Tags from @indiemanilalive Twitter followers of their stage hopping schedules made me more excited about Saturday’s festivities.
— Kyle Reyes (@rchristiankyle) June 17, 2017
It was also like that for me. Every year, I plot out a doable schedule for me to check out as much acts as I can in one day. This year, the day of solstice when Fetê De La Musique is normally held fell on a Wednesday. We’re not in France and we cannot just have June 21st as a non-working holiday to enjoy the festivities so to have it on the Saturday nearest to that date would be more ideal. Main Stages where big acts would normally play were all cancelled due to security reasons but the 26 pocket stages pushed through. The pocket stages were situated on different venues around Makati. The earliest performances were as early as 3pm (Indie and Acoustic stages). For this year’s Fete stage hop, I didn’t really have some solid plan. I went out of my dorm around 5:30pm and walked to the nearest stage I could find: the Island Music stage at Aloha Bar & Grill, The Collective. I believe this one of the new pocket stages that were added at this year’s Fete. The name of the stage got me curious — what do one play at an Island Music stage? Reggae? But there’s a Reggae stage so I went and check it out. Inky De Dios was the one on stage when I got there, doing what he does best – serving sick loops. I am still in awe whenever I watch artists doing loops. The Island Music stage was perfect for Aloha Bar’s intimate setup. Listening to music there was like being on the beach amidst a bonfire. Kulang na lang mashmallows.
I only stayed for a couple of minutes at the Island Music stage but will definitely check it, stay longer, and check out more acts next year. From The Collective, I walked a few blocks to SaGuijo for Rock Stage. This one is different from the Rock and Roll stage which I sort of find confusing having two different stages with ‘Rock’ in it. Flying Ipis was playing when I got to SaGuijo. The place was packed! There was a reason why I did not plot anything for my stage hopping extravaganza this year. I wanted to have that element of surprise, like what happened at the Rock stage. I was just in time to catch the set of one of my favorite bands to see live: Saydie!
I stayed until the end of Saydie’s set and then decided to visit the Acoustic stage.
Marga Jayy was performing when I came in. I was able to stay until Gabe Piolo’s set. One interesting thing I noticed at the Acoustic stage at A SPACE Manila are the earphones some of the audience were wearing. I asked around and these earphone-clad fans said that you get to listen to the performance happening on stage directly on the headphones. Pretty neat. Another one of the things, a staple at the Acoustic stage are the spiked cupcakes that they sell every year. Next stop, the Blues Soul Funk stage at the H&J Bar. It was an interesting mix of audience the Blues Soul Funk stage. From college kids to yuppies to oldies but goodies — everyone enjoyed the chill music served by the bands who played that night. I did not really stay long at this stage though because it was super crowded you cannot really see who’s performing on stage. But that I guess is the charm of this stage – all you got to do is close your eyes, let the rhythm wipe your blues away, and feel the music seep into your soul. As I pass a nearby coffee shop on my way to the next venue, a loud acoustic sound resonates from one of the establishment’s rooftops. I was looking for the Feté sign but didn’t find it. It was only yesterday that I found out the sound was coming from Commune where they had one of this year’s ‘Secret Stage’. My next stop was the Indie Stage at Century Mall.
For three straight years, the Indie stage have been one of the most attended stage at Feté De La Musiqué. This stage was one of the earliest to start too. When I came in Ben&Ben was on stage and the crowd was so pumped up, they sang to each and every song the band played. There was this one girl in front wearing a red shirt who was very enthusiastic and sang along to all the songs with such passion (see cover photo of this story). She very much reminded me of myself – the one who doesn’t give a shit, goes to gigs alone, in front of the stage, forgets about the crowd, and embrace each and every band on stage with such passion. Whoever you are, I’d like to meet you and shake your hand because I am sure you made every band who performed that stage felt good.
I stayed there for a while, chatted with some fans and friends and then left when Tom’s Story’s just about to step onstage for their set. Then I head on to my last stop for the night, the Reggae stage at B-Side. I already felt the energy of the crowd at the Reggae stage the moment I entered The Collective. It was a very festive mood, and as I enter the area where the stage is, almost everyone was swaying and grooving along to the music. My journey didn’t event cover half of the amazing stages Feté had this year. I’d definitely will have more solid plan next time for me to be able to experience and visit more stages (like maybe going around on a bike). But one thing I noticed is that more and more people are enjoying the stage hopping adventure at Feté. That it’s not only Indie or Rock that our scene has to offer — there is so much more! I’d like to end this post with Raymund Marasigan’s tweet. Here’s to next year’s music adventures!
I wish we can celebrate a pinoy music fest as passionately as the french one we adore
— Raymund Marasigan (@raymsmercygun) June 18, 2017