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Covid-19. These big summer festivals that will be maintained … or not

After the government’s announcements on February 18 of a possibility of maintaining summer festivals, but with a gauge of 5,000 people seated and distanced, some decided to throw in the towel. The Hellfest and Garorock give up, while the Francofolies and the Vieilles Charrues are maintained.

They are canceled or postponed


“A cancellation of Hellfest is inevitable. The festival is postponed to 2022,” said Ben Barbaud, boss of this festival specializing in metal organized in Clisson in Loire-Atlantique (180,000 spectators in 2019). “To imagine a Hellfest with 5,000 festival-goers drawn at random out of the 60,000 already provided with a 3-day pass, seated and distanced is at best fanciful, but more really a heresy”, writes the event in a press release published on its site.
Hellfest offers spectators the option of keeping their 3-day or 1-day pass purchased in 2020, which will be valid for the 2022 edition, to be held on June 17, 18 and 19, 2022.


The Garorock festival in Marmande (162,000 people in 2019, in Lot-et-Garonne) announced on Friday February 19 its outright cancellation in 2021, and not its postponement. The organizers having announced that they could not adapt to the health constraints set by the government. “Our configuration (50,000 festival-goers per day, 40,000 campers) does not allow us to comply with the new standards required (a seated audience of 5,000 festival-goers at most). We cannot distort the Garorock Experience. ” The organizer has already opened the reimbursement of tickets.

The celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Southwest’s most popular festival will therefore wait.


Solidays (228,000 spectators in 2019 in the Paris region) became on February 10 the first of the major French summer music festivals to announce its cancellation, like major events abroad such as Glastonbury in England or Coachella in the States -United. A televised evening would be in preparation.


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The 2021 edition of Beauregard, from July 1 to 4, and located in Hérouville-Saint-Clair in Calvados, has been canceled.

Claire Lesaulnier and Paul Langeois, co-directors of the Beauregard festival, have just announced the cancellation of the 2021 edition, this Wednesday, March 31, 2021. “That it is difficult for the second time to give up the resonance of the music, La Music in Beauregard ”. The team announces already preparing, “the heavy heart” the 2022 edition which will be (hopefully) a celebration. The reimbursement terms for tickets taken for this 2021 edition will be communicated on Tuesday, April 6. “They will be fully reimbursed to start from zero for 2022”


The Colmar Wine Fair in the Haut-Rhin was to start on July 27, with exhibitions and concerts.

But because of the current health crisis, and for lack of visibility, the 2021 edition is already canceled like that of 2020 as told to theAlsace organizers.

The 73rd Colmar Wine Fair will be organized in 2022, from July 22 to 31.

Concert tickets purchased will be fully refunded.


The Parisian festival, already canceled last year due to the health context linked to the coronavirus pandemic, has just announced that it is giving up its 2021 edition “in view of the uncertainties that persist in the current context”, can we read in a press release posted on social networks. The Paris Lonchamps racecourse will therefore remain empty on July 18 and 19, 2021.

Lollapalooza will take place on Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17, 2022. Headlining Pearl Jam. Tickets for the canceled 2020 and 2021 editions remain valid for next year.

They are maintained


The 36th edition of the Francofolies de La Rochelle will take place from July 10 to 14, 2021, in an adapted gauge.

The 2021 program of the Francofolies de La Rochelle with this year Grand Corps Malade, Gaël Faye, Miossec and Ben Mazué.


The Nuits de Fourvière festival has decided to adapt its 2021 edition to the health context. It will take place from May 27 to July 31 to celebrate 75 years as published by Le Progrès.


On their site, the organizers of the Carhaix festival in Finistère announce the colors: “Impossible is not Plows! We could not bring ourselves to leave the meadow of Kerampuilh silent one more year. It is with an intact enthusiasm that the whole team sets out to discover a new experience, a new challenge, with the aim of concocting an edition full of surprises, in order to celebrate (in compliance with sanitary rules) the joy of meeting and sharing at the thrill of live again! Plunging into a new adventure, the Vieilles Charrues present the 29th edition of the Vieilles Charrues in 10 concert evenings, from July 8 to 18, 2021.


Due to the health crisis, the organizers of the festival installed in the Cher and scheduled for May 4 to 9 have indicated that this 45th edition is postponed to this summer, from June 22 to 27, 2021, in order to ensure the best conditions for welcome for all audiences.


Unmissable Parisian event, Rock en Seine is one of the largest music festivals in France, which takes place every summer for three days west of the capital, in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud park. This year it will be from August 27 to 29. Ticket sales and programming will be known at a later date.

The pending festivals


The Eurockéennes (128,000 people in 2019 in Belfort) have not yet made a decision, but will give an answer in the coming days according to Eastern Republican. “We are in shock, our backs to the wall,” said Thursday Jean-Paul Roland, director of the festival and representative of Prodiss (National Union of producers, broadcasters, festivals and theaters in the private sector). “At the Eurocks, the spectator is not there to sit and see a concert. He is there for a moment of life. This is what is excluded with the decision of the ministry,” regrets Jean-Paul Roland.


The Musilac festival has not yet spoken but its creator Rémi Perrier has spoken in The Dauphine. Out of the thousand festival-goers in possession of a ticket for the 2021 edition of Musilac in Aix-les-Bains and surveyed by the organization: 94% of them say they do not want to attend the festival seated, without a bar or catering . The conditions imposed by the government for events of this kind to take place this summer.


In 2020, the political and cultural event of the start of the school year had been erupted in ten places, far from the usual large gathering of 500,000 people. For 2021, the organizers have not yet said their intentions. In January, they simply posted a questionnaire on Facebook to help them build the 2021 edition.



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