretching from different islands such as Cebu and Palawan, as well as in Siargao, Baguio, and of course, Metro Manila filled with various and diverse sounds and genres from musicians all over the archipelago. The crème de la crème of the local music scene will kickstart on June 21 at Santa Fe Beach Front Playground in Siargao.

On June 24, go fête pocket-stage hopping and hunting across 30 hubs around Poblacion, Makati (Alchemy Bistro Bar, Archipelago Makati, Topic, H&J Sports Bar & Restaurant, and Boogie, among the city’s creative spaces and hubs), and vibe with the music of Jensen & the Flips, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, Banna Harbera, Badkiss, Marvelous, Jia The Menace, Deutsch, John Odin, depending on your mood.

Fête de la Musique’s main stage for the nth time is in usual spot in Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros on June 25. From 4 p.m. onwards, rock along with the tunes of The Itchyworms, Cheats, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas feat. Curtismith, Toni B., Faye Yupano & Zsaris as well as Dilaw, DJ Blutch, Marc Fichel, and The Voice Teens winner Cydel Gabutero.

You can catch performances in Sofitel Philippine Plaza too on June 23 and 24.

Cebu peeps, listen up! There are two stages in Draft Punk and La Vie in store for you on June 25 and 26 with Peregrine, Bethany, Sunday Sunday, and Soda Can Genie to bop along and sway in the music of. On June 26, too, crossing islands is the El Nido Stage at Kalye Artisano and the Baguio Stage at Baguio Convention Center where musicians Leanne and Narra, Dilaw, BakaBaka, TurnCoats, and Rice Lucido, among others, are included in the lineup. 

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The last stage will be back at Kalye Artisano in El Nido, Palawan on June 28.

There are also fête-stivities that will simultaneously happen across these places.

“We’re excited to bring the Fête de la Musique celebrations back to the beautiful places of the Philippines,” says Xavier Leroux, Executive Director of Alliance Francaise de Manille. “This year’s festivities will find us rediscovering the joys of live and in-person music once again.”

The stages will comply with health and safety regulations in their respective places, but of course, the wearing of a face mask is still a must. Health is fête's topmost priority.

This year’s fête is big on deeper collaborations between French artists Marc Fichel, DJ Blutch, and Maxime Cozic, who flew from Paris to the Philippines, and Filipino performers and artists for and on these stages. Not to mention that the popular music festival is a joint collaboration by itself between Alliance Française de Manille, the Embassy of France to the Philippines, and B Side Production while being co-organized by the Department of Tourism. Fête de la Musique is going on for four decades this year, its 28th edition in the country.

For updates and information on the upcoming music festival, check out their Facebook page.

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