Thursday, June 22, 2006

Fête for all

If there was one cool thing that I would take with me to Melbourne from France, it would be the Fête de la Musique. The Fête de la Musique is this crazy music festival, which encourages musicians of all ages, sizes and (dubious) talents to set up their own little (free) concert with or without stage, anywhere they like on the streets of Paris or where ever in France that they happen to be.

There were many little improvised concerts last night, most of them free, as well as some over-organised megalith concerts as well.

Instead of going to watch the massive concert with big name stars like Placebo and Tina Arena, we stayed close to home wandering the streets of our arrondisement and ended up captivated with a wedding-singer-type guy set up with his keyboard on the footpath outside a dodgy Afgan bar/café.

This guy, who could have probably passed off as your local plumber, was belting out hits from the Beatles accompanied by his amateur keyboard, little amplifiers and lots of energy. He probably had more people listening to him in that one night then at all the weddings that he had played at.

We need our own Fête de la Musique in Melbourne!


Scenes from the Fête.

Crazy big concert with nasty looking rain clouds in the background.

Groovy mini setup not far from the crazy big concert.

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