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    Fete de la Musique is back with venues across the city

    Celebrated annually across Alliance Francaises worldwide, the Fete de la Musique is dedicated to pure music. “Started in 1982 in France, the festival was designed to bring together people to celebrate music in every way possible. We hope to reflect that idea in our own small way,” says Prutha Narke, cultural coordinator. This year, the Bangalore edition collaborates with Octavium (Bannerghatta Road), World Music Conservatory (Malleswaram), The Humming Tree (Indiranagar) and The Big Pitcher (Domlur), for this two-day musical affair. “Most of the performers are debuting with this festival,” Narke enthuses.

    The hub will be the Alliance Francaise stage with rock bands like End of Silence, Algorythm, Perfect Strangers and The Pulse Theory and more experimental outfits like Pinch, The Turquoise Trail and Epiphany, among others performing from 11 am past 10 pm on both days.

    Octavium hosts performers on both days with classical sounds and bluesy riffs like Oct8, Mid Riff Strain, and Joshua Pinto and Gerard Machado from 5 to 8 pm. Classical music, both Indian and Western rule at World Music Conservatory, while Vachan Chinappa spins a Strictly Vinyl Techno Set at Humming Tree on Saturday at 9 pm.
    The Big Pitcher also opens its doors post 1 pm on Saturday to pop, funk, rock and blues fans with 30 Ton Capacity, 6×6, Black Babylon, River Man’s Band, Forth And Main, and others in the line up.
    Entry Free. June 21 and 22. Details: bangalore.afindia.org

    —Susanna Chandy

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