5 things you should know about Fête de la Musique

On the 21st of June every year, cities all over the world hold music festivals to celebrate the god-sent gift that is music. Locally, you might have recognized this global phenomenon as Fête Indie. This year, Docdef Productions, Ndfy.me, Vandals On The Wall, and Gabi Na Naman Productions are coming together once again to bring us #FêteIndie2017.

1. Where it all began

You and I both would be surprised to find out that Fête de la Musique was born all the way back in 1982, France. When Minister of Culture Jack Lang discovered that one out of two French people could play a musical instrument in 1981, he made a really big deal out of it. What Minister of Culture wouldn’t be proud, right? And man, he was really proud. So proud that he wanted both amateur and professional musicians to come out onto the streets and make some beautiful noise. There was only one rule: Faites de la musique.” “Make music.”

2. It’s official!

Seriously, it’s got a governing body and everything. There’s an official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris, and they get to call the shots. As always, all festivities across all stages begin at 4:00 PM and end at 2:00 AM. I’m still trying to figure out how they manage things, what with Fête being celebrated in over 460 cities in 110 countries all over the world. 

3. Makati is the place to be

Just like last year, Fête de la Musique will take to different stages all over the city. Each stage caters to a specific genre, so if you’re, let’s say, a funk kinda person, you can bet you’ll find yourself in a funk kinda atmosphere. Some examples from last year were: the Bedroom Beats stage at The Belle and Dragon, the Eclectic + Art stage at Lokal Hostel Rooftop, and the MOD stage at Alchemy Bistro Bar.

4. Loco for local

It’s called Fête Indie. So you’ve probably guessed by now that it’s all about promoting the local independent artists. This year, we’ve got only local heavyweights on one of the biggest stages at the Century City Mall Events Center: Ang Bandang Shirley, Jensen and the Flips, Oh Flamingo, Farewell Fair Weather, Tide/edit, Tom’s Story, Fools and Foes, Conscious and the Goodness, Rusty Machines, Memory Drawers, Rob & The Hitmen, Manila Magic, Reese Lansangan, Banna Harbera, Shirebound and Busking, Moonwlk, BP Valenzuela, and Ben&Ben. They’re all playing? On the same stage? Is that much awesome even scientifically possible? There’s only one way to find out. (By going, duh.)

5. Two words that always seal the deal:

It’s free.


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