For a spectator, this year’s Fête dela Musique was pleasantly exhausting. It celebrated its 20th anniversary in three main stages: Avenue Mall Open Parking, Greenbelt 3 Park, and Maestranza Plaza in Intramuros. There were also 19 pocket stages around Metro Manila. The main stages included a variety of musical performances across different genres and pocket stages had only one to two genres. Spoken word poetry was also part of the performances. The third or fourth Saturday of June every year is usually reserved for this celebration. The annual event usually starts late in the afternoon and lasts until past midnight.
This year, pocket stages included A_Space for the Acoustic Stage; H&J Sports Bar for Blues, Soul & Funk; Murphy’s for the Cabaret Stage; Radar MNL for the Chillout Stage; Time in Manila for Electronica; M Cafe for Hip-hop/R&B; Black Market & Finders Keepers for House Party; 12 Monkeys for the Indie Stage; Bayleaf Lounge (St. Giles) for Jazz; Chihuahua for Latin Stage; Society Lounge for the Mod Stage; B-Side (Courtyard) for Rock; B-Side (Indoor) for Reggae; Cafê Curiuex for the World Stage; Sazi’s Nakpil for Alternative Rock; Heaven Malate for the Bass, Breaks & Beats Stage; Eat Cafê (V Hotel) for Experimental/Hip-Hop; JPI Hall of Freedom, Lyceum University for Nouveau Jazz. Among the hundreds of performers were the Radioactive Sago Project, Up Dharma Down, Pedicab, Imago, Barbie Almalbis, Kjwan, Taken by Cars, Pasay Jazz, Kalayo, Joey Ayala, Bullet Dumas, Tao Aves, Tarsius, Earthmover, and Flying Ipis.