Friday, 10 August 2012

La Route du Rock: Festival

This weekend sees the La Route du Rock summer festival in St Malo in Brittany.

The festival has been running since 1991, this year's event being the 22nd time it's been held.

With a very open-minded indie and international outlook, prevous years have seen the likes of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, PJ Harvey and Mogwai playing.

The town is a great venue for a festival, with shows taking place at a number of venues in a seaside town at the height of summer.

This year thirty bands play at three venues, the beach stage, the auditorium of Le Palais du Grand Large and the castle stage at the 18th century Vauban castle.

On the bill are the likes of Squarepusher, Spiritualized, Yeti Lane and Dominique A on the Friday, the Saturday sees Mark Lanegan, the XX and Breton, along with a second show by Dominique A.

The Sunday features amongst others Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Mazzy Star and the Walkmen.

Quite a few of the shows will be shown live online at Arte's Live Web website including Spiritualised, Dominique A and Alt J.

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