The big rendezvous of the summer in France


If you are looking for a music festival this summer you really will be spoiled for choice. The big event of the summer is the Festival of the Old Plow, an annual festival that lasts 4 days and begins in mid-July in the town of Carhaix in central Finistere in Brittany. This is the largest festival in France in terms of visitors it welcomes each the biggest names in modern music year.

Do not miss the festival of Francofolies, established in 1985 in La Rochelle in Charente-Maritime on the initiative of Jean-Louis Foulquier. The festival has been held annually in July, and welcomes the cream of French singers. Great atmosphere for 4 days in La Rochelle, mainly thanks to fringe festival and improvised concerts in the street.

Then the Solidays, a wrestling demonstration against AIDS organized by Solidarity AIDS which takes place every year in June on the Longchamp racecourse, which brings together over 150 artists and up to 160 000 festival for three days. The festival's profits are donated to associations fighting against AIDS, some created specifically for Africa.

Another big event of the summer, Jazz in Vienna. It lasts for a fortnight every year in early summer in Vienna in Isère. Many jazz greats have performed there: Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Claude Nougaro, Michel Petrucciani, Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Lionel Hampton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chuck Berry, Ike Turner and many others. Many evenings are open to music "cousins" of jazz. Funk evenings, blues, gospel, Brazil, Cuba, gypsy

Then how not to quote Eurockéennes, an ultra popular festoche that needs a part of its success to the natural site Malsaucy. The event held in July is held outdoors on the site of Evette-Salbert, Sermamagny and Lachapelle-sous-Chaux in Franche-Comté. With around 75 concerts per edition, Eurockéennes offer a broad overview of popular music, from rock to electro through the metal, song, pop music, folk and reggae.

These include also the Interceltique Festival of Lorient in August and then in another register the Avignon Festival.