As summer wanes, Manila has one final blow out. Discover an up and coming Filipino music scene and fresh local talent at Fête de la Musique.
Failed to bag those free Radio 1's Big Weekend tickets again? Or maybe you just weren't quick enough on the phone for Glasto tickets? Manila has the answer. Join locals and tourists from around the world for Fête de la Musique, one of the biggest music events in the Filipino social calendar.
Also known as World Music Day and Make Music Day, this French founded festival exists all over the world. Here in Manila, it's perfect for exploring Makati by ducking into bars between the stages, which are all within walking distance. The main stage at Greenbelt is the place to end up for fireworks, although some will be happier sticking around a themed pocket stage in the historic Intramuros district where lanterns hang from trees.
A lack of centralised planning has delayed the spread of this festival to pastures new but in recent years, various governing boards have agreed its extension. Music stages materialise across Makati on the 18th of June and then in Puerto Real Gardens on the 23rd of June. Previous lineups have featured international talents like French pop-star Nathan Zanagar and a store of home-grown Filipino talent such as blues band Hoochie Coochie Mikkie and the Flippin SOUL Stompers.
With 21 pocket stages offering everything from rock and indie to house and grunge, you're guaranteed to find something you like and you might even discover a new genre to remind you of your holiday to the Philippines. Check out the 'Eclectic and Art' stage or the 'Acoustic' stage for a more chilled-out vibe when you're ready to unwind from all that partying.
Free of any cover fee, Fête de la Musique is an opportunity to discover new bands and new sounds when the city lets its hair down for the summer solstice. Of course there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby for when you need to grab a bite to eat and give your ears a rest.
Bring comfy shoes so you can hop from stage to stage with ease and aren't faced with that awful 'my feet hurt so I need to leave' moment. However, wellies are not necessary and you won't have to sleep in a small, soggy tent so who's the real winner here?
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