June 27, 2019 – alike Editorial Team
A packed venue. A sea of people. Music booming loud enough you can feel it pulse through your body. A familiar scene for concert and festival veterans. But for Fête virgins that attended the latest celebration of the World Day of Music, who either came on a whim or were drawn in last minute while passing by, it’s an entirely new and unpredictable world.
For some, Fête de la Musique might just seem like another average music festival. You go, get drunk, listen, and go home. Simple, right? Well, wrong. Because the Fête is much more than just an event to go and jam out. Anyone who’s gone to a dedicated concert will know that something special comes out of people who despite whatever race, religion, or gender, come together for the sake of their love of music.
Unity through music. It is with this message in mind that thousands of people gather for Fête de la Musique in over 120 countries across the world. This year’s opening kicked off at A-Venue Open Parking with a stellar lineup (Anima Tierra, Bawal Clan, Dicta License, Saë, Irie Sunday Crew, Ebe Dancel, Ang Bandang Shirley, Unique, and Apartel.) Each performance was like a glimpse into their genres that you wish would last forever.
Highlighting the event was Globe’s phenomenal production number which brought together legendary local acts like Marc Abaya, Abra, Sud, Bayang Barrios, Joey Ayala, Diego Mapa, Barbie Almalbis, Bituin Escalante, Cookie Chua and Kat Agarrado to serenade us with beloved OPM classics.
Apart from the amazing artists that made the night unforgettable, the crowd was also something to be commended. Whether it was waiting for the next performer to setup or singing along to their favorite songs, the crowd nevertheless showed a real sense of patience and community.
There’s no universal song that everyone loves, but the music will forever serve as the universal language of peace and love. Fête’s not just about finding and listening to music, but discovering a place and a community to belong in. A place where everyone is too busy enjoying themselves to bother with anything else. No matter what walk of life you’re from or what genre of music you’re into, you’ll find a place at the Fête de la Musique.—Ally Soriano
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