Despite the monstrous wave of cancellations this summer due to Covid-19, some current music festivals are resisting the end of the summer, without guarantees.
Will the end of summer mark the beginning of a resumption of contemporary music festivals and standing concerts? Nobody knows. While most major summer raids have been forced to throw in the towel in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, many festivals are still hopeful and are working to offer the public a few days of sound relaxation at the start of the school year. They are not enlightened: everyone has taken the necessary measures to ensure the safety of spectators.
With the gauge still limited to 5,000 people, the small outdoor events, some of which have been postponed to late August-early September, could well do well. As for the major festivals, such as Rock en Seine, they have planned to reinvent itself with special editions of reduced size, to adapt to sanitary arrangements.
Franceinfo takes stock (in chronological order) of the festivals that have planned to respond, but remember to check on social networks that the editions are maintained (things are moving a lot these days) and, by then, are you making? beautiful rock’n’roll masks and fingers crossed.
Les Déferlantes – Argelès-sur-Mer (Occitanie) from August 28 to 30, 2020
Originally scheduled for July, the festival offers an XS version at the end of August. This edition will take place in limited capacity at Parc de Valmy, an open-air green amphitheater. The programming remains very attractive thanks to the artists who have agreed to significantly lower their fees.
Programming : JoeyStarr opening on Friday, with Deluxe, Cali, Jahnerartion, Gambeat, Madjid Fahem & Joan Garriga, then Hatik headlining on Saturday preceded by 47TER, Maes, Caballero & Jeanjass, Demi Portion and Yuzmv. On the menu on Sunday: The Avener, Sonotik, Marc Maya, Popof, Vladimir Cauchemar, Malaa, Dubfire and George Privatti.
Ticketing : 25 euros for one day, 65 euros for the 3-day pass
Site : festival-lesdeferlantes.com/
Rock en Seine – Paris (Parc de Saint-Cloud) from August 28 to 30, 2020
The festival, which takes place every year in the open air on the Domaine de Saint Cloud, was to welcome Rage Against The Machine, headlining this year. After having thrown in the towel, the team has been working since the spring on a lighter formula, “a symbolic edition” for the end of August and in reduced terms with French artists.
Programming : At the time of writing, no name has been released. We know just as the boss Emmanuel Hoog mentioned on franceinfo in mid-May that the French indie scene will be in the spotlight and that concerts and DJ sets are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays until midnight. We can also discover on Culturebox sessions with the new faces selected in “Avant-Scène”: Bandit Bandit, Structures, Lucie Antunes, Michel Blades and QuinzeQuinze.
Ticketing : Friday concerts would be free. The other two paying days.
Site : rockenseine.com/
Acontraluz Festival – Marseille September 4 and 5, 2020
This festival is the meeting place at the end of the summer for Phocaean electro-techno enthusiasts. He postponed his dates at the beginning of September on the J4 esplanade, in the open air facing the Mucem and the sea, and maintained a quality poster.
Programming : Sven Väth, Loco Dice, Mezerg, Boris Brejcha and Adriatique on Friday. Ricardo Villalobos, Maceo Plex and Sonja Moonear on Saturdays. The rest of the lineup is to be announced on social media as it goes.
Ticketing : from 34 euros for one day to 70 euros for two days
Site : acontraluz.fr/
Fair on stage – Châlons (Grand-Est) from September 4 to 14, 2020
This 21st edition is organized within the framework of the Fair of Châlons-en-Champagne which has been maintained, the fairs and major exhibitions being authorized to resume from September 1, as indicated on July 27 Franck Riester, current minister delegated to foreign trade and attractiveness.
Programming : Jean-Louis Aubert opening on September 4th, then Vitaa & Slimane on 5th, Jean-Baptise Guegan on 6th, Yves Duteil on 7th, Trust on 8th, Les Innocents on 9th, M Pokora on 10th, Black M on 11th and Chimène Badi on the 14th. With, as a bonus on the 12th, the “Carrefour des stars” evening with Claudio Capéo, Boulevard des airs, Trois Cafés gourmands, Keen V, Sound of Legend etc…
Ticketing : 7 euros per day per adult
The site : foirenscene.fr/
Essonne en Scène – Domaine de Chamarande (Essonne) from September 4 to 6
Second edition organized by Francofolies for this nice festival to discover for Ile-de-France residents, who managed to keep the same poster as expected despite its postponement. It takes place in the open air on the 100 hectares of the Chamarande departmental domain and its castle. You will also be able to discover the new exhibition of the artist Ben, “Etre libre”.
Programming : Taxi Therapy, Christophé Maé, Matthieu Chedid, Aloïse Sauvage, Voyou, Ko Ko Mo, as well as eight young Essonnian talents of all styles: Dandygel (conscious rap), Boy Racer (pop), Ghinza (garage rock), Turfu ( electro), For (folk), Carole Pelé (rap), Global Network (futuristic R&B) and Cheshire (rock).
Ticketing : 30 euros per day, 50 euros for two days, 70 euros for three days
Site : essonneenscene.fr
No Logo BZH Festival – Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine) from September 11 to 13, 2020
The No Logo festival (a nod to Naomi Klein’s resounding work), which has been delighting fans of roots, dub, reggae and dance hall since 2017, has planned to hold its 4th edition as always at Fort de Saint -Father in a spirit of sharing and responsibility, in particular social and ecological.
Programming : among others, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Danakil, Ayo, Daddy Mory, Biga * Rank, Max Romeo, La Rue Ketanou, Neg Marrons, Pierpoljak and Judah Roger
Ticketing : from 30 euros for one day to 75 euros for three days
Site : nologobzh.com
The Electronic Garden – Lille from September 11 to 13, 2020
“Seven years ago, a group of friends set up an arbor, a few speakers and sold maroilles pies and fresh smoothies to finance everything.“, recall the organizers of the festival. Since then,”this picnic with friends“has become a popular meeting place for electronic music lovers in one of the most beautiful parks in Lille, the Jardin des Plantes. And this thanks to a team of volunteers, the”volunteer elves“.
Programming : no name has yet been announced but it is planned to honor “local strengths and emerging talents“.
Ticketing : free
Site : jardinelectronique.com
Coconut Music Festival – Saintes (Charente Maritime) from September 11 to 13, 2020
The little festival that hears “celebrate exoticism and pop“and prides itself on unearthing gems off the beaten track, takes place at the Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes. It will be held on the weekend planned by respecting the health protocol in force, with a capacity limited to 500 spectators per evening .
Programming : Yseult, Chalotte Adigéry, le Juiice, Derya Yildrim & Grup Simsek, Amami, Moutarde & Miel. More names are expected to be added over the summer.
Ticketing : not disclosed
Site : coconutmusicfestival.org/
Blues Roots Festival – in Meyreuil (Provence) from September 11 to 13, 2020
Although Popa Chubby and Eric Gales have withdrawn, the Taj Mahal sponsored festival is being held for its second edition, open-air and seated configuration. Three 100% blues evenings under the stars are therefore announced in the splendid setting of the Domaine de Valbrillant, with a breathtaking view of the Sainte Victoire.
Programming : Rhoda Scott on Friday, Manu Lanvin and the Devils followed by Johnny Gallagher on Saturday and Boney Fields Band on Sunday. These concerts will be preceded by jam sessions and concerts by young talents, including the winners of the Blues Roots festival 2019.
Ticketing : 10 to 30 euros for one day, 40 to 70 euros for the three-day pass
Site : festival.ville-meyreuil.fr/
Le Printemps Inouïs – Bourges (Cher) from September 16 to 18, 2020
Les Inouïs is the meeting place for those, professional or not, who want to discover the talents of tomorrow before everyone else. While the Printemps de Bourges could not take place this year, this festival created by and for researchers is the opportunity to create a live event at the Palais d’Auron, in limited size and seated configuration.
Programming : 34 emerging artists on the menu in all styles, real mapping of French-speaking musical creation 2020 (all the programming here). With closing, two rising stars: Pomme and Aloïse Sauvage.
Ticketing : 10 euros per day, 20 euros for the closing concert
Site : reseau-printemps.com
Dream Nation – Paris from September 18 to 20, 2020
The Ile-de-France electronic festival confirmed at the end of July that it will be held in September, in three separate places (Nexus, Docks de Paris and Glazart). For its 7th edition, Dream Nation plans to present behind the turntables around sixty international artists, major or emerging, bringing together all facets of electronic music (techno, trance, hardcore, dubstep, drum & bass…).
Programming : opening on Friday, at the Nexus, a large warehouse and a new festival venue equipped with mapping, Talamasca, Greg Hilight and Graviity. On Saturdays, the main course takes place at the Docks de Paris. Spread over 5 stages, forty-five artists will come to surround festival-goers, including Paula Temple, Jacidorex, Neelix, Ajja, Dirtyphonics, Killbox (aka Ed Rush and Audio), Warface, Mad Dog and Venom. To land smoothly, the closing takes place on Sundays at Glazart, feet in the sand, to see and listen to Newtrack and Pwfm.
Ticketing : from 35 to 47 euros on Saturday, 50 euros for a two-day pass
Site : dreamnation.fr
Marvelous Island – Base de Loisirs de Torcy (Seint-et-Marne) September 19 and 20, 2020
Originally scheduled for May 30 and 31, the 8th edition of the Marvelous Island electronic festival has been postponed to September, still at the Vaires-Torcy leisure base. Spread over three stages, it takes place partly in the open air, at the water’s edge, and partly under a dome with an immersive 360-degree scenography made up of LED panels. The capacity is however capped at 5000 people per day and the festival will be held “subject to a clear improvement in the health crisis“.
Programming: among others Sven Väth, Ben Klock, Rodhad, François X, House of Underground (Saturday 19) Len Faki, DVS1, Anetha, Gerd Janvson, Louise Chen, Palavas (Sunday 20).
Ticketing : 38 to 45 euros for one day, 70 to 80 euros for two days