Fête de la Musique 2017: Which stage should you go to?

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Discover new music in the 30 stages of this year’s Fête de la Musique.

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — It’s been recently announced that two of the main stages of Fête de la Musique this year have been cancelled, due to “security risks given the current political atmosphere,” according to the festival’s spearhead, the Alliance Française de Manille.

The performances scheduled for the A-Venue and the Greenbelt main stages, which were supposed to take place on June 17, have been revoked. Around 20 acts were slated to play on these stages, among them Similarobjects, Joey Ayala, Apartel, Oh, Flamingo!, BP Valenzuela, and Taken by Cars. Some of the acts, however, will still perform for the festival’s pocket stages, such as Bedroom Beats for BP Valenzuela.

The decision to cancel may have been made in light of the recent Resorts World Manila attack, though the Alliance Française de Manille did not specify. Despite such a security risk, all other Fête de la Musique stages will push through, and there are 30 to choose from. The music goes on.



Bedroom Beats stage

“The Bedroom Beats stage is, in my honest opinion, a congregation of the most interesting Filipino bedroom and Internet music projects,” says Jorge Wieneke V, founding member of BuwanBuwan Collective, the organizer of Bedroom Beats.

Wieneke will be part of the stage’s lineup, under his artist moniker, Similarobjects. He says the advocacy of Bedroom Beats is to “shine some light on the artists that we believe deserve a platform to showcase their work outside the confines of their own bedrooms and virtual spaces, and to challenge the musical sensibilities of the standard gig goers to focus on artists that look beyond the usual.”

When asked what to look forward to, Wieneke says, “Expect a melting pot of genres, new and old, hybrid forms and a lot of memes.”

The Bedroom Beats stage will be at The Belle & Dragon, 100 A. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.


Blues Soul Funk stage

It’s the sixth edition of the Blues Soul Funk stage, and this time it will feature 17 bands, half of which are first-timers. The other half is comprised of regulars and pioneers of the blues scene. “[The stage is] called ‘Blues Soul Funk,’ but in reality, it's ‘Blues Soul Funk, and Beyond,’” says Ziera De Veyra, a member of Mambo Rat Productions.

Some of the acts playing at the Blues Soul Funk stage are Kat Agarrado of Sinosikat?, Chillitees, Conscious & the Goodness, Toni B., and The Blue Rats.

The Blues Soul Funk stage will be at H&J Sports Bar and Restaurant, 5781 Felipe St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City.

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Circus stage

At the Circus stage, expect open-format DJ sets from some of the best DJs in town, paired with live circus, street, dance, art, and music performances. Some of the performers include DJs Mulan, Bruder, and Quark Henares, as well as percussion duo, the Hernandez Bros. The French band Encore! will also be gracing the dancefloor.

This will be the first Circus stage for the festival, and is an extension of the club 20:20’s “Circus” monthly event series, where the venue hosts three different stages: inside the inner club XX XX, in the more open bar beside it which is 20:20, and the outside area.

The Circus stage will be at 20:20, 20B La Fuerza Plaza 1, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.


Cocktails & Swing stage

At the Cocktails & Swing stage, "our guests will experience a true-to-theme 1920s (through 1940s) environment, complete with live period music and our classic cocktails,” says Patrick Cuartero, the owner of ABV Cocktail & Absinthe Bar. “[There will be] great food, amazing drinks, and world-class swing and jazz musicians.”

Cuartero says that ABV is known for its Prohibition era motif, and so along with its meticulously crafted cocktails, he knew that 1920s jazz and swing would be perfect for the place.

The Cocktails & Swing stage will be at ABV Cocktail & Absinthe Bar, Basement Floor, 22 Jupiter St., Makati City.


Disco Mathilde stage

The Disco Mathilde stage will be “ [kind of] like a house party,” says Roy Murakami, one of the owners of Bar Mathilde. It’s the bar’s first time to participate in the festival, featuring DJs spinning some up-tempo vintage soul and funk.

Murakami describes Bar Mathilde as “a small, neighborhood business that relies on and supports other small, neighborhood businesses.” Part of why the bar was able to get a slot at Fête de la Musique is because of what Murakami thinks as the festival’s shift toward networks of smaller businesses, or small music niches.

“I mean, the charm of Fête de la Musique is having all the cool pop-up spots where you just keep running into music,” he says. “For me, it’s less about the big stages and more about the semi-improvised sets that make a city or a neighborhood — whether that’s Paris or Poblacion — feel alive. We wanted to stay true to that with a house party vibe where you could just wander in, grab a drink, and enjoy.”

The Disco Mathilde stage will be at Bar Mathilde, 8483 Kalayaan Ave. cor. Matilde St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City.

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Eclectic + Art stage

True to its name, at the Eclectic + Art stage, anything goes. “I see our stage as an open format venue,” says Luis Gutierrez, one of the stage’s organizers. “We got left field music and various artists — rappers, acoustic acts, you name it!”

This year’s Eclectic + Art stage takes place at a new venue, I’M Hotel’s Mermaid Pool Bar, which features murals and poolside party area. Taking pride in featuring “some of Manila’s most creative musicians,” the stage will also be showcasing live art and visuals, as well as local crafted goods.

What used to be called the “Experimental” stage is now a show that comes together more organically. Dee Jae Paeste, the stage’s visionary, adds: “We wanted to push music and art that people wouldn't find so easily but when they experience it, it [would be] amazing to watch and see gel together.”


The Eclectic + Art stage will be at I’M Hotel Mermaid Pool Bar, 7862 Makati Ave. cor, Kalayaan Ave., Makati City.

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Electronica stage

“This year, we have gathered all the movers and shakers from the house and techno scene in Manila,” says Pav Parrotte, one of the organizers of the Electronica stage. Including Parrotte, some of the DJs playing on the stage are resident artists of TIME in Makati, and the ones playing in the main room have been paired up to play back to back, each representing a different corner of the disc jockey electronica scene.

“Each DJ has his own unique style to bring some more spice to this global and grand festival,” adds Parrotte. “[During the festival], TIME will be open from 4 p.m. until the very wee hours of Sunday morning and you can expect the freshest edgiest electronic music to carry you through.”

The Electronica stage will be at TIME, 7840 Makati Ave., Makati City.


End stage

“The End stage could be your first, only, or last stop for the entire festival,” says Alexa Arabejo of DULO in Makati. It will be a multi-sensory experience, she says. “We have spoken word, stand up comedy, live erotica reading, burlesque, live art painting, a video installation, a live rap musician, and several DJs, including a drag DJ!”

There will be surprise acts, but some of the performers for the night include the rapper NINNO, the stand-up comedy group Comedy Manila, and the spoken word group White Wall Poetry.


The End stage will be at DULO, 4992 P. Guanzon St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City.


Grunge stage

Underground bands take the spotlight at the Grunge stage, featuring acts from Manila to Bataan. One of its organizers, Ivan Gutierrez, says, “People can look forward to a trip down memory lane as you get to listen to the artists performing covers your favorite 90s hits from the big four of grunge — Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains — as well as original music. Expect moshing and stage diving. Dr. Martens boots and flannel shirts allowed, though not required.”

Gutierrez says that the grunge stage, currently on its second year, was organized because “the previous Fete events didn't cater to this particular segment of music. Though grunge music has been long gone, it has influenced a lot of bands. And it is making a comeback.”

The Grunge stage will be at Mang Rudy’s Tuna Grill and Papaitan, 148-A, Yakal St., San Antonio Villlage, Makati City.

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Island Music stage

The Island Music stage promises to deliver live performances that could be the soundtrack to a drive to the beach. From ukulele music to percussive beach music to ska and reggae, the stage will showcase notable acts such as Tropical Depression, Manila Sky, and Goodleaf, as well as up and coming artists. This year will be Island Music’s first time to participate in Fête de la Musique.

Other acts performing also include Enrique De Dios, Shirebound and Busking, and the Ukulele Philippines Ensemble.

The Island Music stage will be at Aloha Bar & Grill, The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati City.

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Mount Zion stage

“Mount Zion for the Rastafari religion stands as the ‘promised land’ or ‘paradise on earth’ and that's what the stage concept is about,” explains Pura Vida Manila, the stage’s organizer. “A place full of good vibes, a positive environment where people will dance, enjoy, and detach from all stress while listening to the best reggae music.”

Featuring some of the best local and international DJs and reggae acts — such as Supermikki, Coffee Break Island, and Lady I — the Mount Zion stage promises “an escape from the city.”

The Mount Zion stage will be at Pura Vida, Don Pedro St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City.


OPM stage

The OPM stage, organized by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), was born out of the organization’s monthly show, “OPM Spotlight.” The show as well as the pocket stage for the festival, aims to share and continue to uplift Filipino music, as part of OPM’s commitment in strengthening the quality of local acts’ live performances.

For Alvin Dela Peña, one of the stage’s organizers, “the objective [of OPM Spotlight and the OPM stage] is to create a sense of identity and pride using local music, and to inspire musicians to grow not only personally but professionally as well in the music industry.”

The artists performing on the stage are members of OPM, including the solo artists Mikoy Morales, Kai Atienza, Davey Langit, and Ace Dyamante.

The OPM stage will be at 1018 Bar, 1018 Teresa St., Rizal Village, Makati City.

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Post-music stage

At the Post-music stage, there will be performances by “misfit acts [presenting] a smorgasbord of sonic performances that toe the line between music and noise,” says Markus Bulandus, the stage’s organizer. “Expect sounds that break the conventional structure of commercially available music.”

“We have artists doing some strange and interesting things with music, a lot of them with a following overseas but are relative unknowns locally.” he adds. Bulandus says that the Post-music stage is a way to showcase these artists to local audiences. Performers for the night include the witch house duo Pet School, new wave/post-punk band Encyclopedia Frown, and noise act Slay Your Boyfriend.

The Post-music stage will be at Boiler Room Bar, 109 Carlos Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.

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Punk stage

For three years now, the Punk stage has been featuring bands from both the old school and the new school of punk. For this year’s festival, Pinoy punk pioneers Philippine Violators will be headlining the stage, among several bands from different punk circles.

For the stage’s organizer Kei Galupino, it’s all about presenting different perspectives in terms of the genre. He says, “For me, it’s [about] giving your followers what they want to see, and at the same time, showing them what they haven’t.”

The Punk stage will be at Kahuna Makati, 50 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City.


R&B stage

Both veteran and budding R&B artists will be performing at the R&B stage this year, most of which are regulars at the venue, the Z Hostel. According to the organizer Cao Ocampo, this second edition of the stage will be featuring modern day styles of the genre, and will be about showcasing local artists and their original tracks. The R&B artists on the lineup include Gio Levy, Zsaris Mendioro, and the Chillitees.

The R&B stage will be at Z Hostel, 5660 Don Pedro St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City.


Rock stage

Held in Saguijo Café and Bar, a place known for holding rock gigs, “the Rock stage is just gonna [be like] another gig. Except that we start early,” says Red Ninja Productions, the stage’s organizer. There will be more acts than the usual late night gig, as well as a band from Cebu. This year’s Rock stage will also showcase new bands and artists that fit loosely into the genre, leaning more toward alternative styles, such as folk act TheSunManager, and blues rock group MilesExperience. The production adds, “We're learning to give more bands a chance to play at our stage, trying not to repeat a few bands.”

The Rock stage will be at Saguijo Café and Bar, 7612 Guijo St., San Antonio Village, Makati City.


UNKNWN stage

UNKNWN, an events platform centered on Manila’s underground music community, will be hosting its own stage at the festival. The platform’s resident DJs, including Samantha Nicole and Mikail, will be playing eclectic DJ sets ranging from funk and house to disco and more. The stage will be held in Poblacion’s newest venue, The Social on Ebro, an open-air container park with food selections, an artist space, and a bar. Like many of the pocket stages this year, this will be the first UNKNWN stage in Fête dela Musique.

UNKNWN stage will be at The Social on Ebro, 5770 Ebro St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City.


World stage

This year’s World stage is entitled “Mundo Ritmo,” and promises to serve up an eclectic mix of musical acts inspired by different musical traditions from the Philippines, as well as the rest of the world. “Mundo Ritmo is unique in that the audience are never merely spectators, but are invited to join in the show through music and dance circles,” says Rhea Dagnalan, one of the stage’s organizers. “We open the night with a performance where everybody is open to offer up their talents. This is what transforms our stage into a community.”

On its fourth year in the festival, the World stage’s goal is to create a different atmosphere every year, where people can dance, drum, and have fun with each other. This year’s World Music stage will showcase a performance by one of the country’s world music pioneers, Humanfolk. Dagnalan adds, “We'd like Mundo Ritmo to become a sort of beginner's course to World Music, and hopefully [have more people] join us in the years to come.”

The World stage will be at Cabin 420 Bar & Bistro, A-Venue Mall, Makati City.

Other stages

  • The Brazilian stage at The Woodman’s Head, 5045 P. Burgos St., Makati City.
  • The Hiphop stage at The Studio, 9590 Kamagong St. cor. Bagtikan St., Makati City.
  • The House Party stage at Black Market, Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Plaza, Chino Roces Ave. cor. Sabio St., San Lorenzo, Makati City.
  • The Indie stage at Century City Mall, Makati City.
  • The Jardin de Fleurs stage at Red Rabbit, 5 Paseo Parkview Tower, Valero St. cor. Sedeno St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.
  • The Jazz stage at Monk’s Dream Jazz Bar, 6053 R. Palma St., Makati City.
  • The Mod stage at Alchemy Bistro Bar, Polaris St. cor. Durban St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City.
  • The New Wave stage at Acceler8 Coworking, Lower Ground Floor, 111 Paseo De Roxas, Makati City.
  • The Reggae stage at B-side, The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati City.
  • The Rock/Crossover stage at 121 Bar & Grille, 2nd Flr., Alegro Center, 2284 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati City.
  • The Spoken Word stage at Café Libertad, G-IV The Gallery Bldg., Amorsolo St., Makati City.
  • The Acoustic stage at A SPACE Greenbelt, 110 Legaspi St., Makati City.