All roads lead to Manila for Fête de la Musique’s 25th year

Plan your routes for the next two weekends

We hope your (dancing) shoes are also made for walking. The Philippines capital of Manila is going to be transformed for the next two weekends, and it’s going to be too good to keep standing still.

If you’ve ever celebrated Fête de la Musique in Manila before, then you know that it’s as close to a walking tour as you can get. Picture great live music dotted at different bars and venues in close proximity. Pro tip: pace yourselves. This musical ‘walking tour’ is virtually impossible to finish in a single day — no matter how enjoyable the attempt.

25th anniversary

On this milestone year of Fête de la Musique being celebrated in at least 700 cities in 120 countries across continents, French embassy’s cultural arm, Alliance Française de Manille, decided to take the local festivities to a whole new level: nine main stages, fifty pocket stages, each with their own musical genre, and at least a thousand performing artists.

We’ve got the usual suspects: stages for Punk, R&B, Reggae. And then we have everything else in between: Ukelele, Discovery, Math Rock, “Dancatronic,” Cypher … the list goes on.

Organizers have released parts of an online brochure on social media, so make sure you’re making notes for a well-planned route for the next two weekends:

  • June 21: A-Venue main stage, Makati City (features a multi-genre medley led by Francis De Veyra: Bituin Escalante Aia de Leon, Vic Facultad, Cooky Chua, Bayang Barrios, Tarsius, Kat Agarrado, Jensen Gomez, Bea Lorenzo, Zsaris, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas)
  • June 22: Makati City main stage in Greenbelt, plus 52 pocket stages all over Makati
  • June 28: Intramuros, Manila City main stage, featuring a lineup of eleven artists, the likes of Sandwich, Juan Karlos, and Munimuni. You can also expect a special medley led by Radha with Vanessa Monot and Fatima Palma-Loo.
  • June 29: Closing Party at 20:20, Makati City with DocDef and Gabi Na Naman Productions


Also on June 29, those going outside the Philippines capital will also find Fête de la Musique festivities in Baguio, Batangas, Bulacan, Laguna, Pampanga and Palawan.

*Nina Unlay is the editor of

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Nina Unlay

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