Contemporary music: radiant spring for the autumn festivals?

(AFP) – After more or less laborious summer revivals, the current music festivals are tumbling this fall, with optimism, big gauges like the Fête de l’Huma, international artists at Global Citizen Live or Levitation.

This summer, if atmosphere and affluence were at the rendezvous of the Francofolies, despite a slightly reduced gauge compared to normal, the Vieilles Charrues suffered the plasters of the return of major events after 18 months of famine caused by the health crisis. The Plows have also suffered from the absence of international stars, particularly American, unlike the “Francos”, a name that says it all about the programming.

But the first signals for the start of the new school year are in good shape, like the weather. The electro Peacock Society festival, which took place on the weekend of September 4 and 5 in the Paris region, has succeeded in its bet, by reinventing itself (well-worn formula of 2021) in the open air, in the daytime and later in the year than usual.

“We made nearly 20,000 people, that’s the range we expected, even if we would have preferred a little more. But in 2019 it was roughly the same order of magnitude,” Alex told AFP Jaillon, co-director of We Love Art. This production agency is behind the Peacock Society and We Love Green (WLG) festivals. However, the latter, scheduled for September 10 to 12, had to cancel its tenth anniversary edition, which had raised fears of the worst for the sector in the fall.

– Great offer –
“We Love Green is five times bigger than Peacock, electro artists travel alone while other big artists, programmed at the WLG, sometimes have teams of 30 to 50 people, which increases the risk of contact, and then the assembly deadlines required the WLG to take a decision early and in mid-July the Delta variant appeared. It was a climate with too many uncertainties, “decrypts Alex Jaillon.

And the Peacock took place, with its French and international poster like the Russian DJ Nina Kraviz, and a good range of festivals is now emerging.

This weekend, the Fête de l’Huma is back, from Friday to Sunday. Admittedly the gauge was limited by the authorities to 40,000 people per day (concerts and other activities included) against 150,000 in normal times. But it’s still more than what was done this summer in France for current music. For this department, the poster mixes the big French names (IAM, Alain Souchon, etc.) with nuggets to discover like the Swiss rapper KT Gorique. “It works very well for the ticket office,” the organizers told AFP.

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For international megastars, there will be the Global Citizen Live on September 25 on the Champ de Mars in Paris, with, among others, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, DJ Snake, Black Eyed Peas and Christine and the Queens (HER will not come finally not). The NGO which manages this global event in favor of the planet (other concerts by other artists on the same day in New York, London, Los Angeles, etc.) hopes for 20,000 people in Paris (free concert but with tickets, GlobalCitizenLive site. org).

The same weekend of September 24 and 25, there will also be good people, in terms of emerging groups this time, and in a more modest format, with the Levitation festival in Angers. The British research heads of Shame or the Working Men’s Club are thus scheduled. There too the open air has been decreed, with gauges of “2,000 people per day, that does not change”, described to AFP Christophe Davy, of Radical Productions, co-organizer of the festival.

“We are at more than 1,000 tickets sold per day, ahead of the pace of 2019 and these figures are all the better as we cannot count this year on the usual 20% of foreign audiences”, the manager still rejoices.

For the other pioneering festivals, there will be the Smmmile (vegan and pop, September 18-19 in Paris) or even Panoramas (rap / electro / techno, September 23-26 in Morlaix).