The 10 best music festivals in France

As the sun comes out, festivals are making a comeback! Listening to live music, outdoors and in good company is the ideal recipe for a successful summer weekend. Every year many festivals take place in France: rock, pop or indie, there is something for everyone! Scenes from across the country welcome artists who are both emerging and established. Petit Futé offers you its non-exhaustive list of the 10 best festivals in France!

10 - The Francofolies of La Rochelle

If you like the French language, you will find your happiness in La Rochelle! Every year, the Francofolies are committed to promoting francophone music with a very rich program. In parallel, the festival also carries out actions aimed at supporting young artists or promoting the teaching of French song in schools.

This year, the Francofolies will take place from July 11 to 15, 2018 and we are expecting, among others, Brigitte, Julien Clerc or Calogero

9 - The Main Square Festival of Arras

In the enchanting setting of the Arras citadel, the Main Square Festival has seen many international artists perform, including Placebo, Black Eyed Peas and Muse. Inaugurated in 2004, this festival aimed to revitalize the region and it has been done since it is now one of the most important events of the summer in the Hauts-de-France!

This year, the Main Square Festival will be held from July 6 to 8, 2018 and Dépêche Mode and BB Brunes will be on board!

8 - The Lyon Sound Nights

This annual festival focuses mainly on the best in electronic, independent or digital music. For the past 15 years, Les Nuits sonores has made it a point of honour to offer a highly specialised programme in emblematic places in the city of Lyon, which have been reinvested for the occasion. This year, we will be able to listen live to Jennifer Cardini and her brilliant techno mix, jazzman Kamasi Wahington or the American rapper Action Bronson

The Nuits sonores will take place from May 6 to 13, 2018, take advantage of public holidays to go there!

7 - The Beauregard Festival in Hérouville-Saint-Clair

In Normandy, not far from Caen, the festival welcomes many artists every summer in the Château de Beauregard. For its 10th edition, an exceptional program is announced! The performance of the country's child, Orelsan, is obviously eagerly awaited at the opening. On Saturday, it is the international group The Offspring that will set the fire, followed by Macklemore on Sunday... Just that!

The Beauregard festival takes place from July 6 to 9, 2018.

6 - Calvi on the rocks

Six days of celebration under the sun and with your feet in the water, do you feel like it? Let's go to Calvi in June! Since 2003, Calvi on the Rocks has been welcoming the best international electronic artists while opening its programming to other styles (we remember Christophe in 2014 or the rock band Phoenix in 2009). In an exceptional environment, in the shade of the citadel, the atmosphere of the festival is just like Calvi: cool and trendy

Calvi on the rocks takes place from July 6 to 11, 2018

5 - Le Hellfest de Clisson:

Voted best big festival by the Festival Awards France, the Hellfest has won the hearts of the French in 13 years. It's the meeting place for punk, metal and hardcore music of the summer! This year, more than 160 groups will perform in Clisson, a small town in the Loire-Atlantique region that has become a temple of extreme music. Headliners include Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Limp Bizkit and Marilyn Manson, who are eagerly awaited!

The Hellfest will take place from 22 to 24 June 2018

4 - The Eurockéennes of Belfort

Since 1989, Belfort has been in excitement every first weekend of July! The Eurockéennes welcome nearly 130,000 festival-goers for 4 days on the Malsaucy peninsula, a true protected natural setting only a few kilometres from Belfort. Since 1989, the festival has received great names such as Amy Winehouse, Daft Punk or Lou Reed. This year, Texas, Beth Ditto and Orelsan will be performing on the peninsula!

The Eurockéennes take place from 5 to 8 July 2018

3 - Nîmes Festival:

For a whole month in summer, the Gallo-Roman arenas of Nîmes host prestigious artists. From David Bowie to Julien Doré, Manu Chao to Placebo, the Nîmes festival has always been able to satisfy all audiences. For this edition, Ennio Morricone will present his farewell show during a concert that promises to be unforgettable! Shaka Ponk and Vitalic will also be present to move the crowd, as will Sting and Lenny Kravitz. From Roman games to concerts under the stars, the arenas of Nîmes never cease to amaze the public!

The Nîmes festival takes place from 17 June to 22 July 2018

2 - The Old Carhaix Ploughs

At first, it was all a joke! The Festival des Vieilles Charrues was indeed a thumbnail of the festival of the Vieux Gréements de Brest. Since 1992, however, it has become a reference in France. In the Finistère centre, the commune of Carhaix welcomes more than 280,000 festivalgoers every year to warm up to the sound of the best hits of the moment. This year again, there will be a lot of people waiting for Orelsan, Liam Gallagher and IAM!

The Festival des Vieilles Charrues will take place from 19 to 22 July 2018.

1 - Les Solidays de Paris

Organized for the benefit of the Solidarité-Sida association, the Solidays festival brings together more than 150 artists and up to 200,000 festival-goers each year at the Longchamp racecourse. Over the past 20 years, the benefits collected during this event have made it possible to set up prevention and support actions for patients in some 20 countries. So, this year again, we're running to see David Guetta, Fight or IAM in a festive and supportive atmosphere!

The Solidays festival takes place from 22 to 24 June 2018.

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