Music: upcoming festivals in 2016
Warmer weather signals the return of the festival season. Concerts and good vibes are therefore on the menu for the next few months. LE BHV MARAIS presents its pick of five unmissable festivals.
Le Printemps de Bourges (18)
Since 1977, every April le Printemps de Bourges music festival hosts a large number of groups and musicians from every sphere, over the course of 5 days. Seasoned artists and promising young talent rub shoulders for these 5 days, creating a party atmosphere in the whole town. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the town, its magnificent medieval quarter, as well as the Saint-Étienne de Bourges cathedral, listed as a UNESCO world-heritage site.
The five artists we’re most looking forward to: Jain, Vald, General Elektriks, Bloc Party, The Shoes
Le Printemps de Bourges, 13th to 17th April, Bourges.
This festival, organised since 1999 by Solidarité Sida (AIDS solidarity), brings together almost 150 artists every year and over 170,000 festival goers to the Vincennes racecourse in Paris. Profits from the festival goes to organisations fighting against AIDS and to prevention and support programmes for the sick. In between sets, take some time to explore Paris (it’s on the doorstep), by passing via the Louvre or the Champs-Elysées.
The five artists we’re most looking forward to: Ibrahim Maalouf, Cypress Hill, Oxmo Puccino, Naâman, Synapson
Festival Solidays, 24th to 26th June 2016, Paris
Created in 1997, the Garorock festival (an abbreviation of Garonne and Rock) brings the big names of the rock, electro and even techno scene to Marmande, in the Garonne region. Since then, the number of festival goers attending this festival hasn’t stopped growing. And this year, for its 20th edition, visitors should be out in force once more. Away from the festival, visit the Marmande Notre-Dame gardens or sample the local “côtes-du-marmandais” wine (in moderation).
The five artists we’re most looking forward to: Ratatat, Jamie XX, Caribbean Dandee, The Kills, Caravan Palace
Garorock, 20th June to 3rd July, Marmande
Les Vieilles Charrues (29)
Since 1992, this festival held in Carhaix, Brittany, hosts a veritable mix of genres every summer, to the delight of all music lovers. The Vieilles Charrues festival is now the largest music festival in France! It didn’t win the 2014 festival world cup for nothing! And to regain your composure, after a tour of the region’s historical relics, turn your attention to the Breton specialities of cider and pancakes!
The five artists we’re most looking forward to: London Grammar, Feu ! Chatterton, SBTRKT, Salut C’est Cool, Brigitte.
Les Vieilles Charrues, 14th to 17th July, Carhaix
Rock en Seine (75)
An outstanding festival, located in the heart of the Saint-Cloud park gardens. An incredible location, for a festival in the middle of nature. 460 hectares of sublime space dotted with fountains and sculptures, and all just a stone’s throw from Paris. The perfect way to finish summer surrounded by beauty!
The five artists we’re most looking forward to: Gregory Porter, CHVRCHES, Iggy Pop, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Foals.
Rock en Seine, 26th to 28th August, Paris