The long-running music festival returns this year, again as a virtual event to be livestreamed by Alliance Francaise on Facebook and on Kumu—and this time it’s also going to be beamed from tourist hotspots in Metro Manila, La Union, Boracay, and El Nido.
“With the health crisis affecting the Philippines for more than a year now, Fête de la Musique still endeavors to stay connected with our audience who has been celebrating music with us every year,” Jean-Pierre Dumont, Executive Director of Alliance Francaise de Manille said in a press release. “Together with the Department of Tourism, we will give them great music as we also celebrate the talents and the beauty of the different corners of this amazing country.”
Running from today, June 18, to a big culminating concert on Monday, June 21, Fête de la Musique will feature Filipino artists from all over the Philippines alongside foreign guest performers.
The Luzon “pocket stage” kicks things off today with performances by Pedicab, Radha, Parallel Uno, Celeste Legaspi, Megan Aguilar, Zsaris, 10 AM Departure, Buwi, and Kayden Umali.
Visayas will take over on June 19, with Kate Torralba, Project Yazz, Vanessa Monot, doods, soundslikefiona, Vanya, and Dumaguete Trio.
On June 20, Mindanao takes the spotlight with music from homegrown talents including KRNA, Moro Beats, Conscious & The Goodness, Joee & I, Levi, and Manic Mundane.
The big concert on June 21 will see the Philippines joining celebrations all over the world from stages in Metro Manila, Boracay, El Nido, and La Union.
Barbie Almalbis, Joey Ayala, Bayang Barrios, Curtismith, and Leanne & Narra will headline the Metro Manila, joined by Jason Dhakal, The Hernandez Brothers x Lustbass, and Fatima Loo. For the Boracay stage, there will be performances by I-Dren Artstrong, Trespeace, Mami Beth & Sajid Perez Pelayo. The El Nido stage will feature Jako Mandala, Eric Tarre, Robin, Mike & The Wolf, Bathala Na Groove and Jams with Dona & David, and the Jewelmer Jazz Band. Manskee, Roe Santos, and Jose x Gats Talamak will take over the La Union stage.
This year, multi-awarded singer, composer, and actor Raphaël and jazz band B Connected will be the foreign guest performers on the Metro Manila stage.
Viewers may also catch the performances on the Facebook accounts of Fête de la Musique, B Side Productions, and the Department of Tourism.
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