There are three things for which I have a terrible addiction for, coffee, travel, and music. And if music was fatal I would have definitely OD’d last June 17th. It’s 11 hours of pure music on my third music festival this year, Fete de la Musique.
Fete de la Musique a.k.a. World Music Day is celebrated in over 120 countries and in the Philippines, this is their 20th anniversary. Tourism Promotion Board (TPB), one of the event’s sponsors, invited me and some bloggers (including my friend, Darlene of Point Shoot + Wanderlust) to cover the event. Our day started at 4PM at A. Venue Mall parking lot where we met the TPB coordinators and two other bloggers. When the group was finally complete, our adventure began.
The Young and Hip at A.Venue Mall Parking
Darlene was raving about band that we heard playing on stage. It was The Ransom Collective, an indie band made up of 6 twenty somethings; 4 girls and 2 boys. Apart from their catchy and feel good music, all members are easy on the eyes. I was particularly taken by the violinist, not because I’ve turned lesbian okay, but I have always been fascinated by the people who can play the violin (in fact my favorite The Corrs’ member is Sharon, the violinist).
The crowd in this venue was young and hip, which reminded me of the people at Malasimbo festival. I liked The Ransom Collective’s energy as well as their songs; we were off to a good start. [Read: 6 Things You Missed at Malasimbo Festival 2016]
I would have wanted to stay more, but we had to go to the other venues. TPB provided us with a van service to help us get around Makati City where the events were scattered.
Culture and Funk at Greenbelt
The audience at Greenbelt is more subdued composed mostly of young professionals and the expats. There were a few chairs set up in front of the stage, the people were not as enthusiastic, nevertheless I could sense that they were having fun listening to good music. We watched this band with a sexy front-woman with an incredible voice, called, Chillitees. After 3 songs, we had dinner at Via Mare.
When we returned to the venue, we watched the band, Indio-i’s take on a well-loved Bob Marley’s song, “No Woman No Cry.”
After their performance, the next band that took the stage had me feeling nostalgic. That’s because I saw them play at Banahaw Tugtugan in April, the folk ethnic band, Talahib. [Read: Banahaw Tugtugan at Bangkong Kahoy Valley]
This band is amazing so I didn’t leave my seat and waited for them to play. I wasn’t even halfway their first song when I received a call from one of my companions, informing us that we were ready to go to the next destination. I looked at Talahib one last time then off we went.
The Thug Life at Lokal Hostel
Our group split into two to cover two hostels. The other group went to Z Hostel while I joined Darlene and Abi at Lokal Hostel. By the entrance, Darlene and I spent some time appreciating the artworks painted on the wall. We even chanced upon some artists in the process of creating something awesome.
It was a long climb to the rooftop where the party was being held. As soon as I opened the door, I was welcomed by smoke, so thick I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. A rap artist, whom I couldn’t see clearly through all that dense vapor was rapping to his heart’s content.
The crowd was as thick as the smoke that we struggled our way in. We went all the way to the back just to observe the scene. I wasn’t really into this kind of music so this has been the least enjoyable out of all the events that we’d been that night. While Greenbelt had the expats, Lokal had the backpackers. I’m not saying they were but the crowd there looked they were all high, that a mere glance had me feeling high too.
Apparently, Abi and Darlene were just waiting for me to call it quits because as soon as I told them that we should go, they readily agreed.
Hot and Heavy at B Side
We regrouped at the B Side in Kamagong for a dose of some reggae music. I thought the crowd at Lokal Hostel was already too much, guess I had spoken too early. The people in this venue was unbelievable, the queue goes all the way to the side of the street. This is where the not-so-rich kids kids hang out. I thought we had to fall in line too, thank god the media ID we were wearing gave us easy access.
As soon as we were in, I struggled to find a spot where I could be comfortable because it was stifling hot inside I could barely breathe. Soon, my skin felt damp and sticky from sweat. I didn’t get the name of the performer, but he did sing a pretty good reggae music.
And I wasn’t able to last that long, so were my companions. We went out to the street and waited for our van service. Despite the fact that there were no more space inside, people still kept coming in.
“May pakain si mayor (the mayor is giving out free food),”
I joked to my companions.
Crazy and Reckless at Black Market
I was never into the clubbing scene, but if I was on the mood, I sure know how to enjoy it. I was ostensibly on the mood that night because I had fun dancing, drinking, and observing people at the Black Market.
First, we stayed on this private room on the second floor where we all shared one round of drinks. After an hour or so, we left the room and joined the party.
We stayed on the bridge that leads to the VIP area. It offers a good view of the scene downstairs. Everybody looked like they were having a good time. It was so refreshing to see people in their careless state, doesn’t matter if they didn’t know how to dance, it doesn’t matter if their outfit doesn’t leave much to the imagination, it doesn’t matter if they don’t even know the music that was playing, what matters is that they were all free to dance and have fun like there was no tomorrow.
And I know exactly how they feel. I was up there, dancing to the tune, forgetting for a moment that I may be too old for that kind of scene. The only thing that reminded me of my age was when the DJ started playing 90s music and I knew every song on the playlist. It was both nostalgic and funny.
The best thing about this music festival aside from the fact that it’s free of charge, is that it has everything for everyone. They had pocket stages, each one was genre specific, to offer to people with different tastes in music. Indeed, it’s the perfect event for music fans.
If you have to get high, go high with music. Really, it’s the same thing minus the risk. That night I went home, completely drunk on music. And I’d do it all over again.
Now let’s cap it with my Snapchat capture of the event.