One of the most anticipated annual music festivals in the metro is Alliance Française de Manille’s Fete de la Musique, where the best contemporary Pinoy acts share the stage with lauded international artists.
The theme for this year’s Fete is a tribute to The Beatles. For the first time it will be held at the heart of Metro Manila’s business district, closing down Makati Avenue from B. Valdez St. to Kalayaan Ave. for a one of a kind street concert on Saturday, June 23.
Totally free of charge, the festivities open at 4PM and the music will keep playing till 2AM.
One of the most exciting acts to come out of Europe, French DJ Collective Chinese Man, will grace the main stage, located at the corner of Kalayaan Avenue and Makati Avenue, along with iconic local artists like Cynthia Alexander, Pepe Smith, Johnny Alegre Affinity, and Blue Rats featuring Cookie Chua.
Formed in the French city of Marseille in 2004, Chinese Man’s music is a blend of hip-hop, dub, Afro-Beat, baile funk, traditional music and forgotten samples. They are one of the most innovative DJ collectives in France, with a sold-out European tour in support of their albums “Groove Sessions, Volume 1 & 2”.
There will be eight other pocket venues sponsored and organized by various hosts.
They include the electronica stage at Time, the hip-hop stage at Kyss, the jazz stage at St. Giles Hotel, the Latin stage at Chihuahua, the world/reggae/ska stage at Society Lounge, the blues and soul stage at Heckel and Jeckel, the experimental and ambient stage at ART 1651, and the Rock Stage at The Collective’s B-Side (located on Malugay Road).
Fête de la Musique 2012 is organized by the French Embassy, the Alliance Française de Manille, with Rustan’s, the City of Makati, B-Side (the Collective) and San Miguel.
Following is the complete line-up of acts per stage:
MAIN STAGE (Makati Ave, near Kalayaan, enter via Valdez St. (near Barrio Fiesta)
Brigada, Paul Zialcita & Bakunawa, Julien Drolon, Cynthia Alexander,Johnny Alegre + Affinity featuring Alvin Cornista, Blue Rats featuring Cooky Chua, Jonan Aguilar & Anak featuring Tondo Tribe, Chinese Man, Hijo, Flippin Soul Stompers, Indio I, and Pepe Smith. With movement by Planet Zips and HoopNation.
ELECTRONICA STAGE (Time Club)
Main Room: Morse, James Haresco, Ann Barcelona, Erwin Edralin,Tom Turner, Liquid Ax, Tino Valentino, ConRank, Mulan, Salamangkero, Alpha Shiva, and Marts Ballesca.
Roofdeck: Helen, Similar Objects, Feen, Firefly Logic, Flipperbaby x Bauhaus Cloud, Pasta Groove, Pixie, and Massive Jam.
BLUES/SOUL STAGE (Heckle & Jeckle Bar, Polaris St. corner Jupiter)
Chillitees, JR Oca Experience, Bleu Rascals, Conscious & The Goodness, Cheeba, The Go Signals, Ian Lofamia Blues Band, and CisNikki Power Band.
HIP-HOP STAGE Kyss Resto and Bar, Kalayaan Ave. cor Gen. Luna)
Picoy, Jazze N Maria, D-Coy and Wika Artists, Jolo, Kush, Miscellaneous, People’s Future, Hukbalahap, Bradezz Zon,Tempes, Red-I, Nothingelse, Rye, D’Tech, and Arbiewon.
JAZZ STAGE (St. Giles Hotel)
Rated A, Christian Herve, Batu Yilmaz, J’Co Razon, Zen, Tonet Lipana, Christine Carlos, Luisa Sta Maria, Fuseboxx, Tricia Garcia, Paolo Blaquera Trio, JFK with Johnny Alegre, Carlos Castano, Humanfolk, Lunastra, Absolute Zero, and Musica ni Cadio.
LATIN STAGE (Chihuahua)
The Salsa Fanatics
REGGAE/WORLD/SKA STAGE (Society Lounge, G/F Atrium Building, Makati Ave. corner Paseo de Roxas)
Tropical Depression, Milagros Dancehall Collective, Neighbors, Manila Royale, Superkendi, Robert Green, Hegalong Project, Kadangyan.
ROCK STAGE (B-Side, The Collective, Malugay St.)
Slapshock, Radioactive Sago Project, Ciudad, Outerhope, The Strangeness, Bee Eyes, Imago, The Discoball, RH Xanders, People’s Future, Stick Figgaz, Misyonaryo, Wilabaliw, Cosmic Love, The Butchercons, Earthmover, Nyctinasty, Paranoid City, Curbside, Hilera, Flying Ipis, Wilderness, Nityalila, Mike Pepito, and Jeepney Joyride.
EXPERIMENTAL AND AMBIENT STAGE (ART, 1651, Baler St. between N.Garcia and Pililia Streets, near Kalayaan and Makati Ave.)
Elemento, Planeta ng Ngiti, Lakbay Lahi, Skies of Ember, Jun Sabayton, Dott Seki, Jon Romero, Joseph Pamintuan, Heidi Sarno, Vernon Perez, Tony Piggoti, Samuel Andre, Joee Meijas, Bobby Balingit, Omni Saroca, Yvette Billy, Romancing Venus, Kooky Tuason, Gwen Bautista, Marty Tenco, Jay Bordon, Popdays, Tengal?, Eric Calilan, Rembradth Vocalan, Abby of Fuseboxx, Pao Martinez, Cosmopolitan SmokeStabs, Tales of Ordinary Madness, Death In Pathless Woods, and Cross Escobar.